Shoutout Arizona | Meet Charles Pavarini III | Designer

Shoutout Arizona Charles Pavarini III

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Copy from the article. October 3, 2022

We had the good fortune of connecting with Charles Pavarini III and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Charles, why did you pursue a creative career?
Inspiration takes many forms and many times is unexpected. It presents itself in our daily lives & routines: it can come from a walk in nature, from a piece of art, and even from a sound.

I chose a creative path as, since I was very young, I’ve always had immense, unique creativity. From my former careers as an actor, costume and clothing designer, and set designer, I’ve approached aspects of my life with an outward spirit of levity, always with a song in my heart and a spring in my step. Sewing patterns of buttons on my jean jackets and handkerchiefs in my bell-bottoms, driving through the desert at night in a convertible and singing to the moon, life for me has always been about living, and how you can make the most out of each and every experience. Growing up in a family with my father and grandfather building iconic skyscrapers in New York and it other cities across the nation, I’ve had architecture, design and construction in my DNA my whole life, so naturally, my career as a designer filled a niche in that world. Interiors, furnishings and lighting design have always drawn my focus, and it was clear to me as one with a ‘third-eye’ and singular vision for living that all aspects of interior design would be my path forward from the theatre.

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Charles and Randall by their Architteto sofa for SWAIM

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my own design firm in the early 1980’s and partnered with my best friend and colleague from The New York School of Interior Design. Crafting very bespoke interiors with distinct focal points, hand-crafted custom furnishings and a sense of drama and boldness has been typical of my work. All of my work is thoughtfully designed to reflect the spirit-of-place and the personality and style of the inhabitants: certainly one-of-a-kind type interiors. We curate product from sources across the globe and have intimate relationships with highly specialized craftsmen and artisans to execute our complex designs. Lighting is a critical component of my work and good lighting design is something we specialize in. From the time I would sing solos on stage, I’ve appreciated the importance of light and equally important, shadow, to create mood within an environment. Each and every detail of an interior including many of the furnishings and millwork we draw in CAD, to scale. Like an architect, the planning I put forth in my work is the key to successful results. Everything we do is programmed to scale and our detailed drawings clearly express my vision on every project. Such work has lead my firm to spectacular commissions over the years, although that’s not to say that the process was easy. My method for communicating my vision for marketing and for generating portfolio work has been the showhouse venue, and creating complete rooms for short-term viewing is no easy nor inexpensive task. Every 3 years we strive to create an exhibition interior or showhouse room to continue to move design forward and to test our new concepts and techniques on the public. These shows often takes months of planning, securing sponsorship and donations, and a sizable amount of capital to pull-off. Reinvesting in this manner has proven successful over the long haul, although such endeavors are a test of skill, vendor relationships and patience! What I have learned is that one should never give up—there’s always another opportunity ahead, regardless of how long the firm must sustain itself in between projects and opportunities! Recently we completed a room for the Ronald McDonald House of Valhalla at Westchester Medical Center for families of terminally-ill children undergoing life-saving medical treatment, and this fall, we are launching our educational book, ‘Lighting Beyond Edison: Brilliant LED Lighting Techniques in the Age of LEDs’ which will be distributed world-wide, available on

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start-off the day in the early morning with a hike on Camelback Mountain or Cholla Trailhead, two of my favorite places to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the terrain and the vastness of the valley. Lunch would be divine at Toca Madera which is by far the most hip venue with its spectacular interior and its trendy vibe. A tour of the Scottsdale Museum of the West is a great way to immerse oneself in the culture of our great community, and a walk into Old Town for a Creamed-Walnut Fudge Sundae at The Sugar Bowl an experience I’ve treasured my whole life! After a short afternoon siesta by the pool, I’d plan a sunset dinner by the fireplace at El Chorro, my local kitchen, where I always feel the spirit of place like none other.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least
somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

Marvin Wilkinson and Art Ellsworth, owners of John Brooks, Inc.

Purveyors of the very finest in artisan-level furnishings with their flagship showroom in the Scottsdale Design District, Art and Marvin curate furniture, lighting, textiles, wallcovering and objets d’art for their growing network of showrooms throughout the West. An immeasurable experience in to-the-trade only shopping of over 75 exclusive brands sourced world-wide, John Brooks, Inc. showrooms can also be found in Aspen, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Look no further! Art and Marvin’s curated collection of
manufacturers will complete most any residential interior design scheme both traditional and contemporary.

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A custom home with custom furniture by Pavarini Design in Oceanport, NJ
Shoutout Arizona Charles Pavarini III Interior Design
The curated, contemporary life in sunny Scottsdale, AZ


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