26 Editor’s Note
30 Out + About
34 visit • Point of View
Designer Jill Najnigier is inspired to make
a condo in Boston’s North End her own.
47 selections • Mass-Produced,
Designers scour the market for items
inspired by the pop art movement of
the 1950s and ’60s.
JUST WHAT IS POP ART? Antiques dealer Andrew Spindler, one of this issue’s Selections contributors (Page 50), tipped us off to the apt
definition of pop art originated by Richard Hamilton (left), whose Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?
(Page 47) is credited by some scholars as the piece that launched the pop art movement. Hamilton (1922–2011) created the collage for the
1956 This Is Tomorrow exhibition in London. In a letter to fellow Tomorrow participants British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, Hamilton wrote: “Pop Art is: popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.” Full of the everyday items of midcentury consumerism — a vacuum cleaner, a canned ham, a trashy romance magazine — many of the
images ripped from ads in American periodicals (indeed, the title itself is lifted straight from an ad for Armstrong Floors), and occupied by a
bodybuilder and burlesque queen, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? fits Hamilton’s definition to a T.
on the cover An antique table is the finishing touch in the renovated front hall of a historic house
redesigned by Vermont architect Ramsay Gourd. Photo by Greg Premru. story, page 146
56 kitchen + bath
Deck House Redux
A new look proves the stalwart post-and-beam design is still relevant.
68 bath • Finding Harmony
A master bath combines two opposing
styles to create one cohesive oasis.
76 places • Built to Last
Advances in concrete technology make
the restoration of the Crane Estate
Casino a permanent improvement.
86 art • Heritage Saved
Artist Theresa Secord finds the past
and the future woven into the baskets
of Maine’s Native Americans.
92 preservation • Urban Renewal
A team of locals bets that a boutique
hotel will spark a downtown renaissance.
100 green design • Insightful Housing
At Vermont’s Middlebury College,
sustainable living gets real.
108 icon • There’s Only One Haymarket
Since the 1830s, it has been a constant
of Boston commerce.
116 great rooms • Quick Delivery
A designer’s gusto and a little white
paint turn a renovated barn into a family
friendly home in no time.
124 house guest • Jeanne Finnerty
The interior designer has charted a
roundabout route to success.
130 local wares • Hellbent for Leather
Pillows, wallets, trays, and coasters by
New England artisans.
183 et al. • Crafts, ceramics, and
190 Advertiser Index
192 take note • Matron of the Art