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AMaya Angelou quote recently came to mind: “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Perhaps it is the popularity of the Barbie movie for all ages that prompted this. While we could chalk it up to nostalgia, I think it is something bigger. Let’s face it: Our lives are so fast paced that it is hard to keep up. These days we tend to throw out the old for something new. But how do we know something is better unless we have seen it last through the test of time? Isn’t that what offers us comfort and confidence? I used to play with Barbies for hours making up stories and acting them out with the dolls and then creating my own fashions and furniture. I continued and built on these story lines to keep me engaged for hours. ■ Along the same lines, a new book comes out this month from Rizzoli, On the Water: A Century of Iconic Maritime Photography from the Rosenfeld Collection. This beautiful book of images from the golden age of boating and sailing was created in partnership with the Mystic Seaport Museum. Like an old black and white movie, these images are so layered and textured that they draw you in. You forget just how beautiful black-and-white photography is. It is as detailed as a color image, but in a more subtle way that forces you to engage with the image longer—the dynamic balance of sky and water; the perspective that emphasizes the boat; and the moment that captures its nature. The Rosenfelds’ photographs of competition sailboats, billowing spinnakers and graceful motor yachts not only document the most glamorous era of sailing and boating, but also celebrate and capture the power, drama and beauty of the maritime experience. There is something so relaxing and soothing about these images. And, more importantly, the design of these vessels is timeless. And emblematic of design in Connecticut, to be honest. ■ Whether pop culture, art or design, there is something beneficial about going back to what you know and then building on it, perhaps tweaking it. Good design is built on ideas that have stood the test of time.

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See page 48 for an excerpt from On the Water: A Century of Iconic Maritime Photography from the Rosenfeld Collection.

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Ican’t get enough of tabletop design. I approach it with relish, convinced that no amount of over-the-top intricate fabulousness is out of my reach. In the end, I achieve enough to get my grandchildren to smile and guests to admire politely, and I am happy. ■ This fall, inspiration will come from 30 tablescapes created by the area’s top interior designers and artisans at a Design to Dine luncheon on October 25 at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Guest speakers are cofounders of Leeway Home—Sam Dumas and Lyle Maltz—whose ceramics, glassware and flatware are meant to make shopping for tabletop essentials easy and hassle free. Their product was recently named as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2022 and “Go-To Housewarming Gift.” Hear about their design inspirations and ideas on creating welcoming tables at a chat led by CTC&G’ s Editorial Director, DJ Carey. ■ For designers, the Designer Connection Fall Event and luncheon on October 5 at Valbella in Greenwich will showcase the latest fall collections from our favorite design vendors including fabrics, wallpaper, trim collections, paint, carpets and more. ■ And on October 24 at the Greenwich Country Club, the Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs), now in its 16th year, will honor the best kitchen and bath design, interior and garden design, small space and product design, and architecture, plus a special builder recognition award. The recipient of the annual Innovator Award will be landscape designer James Doyle of James Doyle Design Associates. ■ Tickets to all, perhaps? Go to cottagesgardens.com/events for more information. I hope to see you there!

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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINTION OF QUINTESSENTIAL CONNECTICUT DESIGN, AND HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?

RODNEY LAWRENCE

“I think of quintessential Connecticut design as a precarious juxtaposition and balance of rustic and refined; old homes that have seen generations of use and reinvention, often in the same family. I tried to introduce these elements in the interior architecture of this home. We used reclaimed barn beams combined with delicate contemporary lighting. The fireplace is a pared-down version of a classic painted New England mantel wedded to a monolithic rough granite surround.” Interior designer, “Turn the Page” (page 60), rodneylawrenceinc.com.

KATHY HODGE

“Classic Connecticut design to me is defined by clean, simple and cozy interiors. In this riverside home, we purposefully kept the interior quiet with layers of whites, blues and grays to let the exterior shine. The ever-changing meandering Connecticut river, which floats by in the backyard, becomes the focus.”

Interior designer, “Sense of Place” (page 70), sagedesign.com.

ELYSE PETRELLA

“I approached the design of the Ridgefield home with some of the same historic details found in Connecticut architecture, whether that be a 19th-century farmhouse or a saltbox-style home along the coast. The home includes coffered ceilings, a stone fireplace—reminiscent of the stone walls found on the property—and wide plank, white oak floors. I wanted the new construction to feel like it would withstand the test of time. I incorporated finishes like unlacquered brass, wrought iron and mixed in a few vintage pieces to give the house a more lived-in feel.” Interior designer, “Welcome Home” (page 86), elysepetrellainteriors.com.

