Galerie Meryanna Loum-Martin

Galerie Meryanna Loum-Martin

A few years ago, Meryanne Loum-Martin and her husband, Gary Martin, an ethnobiologist, moved to the Palermaie oasis and opened a stylish guest-villa compound that’s been publicized around the world. Now the lawyer turned designer has added Galerie Meryanne Loum-Martin to the property, setting up shop in the vast double-height living room of her modernist house and a smaller adjacent room that she once used as a library. The walls are hung with paintings by African artists and all around are grand wood sofas inlaid with camel bone and broad-seated iron chairs covered with hand-woven fabrics Loum-Martin commissions in Senegal. The woven leather-and-straw carpets are from Mauritania, and here and there, vintage French Art Deco pieces add a smart colonial edge. Given that it’s a house that masquerades as a shop (by appointment), it’s no wonder that the atmosphere is decidedly homey. If you kick off your shoes and choose to settle down for a spell, don’t worry: Loum-Martin does it, too. And if you’re lucky, she just might invite you to stay for lunch.