Max Humphrey and More Featured in Jackson Hole Designer Showhouse

Designers “go West” with stylish spaces for Western Design Conference
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Max Humphrey’s porch design for the Designer Show House will include custom wallpaper, left, and pieces of Old Hickory Furniture, shown at right from the pages of his book “Modern Americana.”

Portland-based celebrity designer (and Instagram favorite) Max Humphrey is one of the many designers featured the Designer Show House at the 2021 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale.

The event, celebrating the finest functional art inspired by the West, welcomes six top interior designers–including designer and author of new book Modern Americana, Max Humphrey–all turning their hands to Western style for the highly-anticipated Designer Show House. Constructed in the middle of the 28,000-square-foot showroom, the eclectic and artful house features six life-size spaces exclusively designed for the WDC Exhibit + Sale.

The 2021 Show House will be revealed at the Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Snow King Events Center in Jackson, Wyoming. Guests are free to tour the house at their leisure throughout the four-day event, which runs through September 12, 2021.

As Executive Director Allison Merritt recently told Architects + Artisans in an interview about the return of the in-person 2021 Western Design Conference, the event will be Responsibly Wild and adhering to all CDC recommendations.

Beginning with a spectacular rustic front porch designed by Max Humphrey of Portland, Oregon, the Designer Show House opens with a theme that Humphrey calls “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.”

A patinaed metal shed roof shelters benches filled with vintage grain sack pillows, large throw pillows and camp blankets against a custom-designed horseshoe wallpaper and accompanied by select Old Hickory Furniture along with some of the designer’s favorite found treasures.

Humphrey spontaneously coined the term “modern Americana” to describe his signature style during a 2018 interview, and his popular book of the same name was published in April 2021. Acclaimed as a design changemaker, Humphrey’s interiors are featured in media from Architectural Digest to the Wall Street Journal.

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 Artwork by Jackson artist Connor Liljestrom titled “The Early Show” | Emily Janak Interiors and Fighting Bear Antiques collaborate this year in the Designer Show House.

Entering the Show House, WDC guests are greeted by the hallway designed by New West Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery in Jackson in an exclusive partnership with artist and Jackson native Connor Liljestrom. Working primarily in oil and mixed oil media, Liljestrom explores themes inspired by his life in the Tetons, mythologies, Hollywood and pop culture, natural history, colonialism and the canon of Western art history.

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Pops of blue and gold inspired by fall in Jackson Hole highlight the award-winning living room by Anne Buresh at the 2019 Western Design Conference Designer Show House (PC: New Thought Digital Agency).

From the artful hallway, guests enter the living room by 2019 WDC Best Interior Design award-winner Anne Buresh Interior Design with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jackson, Wyoming. Buresh looks forward to returning to the Show House with a fresh look bridging the South and the West, blending traditional with contemporary, feminine with masculine, and highlighting a well-traveled lifestyle. A striking wallpaper mural wraps the space, furnished with custom pieces, French antiques and a dramatic black-and-white image by Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner.

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Max Humphrey, Chase Reynolds Ewald and Audrey Hall will sign their new Gibbs Smith titles in the library of the WDC Show House, designed by Old Hickory Furniture with Gibbs Smith Publishing.

Across the hall, guests can relax in the sitting room, featuring work by Jackson’s Emily Janak Interiors and Fighting Bear Antiques, and Alley Modern and More, providing a contemporary approach to iconographic Western motifs. The sitting room collaboration will showcase Thomas Molesworth, Stickley and mid-century rattan furniture with touches of soft-textured accessories in ikat and florals combined with Navajo weavings and contemporary art, providing a modern look with subtle touches of the past.


Harker Design’s Jackson, Wyoming, showroom, pictured, combines rustic, Western and contemporary, themes they’ll incorporate in their WDC Designer Show House space.

And finally, the Show House features a combination kitchen, dining and living room by Jackson Hole’s Harker Design, also returning to the Show House and winner of the 2018 WDC Best Interior Design award. The multi-purpose space will feature a rustic 12-foot dining table crafted from old timbers with inlaid dovetails, a custom sectional sofa using leather and Belgian linen and a custom coffee table made from salvage wood inset with antique metal butterflies, all accompanied by a full kitchen installation complete with appliances and separate island.

WDC tickets are $20 for an Exhibit + Sale day-pass, September 10-12, 2021, and include daily Artitude Adjustment Happy Hours at 2 p.m. VIP early entry and reserved seating for the Preview Party + Fashion Show on Thursday, September 9, 2021, is available for $125 per person, $50 general admission; both include open bars.

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