gail ravgiala, editor
if you like a little romance in your winter
reading, you’ll find this Design New England surprisingly satisfying. It’s curious that so often when we plan a magazine
around one theme, as we did with this 2014 Kitchen + Bath
issue, a subtheme seems to emerge quite out of the blue. In
this case, international courtships and love of New England
were the threads that also bound our stories in commonality. We start with Visit (Page 26), where an American man
and a French woman, both architects, marry, settle in Paris,
raise a family, and then come back to his native Vermont to
build an exceptional vacation house in ski country. On Massachusetts’s North Shore, an American businesswoman weds
a British businessman and moves to London, only to return years later to her home territory
to find them a country house in a place they both love (Page 90). And then there is the Irish
woman who, after traveling with her Connecticut Yankee husband and their three children to
far corners of the world, jumped at the chance to settle down in his native New England in a
suburb south of Boston (Page 106).
In two other features, it is the bonds of family and community that draw the next
generation to the scene of childhood memories, where they start fresh with new houses that
honor the past while preparing for the future (Pages 82 and 100). And in a remarkable story
of friendship and commitment, we encounter three Maine couples, all longtime friends, who
decide on a co-housing arrangement where they can age in place together (Page 66). Seems
the constant and overriding theme in all of this is that there is no place like home.
dale koppel has written home and design pieces for newspapers and magazines
throughout the country for the last 30 years. She is also a serial home renovator
and real estate maven. A North Shore resident, she was introduced to Cape Ann
artist Chris Williams almost 20 years ago by a friend who collected his sculptures.
Since then, she has followed his dramatic evolution. “But,” she says, “he remains
a very down-to-earth guy.” man of steel, page 60.
dave green is a freelance photographer in Boston who loves to shoot portraits
with personality and candor. Working to enhance those qualities is a borderline
personal obsession. After photographing knife maker Adam Simha at his
Cambridge, Massachusetts, studio, Green said: “Adam is a great example of
someone who is overflowing with genuine passion for the things he creates and
for the process. The work that results is truly exceptional. Always great to meet a
fellow drummer as well!” think sharp, page 120.
katherine richmond is a photographer in Gloucester, Massachusetts, who also
has an interest in oil painting, woodcarving, and figure sculpture. She was drawn
to the work of artist Chris Williams, who uses metal to create sculptures large and
small. “When I see something that stirs my emotions and senses, as Chris’s work
did, I capture it in images. My goal is to communicate the creative moments of my
subjects for the viewer to enjoy.” man of steel, page 60.
from the editor
christopher muther is a staff writer for The Boston Globe. His beat includes
fashion and lifestyle. For this issue, he reaquainted himself with Adam Simha.
Since Muther interviewed him in 2007, Simha has become the go-to knife maker
for a who’s who list of Boston chefs. “His knives are like art,” says Muther, “and
although his craft is sharp and cutting, Adam is one of the sweetest guys I’ve
interviewed.” think sharp, page 120.