Portland interior designer Max Humphrey is known for his low key, unpretentious approach. We’ve been stoked to work with him on multiple projects from designing City Home’s showrooms to staging local real estate projects including Goat Blocks and, most recently, Couch 9 apartments in the Pearl District.
Max Humphrey in City Home's SE Portland Central Eastside Industrial District Showroom
Max designed three unique units at Couch 9 utilizing products from City Home: a bohemian retreat, a modern cowboy’s hideaway and a globally inspired living space.
"My favorite part about the Couch 9 project was inventing the person that I imagined would live in each unit as a way to give each space its own personality. Living in one I was picturing an urban cowboy, one was an eccentric hippie, and the other was an international man of mystery." - Max Humphrey
THE BOHEMIAN RETREAT
A desert-inspired space featuring free-spirited notes of indigo dyed patterns, wicker and plenty of plant life. Products shown: Les Suite Sofa by Justina Blakeney, Doyle Chair, Guggenheim Rust Marble End Table
A MODERN COWBOY’S HIDEAWAY
Textural delights include cowhide, top grain leather and sheepskin - a place to kick your cowboy boots off and relax. Products Shown: Genoa Cowhide Sling Chair, Dylan Chair, Vane Wishbone Chair, Sheepskin
An eclectic mix of rustic and modern featuring bold abstract art and two outside-the-box lounging options. Products Shown: Pioneer Sideboard, Oblique Wall Art Decor, Genoa Cowhide Sling Chair, Dylan Chair
GLOBALLY INSPIRED LIVING SPACE
All photography by Christopher Dibble
Q&A WITH MAX HUMPHREY
Q: Your latest collaboration with City Home was staging three units for a new apartment building, Couch 9, in Portland's Pearl District. What were the highlights of that project for you?
A: My favorite part about the Couch 9 project was inventing the person that I imagined would live in each unit as a way to give each space its own personality. Living in one I was picturing an urban cowboy, one was an eccentric hippie, and the other was an international man of mystery.
Q: What interior designers are inspiring you right now?
A: I mostly get inspired by prop stylists these days. I love the work of Sibella Court, Hans Blomquist, and whoever it is that styles the Ikea catalogues.
Q: You just launched a custom fabric line - how's that been going and what's your vision for the future of the line?
Q: What are your top tips for DIY interior design and home decor?
Q: You've got a great Pacific Northwest feel to your interior design approach - how does this region influence your work?
Q: Who are your top 10 favorite accounts to follow on Instagram?