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MICHAEL PHILLIPS WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS AT THE BOSTON DESIGN CENTER? One of the things we are particularly proud of under Jamestown’s early stewardship of the Innovation and Design Building (IDB) and with it the Boston Design Center (BDC) is the quality of events and programming that we have proactively/enthusiastically delivered to the community in a very short time period. All along our goal was to become a trusted resource and premier destination for trade design professionals and cross-over consumers seeking engaging programming and quality goods and services. We believe that the world is both big and small and are committed to developing a platform of content that is at home in Boston as it would be in other key global markets with a rich design history. WHAT ARE SOME RECENT PROGRAMS? This past summer Jamestown donated ground floor space in the Innovation and Design Building to Design Museum Boston, a local non-profit museum whose mission is to educate the community about the role design plays in everyday life, for their “Better Business by Design” exhibition. The free exhibition will be open through October 6. Alongside this IFDA New England hosted a series of writing workshops called “When Clarity Meets Creativity” led by Louis Postel. In September we hosted the third annual American Field, a two-day event that celebrates the best in American made clothing, accessories, food, and music. American Field is a perfect complement to the current mix of tenants at IDB, which includes many influential contributors to Boston’s thriving maker community. WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO AT BOSTON DESIGN MARKET? We welcome an A-list roster of some of the greatest design talents working today. Hearst Design Group editorial director Newell Turner will lead a discussion with internationally acclaimed designers and authors Nina Campbell and David Kleinberg. ID BOSTON editor-in-chief Chesie Breen will lead a trends presentation. Based on the success of a program we held at our sister property Industry City in Brooklyn, New York, we will introduce 20x20xDesign, a PechaKucha-style presentation that will include such design luminaries as Alex Papachristidis, Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens, Boston’s

very own Gary McBournie, our design partners at Elkus Manfredi Architects, and more. Our friends at New England Home magazine will wrap up our market with a cocktail reception in the lobby of the BDC. WILL YOU UNVEIL SOME NEWLY RENOVATED FLOORS? We engaged the highly respected Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and interior designers Amanda Lindroth and John Fondas to design a new market hall on the second floor that will serve as a rotating exhibition space and a viaduct to six small, permanent showrooms. This new area will be a hub of activity at Design Market as we welcome a stellar group of companies including Serena & Lily, Stephanie Odegard, de Gournay, Tai Ping Carpets, and Charlotte Barnes to host pop-up trunk shows for the entire week. We invite you to experience our pop-up tea room featuring culinary treats by Capers Catering. This space will soon feature a permanent tea room for light dining that can double as a complimentary event space. We invite you to come and be a part of all the exciting developments at the BDC. For all inquiries, please contact Michael at

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DESIGN MUSEUM BOSTON This summer Design Museum Boston, in collaboration with Jamestown and the Innovation and Design Building, celebrated the opening of its latest exhibition, "Better Business by Design". This free and public exhibit explores how design has driven success for Massachusetts businesses. Design Museum Boston, a local nonprofit museum and MassChallenge alumnus, aims to educate the community about the role design plays in everyday life. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 6, 2014. For more information, visit

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DEAR READERS In our last issue I mentioned not believing in coincidences. When putting together this issue and working on programming for Boston Design Market 2014 at the BDC with my colleague Liz Tawater, I was reminded of how very true this is. One of the more rewarding aspects of my role with the BDC and as editor of ID BOSTON is joining people I have long admired with those I would like to know better. We have a stellar roster of speakers for this fall’s Boston Design Market that includes old friends and new. While compiling this issue I drew inspiration from some of the speakers we were seeking to ensure a smashing lineup of design professionals and industry leaders. “Bibliophile Boston” features images from Linens, a new book by Leontine Linens founder, Jane Scott Hodges, and our “His” page celebrates designer Alex Papachristidis and his book The Age of Elegance. Jill Goldberg is highlighted opposite Alex on our “Hers” page. I met Jill in the middle of a blizzard at a dinner honoring Hearst Design Group editorial director Newell Turner and interior designers Nina Campbell and David Kleinberg at Chef Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park restaurant on Beacon Hill. Designer Tom Scheerer and I were shopping at Studio 534 and admiring Mally Skok's fabric collection when she popped her head around the corner and introduced herself. Her adorable dachshund debuts in our Trends feature. Our well stories explore a West Newton house designed by Boston-based Nina Farmer, whom I met at a party hosted by Quadrille last spring. We also dive into the work of Hacin + Associates, researched after a memorable meal at Myers + Chang, which they designed. I will not rest until I have ordered an uber-chic set of wheels from Randall Levere’s Erba Cycles, showcased in “Makers’ Guild.” Enough with the name-dropping! Most of all we hope you will spend some time on the pages of ID BOSTON, say hello, share your work, and continue to offer feedback. Please be in touch: Best,

Chesie Breen Editor-in-Chief, ID BOSTON 1 The BDC welcomes Hearst Design Group editorial director Newell Turner to Fall Design Market. 2 A reflective moment at the Met’s roof garden installation by Dan Graham with Günther Vogt. Photo by James Andrew. 3 Happy times at Lyford Cay Club Design Weekend with Miles Redd, Mary McDonald, and Nina Campbell.