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Many consider the epitome of luxury to be living nestled on or near the tranquil embrace of water. Whether you want to wake up to the gentle lullaby of waves caressing the shore, cast a line into a hidden woodland stream, skate on a frozen pond each winter, or simply dive into a heated pool year round, Greenwich has it all.

Our waterfront stretches from 32 miles of coastline along Long Island Sound, up the rivers and creeks, to the ponds and lakes tucked into our historical landscape. Be sure to prioritize your lifestyle and aquatic pastime of choice: paddleboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, fishing, sailing—creating cherished memories with loved ones.

Incomparable natural beauty, myriad recreational activities, and in many cases great potential investment returns, lend to the persistent desirability of waterfront properties. With these benefits come unique concerns and responsibilities, chief among them:

» Unique environmental regulations

» Special zoning limitations

» Additional property maintenance

» Flood risks

» Increased insurance costs

When deciding to live on the water, it is critical to make a fully informed decision based on your lifestyle, budget, and risk tolerance.

Life by the water is an enriching experience for both body and soul, offering numerous benefits that enhance well-being. I’d be happy to navigate your pursuit.

Best, JGB

GREENWICH POLO

After a brief summer hiatus, Greenwich Polo Sundays are back! Starting Sunday, August 27, guests will once again have the opportunity to meet and greet players, listen to live music and sip on delicious cocktails in the CTC&G Players’ Lounge. Don’t forget to visit the CTC&G Polo Pub by Apex Projects with Studio Bartolotta and toast to the incredible season remaining. Sundays, August 27, September 3, 10, 17 and 24. Greenwich Polo Grounds, 1 Hurlingham Dr., Greenwich. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit greenwichpoloclub.com.

SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17 AND 24

2023 FAIRFIELD COUNTY HBRA GOLF CLASSIC

The annual HBRA Golf Classic, presented by Ring’s End, will take place at the beautiful Tashua Knolls Golf Course. This year’s golf classic will feature 18-hole and 9-hole tournaments followed by a banquet dinner. Attendees can enjoy a riveting game of golf and then sip on cocktails and network with fellow HBRA members and industry leaders. Monday, September 18. Registration for both tournaments opens at 10 a.m., followed by dinner, raffle, and awards from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Tashua Knolls Golf Course, 40 Tashua Knolls Ln., Trumbull. For more information and to register, visit buildfairfieldcounty.com.

ALDRICH UNDERCOVER

The Aldrich will host its signature biennial benefit, Aldrich Undercover, this September. This lively art sale will feature works by artists who have exhibited at the museum, whose identity is only revealed after a work of art has been purchased. This benefit raises critical funds that directly support The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs.

Saturday, September 30,

7–9 p.m. The Aldrich, 258 Main St., Ridgefield. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thealdrich.org.

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WITH A CULTURE OF CURIOSITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, DANISH MODERN DESIGN STAYS TRUE TO ITS ROOTS OF SIMPLICITY AND FUNCTIONALITY |

STREAMLINED DESIGN

Architect and designer Finn Juhl created the Series 77 chair in 1953 with a streamlined aesthetic. The chair’s upholstered body appears to float on slender legs of burnished steel with wooden toes in oak or walnut. An updated version was revealed at 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen this past June. The relaunch features new textiles, including leather and fabrics designed by Raf Simons for Kvadrat. $5,033, available through Design Within Reach, dwr.com, finnjuhl.com.

ROSE-COLORED GLASS

Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the VL45 Radiohus pendant in the 1940s for the broadcasting house in Copenhagen in partnership with Louis Poulsen. Newly released in a pale rose color, the pendant features three layers of handblown glass with a brass suspension. 6.9-inch, $645; 9.8-inch, $805, louispoulsen.com.

DAY DREAMING

The Dag daybed is a collaborative project between students Teresa Lundmark and Gustav Winsth of Stockholm’s Beckmans College of Design and centuryold Swedish furniture maker Gärsnäs. The low-profile, solid beech frame is topped with an upholstered mattress of joined cylindershaped cushions. $7,800, available through Suite NY, suiteny.com, garsnas.se.

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WELL READ

The Fredericia factory has a long history of collaborating with some of the world’s most iconic designers, including Danish-American Jens Risom who created the Magazine table in 1949. The piece is offered in oak in natural or black lacquer. $840, available through West|Out East, westouteast.com, fredericia.com.

TEST OF TIME

Originally conceived in 1939 for the Sollerod town hall in Denmark, Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen’s Mayor sofa is manufactured by Danish design company &Tradition. The sofa features a high vertical back and sides on a solid oak frame. Pricing starts at $7,425, available through Suite NY, suiteny.com, andtradition.com.

