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  Issue 20-2

  FEARLESS FANTASY
Designer Doug Meyer Fashions His Own Dream Home — A Playful South Beach Environment Awash In Vibrant Hues

 


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DESIGN
Doug Meyer, Doug & Gene Meyer Studio, Miami, FL, and New York, NY

TEXT
Tamara Moscowitz

PHOTOGRAPHY
Mark Roskams, New York, NY




Doug Meyer



 

Situated on a penthouse level with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami lies designer Doug Meyer’s fantasy home — “a labor of love” that reflects his unique style of mixing mid-20th-century furnishings in playful fabrics and colors. Already a resident of Miami, Meyer realized his dream of Barbie meets Barbarella by designing a 1,100-square-foot pied-á-terre, a getaway from his main house that doubles as living quarters for visiting friends.

Three elements unify the space: poured epoxy on the floors, painted Plexiglas panels and a palette confined to white, purple and pink — three of Meyer’s favorite colors since early childhood. An open expanse bathed in sunlight, the home exemplifies Meyer’s approach to designing interiors “as a site-specific installation where I repurpose familiar objects and furnishings to make it my own,” says the designer, who refashioned pieces from the 1950s to early ’70s to his exact creative vision.

Starting from the entrance, the eye is drawn to the living area’s center wall covering of three-dimensional squares, actual ceiling tiles from 1970 rescued from an old bank in Miami, that Meyer had sandblasted, painted and backed with purple-colored mirrored Plexiglas. The raised “Mod Pod” area rug, designed by Meyer and brother Gene for NIBA Rug Collections, is in the exact same scale. A pair of 1970s chrome occasional tables, topped with vintage table lamps with silver shades, flank an original Florence Knoll sofa from 1954 clad in white leather and accented by velvet pillows that the designer purchased in Morocco.

An armchair covered in leather-embossed snakeskin and an acrylic chair upholstered in white flokati complete the grouping and pull up to a limited edition cocktail table, custom designed by Meyer in chrome and mirrored mosaics.

Meyer’s fantasy home is “a labor of love” that reflects his unique style of mixing mid-20th-century furnishings in playful fabrics and colors.

Meyer used the French-influenced decorative process of églomisé to paint the wall covering of mixed silkscreen seashells on the back of white Plexiglas — a nod to the silkscreen images of Zodiac symbols created by Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti for a suite on the luxury liner SS Andrea Doria — which wraps around the living area and into the dining area. Here, sheer drapery fabric filters the sunlight and provides a background for sculptural furnishings including a 1969 eyeball light fixture by artist Nicola L. that watches over an original 1956 Eero Saarinen-designed pedestal table. Faux Bois pottery from the late 1950s and a Murano glass vase decorate the table.

The only enclosed space, the master bedroom displays personal art for familiar touches. Using purple mirrored Plexiglas panels flanking a white-leather headboard, Meyer introduces another material, a wood bench, to create interest. “I found that when I am in Miami, I spend more time in this condo,” says a very pleased designer commenting on the fruits of his labor. “It’s like a vacation.”

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Living Area
Acrylic lounge chair - Wright, Chicago, IL
Sofa, occasional tables and table lamps - M.A.D.E., Miami, FL
Leather-embossed snakeskin armchair, accent pillows, and circus accessories, maracas and decorative bowl on cocktail table - Owner’s Collection
Sofa and armchair fabric - Libra Leather, Inc., New York, NY
Wall covering, and cocktail and dollhouse tables - Custom designed and fabricated by Doug & Gene Meyer Studio, Miami, FL
Dollhouse - Laurie Simmons Studio, New York, NY
Amethyst accessories on cocktail table - Art by God, Inc., Miami, FL
Miniature picture frame on cocktail table - Christie’s, New York, NY
Sculpture on occasional table - Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market, Miami Beach, FL
Hanging sculpture - Team Gallery, Inc., New York, NY
Drapery fabric - The Perfect Shade & Sound Collection, Miami, FL
Area rug - Designed by Doug & Gene Meyer for NIBA Rug Collections, Miami, FL
Dining Area
Wall covering - Custom designed and fabricated by Doug & Gene Meyer Studio, Miami, FL
Chest - Glo, Miami, FL
Table and planter - Wright, Chicago, IL
Dining chairs - Sotheby’s, New York, NY
Front of chair fabric - Libra Leather, Inc., New York, NY
Back of chair fabric - Sobie Fabrics, Miami, FL
Eyeball light fixture - Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France
Vase - Revival, Chicago, IL
Pottery on table - Liz O’Brien, New York, NY
Decorative box on chest and Jules Pascin ink drawing - Christie’s, New York, NY
Cindy Sherman photograph on chest - Metro Pictures, New York, NY
Drapery fabric - The Perfect Shade & Sound Collection, Miami, FL
Master Bedroom
Wall covering and bedside tables - Custom designed and fabricated by Doug & Gene Meyer Studio, Miami, FL
Bed frame - West Elm, Miami, FL
Upholstered headboard wall fabric - Libra Leather, Inc., New York, NY
Bed covering - Calypso, Bal Harbour, FL Bench - Glo, Miami, FL
Fabric - Knoll, Inc., Bethpage, NY
Accent pillows, throw on bench, accessories on bedside table, and artwork both on white wall and above bedside table - Owner’s Collection
Tri-pod floor lamp - Revival, Chicago, IL
Drapery fabric - The Perfect Shade & Sound Collection, Miami, FL
Paper-mâché sculpture of woman to left of bed - Sotheby’s, New York, NY
Artwork on books - Christie’s, New York, NY

 

 

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