sneak peek: maayan pearl


Maayan Pearl is a multi-disciplinary designer who moved to New York to attend Cooper Union; these days, she works as a graphic designer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine. After graduating, she relocated to Brooklyn with her boyfriend, David. Since their move three years ago, they’ve been working to replace dorm-style furniture with a mix of thrift store finds, IKEA items and things they’ve been coveting for years. Maayan’s personal style is inspired by the lovely ladies at Vena Cava (see their peek here!), Alvin Lustig, Tibor Kalman (plus a few other iconic designers) and her own circle of friends. Maayan’s favorite ongoing personal project is her blog, Look Who I Pet Today, which documents her adventures petting animals with the hope of translating the endeavor into print. Thanks so much, Maayan, and thanks to fellow BusinessWeek co-worker Emily Keegin for the photographs! — Anne

Image above: Our living room is by far my favorite room of the apartment. The rug is from IKEA, which I bartered from a friend for a bottle of whiskey. The pillows from left are IKEA, CB2, AREAWARE and IKEA. The side table with the record player was a gift from my days at the now-retired I.D. Magazine. The bookshelf, dining table and chair are from CB2, as well. The coffee table, one of my prized possessions, was made for me by David as a Christmas present a few years ago after driving him crazy in the search for the “coffee table of my dreams.” The wood was scavenged from the demolition site of a 200-year-old factory in Manhattan, and the hair-pin legs are made by Ohio base designer Ian Maclean.

Image above: Our apartment is a walkthrough in a brownstone building located in Carroll Gardens. At the entrance of the apartment are two Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs given to me by my friend Seth at Topos Graphics. I made the two rows of drawings above the chairs, which recently won an award from Print Magazine. The clock sitting on the wooden side table was given to me by the head of the copy desk at BusinessWeek. The clock has been with the magazine since the 70s, until we moved to our new offices in the Bloomberg towers. The OPEN sign was a gift from my boyfriend when we first moved into the apartment.

Image above: The thing I love most about my apartment is the man I live with.

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Image above: The bedroom is surprisingly the largest room in the apartment and was most likely intended to be the living room. There are four doors to get into the apartment; we followed the previous tenant in deciding which room went where. Most of the furniture in the bedroom is surprisingly IKEA: bed frame, sheets (which I love and think are simple and perfect) and dresser. The bookshelf on the far right was built-in like many of the lovely molding details in the apartment. The floor tiles are framed around the bed and from CB2. I made the nude drawing above the bed at some point in college, and the gorgeous letter “A” print above the bookshelf is a print from typographer/illustrator Jessica Hisch. The side table on the left was a street find, and the Danish modern table was a thrift store find for $25.

Image above: The colorful “M” print over the faux fireplace is by designer Reed Burgonye and was a part of his thesis show at Cooper Union. The clock was an eBay find by a designer in Japan. The “thanks” blocks on the mantle and in the living room are by Allan McCollum. The candles are an assortment of CB2 and diptyque candles, which I think every home should have. David bought me the Edison bulbs, which I carefully held on to for a year until we moved into the apartment together. The moon print I bought last summer at the Brimfield antique show.

Image above: Our kitchen is one of the strangest rooms in the apartment, paneled with wood and yellow tiles. The tasty hamburger sign was purchased with a stack of other mottos hanging in the office.

Image above: The silkscreened The Ten Primary Cloud Formations is a fantastic Etsy find from artist Macroscopic Market. I gave this to David, who is an avid sailor. The print sitting on my typewriter, by Mara Caffarone, I bought as a birthday gift to myself.

Image above: You can see one of the four doors best in this photo. We tried our best to cover up the door with a large plant, which didn’t last long and was replaced by the arm chair you see there. The oval mirror was purchased at a vintage store on Court Street. The ceramic parrot was another major find at the Brimfield antique show. The speech bubble was a gift from the editors at Print Magazine. My friend and fellow designer Jessica Walsh has the other speech bubble pillow in her home. The gorgeous red pillow behind it is by Ross Menuez, which I bought from one of my favorite stores, AREAWARE.

Image above: This is my little studio space, which is a smaller room off of the bedroom. We also have the luxury of using it as a storage space. The room is mostly piles of my old notebooks, pens, pencils, my paper collection and old drawings. I like to surround the room with old photos of my family in Israel from the 50s.

