Jason Roskey, Maggie Goudsmit and one-year-old Beatrice (whom you’ll spot running around in a few photos below!) live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Jason has a background in visual arts — collage, sculpture and drawing — but he became more interested in exploring furniture construction and began experimenting with hand tools. Jason just started the furniture and design company Fern and his home is filled with his designs. As a fashion photographer, Maggie has an eye for the sculptural and often works with Jason on refining the pieces. I love the relaxed, rustic look that results from the couple’s collaboration. There are some great details in this peek. Check out that pot rack and the photo-collage wall, which I love! Thanks to Jason, Maggie & Beatrice! And special thanks to Maggie for the lovely photos! — Amy A.
Jason: Maggie was lucky enough to have this apartment to herself for a few years prior to my arrival! Thankfully our styles mesh very well — I like hand-built and vintage furniture with substantial materials (wood, iron, leather, etc.) and Maggie’s style is slanted more toward a clean, clutter-free white box with some very elegant iconic pieces.
Maggie: I love our bedroom. It gets wonderful light. It is simple and just has a sense of calmness to the room. We built both of the bedrooms with sliding Plexiglass doors with exposed hardware. The frosted Plexi keeps the bedrooms private but allows light to pass into the living room and my office space. The framed pieces over the bed are puzzles of faces from a 1970s children’s psychology test that I found at our amazing local bookstore, Spoonbill & Sugartown. I just glued them together and matted them. Other parts of the test are seen in the piece I made, hanging in the living room.
Image above: Jason: I think this portion of our bedroom represents our combined style as much as any other place in the house — a mix of sleek, minimal furnishings (the credenza and the Eames rocker) with vintage and organic objects (the lamp, mirror, the antique fan and the pecan-tree stump stool).
Image above: Jason: The table is Fern’s Cloud Table, which is a simple found cast-iron pedestal with an orchard-salvaged slab of claro walnut from northern California. I picked up the French laundry crate at an antique store in Texas.
Maggie: My mom made large, framed photo collages of her and my dad, myself, and my three siblings that still hang in her living room. I loved looking at them as a kid and feel nostalgic when I look at them now. So in our entryway I have pictures of our loved ones, places we have traveled . . . memories. Beatrice loves looking at the pictures and it is a great way for her to see all of the people that love her and don’t get to see her often.
Image above: Maggie: Jason and I came up with this hanging pot-rack solution. We are lucky to have exposed beams in our kitchen so we hung rope and pipe from the beam.
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Image above: Jason: This is my workspace, which consists of a couple of recent Fern pieces. The desk is solid maple with a leather writing pad and a secret box recessed into the top. I finished the maple with an old gunsmith’s recipe to give it the grayish color. The Beam Desk Lamp is made from a heartpine beam I found on the street, brass and a blackened walnut dowel.
Image above: Maggie: The living room is where we spend our time in the evening. With just Jason’s beautiful lamp on, it is really cozy. I scored the anatomy chart from the amazing store Kabinett & Kammer of Andes, NY.
Jason: The shelving unit is constructed of pipe fittings and reclaimed Douglas-fir beams from the old Colgate building on Pearl Street in Manhattan. It separates the living room from Maggie’s office.
Image above: Maggie: Here you can see the other piece I made from the vintage psychology test. It is a test about chronology. The patient has to put the drawings on the tiles in the order of the story it tells. On the back of each tile is a letter that spells out a word relating to the story so the doctor knows whether the patient put them in correct order or not. So on the other side of the canvas I drew mirrored squares in the same pattern as the tiles and drew the letters that are on the back of the test.
Image above: Jason: Like most large, open kitchens, everyone seems to gather in this area. The building is an old toy factory and our unit still has the remnants of the elevator shaft. It’s a great place to entertain and we spend a lot of time here.
Image above: Maggie: This is a detail of our open shelving for our everyday dishes and glassware. Beatrice loves swinging, so we hung one from the exposed beam that was originally part of the building’s elevator shaft. As much as I dream about having an elevator for our 4th floor walk-up, the swing in the kitchen makes cooking with a toddler easier. Jason made the bench that peeks into the frame.
Image above: Jason: This is our seating area in the kitchen/dining room. Again, it’s a mix of both our styles. The midcentury-era kilim rug came from Zurich, and I built the coffee table out of a cross-cut slab of claro walnut.
Image above: Maggie: We bought an old eight-foot schoolhouse chalkboard before Bea was born that Jason and I had to have, but never really knew what to do with. We ended up hanging it across the entire length of Bea’s bedroom. We hung canvas storage buckets underneath the blackboard for toy storage.
Image above: Maggie: This is a detail of my office wall, where I hang inspiration and some of my own work.