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sneak peek: wary meyers

by anne

until i started researching designers for the current regional roundup series on portland, maine, i must admit that i just assumed that wary meyers was based out of nyc. so it was a pleasant surprise to find that this big time name whose style i love – not only for look, but also for their budget conscious resourcefulness – was producing such incredible work off the main track (you can find linda and john’s regional roundup feature in part 1). so we’re thrilled today to share a mini peek of some of the creative spaces of linda and john’s portland home that they kindly sent over. you can find the full sized images here, but don’t forget to check out their website with lots more fabulous images of their home. stay tuned at 1:30 for another fantastic sneak peek, and part 2 of the regional roundup: portland will be up tomorrow. [thanks so much linda and john!]anne

[Above: This is the living room. The walls are left in lathe form like a barn. The coffee table is by Harvey Probber, from the now defunct 26th St. flea market. We found the Eames chairs and ottomans splattered with bird-doo in an old stable up in Maine. This was taken in the morning, when we’re fortunate that this whole side of the apartment is flooded with light.]


This is the downstairs studio where the painting takes place. Hanging from the ceiling is a 16 foot canoe that John painted like blue willow pottery. The chairs and ottoman are by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, the table (used as desk) is Milo Baughman. Those Saarinen-style lamp shades over the desk are everywhere in Canada, where John and I honeymooned with a Winnebago, our cats, and a map of thrift shops.


The upstairs bedroom studio. The sewing desk is actually a thick lucite and formica Karl Springer we found in a Key Largo Realtors office. The other desk is a 1963 teak Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. The sewing machine is a Necchi Logica designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, of the “folded-paper” design school (think Lotus and Lamborhini.) The graphic was something I doodled and John painted on the wall one day.


A corner of the apartment with a much overgrown spider plant and a pair of purple Pierre Paulin chairs from 1972 . The wallpaper is actually old fabric, liquid starched onto the wall. If you attempt this be sure to wear a raincoat.


This is part of our pottery collection, which runs the gamut from stuff made at camp to old Bennington to a Brothers Kirkpatrick.

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  • this sneak peak makes me want soft and fuzzy rugs in all of my rooms. with a two year old, it might be of tragic consequences, however.

  • This is hands down my fav sneak peek! I love their work. WM are so talented. They are the ultimate thrifters.

  • Whoa, I am LOVING this feel. Not necessarily the big silver thing or the woman in the poster in the living room photo, but everything else: veeeery cool. Totally the kind of vibe I’d want in my place.

  • i wanted to let you know that the link to flickr doesn’t have the permissions set correctly…so i can see the large photos.

    also…those lathe form walls are the stuff that dreams are made of.

  • Do you have any info on the purple swivel chairs? I fouund one on a skip in London 10 years ago and its still in a sorry state but feel all inspired seeing yours re-furbished.

  • Thanks everyone!! Kim- the teapot was made by Peter Saenger and- geek alert- appeared in Star Trek as Picard’s private tea service! Valentina, I do love that Hisako Mizuno work though! Jess and Jane- the purple swivel chairs are Eames for Herman Miller. I’m sure they’re not made in purple leather and wool anymore- they have a delivery date of 1974 on the bottoms. Interestingly they were found a year apart at two different yard sales, but they share the same “property of Maine Bank and Trust” pedigree. Yellow Owl, indeed the prints are by Josef Albers I’m glad you like them!
    Thanks again to Anne and Grace!

  • wow really amazing images, i know it’s a little old post but hopefully this coment will still be allowed. think the addition of the plants really tops off each room. i currently am adding a plant hire service to my cleaning company which i hope to have running soon. imo no one should be a few meters away from a plant :D

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