TOP: Gath selected restrained, masculine furnishings for the master bedroom, including a Room & Board Wyatt bed, a Stacy Logan area rug, a Toro lounge chair from Blu Dot, and a gray Owen side table from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. The nightstand is by Tom Dixon through Inform Interiors. Bottom: The powder room features a glass pendant fixture from Niche Modern and a painting by an unknown artist, found at Red Snapper in Portland.
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In the kitchen, Gath spruced up the original cabinets and contrasting dark soapstone counters with bold, eye-catching art—not least Carrie Mae Smith’s Parade of Steaks, a painting of 15 slabs of raw meat against a light-turquoise background. “On many projects, I pull a large group of paintings and present them to the client,” Gath says. “He initially hated the meat painting, but later he admitted that he couldn’t stop thinking about it. I love it when a client develops a kind of connection to a piece out of left field.” Moving away from ray guns and meat paintings, Gath made the bedroom minimalist at the client’s request. To focus on texture, he set the linen-covered Room & Board bed on a copper-and-teal Stacy Logan shag rug. “Copper and teal are pretty much my least favorite words,” he says with a laugh, “but in this piece they were just so right together.” Not every designer can create cohesive interiors out of styles as far-flung as the East Coast is from the West, but in this project, Gath proves that distance means nothing: fusing disparate elements requires only a little imagination and choosing items you just can’t live without. h
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