Q: Is this your first home décor collection?
A: This is the very first collection of originally designed products I’ve ever done. It’s super surreal because I’m a self-taught residential interior designer, and I never in a million years would have thought that I’d be venturing into lighting design. I’ve loved every second of the process.
Q: Why did you choose to design lighting right out of the box?
A: For years now, I’ve had trouble finding fixtures which fit perfectly into my clients’ homes in regard to scale and/or price point. I decided to make all of the pieces I’ve been looking for but unable to find. I’m hoping the fresh play on scale, finish and color will resonate with traditionalists and modernists alike.
Q: Why did you choose to work with Crystorama?
A: I’m pretty much the target consumer who would shop for lighting at Crystorama, so the pairing is kind of a perfect match.
Q: Is there an overarching theme or style at work in the collection?
A: Most of the pieces are about shape and scale more than pattern or intricate details. My collection ranges from oversized lanterns with clean, simple finishes to super architectural pendant lighting and even a few pieces designed for indoor and outdoor use. I think the overarching style is simplicity.
Q: How do you describe your personal aesthetic?
A: I’m a traditionalist at heart, but I like to throw it all off a bit with an unexpected use of color and the inclusion of modern touches, usually art or even one big statement piece — oftentimes that statement piece is lighting.
Q: Do you have any lighting pet peeves?
A: I think my biggest pet peeve is that the statement pieces I want to use end up swallowing the entire budget, or many times I find a piece that is almost perfect but has the wrong finish.
Q: Where do you do your best design work?
A: I’m a city guy at heart, but most of my design work comes together when I step back and spend time in the country. Being out in wide open spaces really makes me think about how to bring different feelings and vibes into a home to make it unique.
Q: Do you listen to music while you’re designing?
A: Nine times out of 10 I have music on while I’m scheming and sketching with the windows open and a ton of fresh air. I’m a big country music fan, plus I listen to a ton of 1970s rock and also a ton of Björk, and that sometimes does play into my design work.
Q: Who are some of the artists on your play list?
A: Fleetwood Mac, Björk, First Aid Kit, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, Ryan Adams, Missy Elliott, Pete Yorn and Taylor Swift.
Q: Are you primarily a Pinterest or Instagram fan?
A: I use Pinterest to show my clients the overall looks and vibes for the rooms I’m going for. Instagram is basically my source of entertainment and communication. I’m on it pretty much all day long, even when I’m watching TV or on a conference call.
Q: What’s next on your design agenda?
A: Ideally, I’d like to venture into fabrics and wallcoverings and even work with color development for pigment. Interior design is my passion and it never feels like work, so as long as people will let me create stuff, I’m just gonna keep on keepin’ on.
Brian Patrick Flynn is a television producer turned interior designer. After years writing and directing news programs and home improvement shows, he tried his hand at residential interiors, quickly earning the respect of his peers and fans of HGTV.com, where he is a featured designer and contributor.
Pictured is a geometric lantern design from his inaugural collection for Crystorama debuting in early 2017.
Flynn designed this New Orleans living room lounge featuring a Crystorama fixture.