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ROBERT COUTURIER: DESIGNING PARADISES Written by Robert Couturier and Tim McKeough, Preface by Carolyne Roehm, Afterword by Caroline Weber, Photographed by Tim Street-Porter A lavish indulgence, this favorite from Rizzoli’s fall list chronicles the work of internationally renowned architect and interior designer Robert Couturier and his love of luxury and beauty. Written by Couturier with Tim McKeough and photographed by the uber-talented Tim Street-Porter, the pages intermingle old world elegance with contemporary design in his adventurous rooms, which effortlessly bring together various eras. His multifaceted work stimulates all five senses with a witty yet sophisticated aesthetic. The book features a remarkable range of projects from smart, contemporary apartments, to romantic Mexican villas, and even Couturier’s own country retreat in Kent, Connecticut — all of which illustrate his masterful approach to gutsy combinations resulting in high drama and tailored sophistication. JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT INTERIORS Written by Diane Dorrans Saeks, Photographed by Xavier Bejot We have long admired the stop-you-in-your-tracks style of Jean-Louis Deniot and applaud this first book on the designer widely renowned for capturing the epitome of French style. Design magazines and editors compare Deniot’s new classic style to that of design greats like Jacques Grange and Alberto Pinto. Deniot employs education, logic, and design history to craft sophisticated interiors. First he addresses architecture, then approaches decor with an exceptional mix of contemporary art and custom furniture; his updated classical look is comfortable while never being overly formal or trendy. Deniot’s unique blend is one part ultra-refined 18th-century French and one part contemporary 21st century, a cocktail that is transforming the international design scene.

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WEST NEWTON Boston-based designer Nina Farmer reinterprets a circa 1845 Greek Revival house for modern living words by chesie breen · photography by kate kelly interior design by nina farmer · styled by urit chaimovitz When a young couple with decidedly different sensibilities — she a dedicated yoga professional and he a respected financier — decided it was time to trade their Boston city life for a picturesque house in West Newton, they agreed their unique personalities should shape the house. With two young sons in tow, they left the city behind and enlisted designer Nina Farmer to help them interpret a house where everyone would feel like they had been heard. The stately front door opens to a foyer, which was too small for the needs of an active family with all sorts of gear, not to mention snow boots. “Part of the definition of being a modern family is a willingness to make practical choices that suit your real needs when

A Saarinen based table with a walnut top anchors a pair of chairs from B&B Italia and a vinyl-covered banquette.

it comes to use of space. With this in mind, we opted to convert what was previously used as a parlor room into a functioning, front-of-house mudroom. Because the exterior of the house is so traditional, it makes this choice all the more unexpected and refreshing,” says Farmer. A long bench covered in Auvergne Stripe on Celery from Classic Cloth bridges the original fireplace and a wall of clean-lined cabinetry and window seat. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Gray Cashmere, with trim in Rockport Gray. An abstract painting by Mark Wethli is a nice foil to the traditional mantelpiece. “Had we imagined this space as a parlor room, all anyone would have done is passed through. Instead the space sees action throughout the day and functions more like a hub,” says Farmer. Farmer understood right away this was a family that wanted a house that was at once sophisticated and playful. To blend these two elements she resisted the temptation to cover the windows any more than absolutely necessary.



With two young sons in tow, they left the city behind and enlisted designer Nina Farmer to help them interpret a house where everyone would feel like they had been heard.

1 The stately exterior of the circa 1845 residence. 2 Condiments and talismans on the dining room table.

“Curtains would have weighted this house down when all it wanted was to be lifted up. Leaving the windows as bare as possible kept the lines of the house clean and allowed it to be filled with light. For windows facing the street we employed simple half shutters, but in cases where they faced the backyard we left them untouched,” says Farmer. The living room has two seating areas with an L-shaped sofa covered in Lee Jofa’s Wilderness Indigo anchoring one end. A hammered-copper drum table tucks in front, and a metal wall relief by artist John Bisbee hangs above. This is where you can typically find the boys perched. A pair of slipper chairs covered in plaid from Rogers and Goffigon flank the fireplace at the opposite end of the room. A painting by Kristin Texeira hangs above the mantel. This space opens to a bright and airy kitchen designed to be easy and durable. Farmer added a hearty walnut tabletop to a Saarinen base. Artwork by Jim Thompson hangs above a settee covered in vinyl the color of blue steel. A pair of B&B Italia chairs completes the seating group. Because the couple rarely entertains formally, the dining room table leaves are stored, and the table is set to accommodate the family. In the end, each room is designed to serve the functions of a family with individual personalities. It is a happy house where everyone feels at home.