PAST + PRESENT

Danish design house Gubi is known for a modernist approach to furniture and lighting. A faithful reproduction of the Basket collection—originally designed in the 1960s by Italian designer Joe Colombo—includes a threeseater and two-seater sofa and a lounge chair. Colombo’s futuristic style is evident in the organic lines and innovative use Lounge chair, $3,499, available through Suite NY, suiteny.com, gubi.com.

CURVE APPEAL

Organic curves define the Audacious cabinet from Eleish Van Breems. Slate gray fabric adds a textural note when paired with vegan leather and oak. The tambour doors can be closed for hidden storage or left open for display. With sustainability in mind, Danishmaker Umage ships the cabinet flat-packed to eliminate waste and minimize its carbon footprint. $1,448, Eleish Van Breems Home, Westport, Nantucket, evbantiques.com.

NORDIC STYLE

Laengsel’s Lykke bar chair combines architectural design with a Nordic influence (Lykke means happiness in Danish). Fashioned from sustainable birch wood in natural and stained matte finishes, the seat and back are fully upholstered in a choice of Kvadrat fabrics. $1,750, laengsel.dk.

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CIRCULAR MOTION

The Woud ARC coffee table takes its name from the mathematical concept of a smooth curve joining two points in a circle. By simply rotating half of the circular lid, you can open or close the table top. The muted gray interior complements the wood, and the three-legged construction adds to the geometrically shaped design. $1,299, available through ABC Carpet & Home, abchome. com, wouddesign.com.

SOUND UP

Bang & Olufsen partnered with Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi to develop a stylish portable home speaker. The Beosound A5’s retro aesthetic mimics typical Scandinavian materials, colors and textures in a choice of Nordic Weave or Dark Oak. With the most powerful woofer of Bang & Olufsen’s portable speakers and 360-degree sound dispersion, you won’t just hear the sound, you’ll feel it. Boasting more than 12 hours of playtime, the speaker is compatible with Bluetooth and includes an integrated wireless phone charger. $1,099, bang-olufsen.com.

OVER EASY

A masterpiece of Danish design, the Arne Jacobsen Egg chair was introduced in 1958 and continues to be celebrated today. Fritz Hansen launched an Anniversary Collection to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary with two specially curated, never-before-seen editions of the Egg chair. One iteration is shown here in Grace, a chestnut-colored aniline leather made exclusively for Fritz Hansen by Danish leather manufacturer Sørensen. Pricing starts at $9,156; as shown, $16,566, available at Monc XIII, monc13.com, fritzhansen.com.

FUN ON WHEELS

Featuring a scalloped silhouette, the Arc trolley by Copenhagen-based Hay is simple in materials and playful in expression.

It joins the Arc line of candleholders, vases, mirrors and lampshades by design duo Muller Van Severen. Made of powdercoated stainless steel, the trolley is offered in a range of colors, shown here in Jade Green. $295, available through Design Within Reach, dwr.com, us.hay.com.

CHAIR MASTER

Hans J. Wegner designed more than 500 chairs in his lifetime, but the CH24 Wishbone, with its Y-shaped back, is probably the most iconic. The chair has been in production since 1950. This year, in celebration of Wagner’s birthday, a special edition of the chair was created by the Danishbased apprentice workshop of Carl Hansen & Son. The apprentices were commissioned to reinterpret this timeless classic, developing a new double woven paper cord seat design. Wegner’s design legacy continues! Price upon request, available through Design Within Reach, dwr.com, carlhansen.com.

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WHAT’S NEW

Buzzworthy

Make Your Bed

Designer Nate Berkus and mDesign have launched the Nate Home Signature collection of high-end bedding, sold exclusively through Bloomingdale’s. The premium selection of sheets, duvets, quilts, blankets and throws— ranging in price from $48 to $448—are offered in muted earth tones and neutrals and designed to be mixed and matched. Luxe fabrics, fine stitching and attention to detail are hallmarks of the line.

“My signature collection is an extension of my philosophy that luxury is rooted in comfort and enduring style,” notes Berkus.

“We were very intentional when choosing the fabrics, colors and textures for this collection in order to create a line that reflects what I know matters, to myself as a consumer, and to the Bloomingdale’s customer.” bloomingdales.com.

BESPOKE FURNISHINGS

After decades of designing custom furniture for private clients, multidisciplinary firm Workshop/APD is debuting a collection of bespoke to-the-trade furnishings.

