Agent Man Carl Durkow
[ey-juhnt m-uh n]
A man who embodies the spirit of truth, authenticity and ingenuity. He lives his potential, embracing his unique gifts and shining his light to consciously create a better world. As an Agent of beauty and inspiration, he is a man admired by our founder, Jena Covello.
Meet Agent Man, Carl Durkow. The Philadelphia based designer, focuses on making distinctive objects to be lived with and cared for. Specializing in furniture and lighting, Carl also makes handcrafted, sculptural candles that are often described as whimsical and even a little naughty. His candles, which are part-hobby and part-business, offer clients an opportunity to enjoy his work at a more accessible price point. Carl designed Jena's outdoor table pictured below.
Name: Carl Durkow
Daily uniform: Cotton Coveralls
AM ritual: Sit-down breakfast with my partner
PM wind down: Cannabis treats and scented candles or incense
Feel-good song: Cyanide Sisters by Com Truise
A mistake you’ve learned from: Allowing a toxic workplace to harm my life and soul for too long and preventing myself from following my passion.
To your younger self: I'm only 25, but don't let anyone tell you the different way you see the world is wrong. Being neuro-atypical isn't something to be ashamed of. Work with it and do not tolerate people who fixate on your differences. There is no right or wrong way to be, only social conventions.
A wellness expert who has significantly helped you: Daniel Tague Acupuncturist
Favorite wellness/beauty book: The Soul of a Tree - George Nakashima
Go-to stress remedy: Hiking or backpacking, a quiet place out of cell service.
Supplements you can’t live without: Papaya Enzyme, CBD
Three things you’re really into right now: Creating perfume from scratch, Jewelry casting, and Neon glass production Top 3 Instagram accounts for inspiration: @pinkessay @super__house @wentrcek_zebulon
Your ultimate indulgence: Feeling two pieces of satin rub together