Opposite An original mantel in the mudroom.


Curtains would have weighted this house down when all it wanted was to be lifted up. Leaving the windows as bare as possible kept the lines of the house clean and allowed it to be filled with light.


An L-shaped sofa upholstered in a French mattress style in Lee Jofa’s Wilderness Indigo fabric. A metal wall relief by John Bisbee hangs above.



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RESOURCE KEY 1 A meditation area. 2 The opposite end of the living room. A painting by Kristin Texeira hangs above the fireplace. Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp grasscloth in Vanilla covers the walls. 3 Powder room walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sienna 2092-20. Floor tiles are from Popham Design. 4 A parlor reimagined as a mudroom. See article for details. 5 Artwork by Jim Thompson.

In the end, each room is designed to serve the functions of a family with individual personalities. It is a happy house where everyone feels at home.




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SPOTLIGHT ON HACIN + ASSOCIATES David Hacin and his visionary team are re-imagining architecture and interiors for the modern family; innovative workspaces for a creative economy; and urban mixed-use for a new neighborhood words by chesie breen photography credits noted within each caption Hacin + Associates (architecture + design) has a core vision: design and service without boundaries. The multi-disciplinary architecture and interior design firm has approached projects across a spectrum of all type, budget, and scale, and is dedicated to every aspect of the design process. Founded in 1993 by David Hacin, H+A has a team that represents diverse professional and educational backgrounds and interests, including architecture and interior design as well as urban, industrial, graphic, exhibit, and furniture design. A dynamic team with diverse talents is credited with H+A’s inspired take on design solutions. Equally dedicated to client service and design excellence, H+A collaborates with clients to create space that is far from simply functional but truly innovative. When PJA advertising + marketing had H+A renovate and expand their offices, they did more than create punchy, graphic interiors; they added a mezzanine “writers loft” with brainstorming areas and a show-stopping conference room. Living Proof’s H+A-designed headquarters offers flexible office space for teams to collaborate away from their desks. A recurring theme of glass walls and strategically placed windows create a sense of connectivity throughout the office and laboratory space. When it came to collaborating with Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang, two celebrated Boston restaurateurs who had dreamt up a fun, hip restaurant they described as an “Asian diner,” H+A created a space that not only fit the bill but reflected their vibrant personalities. Myers + Chang, the couple’s 60-seat



Myers + Chang, a popular South End restaurant, combines elements of an upscale eatery with those of a more casual snack spot to create a lively yet laid-back environment. The interior explodes with colors, patterns, and textures that reflect the personalities of the “Asian diner’s” two owners. Photo by Michael Stavaridis.

The multi-disciplinary architecture and interior design firm has approached projects across a spectrum of all type, budget, and scale, and is dedicated to every aspect of the design process. restaurant at Project Place, is a vibrant and dynamic mix of colors, pattern, and lighting. The mood is indie and eclectic, managing to be fun and luxurious all at once. Featuring multiple seating styles and an open food bar, taking a walk through the restaurant feels like mingling at a trendy party. As the Boston Metro put it, “Myers + Chang has created a stylish atmosphere where every visit feels like you’re invited to the coolest party in town.” It is their personal and extensive devotion to form and function that leads H+A to design creative and beautiful spaces. H+A’s design philosophy rests on pillars of meaning, clarity of intent, and a strong sense of space; their meticulous and in-depth approach fosters ingenious contemporary design.

RESOURCE KEY Above Red details add a splash of color to this Chandler Studio suite, and the wall graphic of the formerly elevated Orange Line, which once traversed the South End, connects the modern boutique hotel with its neighborhood’s history. Photo by Michael Stavaridis. Opposite A close-up of a Myers + Chang dining table confirms that design is in the details: Chopstick holders provide a pop of red and gold, highlighted by a matching golden wall fixture and similarly colored window decals. The neutral palette of the tables, chairs, and floor allow these vibrant accents to really stand out. Photo by Bruce Martin.



