Artisans Galore • Craftsmanship, painting, and a knack for expanding
produced by danielle ossher
GOOD ADVICE • Frank Shirley’s New Rooms for Old Houses:
Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home ($40, Taunton
Press) is a must-have guide for anyone contemplating
expanding a historic home.
Focusing on what he calls the
four cornerstones of achieving
harmony between the original
and the new — balance, public
and private areas, transitions,
and materials — the Cambridge,
Massachusetts, architect and
author includes more than
250 pages of the dos and don’ts
of old-home additions, along
with photographs, floor plans,
and diagrams of revamped
American houses in a variety of styles spanning 1740 to 1940.
— alison mapplethorpe
NEW WAVE • In conjunction with Boston’s
Artists for Humanity, Webster & Company
will exhibit the work of emerging artists
in its showroom at the
Boston Design Center.
First up is painter Lynette
Shaw (whose work is at
left). The installation
opens September 14.
CARVED TO PERFECTION • Ann Sacks’s new collection of carved
teak tiles has us dreaming of our own accent wall made from these
elegant and intriguing 12-by-12-inch masterpieces. Inspired by
traditional folk art and nature’s simplicity, each multidimensional
design (seven total) is available unfinished or in four varnishes,
including a dark French polish and a natural wax that flaunts the
richness of the teak. With select styles also available in decorative
borders, we couldn’t think of a name more fitting than Indah,
Indonesian for “beautiful,” to title this collection.
ann sacks, boston design center; 617-737-2300, annsacks.com.
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WOODEN WONDERS • New England’s finest furniture makers
showcase their latest and greatest at Furniture Masters of New
Hampshire, a new exhibit coming to the Messler Gallery of
the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.
The 18 featured “masters” (members of the New Hampshire
Furniture Masters Association) are full-time craftsmen from
throughout the region, whose creations, including the love
seat by A. Thomas Walsh (below), span a variety of styles
and inspirations. Furniture Masters of New Hampshire is
free and runs September 17 to November 24; 207-594-5611,