Martin Young Design


Design Inspiration
In a WFH era, we ask, can a sitting room only really be a sitting room? Tucked away at the end of a hallway, we imagined a tranquil space removed from daily routine. We composed the room as an ensemble of human activity, layered with foliate motifs, vibrant neutrals, and blue, green, and cranberry hints. In our room Silhouettes, we bridge our interests in dressmaker details, technological craft, and historical references, married with atmospheric effect.

We created a color palette of similar valued hues to enhance the light and reflective quality of the space. A lacquered-like ceiling in sepia and charcoal tones finishes the room with a Japanese inspired basket weave pattern on hand-printed sisal wallpaper and a wall of fabric to counter-balance architectural lines.

Our room is a catchall for conversation and reflection. A draped daybed with hydrangea-patterned fabric, allows the comforts for lounging and napping. A sinuously shaped leather armchair represents technological craft as serene simplicity for reading or chatting. An original Arts and Crafts chair adds structure for desk-side writing and working.

We focused on shape, geometry, and texture to harmonize a group of distinct elements – stone bookshelf, roll-top desk, marbleized mirror, tables, and lamps — a mix of vintage, antique, and bespoke furnishings layered with unique objects and art. A woven rug anchors the room, and curtain panels provide an informal touch.

Wall-ceiling corner trim, door trim, and baseboard: Hailstorm in eggshell finish by C2 Paint.

Window trim: Artichoke Heart in eggshell finish by C2 Paint.


Step 1: Base coat in color Moccasin by Benjamin Moore.

Step 2: Faux finished hombre-stipple pattern in sepia and charcoal tones.

Step 3: Eleven clear coats of automotive paint with sanding and buffing between each layer.

Walls / Ceilings
Walls (at three walls) – material Holland & Sherry wall covering, Kurama Trinity; hand printed sisal; an inspired antique Japanese basket weave pattern. To the trade at Holland & Sherry; retail at Martin Young Design.

Fabric Wall (at main wall) – material Holland & Sherry, Melange Wool Flannel, color Patagonia Dusty Blue; applied as a ripple fold curtain, manufactured by The Shade Store.

Custom design and made for MYD, by Mitchell Denburg Collection.

To the trade at Grey Lux; retail at Martin Young Design.

Hakwood wood flooring Duoplank European oak, Valor (Authentic Collection),

Window Treatment
Curtain panels with rings and hooks through Martin Young Design.

Natasha Baradaran fabric, collection Nina, color Hazel, through De Sousa Hughes; trimmed with Rogers & Goffigon glazed linen, collection Somerset, color Tar, through Kneedler Fauchère.

Curtain panel hardware: hooks by Joseph Giles in dark bronze wax finish.

Light Fixtures
Leo Spotlight with Bronze metal and Blackened Ash, by Allied Maker.

Sconce and table lamp: NH Collection designed by Neri & Hu made by Artemide.

Vintage floor lamp: designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen; produced by Holm Sørensen & Co. in Denmark; brass and lacquer; ca. 1950s.

ALL items available for purchase through MYD Chairish – see last page with pricing.

Mirror – French 19th century large painted mantle mirror; original mirrored glass shows patina consistent with age; original frame later modified with new base for floor and refinished with marble pattern to highlight clean lines and subtle moulding details; France, 19th century; 0.5″ deep  cleat at backside, added later to securely position in place; dimensions 54.5″ wide x 1.5″ deep x 85.25″ high.

Side chair – Original Arts & Crafts oak side chair with sleigh base and narrow back; wood patina consistent with age; wood frame tightened and waxed, replaced webbing and upholstered with Safari green tweed linen by Studio Four NYC Textiles; ca. 1900s; 17″ wide x 39″ high x 20″ deep; seat 18″ high.

Roll-top desk – Vintage roll-top desk designed by Hans Eichenberger, made by Röthlisberger; contains working surface, three glass shelves and two drawers; can be closed and locked with a roll-top made of solid, half-round, individually chamfered slats; limited quantity produced from 1977 through late 1980’s; Swiss engineering embodied in an unexpected shape and delivering functionalism and elegance; ebony stained mahogany with chrome hardware; Switzerland, ca. 1980; 34″ wide x 24″ deep x 39.5″ high

Étagère– Original stone étagère with chiseled edges and arched cut-outs; a unique sculptural storage unit crafted from both solid and laminated travertine stone; comprised of five open alcoves can be used for objects and books; the unit has a squared front façade with a curved back profile; rough edges counter-balance smooth honed surfaces; one corner at the base is restored; France, ca. 1970s; 30″ wide x 20″ deep x 74″ high

Nesting tables – Vintage set of (3) nesting tables; original black enameled wire metal frames with later-made plaster crackled tops; Netherlands, ca.1960’s; large 17.75″ wide x 16″ high x 17.75″ deep; medium 15″ wide x 14″ high x 15″ deep; small 12.25″ wide x 12″ high x 12.25″ x deep.

Tabouret – Original painted tabouret; small early-American hand carved low stool or table; layers of red paint with exposed underlayers of green paint; patina consistent with age.

Floor lamp – see above under Light Fixtures.

Chaise sofa – Tufted and draped chaise sofa designed by MYD and crafted in San Francisco by family owned workroom; constructed with dress-making  details to highlight a traditional, yet updated, floral pattern by Michael Smith; upholstered in Deauville by Jasper Fabric, 100% cotton; 76″ wide x 31.5″ high x 34″ deep; back/arm 24″ high; seat 17.5″ high.