1 RESOURCE KEY 1 By adding a three-story addition and an infill building to two renovated warehouses, H+A kept the architectural history of this block intact while introducing 97 luxury lofts, space for three restaurants, and a lobby gallery to the Fort Point Channel neighborhood in the form of FP3. Photo by Bruce Martin. 2 This child’s bedroom in the FP3 Concept Home is bursting with different patterns and designs balanced by a consistent color palette. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer an uninhibited view of Boston, and window graphics allow just the right amount of light to pour in. Photo by Kent Dayton. Opposite Gather, the restaurant nestled inside District Hall, provides both innovators and foodies with an inventive place to eat. Glass walls and high ceilings deliver expansive views of the Waterfront, while the warm lights and rustic furniture ensure that guests still feel a sense of intimacy. Photo by Gustav Hoiland.

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Soft light and open spaces allow this Beacon Street penthouse to feel calm and expansive. Textures in the form of modern artwork and furniture are juxtaposed with the room’s neutral color scheme. Photo by Michael Stavaridis.


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RESOURCE KEY 1 Integrating the architectural features of the roof line and utilizing a skylight provide natural light and space to this minimalist Beacon Hill bathroom. 2 + 5 The design of this Beacon Hill carriage house’s kitchen is enhanced with metal accents that appear throughout the space. Aside from its minimalist aesthetic appeal, the room also contains many useful add-ons, such as a waterspout over the stove, and a wine cooler built into the island. 3 Along with its open sitting room, the Beacon Street penthouse also features a custom steel and wood staircase leading up to a roof deck. The staircase has glass sideboards and openings between each step, enabling light to flow from the top of the home all the way down to its ground floor. 4 To create this Union Park townhouse, H+A married the historic details of the home with furniture in modern colors and styles. The colors and clean lines of the tables and sofas amplify the intricate details of the moldings and mirror, which act as the centerpieces of the room. Photos by Michael Stavaridis.





With H+A’s renovation and expansion of PJA’s offices, the Cambridge-based ad company now has a more innovative and integrated home. The space allows for the creative group to collaborate more easily due to the open floor plan, the creation of a writers loft, and the addition of colorful interior accents. Photo by Chris Sanders.


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HIS The work of interior designer Alex Papachristidis has been described as a dynamic fusion of the modern and eclectic with the luxurious and traditional. Alex’s unerring eye and artful ability to enhance the lives of an enviable clientele mixes seamlessly with his own genteel, old school good manners and impeccable style.

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His first book, The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis (Rizzoli New York) written with Dan Shaw and photographed by Tria Giovan, features many of his most extraordinary and lush interiors. The book also includes Alex’s international Rolodex filled with sources for the fabrics, objects, antiques, and furniture with which he creates his celebrated “collected” looks.





After studying at Parsons, Alex founded Alex Papachristidis Interiors in 1987. In his words: “Even now I find decorating the most amazing career. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Growing up, I traveled widely and saw many beautiful homes in Europe and America, which helped cultivate my eye. And I was born to shop!” 1 Alex Papachristidis at home 2 A masterful mix of color and objets d’art 3 Beloved Teddy 4 An inviting window bay 5 A dressing room in Papachristidis’s Manhattan apartment 6 Rich paneling in a stately living room 7 Papachristidis’s book from Rizzoli New York




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HERS Ever since Traditional Home magazine deemed retail entrepreneur and interior designer Jill Goldberg a “Young Traditional” in May 2007 and launched her on the national stage, Goldberg has been lauded with numerous accolades and awards for her classic style that feels unconstrained by a traditional approach. Her ability to successfully size up her clients’ unique interests enables her to work adeptly in a wide range of styles. House Beautiful magazine called her “equally at home with big, bold gestures and understated elegance, with Hollywood glam and country chic.”




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When decorating the home of a young couple in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Goldberg played to the strengths of every gorgeous, original detail, and then kicked them up a notch, adding doses of excitement in preppy punches of color. Goldberg recently launched “HUDSON Discovers,” an annual program to showcase emerging artisan-designers from across the country in her revered Boston shop, HUDSON. 1 Designer Jill Goldberg on Boston shores 2 Jill's popular shop HUDSON located in the historic South End 3 Punchy pillows mix with over-scaled tartan 4 A wall of vintage books at HUDSON 5 Decorative plates anchor a fireplace wall 6 A modern color palette of browns and blues in a home office


7 The HUDSON storefront at 12 Union Park Street


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1 Alex Papachristidis living room featuring hand painted custom Gracie wallpaper. Sofa is covered in Schumacher’s Antique Strie Velvet. Turkish pillows are Donghia’s Hollywood in Beverly Blue. Photo by Tria Giovan. 2 Farrow & Ball’s Rectory Red. 3 Emerald Green curtains hold court in an airy white dining room by Serena & Lily. 4 Osborne & Little’s Sabi Velvets. 5 Fresh Pond silk rug in Rich Magenta from The Joseph La Piana Collection from Patterson, Flynn & Martin.



