gail ravgiala, editor
how lucky are we to be new englanders in summer?
The region has an incredibly beautiful and varied coastline,
and in this issue of Design New England, we are exploring some
of our favorite spots. Among them is Acadia National Park in
Maine where the mountains meet the sea and, fortunately,
some forward-thinking philanthropists (John D. Rockefeller
Jr. and Bostonians Charles W. Eliot and George B. Dorr)
saw the wisdom of keeping this one-of-a-kind treasure in
the public domain. Today, we thankfully celebrate the park’s
centennial (“Acadia the Beautiful,” Page 66) and hope the
National Park Service will be given the means to keep things
going for 100 more years.
Two properties on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts,
another uniquely New England destination, are also featured. Despite their common offshore location, they could not be more different. One is in a
busier part of the island and is more recreation center than house (“Social Hub,” Page 96).
Here, a family with three grown children meets up to play tennis, swim in the pool, relax in the
hot tub, and entertain inside and atop a pared-down Modern building. The other is a classic
coastal Shingle Style house (“New House, Old Soul” Page 86) on low-key Chappaquiddick
island, where the On Time ferry transports you — and your mind-set — back to a simpler time.
This house might be new, but its screened porches, cozy corners, painted floors, and vintage
furnishings say it’s time for some old-fashioned downtime.
sean litchfield is a photographer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. A Cape
Cod native, he returns regularly to satisfy his craving for fried whole-belly clams.
He didn’t have to go far to photograph the sculptor Emily Bedard. “What I loved
most about working with Emily was seeing the traditional methods used to create
the work,” he says. “After a quick visit a few days before the shoot, I felt inspired to
go back and shoot the entire story on medium-format film. The photos have a
grainy, raw quality much like the studio itself.” classical rebel, page 58.
jane margolies is a New York–based journalist who has reported on
architecture, design, urban planning, and the arts for newspapers ( The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal), magazines (House Beautiful, Landscape
Architecture), and websites (Design Observer, The Architect’s Newspaper). In her
spare time, she explores New York on a 1978 Peugeot bike and researches her
grandfather, the WPA artist Samuel L. Margolies. For this issue, she headed to
Brooklyn to meet sculptor Emily Bedard. classical rebel, page 58.
from the editor
dan cutrona is a Cape Cod–based photographer who took his own portrait on a
kitchen counter while checking white balance (left). He shot architect Mark
Hutker for his Mentors in Design profile. “I’ve done Hutker-designed homes,” he
says, “but never Mark himself.” The portrait “blends my two loves in photography,
environmental portraits and architecture.” In winter, Dan, his wife, Amy, and their
three children head to Miami, where he shoots homes “you would never see in
New England.” mentors in design, page 72; local wares, page 80.
larry lindner doesn’t need an excuse to head to picture-perfect Chatham on
Cape Cod. But being asked by Design New England to check out a summer
guesthouse that was sited right at water’s edge for the best views “sure was a
good one,” he says. A New York Times best-selling writer, Lindner has been
published in Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, International Herald
Tribune, and many other venues. His latest book, Saving Baby, was called “one of
the best books of the year” by Kirkus Reviews. no mini-me, page 52.
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