We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!

The career path of Portland-based interior designer Max Humphrey is the stuff of legends. Following a career in TV and film production, Max embarked on a legit #vanlife, touring as a bass player in the punk rock band The Adored before launching his third act as an interior designer and opening his firm Max Humphrey in 2016. Since becoming a designer, Max has since been filling homes with his elevated take on Pacific Northwest casual (and a whole lotta Pendleton fabulousness, we might add!) He’s also made a name for himself as a commercial-designing superstar and has racked up projects as varied as food trucks, tasting rooms, and podcast studios. Equipped with a guiding philosophy that style is about knowing who you are (and emphatically not giving a damn), Max is the kind of designer we can’t help but root for. A devotee of Ralph Lauren, patchwork quilts, and all things Nashville, Max lets us in on a few more of his favorites (and not-so favorites) below.

Last show you binge watched?
I just finished the eight-part 16 hour history of Country Music documentary on PBS. Yeeeeeehaw. 

Ultimate style icon?
I’m an adherent to the WWRLD philosophy: What would Ralph Lauren do?

Most memorable career moment you’ve had so far?
I got to design a gutted airstream trailer for a corporate client–total dream project.

Pet peeve?
Customers that put their hands on or lean over the sneeze guard in line at Chipotle. 

Do you collect anything?
Right now I’m collecting vintage needlepoint and patchwork quilts. Granny chic!

What’s a current trend you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years?
All that energy crystal “wellness” decor can go away. I stayed at a hotel recently that had these magical salt rock nightlights that were supposed to clear the air of negative vibes or something. Hippie nonsense!

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January 31, 2020

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