6 Tray of gem-colored champagne flutes from Nina Campbell’s shop in London. 7 An antique textile from the Brunschwig & Fils archives housed at Kravet headquarters.


1 Alexa Hampton’s (Mark Hampton LLC) living room design for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Cut velvet on chaise and paisley on pair of chairs from Brunschwig & Fils. Photo by Timothy Bell.



2 Mally Skok’s pup holding court in a sea of Brimfield Petunia Pink from her fabric and wallpaper collection. 3 A tablescape from Linens by Leontine Linens founder, Jane Scott Hodges. Photo by Joseph Rey Au.


4 Schumacher’s Butterfly from the LULU DK Child collection. 5 Stripe from Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs Tides collection. 6 A tablescape featuring the Amalfi Collection from JANUS et Cie.

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7 Key Lime from Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs Tides collection. 8 Pin Check from Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs Tides collection. 9 A lineup from Schumacher’s new Calypso Collection.






1 Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue. 2 A bedroom designed by Cullman & Kravis, Inc. Custom blue lacquer four-post bed by Larrea Studio Inc. Givenchy rug from Beauvais.


3 A room designed by Gideon Mendelson (Mendelson Group Inc.) at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Wall coverings are Phillip Jeffries Ltd. Floor coverings are from Stark. Fabric for pair of club chairs from Donghia. Photo by Timothy Bell. 4 A living room designed by William T. Georgis Architect at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Sofa velvet and hair fabric are Malabar represented by Hines & Company. Photo by Timothy Bell.


5 A dining room designed by Rob Southern upholstered in silk velvet from Lee Jofa. Photo by Peter Murdock. 6 Alex Papachristidis’s bedroom with wallpaper from Stark. Bed fabric is Schumacher velvet and carpet is Beauvais Mariya Trellis in custom colors. Photo by Tria Giovan. 7 A study designed by Markham Roberts at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Artwork provided by James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art. Photo by Timothy Bell.





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1 Chinois Palais in Aquamarine from the Mary McDonald collection for Schumacher. 2 A bedroom designed by Texas-based designer Cathy Kincaid. Photo by Edward Addeo. 3 Nina Campbell’s London bedroom upholstered in Penrose, a favorite from her Montacute collection for Osborne & Little.


4 Charmetie from Duralee’s newly acquired Bailey & Griffin line. 5 Quadrille’s New Hampton Peony. 6 Shanidar Lush, a needlepoint rug from the David Kleinberg for Patterson, Flynn & Martin collection. 7 An elegant tulipiere tablescape by Nassau-based designer Amanda Lindroth at Lyford Cay Club Design Weekend.









1 ANN SACKS Lucian Metallics 6" x 6" arabesque glass field in gold. 2 A group of lamps in warm gold tones from Serena & Lily's early fall collection. 3 A sitting room designed by Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd. at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Wallpaper from Calico. Painting by Natasha Law. Photo by Timothy Bell. 4 A landing designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. All fabrics and wallpapers from Bullard’s collections for Schumacher. Photo by Timothy Bell. 5 A standout room designed by Kirsten Kelli, LLC at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Wallpaper is from Phillip Jeffries Ltd. The mirror was custom designed by Kirsten Kelli, LLC and accessories are from their shop in Dallas, Madison. Photo by Timothy Bell. 6 A living room designed by Ingrao Inc. at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Crocodile rug from Doris Leslie Blau. Photo by Timothy Bell.


