Principal Designer

About Joseph McCarter Design

Joseph McCarter Design was established by Joseph McCarter in 1986 after more than a decade creating stage sets and lighting designs for theatrical productions in the San Francisco Bay area. Joe’s creative approach to wood design, cabinetry, furniture, and innovative stage lighting caught the eye of several prominent interior designers who hired him to translate those skills into distinctive lighting and ceiling designs for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects.

In time, his creativity, expertise and attention to detail earned invitations from clients to take on entire interior design assignments.  Now 30 years later, San Diego-based Joseph McCarter Design continues to create singular designs for clients throughout southern California and as far afield as Vancouver, New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco.


Design Philosophy

Grounded in theatrical staging and lighting, the McCarter approach to interior design is different from most in that it recognizes the importance of scale and how the eye perceives a setting from all angles.  Joe takes into consideration the architectural structure of the space, outside views of the surrounding landscape, lines of sight within the space, and most importantly, how the client uses the space. By thinking of a home comprehensively, Joe creates cohesive spaces that echos design elements from exterior to interior and room to room.