Jason and Katie Maine comprise Maine Design’s husband-and-wife duo. Maine Design’s passion resides in curating antiques with contemporary works. This European sensibility creates a clean vernacular that feels relevant and livable today.
What inspired this career path for you? We both grew up as really creative children. Both of Katie’s grandparents were interior designers and some of her earliest memories are of sorting fabrics and drawing with rainbow- colored Clarence House pencils. It was destined. Jason began working for a small mom-and-pop design firm, and fell in love with the incredible projects he saw while looking at interior design magazines at work. He decided to move to LA and pursue a dream to work for Michael Smith, whom he ultimately became Studio Director for.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? We are really inspired by fashion. We often see ready-to-wear details and incorporate them into our design in the form of a curtain pleat we see in a killer skirt, or an “off” color with just the right amount of dusty undertone from a fashion week show.
Tell us about your creative process. Our first step in the creative process is understanding the project and the client—who they are, how they want to use the space. Are there kids, dogs, parties, etc.? Understanding the work and the audience creates the context of the project. From that point on, we spend a lot of time trying to make the space look effortless.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Soulful, clean, relevant and livable.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? Definitely Holland & Sherry fabrics! We use of a ton of wovens, and their fabrics really have the richest simplicity and advanced color tones. For sure, a staple in every project.
Who do you look up to in the design world? Our favorite spaces are by Steven Volpe, François Champsaur, and Pierre Yovanovitch.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? We would love to design fashion retail for an avant-garde brand like Balmain. A project like that would really let us be aggressively forward thinking, design-wise, in ways that might not work in a home.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. We always say we would rather be celebrated designers than celebrity ones any day.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? We still have a big crush on tangible, printed magazines. Our favorites are Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, andWorld of Interiors. There is something special about being able to touch and feel the pages when you are looking at the projects selected each month.
What do you love about Viyet? Viyet is so incredible! There has never been a source (besides auction) to resell beautiful things that might not work for your client anymore. Once we had a client who had moved between English and Mediterranean houses and had an enormous inventory. Before Viyet there was no way of exposing his items to a large audience of designers.