“This first Workshop Collection offering is comprised of our collective favorites— the pieces we’ve returned to time and time again,” says Associate Principal Andrew Kline. Workshop/APD’s reverence for craftsmanship and materiality are evident in the 16 signature designs, which are crafted by trusted partners and highly customizable. “In all of our work, regardless of typology or scale,” says Founding Principal Matt Berman, “we hope to breathe life into modern design by revealing the hand of the maker. We’ve reimagined classic forms and design elements, exploring material connections, the interplay of positive and negative space, and a soft, organic palette and architectural language. The result is a collection that is both forward-thinking and timeless. We’re less concerned about setting or following trends than creating something beautiful, functional, and enduring.” The furnishings are on display at Workshop/APD’s Manhattan showroom. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit workshop-collection.com.

HERITAGE STYLE

Bringing storied Morris & Co. designs into the home, Ruggable and Morris & Co. have joined creative forces on a collection that captures traditional, maximalist style. In enchanting florals and playful botanicals, the historic design of Morris & Co. is brought to the US rug market for the very first time. With a total of 35 styles there are many options to choose from, including popular patterns like Strawberry Thief, Pure Willow Boughs, Bluebell, Pimpernel, Kelmscott Tree, Owl & Willow and Bellflowers, all inspired by original 19th-century William Morris designs. ruggable.com.

FASHION FORWARD

Sherwin-Williams and Christian Siriano teamed up to create a curated color collection. The renowned fashion designer’s clean, modern and elegant aesthetic inspired the palette of 30 hues. “Sherwin-Williams is thrilled to partner with Christian Siriano to bring together the worlds of fashion and paint through his highly regarded design expertise,” says Brett White, Sherwin-Williams’ SVP of Sales & Marketing. “This collaboration allows us to explore new avenues for color and design, while showcasing the transformative power of paint.” Siriano drew inspiration from the natural surroundings of his Connecticut home and the desire to bring the outside in with natural neutrals like charcoals, beiges, terracottas and blues contrasted with bright whites. “We live our lives in our spaces. They’re our sanctuary, and they should feel just as fabulous as when you put something on your body and walk out the door. Home should feel the same way,” notes Siriano. “Through this partnership with Sherwin-Williams, I wanted to create a portal into my world that offers a range of options. There’s a color for everyone in this collection!” sherwin-williams.com/christiansiriano.

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CTC&G sat down with James Doyle, the principal of James Doyle Design Associates (JDDA), during the Chelsea Flower Show in London this past May. Doyle, working in partnership with British sculptor David Harber, conceived and built the trade stand at the prestigious show. —DJ Carey

WHAT WAS YOUR VISION FOR THIS GARDEN? Conceived as a natural and modern setting to highlight the sculptures of David Harber, the planting plan of the 2023 David Harber Trade Stand provides a vibrant and energetic scene in which to appreciate the artworks. At JDDA, our work reflects the intersection of nature and art—the juxtaposition of the designed and the natural. We use bold, contemporary, dynamic gestures in the form of sculptural plant material, innovative hardscaping and an infusion of landscape art. This garden reflects our philosophy and is meant to be thought provoking, with an appreciation for nature. The rectilinear central pavilion— constructed from sustainable lumber— not only provides shade and shelter but with its planted green roof, also demonstrates an important ecological function of increasing biodiversity and managing stormwater. In contrast to the straight lines of the structure, meandering paths allow for leisurely circulation and optimal enjoyment of the planted spaces and art pieces. Natural materials, unique flowering attributes and an unwavering attention to detail make this garden a true convergence of nature and art.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THIS YEAR’S SHOW? I have had a professional relationship with David Harber for decades, and last year he asked if I would consider designing his trade garden.

WHAT CAME FIRST, THE SCULPTURES OR THE GARDEN? Which informed the other? Perhaps the answer is the garden, but it wasn’t such a linear process. We had a design concept in mind and requested a list of preferred sculpture pieces from David. We then edited this list based on our preferences and the design that evolved.

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IN TERMS OF PLANTS, WAS THERE A THEME REGARDING TEXTURE OR COLOR OR MASSING? The planting plan focused on long-blooming plants, displaying distinctive textures of foliage and form, and in combinations that created a cohesive garden space. The color scheme was comprised predominately of warm colors to complement the color palette of David’s sculptures and the structure of the shelter. The green roof meadow was within the same color scheme.

WHO CAME UP WITH THE CONCEPT OF THE PAVILIONS? I wanted the Harber Group to step out of its comfort zone and for us to display something unique to the Chelsea audience. Typically, Harber would bring in a prefab building as the shelter and place it at the rear of the garden. We placed our pavilions at the center of the space, helping us create beautiful vignettes for their artworks.