Image above: The “pay attention” sticker I got from an AIGA Scott Stowell lecture in 2009; it acts as a nice reminder every morning.

  1. Great space! I love the quirky details, like the “Open” sign.

  2. Jess says:

    Your apartment is really awesome, Ms. Pearl, which is why your NJ poster in the state mottos project was such a disappointment.

  3. Belly B says:

    What a beautiful home! I love how it’s so bright yet really cosy! :) Especially with that typewriter. Amazing!

  4. marie says:

    loving your clocks. i’ve always wanted a huge old-fashioned one and now i might need to start searching

  5. julia says:

    No surprise that Maayan would have great taste in her home! Love all vintage signage and clocks, and the bright pops of color against the clean white. I wouldn’t mind living there one bit : )

  6. dear jess, i’ve been to new jersey. ms. pearl’s 50 state poster was both poignant and truthful, hardly a disappointment, however, i do agree that her apartment is lovely.

  7. Liz says:

    In love with this place! Suddenly my own Brooklyn pad seems in a dire need of a freshening up. Thanks so much for letting us into your home.

  8. Marta says:

    I love the second photo with these framed little drawings and the awesome tulip chairs (I really love the design of these chairs)!

  9. Julia says:

    Love the palette – so fresh! Can I ask you where your sofa is from?

  10. LOVE this so very much ;) I could live here in an instant.

  11. kate says:

    beautiful home. and i love that sofa + chaise!

  12. Vanessa says:

    Please tell us where your sofa is from!! I am searching for a beauty like the one in your lovely apartment.

  13. Lola says:

    Yes, beautiful home. Who makes the sofa + chaise?

  14. holly says:

    love love love it. Where did you get that great rug in the first pic?

  15. Frances says:

    This is such an inspiring space. That living room is going to be my benchmark standard from now on in – oh if only someone would make me my table of dreams!

  16. i love the plaster texture inside the picture molding! is that original? or did you add?

  17. sue says:

    i love the use of FLOR (not floor) tiles in the bedroom and want to copy it in my home. beautiful.

  18. maayan pearl says:

    julia, the couch is from room and board. sorry about that blurb mishap. it was a serious investment!

  19. maayan pearl says:

    the plaster texture is original circa the 60/70’s i believe.

  20. maria says:

    so lovely, and i must concur with the others, where is that sofa from??

  21. Leslie says:

    I would love to know where you got the clock by the bookshelf in the first picture. I’ve been looking for one just like that forever now! Very cute place!

  22. Julia says:

    I’m dying to know where that rug is from! gorgeous!

  23. Max Burgundy says:

    I love the apartment. Such nice taste Ms. Pearl. That table in the living room is terrific.

  24. sille says:

    the rug in the first picture is from ikea, called jorun.

  25. Meg A. says:

    DARN IT!! That’s the living room rug I wanted from Ikea but it’s sold out at the 2 stores near me!! (the dark zig-zag one).

  26. Anna says:

    I love that coffee table in the first picture, can someone please tell me where it’s from?

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I look at a LOT of home layouts and love, love, love yours because you describe it so personally. “The thing I love most about my apartment is the man I live with,” says it all. Things are things, places are places, but the man is the one you cherish the most if you are truly blessed.

  28. Merysa says:

    I wish there was a photo of the kitchen. Now I’m curious to see it.

  29. Katie says:

    LOVE this apartment! My place has a similar layout (and is also in Carroll Gardens) and this has given me so many new ideas.

  30. caroline says:

    love this little home! I love how they mix in ikea along with other goodies. I’m not a fan of those who say no, no to ikea when I bet they furnished their entire home with ikea before. eeek. negatively spewing out of my mouth.

  31. Helena says:

    I LOOVE your coffee table!

  32. Maayan pearl says:

    Thabk you for the kind words about our home everyone! To clarify a few things:
    The couch is room and board and the coffee table David made me. It was a lovely gift!

  33. Cary says:

    I love that wall clock in the first photo too. I would love to know where you got it!

  34. maayan pearl says:

    IKEA also. :)

  35. haana says:

    I love the gray floor..Could you tell me what it is?? I think it is some kinda vinyl flooring..

  36. Lana Kole says:

    Great place! LOVE the awesome wooden coffee table. Where’s it from? I’d like to have one like it for our studio exhibition space. Thanks for the inspiration!


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