Lefroy Brooks / Cooper & Graham
The Home Trust International (HTI): What compelled you to enter design and decorative plumbing?
Warren Pearl (WP): In the 1990’s I was renovating apartments in NYC. The designer on one of my projects was Jed Johnson who brought Lefroy Brooks in from the UK for a residence we were building. I loved the authenticity of the fixtures and called the designer of LB Christo Lefroy Brooks. The rest is history.
HTI: Who has been the strongest influence on your career and why?
WP: The strongest influence on my career has been the design community that strives to find & incorporate authenticity into their projects.
HTI: If you could have told your 20-year-old self-one thing, what would it have been?
WP: Exactly what I have been doing… follow your passion.
HTI: Please tell us about your family and your personal life.
WP: At 17 after graduating high school, my friend asked if I wanted to be a builder. My first client was Jimmy Hendrix and the rest just followed.
HTI: Is there a common thread that runs through all great products?
WP: Classic products that endure the test of time always relate back to authenticity. Even new ideas rely on the historical strengths that past classics pioneered.
HTI: What recent project or transaction are you most proud of?
WP: Being chosen for 220 CPS set new & higher luxury standards for residential building standards. I was honored that LB was selected for all plumbing fixtures in this historically important project
HTI: In what ways has the design industry changed over the years?
WP: Not much. More of the same & very little effort towards authenticity. Mediocrity seems to be acceptable in the plumbing fixture offerings today.
HTI: The one thing I’ve had forever is:
WP: A passion for breaking new ground and setting new standards.
HTI: What makes a room sing?
WP: No one favorite. Any object that is following the path of authentic design is equally great.
HTI: What place most inspires you?
WP: NYC. Nothing can’t be found in NYC.
HTI: Do you have a favorite artist?
WP: My son Matthew Pearl (www.matthewpearl.com) who, while in law school, said he didn’t want to be a lawyer & wrote his first book The Dante Club” – and went on to write 7 more best sellers. Yes he graduated Yale, but did not practice law or take the bar.
HTI: What is your favorite brand and why?
WP: Rolex, because it is just brilliant.
HTI: When you’re not working where are you most likely to be found?
HTI: What makes a great organization?
WP: Respect as a two way street.
HTI: Why The Home Trust?
MW: As an outreach to like-minded people.
HTI: Thank you Warren.