Throw pillow 1 – Round throw pillow with center tuft designed by MYD and crafted in San Francisco by family owned workroom; made with green-blue Tuscania linen by Rose Tarlow; filled with feather and down; no separate insert required; 18″ diameter x 1.5″ deep.

Throw pillow 2 – Square pillow with corner patch designed by MYD and crafted in San Francisco by family owned workroom; tone-on-tone texture made with blue felted wool sourced from Scotland and blue linen; filled with feather and down; no separate insert required; 19″ square x 1.5″ deep.

Throw 1 – Envió throw by Madda Studio; felted with textural raw wool from Chiapas and merino wool, the 100% natural fiber throw is a unique item; it was created by Maddalena Forcella to showcase her talent and skill as a textile artist; made in Mexico.

Armchair – Exo Armchair in cognac color leather by Eponimo; leather covered polyurethane panels are sewn together to form a rigid structure that is both light and comfortable; a subtle tilt of the base and flexibility of the armrests combine minimal geometry with  movements of the body; made in Italy; 27″wide x 35″ high x 33″deep; sloped arm 29″high; seat height 16″ high.

Throw pillow 3 – Round throw pillow with patch and center tuft designed by MYD and crafted in San Francisco by family owned workroom; made with Safari green tweed linen by Studio Four NYC Textiles and cranberry red color linen; filled with feather and down; no separate insert required; 17″ diameter x 1.5” deep.

Throw 2 – Studio throw; hand-woven with blue gray wool and raw silk; made in India; 50″ wide x 70″ long.

Side table – Triple Tier Tall Hex Side Table; artist Bari Ziperstein, known as B Zippy, creates ceramics inspired by Brutalist design and Cold War-era architecture; stoneware with iron gate glaze; 15″ wide x 22″ high x 15″ deep.

Area rug – Studio area rug made to size by Mitchell Denburg; woven with natural gray heathered wool and custom dyed wool; made in Guatemala; 9′-9″ wide x 11′-11″ long.

Sconce and table lamp – see above under Light Fixtures.

Equipment / Appliances
Electrical switches and outlets by Forbes and Lomax, Invisible finish for wallpaper.

Painting (above chaise sofa) by Ann Gale, Shawna in Lines, 2016, oil on canvas, 44″ x 58″ 

(framed 45.25″ x 59.25″), Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

Photograph (of dog) by Peter Hujar, Will: Char-pei (I), 1985 / printed 2014, pigment print, edition of 10, 22-1/2″ x 22-3/4″ (framed), Fraenkel Gallery.

Photograph (adjacent to mirror) by Richard Misrach, Clouds, June 5, 2014, 12:17pm, France, 2014 / printed 2019, pigment print, edition of 7, 18-1/4″ x 22-3/4″ (framed), Fraenkel Gallery.

Photograph (adjacent to mirror) by Richard Misrach, Clouds, July 6, 2018, 8:04pm, CA, 2018 / printed, 2018, pigment print, edition of 7, 22″ x 27-5/8″ (framed), Fraenkel Gallery.

Sculpture (on wall) by Andrew Hayes, Whole and Parts, 2017, steel, paper, 16″ x 7″ x 3″, Seager/Gray Gallery.

Sculpture (on wall) by Andrew Hayes, Nesting Color, 2016, steel, book pages, 11″ x 7.5″ x 3.5″, Seager/Gray Gallery.

Sculpture (on desktop) by Andrew Hayes, Swage, 2015, altered book, steel, paint, 12″ x 9″ x 3″, Seager/Gray Gallery.

Sculpture (in etagere) by Andrew Hayes, Pip II, 2018, steel, book pages, 7.5″ x 5″ x 4″, Seager/Gray Gallery.

Sculpture by Deloss Webber, Kimono Series 1, 2018, travertine, rattan, pigment, 10″ x 7″ x 2″.

Various studio ceramics by Vander Molen Ceramics; stoneware vessels with combined matte and semi-matte glazes in warm black tones; made-to-order through MYD on Chairish:

Positive/Negative Vase 01.

Positive/Negative Vase 02.

Positive/Negative Vase 03.

Positive/Negative Vase 04.

Pedestal Small.

Pedestal Medium.

Pedestal Large.

Chairish Shop
These items may be available for sale at “Shop the Showcase” on

Mirror $15,700 retail.

Side chair $4,980 retail.

Roll-top desk $11,300.

Étagère $14,300.

Nesting tables $4,800.

Tabouret $550.

Chaise sofa $32,800.

Round pillow 1 $1,100.

Square pillow 2 $1,600.

Throw 1 $950.

Armchair $7,205.

Armchair throw pillow $1,250.

Throw 2 $600.

Side table $3,360.

Area rug $13,300.

Pendant light fixture $1,330.

Floor lamp $8,250.

Other Items for Sale
Shawna in Lines by Ann Gale $50,000.

Will: Char-pei (I) by Peter Hujar$10,000.

Clouds, June 5, 2014, 12:17pm, France by Richard Misrach $6,200.

Clouds, July 6, 2018, 8:04pm, CA by Richard Misrach $6,200.

Whole and Parts by Andrew Hayes (on wall) $4,200.

Nesting Color by Andrew Hayes (on wall) $3,200.

Swage by Andrew Hayes (on desktop) $3,200.

Pip II by Andrew Hayes (in etagere) $2,500.

Kimono Series 1 by Deloss Webber (under desk) $1,100.

Positive/Negative Vase 01 $300.

Positive/Negative Vase 02 $300.

Positive/Negative Vase 03 $300.

Positive/Negative Vase 04 $300.

Pedestal Small $150.

Pedestal Medium $225.

Pedestal Large $300.