Our aim is to design spaces for people to enjoy, to provide a backdrop for life to happen.
Our design philosophy is deeply influenced by our architecture backgrounds; we find inspiration in the celebration of honest materials, considered details and thoughtful construction. More and more we live in a world of the overly designed and we believe that editing is the most important part of the design process.
While the design process begins from a place of clarity, construction is messy, restaurants are messy and we aren’t afraid of either. We are there from the beginning to the end and assemble and collaborate closely with a collection of people who are good at their jobs.
Each space is an intuitive response to the lives, businesses and personalities of our clients. We are lucky to work with some of the best – and most inspiring – chefs, designers and entrepreneurs in New York and we hope that our work absolutely reflects their talents.
C+M is the work of husband and wife team Sarah Carpenter and Chris Horger and is run from our storefront office in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Sarah, 35, was born in Boise, Idaho and raised on a farm in the Oklahoma / Texas Panhandle. Upon graduation from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, she received her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) where she is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Prior to joining forces with Chris to form Carpenter & Mason, she worked in the offices of OMA, Leong Leong, Bernard Khoury Architects and AvroKO.
Born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Chris, 36, spent his youth at his father’s company, Horger Brother’s Masonry (the Mason of Carpenter and Mason). Chris went on to study architecture at the University of Michigan. After graduation, Chris moved to New York City, where he worked at the offices of Asymptote, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Richard H. Lewis Architect until founding C&M with Sarah in 2014.