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GRITTI PALACE Following an exquisite restoration by designer Chuck Chewning, the Gritti is rejuvenated — and more luxurious than ever words by jennifer boles · photography by fritz von der schulenburg interior design by chuck chewning Ernest Hemingway. Greta Garbo. The Duchess of Windsor. These are but a few of the famous guests who have been drawn to the historical splendor of the Gritti Palace hotel. Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the hotel is ensconced in an elegant 15thcentury palazzo, which was converted from a private residence to the Grand Hotel in the late 19th century. It was not until 1948 that the hotel was rechristened the Gritti Palace, an occasion which ushered in a glittering era, one in which celebrities flocked to the Gritti to see and be seen. Time and Mother Nature, however, were not always kind, and over the years, the Gritti’s looks started to fade. Like much of Venice, the hotel often found itself flooded due to the local tidal phenomenon known as acqua alta, or “high water.” In 2011, Starwood Properties, which had purchased the Gritti Palace in 1994, embarked on a major overhaul, enlisting Chuck Chewning, the design director of Donghia, to restore the luster of the hotel that Chewning refers to as “the jewel in the crown of Venice.” Before tackling the hotel’s interior furnishings, Chewning and his ace team had to address the structure’s vulnerability to flooding. The solution was an engineering feat so complicated that it is best described as a great deal of digging, excavating, and ripping out of floors and walls. Rather than finding this challenge daunting, Chewning saw it as an opportunity to reintroduce historically correct finishes that had been stripped away over time. The designer sourced all local materials as well as local craftsmen to lay marble and terrazzo floors, restore frescoes, and embellish walls with stucco, all of which allowed the Gritti Palace to maintain its Venetian integrity. Chewning’s respect for the Gritti’s history extended to the hotel’s interior, which retained half of its original furniture. “The Gritti, in all of its decay, still held its magical charm,” says Chewning. In the lobby, the designer restored boiserie walls



Built in the 15th century as a palazzo, the Gritti Palace hotel has long been a prominent presence on Venice’s Grand Canal. The Gothic-style arches that dot the hotel’s façade are one of its more recognizable features. and added an 18th-century altar rail, which is now used as the reception desk. The hotel’s fabled Bar Longhi is still resplendent with its 18th-century Pietro Longhi frescoes and its antique, etched Venetian mirror, while the newly created Explorer’s Library, located where luggage was once stored, looks as though it has been there for years. And, in an effort to give the Gritti some updated-yet-still-age-appropriate attire, Chewning furbished the hotel entirely in Rubelli fabrics, many of which were chosen from the textile maker’s archives. Equally as beguiling are the hotel’s suites, which are named for some of the Gritti’s more illustrious patrons. There is the Royal Somerset Maugham Suite, which is an ode to cool, 1940s glamour, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Suite, where naturally the room’s art plays an important role. And although each suite has its own personality, they all share the homey details that are often lacking in hotels: carefully selected books, art, and even LP records. As Chewning notes, “What’s so important are the art and accessories. It’s the collected look that makes it feel like a home.” Indeed, it is this feeling of home that has long been one of the Gritti’s most cherished traits, one which inspired Somerset Maugham to write, “For at the Gritti you are not merely a number… you are a friend who has been welcomed as he stepped out of his motor boat.” Now that the Gritti’s renovation is complete, it can be said that the hotel has never looked better. And yet, thanks to Chuck Chewning’s respectful treatment of this historical gem, the Gritti Palace remains that familiar face that will continue to welcome guests for years to come.



For the newly redecorated Hemingway Suite, Chewning chose fabrics, furniture, and stucco ornamentation that reflect the hotel’s Venetian heritage. It was in this room that Ernest Hemingway wrote part of his novel Across the River and Into the Trees.

The Explorer’s Library may look like an original feature of the palazzo, but in fact, it is the creation of Chewning. The room, which houses travel books and antique astrological instruments, is “a nod to Marco Polo and a nod to the heritage of Venice,” says Chewning.



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RESOURCE KEY 1 The Bar Longhi, named for its treasured 18th-century Pietro Longhi frescoes, is awash in watery shades of blue thanks to its Rubelli fabrics as well as its antique etched mirror, which reflects the shimmering canal outside. 2 The Peggy Guggenheim Suite's bedroom. 3 The Gritti is famous for its canal-side terrace, which serves as both a restaurant and the landing point for guests arriving by water taxi. As Chewning notes, “You arrive here and see people drinking their spritzes. You’re transported into this world of magic.” Opposite In the Punta della Dogana Suite, watery shades of blue allude to the Gritti Palace’s location on the Grand Canal.




Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim, the eccentric art collector who made Venice her home, the Gritti’s Peggy Guggenheim Suite is furnished with blue-chip art, giving the room a feeling of a home rather than a hotel. Chewning decorated the suite “as if I was doing my own room.”










Exceptional Murano glass accessories and jewelry that are modern and sculptural.

Fabulous handmade jewelry. Each piece is unique, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable.

Delicious handmade chocolates. Their dark chocolate-dipped candied fruit is life-changing.

Multiple locations in Venice

Frezzeria, San Marco 1581, 30124 Venice

San Polo 2898/A, 30125 Venice

This small local restaurant, which has no menu, specializes in authentic Venetian cuisine. It is a favorite of the Venice Film Festival celebrities.


San Marco 3656, 30173 Venice

chuck chewning's

TOUR OF VENICE “The Italians are so in tune with all of their senses,” says Chewning. “Everything is beautifully orchestrated — sights, smells, and tastes.” A frequent traveler to Italy, Chewning takes us on an insider’s tour of the best that Venice has to offer.