WHO ELSE MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT? The whole team was great: Matthew Willinger, Kasia Kuczynska and Yvonne Brandt from JDDA. Landscape contractor Nik Edser, and Rachel Reynolds from Langdale Landscapes were terrific.

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Seamless Synergy The pavilions, pathways and plantings provided a vibrant palette of colors and textures, showcasing the form and patina of David Harber’s sculptures, sundials and water features. jdda.com, davidharber.com.
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BURSTING WITH BUBBLES

THIS FALL, JEWELRY DESIGNERS PLAY WITH BUBBLE-LIKE DESIGNS WITH ORBS OF PEARLS, SPHERES OF GOLD AND FLASHES OF DIAMONDS

Sylva & Cie’s 18k yellow-gold necklace with Old European cut diamonds set in oxidized sterling silver. $101,625, Mitchells, Westport, Richards, Greenwich, shop.mitchellstores.com, sylvacie.com.

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Mateo’s Pearl Curve Form earrings with diamonds in 14k yellow gold. mateonewyork.com. pearl necklace with South Sea white pearls and Tahitian pearl on 30-inch, 18k-gold WaterDrop link chain. $10,250, roseatejewelry.com. Audrey Coil ring in 18k yellow gold with diamonds. $12,500, melissakayejewelry.com.
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princess cut diamond squares centered on both sides of each bead. $93,500, Marco Bicego’s 18k gold lariat necklace with briolette diamonds from the Alta high jewelry collection. Price upon request, Lux Bond & Green, Westport, lbgreen. com, marcobicego.com.

In the early 20th century, the interest in sailing and racing was at its peak in the United States. Morris Rosenfeld made his home in City Island, just a short distance from Manhattan and Long Island Sound. His waterfront house was well situated to hop aboard his camera boat Foto and zoom over to photograph nearby regattas. Much of his work was done in an area of the sound that stretches from Larchmont to Oyster Bay, New York. But he and his sons also traveled farther distances aboard their boat to cover races in areas like Newport, Rhode Island, and Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Numerous sailing and yacht clubs along Long Island Sound and New England waters sponsored races throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Competitive skippers would push their boats and crew to their limits to conquer their rivals. The Rosenfelds were there to capture the spirit of racing and seamanship, along with the glory of winning and the frustration of defeat. Their photographs depicted elegant sailboats and their large white sails as they raced toward their next mark. In heavy weather, the Rosenfelds captured the reality of Mother Nature’s force with broken masts, torn sails, and capsized boats.

The Rosenfelds built a career around photographing these sailboat races and made a name for themselves as the most prominent marine photographers of the time. Boat owners and skippers would

Racing

SPOTLIGHT
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An early Rosenfeld image dated July 4, 1914, shows the schooner Queen Mab sailing near Larchmont, New York. Two classic yawls race in rough seas, each with a reef in the mainsail. Rosenfeld’s eye for composition highlights the sea spray, wet sails, light and shadows, and differing angles of the boats as they ride the waves. This 42-foot Sparkman & Stephens–designed sailing sloop was built by Chris-Craft. Although chiefly a powerboat manufacturer, ChrisCraft began building a line of sailboats while the company was owned by Cornelius Shields.
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clamor to have a photograph of their boat taken by them, particularly when competing on the racecourse. Often sailing races would not begin until the Rosenfelds arrived on their boat to memorialize the regatta. Rosenfeld’s son Stanley once commented that it was not uncommon to hear someone on the race committee boat say, “Well, Rosy’s here—we can start now.”

Rosenfeld and his sons photographed many regattas that featured class-specific boats, which were also known as one-design boats. This meant that all the boats racing were built to the same specifications and identical to one another. This eliminated virtually any differences among the boats, and skippers and crew competed solely on their skills. At these regattas, Rosenfeld photographed Blue Jays, Comets, Thistles, and Penguins that were raced by children who had learned to sail at a young age. Adults raced Star boats, Shields, Internationals, and larger boats. There were other races for boats

of varying sizes and designs that were rated on a handicap rule, which essentially allowed extra time for boats that were smaller or slower. One of these races was the long-running Bermuda Race from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda, which first began in 1906. One of the best-known sailboat races in the world is the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup, which harks back to the late 19th century, played an important role in Rosenfeld’s career. Rosenfeld began to photograph the imposing and elegant J Class boats in the 1930s and received countless accolades. These beautiful works of art measured more than 130 feet and included yachts such as Endeavour, Shamrock, Enterprise, Rainbow, Velsheda, and Ranger. In later years, Rosenfeld and his sons also photographed the 12-meter boats Northern Light, Courageous, Weatherly, Intrepid, Stars &

