from the editor
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IN CERTAIN NUMEROLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS, 5 IS an expression of harmony, unity, and balance. As our dead- line loomed for this, our Fifth Anniversary Issue, it often seemed that chaos — the other side of No. 5’s influence — reigned. However, in the end, our little can-do staff and edicated band of contributing editors, writers, and photog- raphers came together to produce one comprehensive yet widely varied package. They do it every time. So hats off to them for getting us to this milestone edition and for looking ahead to all the planning, writing, and shooting that will go into our terrific lineup of projects in 2012. If our feature “ 5 Luminaries” (Page 66) is any indica- tion, the number also stands for talent. The New Englanders in this special package range from an MIT scientist to an
installation artist to the folks who make nails the way it was done 190 years ago. Our house projects
also are varied, with a modern masterpiece in the Massachusetts Berkshires (Page 84), an updated
condo in a historic brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay (Page 72), and a sensitive hommage to our
Federalist roots on the woodsy Maine coast (Page 78). We also take a peek inside a movie theater
turned pottery studio in Somerville, Massachusetts (Page 48), and prepare for winter’s chill with
our “Selections” picks of beds, bed linens, and bedroom accessories (Page 31).
In further exploring the meaning of 5, we found the numeral stands for expansiveness, vision,
adventure, and the constructive use of freedom, à la the International Interior Design Association’s
annual fashion show covered on Page 104. That sums it all up.
gail ravgiala, editor
17 Murdock Street, Somerville, MA
617.625.5204 or 617.236.4945
Hours: Mon-Sat 10a.m. to 6p.m.
jan shepherd, a Boston
freelance journalist and former
arts editor at The Boston Globe,
produces New England Crafts
She relishes finding bits of
regional history (heavy metal,
page 69) and talented artists
who create functional and
non-functional work in glass,
fiber, wood, and clay, such as
the potters in places, page 48.
michael j. lee, a former
designer, shared a common
vocabulary with architect
Rindala Awad Wagner and
interior designers Rachel Reider
and Lisa Pennick when he
photographed their work for
this issue. visit, page 22;
kitchen, page 38; not quite
empty nest, page 72.
susan lapides has been
photographing for magazines
for 25 years. Recently, she
delved into fine art with a 2011
exhibition at the Griffin
Photography Museum in
Winchester, MA. She serves on
the board of the Danforth
Museum of Art in Framingham,
MA. Photography and fine art
dovetail in fay chandler’s
connection, page 54.