DOUG AND GENE MEYER opened their design studio in 2004 after a lifetime of personal and professional admiration inspired them to work together. Since the brothers joined creative forces, the Kentucky natives, now based in New York City and Miami, have gained a reputation for a unique range of products from fabrics to rugs, furniture, accessories, as well as fashion and interior design projects.
Both Meyers attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. Gene studied fashion and, after a stint designing with Donna Karan at Anne Klein, worked for legendary fashion designer Geoffrey Beene for 11 years before launching eponymous, women’s and men’s collections for which he won two CFDA Awards. His first venture under the Gene Meyer label was a women’s made to order collection, this collection led to many licensing agreements, the most famous being his sought-after collection of graphic silk men’s ties.
The cornerstone of these licensing agreements was the Gene Meyer men’s wear collection, with New York City runway shows (twice a year) from 1995-2001. His latest venture in fashion was an exclusive men’s and women’s collection under the Gene Meyer label for Marshall Field’s Department Store which mounted Gene Meyer boutiques for both men’s and women’s collections in 65 doors from 2001-2004.
Doug studied Fine Arts and later trained his eye working alongside his mentor legendary art dealer Holly Solomon.
He next became a private dealer specializing in mid-century furniture while simultaneously taking on interior design projects. In addition he has mounted critically acclaimed exhibitions of his personal art work. For five years he served as the design editor of the Miami Herald’s Home & Design Magazine and an editor for Metropolitan Home Magazine. Doug has landed on Architectural Digest France “80 Most Influential Designers In The World” for three years running.
The brothers’ exposure to the heady, glamorous, behind-the-scenes worlds of art and fashion in 80s/90s New York helped form their viewpoints, understanding of and outlook on the design world and contributed to their unique interpretations and expressions of how people live.
Known collectively and individually as master colorists, each brother brings his singular perspective and visual references to each product and design produced by the studio. Doug and Gene’s designs are based on a shared logic, then peppered with historical references from the 18th century to modern times: Subtle and classic forms mixed with bold and graphic shapes, layers of elegance and detail augmented by the brothers love of unexpected color and textural combinations.
The Doug and Gene Meyer brand helps clients realize their full potential and fulfill their wildest dreams with inspired, beautiful and timely design.