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Stripes, and countless others featuring notable skippers like Ted Turner and Dennis Conner. Excerpt from On the Water: A Century of Iconic Maritime Photography from the Rosenfeld Collection (Rizzoli, 2023) by Nick Voulgaris III. Photographs by © Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic Seaport Museum. Reprinted with permission. rizzoliusa.com. (this image) The timeless J Class boat Endeavour, seen here during the Eastern Yacht Club Cruise in 1937, was built for Thomas Sopwith in 1934 by Camper & Nicholsons in Gosport, England. (right) Flying Spinnakers, as this image is titled, shows Gleam and Northern Light as they race down Long Island Sound during the New York Yacht Club Cruise in 1938. Gleam was designed by Clinton Crane and built by the Henry B. Nevins Shipyard in City Island, New York. Northern Light was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and also built by Henry B. Nevins.

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HISTORY LESSONS

If these walls could talk” is a phrase that suggests houses have stories to tell, which is almost always the case with Connecticut’s historic homes. Simply sheltering humans over the course of a century or two generates tales—tall and otherwise—especially when you throw in the founding of a new nation, a major war and a population of New Yorkers seeking weekend fun. So, sit back and listen to our tale of five storied properties, plus a sixth listing that offers an apple orchard and a farmstand.

ON THE FARM

The year it was built, in 1827, Kent’s Dragonfly Farm was called the largest Federal-style stone house in the country. And it’s still an imposing structure with its rough-hewn stone construction, wood-shingled

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Rock On This circa-1827 stone manse is at the heart of a Kent property called Dragonfly Farm. It lists for $6,995,000 with Stacey Matthews of William Raveis Lifestyles Realty in Washington Depot. 203-671-9067.

1. 12 Butlers Island Road, Darien $10,990,000 WEB#170562584

Becky Munro 203.858.6182

Rob Johnson 203.979.2360

2. 176 Bedford Road, Greenwich $6,900,000 WEB#118297

Joann Erb 203.253.1800

3. 45 Sidecut Road, Redding $3,475,000 WEB#170573899

Jill Sloane 917.509.7205

4. 207 Lost District Drive, New Canaan $2,495,000 WEB#170579509

Pam Stutz 203.554.2132

5. 7 Dexter Road, Westport $1,829,000 WEB# 170585268

Mary Kate Klemish Boehm 203.583.1027

6. 90 Gun Club Road, Stamford $1,399,00 WEB#170587987

Dave Campana 203.536.0327

7. 400 Stanwich Road, Greenwich $5,950,000 WEB#118455

Elizabeth Douthit 203.962.3424

8. 65 Ridgefield Road, Wilton $2,295,000 WEB#170582543

Dawn Sterner 203.722.7098

9. 60 Hayes Street, Easton $1,299,900 WEB#170580964

Alison Sternberg 203.414.8693

10. 84 Lawrence Hill Road, Stamford $1,040,000 WEB#170582186

Meghan Athnos 203.918.1215

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roof and, over the years, many additions, including a sunny solarium and a multipurpose space over the garage housing an office, gym and game room.

Architect Heathcote Woolsey, who helped expand the home, also lived there, as did the Hammerstein family (of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame). Within the now-7,632-square-foot interiors, stone walls line the ultra-modern kitchen, which also boasts hand-hewn exposed beams and a rustic fireplace—all features seen in the living room, as well. And across the farm’s 41 acres, you’ll find a pool, barn, caretaker’s cottage and a pond with a waterfall. The property lists for $6,995,000 with Stacey Matthews of William Raveis Lifestyles Realty.

In Redding, the circa-1900 Long Pond Farm falls into the “gentleman” (and gentlewoman) category of farming. The elegant, 7,162-square-foot main house is now thoroughly modern—but features fixtures and finishes reminiscent of a century ago. The kitchen, for example, has a stone wall, wide-board floors and traditional-looking (but newly constructed) breakfronts with zinc counters. But it also boasts a Lacanche range, a Sub-Zero fridge with custom, tiger-maple

cabinetry, and an adjacent pantry and breakfast room. Another decidedly modern amenity: an entire wellness wing, with a gym and a 40-foot-long indoor lap pool and spa. And on the eight-acre grounds, there’s a stocked, half-acre pond, a smaller koi pond, a stone studio and barn. It lists for $3,750,000 with Karla Murtaugh of Compass.