This seafood restaurant’s setting is fabulous — near the Dogana and with views of San Giorgio — while its interior is sleek and modern.

The palazzo where Mariano Fortuny lived and worked has been restored, and its collection has been curated by Axel Vervoordt. A must see.

Have a spritz or Bellini on the terrace facing the Grand Canal.

Dorsoduro 19, 30123 Venice

San Marco 3958, 30124 Venice

Located in the 15th-century Palazzo Corner Spinelli on the Grand Canal. The palazzo also houses the Rubelli archives, which consist of over 7,000 antique documents.

Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Venice

Palazzo Corner Spinelli, San Marco 3877, 30124 Venice






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BY THE BOOK Spotlight on two new cookbooks — one from acclaimed New England chef Jeremy Sewall and the other a revival of an old favorite, Neiman Marcus Cooks The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes written by awardwinning Boston chef Jeremy Sewall and journalist Erin Byers Murray with photography by Michael Harlan Turkell (Rizzoli New York, 2014) introduces contemporary takes on New England classics, capturing the traditional regional flavors that make Sewall’s cuisine timeless. In his first cookbook, Sewall offers more than one hundred dishes accompanied by captivating photographs revealing presentations that are both thoughtful and artful. Recipes highlight our area’s celebrated farms and fisheries by incorporating seasonal flavors, such as hearty “Maple-Brined Pork Rack with Apple and Leeks” for fall, and fresh “Hand-Dug Steamers with Bay Leaf and Thyme” for summer. But this book extends beyond recipes and includes all the necessary information for the home cook to create an authentic New England kitchen, featuring sections on food prep demonstrating the proper way to do everything from shucking oysters to curing bacon, as well as profiles of local characters like a New England farmer, fisherman, and artisanal beer brewer, offering a complete sense of what truly gives New England its flavor. Neiman Marcus Cooks: Recipes for Beloved Classics and Updated Favorites by Kevin Garvin and John Harrisson with photography by Jody Horton (Rizzoli New York, 2014) is a completely revised edition of an old favorite. Each delicious all-American comfort food is infused with signature Neiman Marcus luxury and good taste. All the timeless favorites — like chicken salad and chocolate chip cookies — are included and just as relevant as ever. These mainstays now accompany new recipes for a modern, healthy lifestyle, such as “Chicken Paillard with Couscous and Tomato Basil Sauce” and “Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts and Farro.” The complete range of classic, refined recipes is equally at home at a family gathering or stylish dinner party, and comes together beautifully to embody a sophisticated American lifestyle.

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OYSTERS GREGORY with Grilled Leeks, Bacon & Paprika

My good friend Shore Gregory, a partner at Island Creek Oyster Bar (ICOB) and Row 34, and I share a love of oysters. I cooked one of the first meals in the ICOB kitchen in honor of Shore’s birthday and made these baked oysters. When I decided to put them on the menu, it only made sense to name them after him. Shuck the oysters, saving the bottom shell and meat separately. Clean out the shells and set aside. Refrigerate the oyster meat in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to use. Preheat a grill pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Brush the leek with a little bit of the oil and place both halves on the hot grill pan or sauté pan, flat side down. Grill for 1 minute, then roll it onto its side; repeat twice to grill all sides. The leek should not be fully cooked but have a little color from the grill pan ridges. Let cool slightly; slice into thin half circles.

ingredients 12 large oysters 1 small leek, white part only, split lengthwise and washed 2 tablespoons canola oil 1⁄2 cup diced uncooked slab bacon 1 tablespoon paprika 2 garlic cloves, minced 1⁄2 cup panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 to 2 cups kosher salt for baking, plus more to taste Freshly ground white pepper

In a sauté pan, heat the remaining oil over medium heat, add the bacon, and cook until it begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat and add the paprika, leeks, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently, careful not to let the mixture burn. Remove from the heat and fold in the bread crumbs, tarragon, lemon zest, and lemon juice; season with salt and white pepper. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix a little water into 1 to 2 cups salt to make a paste. Mound the paste into a long, flat pedestal on a baking sheet. Place the cleaned oyster shells on top of the mound. Place an oyster in each shell and spoon the leek mixture over the oyster meat so that it is completely covered. Bake the oysters for 8 minutes, then turn on the broiler and cook for 2 more minutes. To serve, create small mounds of salt paste on a large serving platter and place the baked oysters on top of the mounds. Makes 12 oysters.



