The award-winning Lisbon-based interior designer and architect founded her atelier in 2000 and has since become known for her sensitive approach to mixing both vintage and contemporary objects to create interiors that hit that oh-so-satisfying sweet spot between luxury and timelessness. Reinforcing the quality of her projects, Cristina Jorge De Carvalho designs her own furniture under the label CJC Furniture with skilled Portuguese artisans that she has selected for their fine craftmanship.
Half of this ideal comes from creating bespoke design for my clients who want something special and unique. This is why I design bespoke furniture for every single project I start. The other half belongs to their memories, their past, and their roots materialized in diverse textures and materials, vintage pieces, as well as timeless designer pieces.”
Cristina Jorge De Carvalho
Dreamy atmospheres, refined color palettes, and ultra-rich textures
Best Hotel Interior for Europe and Best Hotel Interior in Portugal by the International Design Awards and European Hotel Awards, among others.
Her first design project was a prefabricated house for a private condominium, which landed Jorge De Carvalho her first cover in a design magazine.
I believe that everything and anything can inspire me, from a song to a work of art. So I would say that all my experiences influence me in a very subtle way and my style of design is the result of that combination. I like to play with opposites, either with textures or materials, with a very restricted and neutral color palette. My aim is to create timeless, elegant, and sober ambiances that cross trends. For me, it’s essential that a project stands the test of time and maintains its elegance throughout the years.
I don´t remember. I am very strong with my aesthetics concepts. But I love challenges and probably at some point, I might have made a choice that was not 100% faithful to my aesthetics because it was the best choice for the client’s requirements or any other limitation.
I don´t have a dream project. I really like to develop projects for public spaces—hotels, restaurants, spas. These types of projects are always a challenge because we have to please a much larger and diverse clientele. Since I’ve always been drawn to these spaces and have traveled the world, I try to use all this know-how when designing such a space. This know-how encompasses the definition of the concept and areas which should be privileged, the essential spaces for the clients, the services available, etc. The positioning of a public space within its market is essential and strategic for its success. Also, the fact that I have a background in management is an added value when designing these kinds of projects, because you have to consider several business and management variables during the creative process.
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A jewelry store, a loft in New York, several apartments, a fashion store, the new residences of a hotel.
Images courtesy ALGARVE HOUSE Francisco Almeida Dias; CJC SHOWROOM Francisco Almeida Dias; DOURO41 HOTEL João Morgado