Black Dog Farm in Sherman started life in 1803 as a working farm. Its circa-1803 Colonial farmhouse has been restored—and embellished—by the artist-owner, who gathered antique materials for her work on it, including handmade mahogany window frames with wavy German glass, whiteoak floors and a steam-heated metal roof. The 4.6-acre property is now a collection of dwellings: Along with the main house, there is an enormous barn with working paddocks, a three-story cottage and a spa with a sauna. And the landscaped grounds feature fancifully sculpted boxwoods, rolling lawns and dry-stone walls. It lists for $4,950,000 with Adriana Hichborn of Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices.

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Best In Show The Black Dog Farm in Sherman lists for $4,950,000 with Adriana Hichborn of Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices. 203-654-1021.
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A Long Story The circa1900 Long Pond Farm, on eight Redding acres, is offered for $3,750,000 by Karla Murtaugh of Compass in Ridgefield. 203-856-5534.

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102b Sequassen Avenue, Old Saybrook, CT

Spectacular Water Views of the Connecticut River

4 BD | 3 BA | 2,643 SQFT | $4,100,000

COLETTE HARRON | 860.304.2391 | 102bsequassenavenue.com

97 Linden Avenue, Branford, CT

102 North Street, Litchfield, CT

The Col. Charles Webb House, C. 1830

4 BD | 4 BA | 1 HBA | 4,888 SQFT | $2,150,000 RON LEAL | 646.752.6213 | 102northstlitchfield.com

16 Montauk Avenue, Stonington, CT Elegant and Meticulously Maintained with an Indoor Pool

4/5 BD | 4 BA | 1 HBA | 6,440 SQFT | $2,295,000 JUDI CARACAUSA | 860.912.9903 | 16montaukavenue.com

64 Prospect Street, Litchfield, CT Grand C. 1832 Home with Olmsted-Designed Gardens

6 BD | 3 BA | 1 HBA | 4,612 SQFT | $1,750,000 PHIL FOX | 310.308.5289 | 64prospectstlitchfield.com

297-299 Cream Hill Road, Cornwall, CT

Stunning & Peaceful Setting with Expansive Views

6.07 ACRES | $549,000

KAREN CASEY | 860.670.2164

Move beyond your expectations. williampitt.com Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. 168 Proprietors Crossing, New Canaan, CT Exquisite, Modern and Filled with Light 6 BD | 7 BA | 7,764 SQFT | $4,295,000 LESLIE RAZOOK | AILEEN MASTEY | 168proprietorscrossing.com MASONS ESTATES, Masons Island, Stonington, CT 10 Custom Built Homes on 1-1.4 Estate Acres Starting at $3,495,000 JUDI CARACAUSA | 860.912.9903 | masonsestatesmystic.com 78 Pastures Lane, New Canaan, CT Exquisite Stone Manor House with Pool and Tennis 5 BD | 5 BA | 2 HBA | 7,579 SQFT | $3,495,000 JAIME SNEDDON | 203.219.3769 | 78pastureslane.com Nothing Compares. 100 North Main Street, Essex, CT Stately Greek Revival Built in 1834 5 BD | 3 BA | 2 HBA | 3,778 SQFT | $1,395,000 DEAN EUBANK | 508.325.3246 | 100northmainstreet.com 503 Fox Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT New Construction Located in a Championship Golf Course 3 BD | 2 BA | 1 HBA | 2,950 SQFT | $1,250,000 TAMMY TINNERELLO |
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In Old Lyme, a piece of women’s-rights history is on sale. Called Ludington House, and sited in the heart of the town’s historic district, the grand Colonial was once owned by Katharine Ludington, an American suffragist. It was built in 1895 by noted architect Henry R. Marshall and styled in the manner of the best addresses of that era—with a wide, wraparound porch, a welcoming foyer featuring a dramatic staircase, eight fireplaces and, on the now-1.88 acre grounds, manicured gardens and a four-bay barn. Kitty, as the activist was called, is also credited with founding the League of Women Voters and advocating for reforms in journalism and the arts. The home lists for $2,395,000 with Colette Harron and Beth Cote of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. —Diane di Costanzo

RIGHT IN TOWN

The oldest house featured here is also one of the most impressive “country” compounds on the market—although it happens to be on two Stamford acres, located just 15 minutes from Greenwich Avenue, across the city line. The circa-1721, granite-block house, called the Stone House, has been artfully renovated, now centering on an open-plan great room with twostory cathedral ceilings and an easy flow to the kitchen, boasting an eight-footwide fireplace and French doors onto the fieldstone terrace. The main floor spaces connect via an enclosed hallway to a second, more modern, three-story dwelling that looks over the pretty pool terrace. And the standout feature on the landscaped grounds is an open-air, straight-out-of-Tuscany stone enclosure that’s used for outdoor dining. The property lists for $1.9 million with Barbara Vogt of Sotheby’s International Realty.