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TIRAMISU IN A GLASS Suggested Wine Pairing: Tiramisú Italian Liqueur

Tiramisu means “pick-me-up” in Italian and in this version we build it in a glass, giving your guests a visual clue of all the recipe components. And literally, they will then “pick up” the glass filled with the tiramisu. The ladyfingers are meant to be eaten with your fingers as a vehicle to scoop the wonderful mascarpone filling from the glass.

ingredients 7 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar

Place the eggs and granulated sugar in a stainless-steel bowl and mix to combine. Prepare a double boiler by bringing a saucepan with 2 inches of water to a simmer and placing the bowl with the egg mixture on top, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk the mixture for about 6 minutes until it forms thick ribbons and triples in size. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold half of the mascarpone into the egg mixture and then fold in half of the whipped cream. Fold in the rest of the mascarpone and then the rest of the whipped cream. Fold in the chocolate chips and keep refrigerated. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the espresso powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and Kahlúa and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool.

1 cup heavy cream 3 cups mascarpone cheese 1 1⁄2 cups miniature chocolate chips 1⁄2 cup instant espresso powder, or 1 cup brewed espresso 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus 1⁄8 teaspoon for dusting 1⁄2 cup Kahlúa or other coffee liqueur

Assemble ten glasses (large, stemmed wine glasses work well) and divide the mascarpone filling among the glasses. (If you’re so inclined, fill a pastry bag with the filling and use it to fill each glass evenly.) Line each glass with four ladyfingers and drizzle with the Kahlúa sauce. Add a couple shavings of chocolate to each glass, dust with the remaining cocoa powder, and serve. Yields 10 servings.

30 ladyfingers 3⁄4 cup shaved dark chocolate



MAKERS' GUILD Boston's Own Erba Cycles “Modern, edgy… preppy with a twist.” Though here Tommy Hilfiger could be referring to his own most recent collection, he is instead describing Erba Cycles: the bamboo bikes handmade by founder & CEO Randall Levere in his Boston Design Center studio. Levere custom designs each cycle, drawing inspiration from memories of growing up in coastal Maine, where he found freedom and exhilaration on long bike rides along the harbor. Years later, Levere realized he was no longer content to sit at a desk, and left behind a successful career in architecture and engineering to start Erba Cycles with a pile of bamboo sticks and a vision of creating something magnificent by hand. In itself, commuting by bike contributes in many ways to a clean environment, but Levere’s bikes double your eco-consciousness making every day seem like Earth Day. The frames are constructed of bamboo that grows at the speed of grass, has the look of wood, and is stronger than steel. Each bike can be customized with smart features and colors like cherry rims, royal blue wheels, and leather saddle seat. These bikes offer a plush ride even on bumpy cobblestone or winding sandy paths. The “Erban” is a joy to ride on rough city streets, and the “Drift Wood” is perfect for cruising the beach in comfort. Whether on the streets of Boston, the beaches of Nantucket, or the sidewalks of Paris, Erba Cycles turn heads.


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Photo by Kate Kelly


pages five & six Question & Answer with Michael Phillips Portrait by Patrick Heagney Photo by Eric Roth page eight

1 Portrait by Eric Roth 2 Photo by Michael Partenio 3 Photo by Michael J. Lee 4 Photo by Michael Partenio 5 Photo by Michael J. Lee 6 Photo by Nat Rea 7 Photo by Michael Partenio

Dear Readers Portrait by Virginia Sutton

pages forty to forty-six Style: 2015 Trends Forecast

Photos courtesy of Chesie Breen; and by James Andrew

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Bibliophile Boston

Culture: Gritti Palace

Photos courtesy of Asprey London, Bernard Maisner, Leontine Linens, and Rizzoli; and page 14 by Paul Costello

Photos by Fritz von der Schulenburg

pages sixteen to twenty-four Nina Farmer Rejuvenates an Old Home in West Newton Photos by Kate Kelly pages twenty-six to thirty-seven

pages fifty-eight & fifty-nine Culture: Chuck Chewning's Tour of Venice Photo by Canadastock/Shutterstock pages sixty-one to sixty-five Cuisine: By the Book

Photo credits noted within each caption

Photos by Š Kirsty Begg/Stocksy United, page 63 by Michael Harlan Turkell, and page 65 by Jody Horton

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Makers' Guild

1 Portrait by Donna Newman 2 Photo by Pieter Estersohn 3 Photo by Donna Newman 4 Photo by Thomas Loof 5 Photo by Tria Giovan 6 Photo by Phillip Ennis 7 Photo by Simon Upton

Photos courtesy of Erba Cycles; and by Randall Levere, Matt Woolhouse, Jared Leeds, and Eric Roth

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