May 2010

True to Form Meier/Ferrer

  • Meier and Ferrer
  • The Zoid table
  • Katherine vanity
  • Troy stool

The Formalists

There are many paradigms for the creative duo: Maestro and Muse (Yves St. Laurent and Loulou de la Falaise); Straight Man and Doofus (Abbott and Costello); Sentence Finishers (Charles and Ray Eames), to name a few. Think of Ana Meier and Charlie Ferrer, both 28, as “the Brain.”

It’s an apt analogy for the principals of Meier/Ferrer, the one-year-old L.A.-based design studio. Meier is the right hemisphere, the seat of creativity. Ferrer represents the orderly left lobe. She designs the furniture, while he oversees production, quality control and business operations and leads the studio’s interiors projects.

Despite the clear division of labor, Ferrer says, “Our partnership is a highly collaborative one. The process of translating a rough furniture concept into a fully resolved piece requires constant back and forth on materials, finishes, construction details, scale and proportion. Occasionally we have differing opinions, but this usually leads to a more productive outcome.”

“Differing” indeed. After college, the Connecticut-born Ferrer set out on an interior-design track. He cites as influences the suave, polished work of decorators Billy Baldwin and Michael Taylor, as well as the ascetic, exotic interiors of Axel Vervoordt. Meier, a native New Yorker, came to L.A. hoping to launch a career in documentary films, but as the daughter of architects Richard Meier and Katherine Gormley, a move into design was perhaps inevitable.

Her first collection, which now comprises 16 pieces, was “most directly inspired by Gerrit Rietveld, in the way the furniture is broken down into basic shapes.” The pieces largely consist of simple planar geometric forms in combinations of wood and metal. “Our work is for the intellectual, the designer or collector who appreciates the elemental composition of the furniture,” Meier says. “We want to appeal to that person who seeks to create a statement without overstatement.”

And are the East Coast transplants discovering such people in Southern California? “There is a spirit here that appreciates new things,” says Ferrer. “As a relatively young city, Los Angeles is still creating its identity.” Meier and Ferrer seem well on their way to finding their own.