Meet Our Room for Color Judges: Doug & Gene Meyer

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Our judges will be hard at work this weekend, reviewing your Room for Color favorites in all five categories. This afternoon and tomorrow we're introducing you to each of our lovely panel members one by one, talented designers and color lovers, all. Last, but not least, is Doug and Gene Meyer!

Here's what you need to know about these two brothers...

In most design circles, the names Doug and Gene Meyer tend to dispense introductions. The designers are renowned for producing highly accomplished, colorful manifestations of home product, interiors and fashion collections for decades, having cemented their reputation amongst other designers, clients, editors and museum curators.

Both Meyer brothers attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. Gene studied Fashion Design while Doug opted for Fine Arts. Between them, they worked for numerous personalities and brands such as Holly Solomon, Donna Karan, Anne Klein, and Geoffrey Beene. Gene went on to launch eponymous women's and men's collections for which he won two CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards. After working for legendary gallerist Holly Solomon and New York's Metro Pictures Gallery, Doug became a private dealer specializing in mid-20th Century furniture, and started creating iconic color driven interiors. Doug has landed on Architectural Digest France “80 Most Influential Designers in the World” for four years running.

Known collectively and individually as master colorists, each brother brings his singular perspective and visual references to each interior or product designed by the studio. Their designs are based on a shared logic of geometry that incorporates historical design references from the eighteenth century to modern times. Even if Doug and Gene Meyer start their design process by referencing subtle and classic forms, their final products are invariably mixed with graphic shapes, revealing the brothers’ obsession for texture and color mixing. If the design structure that influences their work is clearly Modernist, it is the confident and playful mastery of color that makes Doug and Gene Meyer’s work not only coveted by buyers but also admired by their creative peers.
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Here's Gene's favorite colorful room...

My favorite colorful room is actually a portrait of Gloria Vanderbilt, shot in her South Hampton house. She decorated this house entirely on her own in the late 1960s.The room's dramatic coloration has an icy mint sheen broken up by the simple freshness of pink, sky blue, and black gingham pillows. (Who but the gifted Ms. Vanderbilt would have ever mixed Fortuny fabric with good ol' American gingham!) The room's colors are distributed like a Matisse painting, cut with just enough black to bring it all wonderfully together. I love when rooms are photographed with their creators and Ms. Vanderbilt is one of my favorite artists / designers. She has a youthful freshness and an almost evil glamour that is beautifully conveyed in this Francesco Scavullo portrait. Who ever imagined how glamorous pastel colors could look!
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And now Doug's...

That is a tough question for me - I LOVE so many different spaces - I never have a favorite - but one that I'm loving now is the Blue Velvet room at Chiswick House in London. It was built in 1792 and adorned with all the froth and frills money could buy at the time.

A concept I use in many rooms is the idea of using only two colors to create a powerful space. Gold and blue are the colors of choice here. This combination in today's world is almost unexpected — the blue in two shades are both simple, modern, and smooth as well as elaborate, traditional, and textured. The walls and fabric are a contrast in matte and shin,y while the gold is highly reflective. This room combines all the elements I adore (limited colors, texture, solid areas of color mixed with complex areas, combining shiny and dull surfaces, using unusual color combinations and making classic objects look new again). That is what I call a sexy room!

To see more of Doug and Gene Meyer’s work and history as designers of fashion, accessories, rugs, fabrics, interiors, furniture, and special projects, visit their website.

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(Images: Mark Roskams; Francesco Scavullo; Londontown)

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