As for the interiors, “the client wanted a mix of styles,” says Gath. “We ‘narrowed’ it down to midcentury modern, art deco, brutalism, and neo-modernism, all with a touch of 1970s California.” In Gath’s deft hands, the mélange of design influences ended up sophisticated rather than sloppy. Neutral tones dominate the larger, big-ticket items, while colorful art and accessories act as conversation starters. A collection of vintage toy ray guns mounted on a yellow-painted board offers a slightly menacing, slightly playful greeting as visitors enter and climb the ink-colored stairs. On the top level, an open layout connects the living and dining areas to the kitchen. The organic lines of the teak coffee table from Noir subtly contrast with the angles of the brushed cotton–blend sofa and worn leather chairs. The coffee-and-cream-colored area rug’s sharp spiked pattern nods to midcentury Japanese textiles, and four vintage industrial rubber–wrapped panels from Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings above the couch proudly sport paint, frays, and years of wear and tear. The showstopper in the dining area is Matt Phillips’s Waves, a sunny-hued, large-scale collage that holds court over a walnut Corbett table by Room & Board, Knoll’s Risom chairs, and leather Lewis chairs from HD Buttercup. Though not initially a conscious decision, yellow percolates through the project, adding arcadeesque pops to the elegant décor. »
GRAY ISSUE No. TWENTY-TWO
The DESIGN MAGAZINE for the Pacific Northwest.