By Susan Stiles Dowell | Photography by John Magor
Eleanor Niermann’s world is filled with memories of her parents’ boundless talent for creating beautiful furnishings. The Maryland company they founded in 1978—maker of elegant, handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories sold to the trade only—has literally formed the fabric of her life. As a teenager, she acid-washed metal beads to create a patina for the Niermann Weeks Iron & Crystal Chandelier, deemed an “iconic 1970s design” 30 years later by Interior Design. When successive models of Joe Niermann’s first coffee table sold to designers right out of the family’s living room, she noted its changing dimensions because she had to adjust her position while watching TV. In fact, observing her father parlay his knowledge of antique restoration into the creation of new pieces for their growing furnishings business helped mold who she is today. Small wonder Eleanor has furnished the Eastport house she built across Spa Creek from Annapolis with so many beautiful prototypes from her life and family business.
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