from the editor
as we approach this holiday season,
Design New England has much to
celebrate. Not only is this our second
anniversary issue, we received the
perfect gift – the 2008 Folio: Gold
Eddie award for Best Single Issue in the
consumer/home category. The honor,
given for overall editorial excellence in
one of the largest awards competitions
in magazine publishing, is particularly satisfying not only because we
surpassed formidable national competitors (This Old House published by
Time Inc. came in second) but also
because we won for what was only our
fourth issue (see cover below). The
glory goes to our founding editor Jill
Connors (now editor-at-large), who
never let the arduous work of starting
a magazine get in the way of her
impeccably high standards, and to our
talented and ever-patient art director
ERIC RO TH
Jenna Talbott, who always strives to push our design to the next level.
We think this issue is a winner, too. In the course of putting out Design New England,
we come across incredibly gifted and accomplished design professionals. To mark our
anniversary, we decided to feature five of the great talents we met in the last year, people
who stood out in our minds for their singular devotion
to some aspect of their field. “Particular Passions”
(Page 72) highlights their work and the exuberance
they bring to the design conversation.
One of our particular passions is sustainability.
“A Renewable Life” (Page 82) tells the story of one
family that left the Boston suburbs to build a LEED
platinum-certified house in which all the heat and
power comes from the sun and wind.
And since it is the season to entertain, our
Kitchen feature (Page 32) highlights a newly designed
room where there is space and equipment and conviviality enough for an army of cooks to prepare the feast.
For those who love decorating for the season, Design
New England associate editor Molly Jane Quinn
tapped three designers for suggestions on creating festive tabletops. They gathered sterling
silver, quartz crystal, and rustic birch for results (Selections, Page 25) that, like our cover,
are simply fabulous.
michael j. lee recently left his
16-year career as an interior
designer to refocus on another
love: photography. Shooting his
former industry peers proves a
perfect fit. romantic
renaissance, page 100.
michael blanding writes
about real estate and politics,
but it was his research for the
Moon travel guides on New
England and Vermont that he
coauthored with his wife,
Alexandra Hall, that inspired
his story on the region’s little
urban gems. second cities,
gail ravgiala, editor
jennifer blecher profiled
lighting designer Lana Nathe
and came away with a new
appreciation for the relationship
between architecture and light.
the visionary, page 76