20 Editor’s Note
22 Out + About
26 visit • Made to Measure
A kitchen designer creates a space that is
stylish, highly functional, and just plain
37 selections • Flying High
Three designers design and build kites
in various shapes, forms, and sizes using
textiles from Romo’s newest lines.
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MAN’S DESIRE TO FLY LIKE THE BIRDS IS LEGENDAR Y. Who knows? Celestial travel may have been one of the temptations that lured
Adam and Eve to bite the apple. Icarus and his wings of wax famously fell from the sky, though an overreaching design, the myth tells us,
was not to blame. The most enduring evidence of Man’s persistent pursuit of flight comes from the Renaissance Man himself, Leonardo da
Vinci, whose Flying Machine inspired structural engineer Zarabeth Duell’s lofty Romo fabric kite (Selections, Page 37). In 1485, even Leon-
ardo’s genius could not have anticipated the engine-powered airplane. His “ornithopter” is fashioned on observations of kites, birds, and
bats, the last clearly influencing the pointy 33-foot wingspan in his drawings. The contraption was to be powered by human legs pedaling
(furiously, no doubt) to turn a rod-and-pulley system to attain energy for takeoff. Alas, Leonardo must have realized that a person could never have created enough
power to get the device off the ground. He never built the thing, but we think hope sprang eternal for a test run, as he was also working on designs for a parachute.
on the cover The sculptural outdoor staircase of a Modern Cape Cod house.
Photo by Durston Saylor. story, page 112.
48 kitchen • Open Space
A new floor plan for a 1960s ranch-style
house makes entertaining easy.
56 middies • Mentoring: Its Own Reward
Mentors in Design are honored for
their dedication to guiding the next
66 places • Summer Star
A wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts
adds an interpretive Trailhead House
to facilitate human access.
74 art • Dancing With Nature
Movement and light drive George
Sherwood’s compelling kinetic
84 antiques • Road Show
In the heart of New Hampshire, 30
miles of vintage treasures lie along
meandering Route 4.
92 icon • Majestic Mount
Massachusetts’s highest peak continues
to attract literati, scientists, serious
hikers, and casual tourists.
100 local wares • Bee Central
Beekeeping services, local honey, and
a silky smooth skin care line.
104 house guest • Weena and Spook
The prodigiously upbeat lives of David
Nault and Paul White.
153 et al. • A sleek new chaise, outdoor
art, and a Cape Cod read
158 Advertiser Index
160 take note • Stickwork by Patrick