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.