RIPE FOR THE PICKING

Hickory Hill Orchards, a 33-acre property in Cheshire, has cropped up just in time for apple-picking season. The orchard not only bears fruit, but is also equipped to sell the bounty, including a farmstand that’s been run by the same owner for 45 years. The rolling acres also boast a four-horse barn, a riding ring and trails, and a pretty pond. Over the years, the business has served as a bucolic spot for everything from kiddie hayrides to weddings. Finally, the property’s 4,143-square-foot farmhouse offers four bedrooms, an office, a gym and a hot tub. It lists for $3.5 million with Mary Ann Campbell and Hedyeh Renstrup, both of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Westport. 646673-6116 and 203-231-9134.

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Something Old, Something New This 18th-century stone home, with a stylish modern addition, lists for $1.9 million with Barbara Vogt of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich. 203-233-4599.
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History For Sale This circa-1895 Old Lyme Colonial lists for $2,395,000 with Colette Harron and Beth Cote of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Essex and Old Lyme, respectively. 860-304-2391 and 860-460-6901.
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DISCOVER BLACK DOG FARM

6 Hoyt Road, Sherman, CT

4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,933 SF | $4,950,000

Black Dog Farm, owned by renowned artist, is an exquisite estate that offers a captivating storybook ambiance. The fully restored 1803 Antique Eyebrow Colonial Farmhouse is situated on 4.6 acres of prime land located along the Appalachian Trail. The property features several sprawling buildings such as a three-level cottage, two car detached garage, sauna and spa room, and an enormous barn with a fully intact working paddocks with water and electricity. This artist’s remarkable talent brings this home to life, creating a museum-quality residence that exudes elegance and sophistication. The property showcases rare materials and meticulous attention to detail throughout, including white oak hardwood floors batched from the MOMA, custom handmade Mahogany windows with imported wavy German glass, and state-of-the-art Argon gas. The chef’s kitchen features gnarled brass pulls, leathered limestone marble countertops, and handmade and hand painted tile backsplash. Black Dog Farm is an enchanting retreat that is truly indescribable. It is a must see!

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A love of books inspires a new home’s tailored design

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Story Setting

Designer Rodney Lawrence established the home’s plotline at the entry with a Nasiri runner on the main staircase. A plaster Eric Schmitt chandelier and Remains wall sconces keep the space bright and moody. See Resources.

Rodney Lawrence kept getting distracted during his work on this home in Old Lyme. Just as he was overseeing, arranging, and repositioning various elements during the project, he sometimes found himself lost in a passage about astronomy or the opening paragraphs of a classic novel. One of the chief directives Lawrence received from one of the homeowners upon securing the commission to design these rooms, was to make room for books. Whereas most dining rooms feature cabinets of china, here, both walls are lined with floor-toceiling bookcases. “From the start, I was told that every one of the client’s books had to fit into this new home,” Lawrence recalls. “He’s not only a voracious reader of an astounding breadth of subject matter, but he’s also read every book on these shelves.”

Character Development

Books fill custom shelving in the dining room (opposite page), where Rejuvenation

chairs and Sawkille head chairs surround two tables made of salvaged ash. Vaughan Designs sconces (right) frame a Bark Frameworks mirror and custom Miguel Saco vanity in a powder room. See Resources.
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Kitchen Cachet

Main characters in the kitchen include a Viking range, Urban Electric Co. pendants and Waterworks faucet. See Resources.

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The plot thickens, though, regarding the story of this house. For generations, the family had owned an 18th-century farmhouse on the banks of the Connecticut River, but recognizing that those waters have increasingly lapped ever closer to the house, the homeowners took advantage of an opportunity. As Lawrence explains it, a parcel of land atop a bluff, just above the farmhouse, had become available for development. The homeowners purchased the land, whereupon they commissioned Lyme-based architect Brooke Girty to design a five-bedroom, cedar-shingled home whose form would reference that of the original house yet be something wholly new.

Lawrence is able to read his clients well, for he designed the couple’s spacious Central Park West apartment years earlier. “Having worked with them over a long time,” Lawrence explains, “I understood their taste, their aesthetic, and was able to launch into this right away, even though it was the tail end of the pandemic.” So difficult, though, was it to find certain furnishings, given the supplychain slowdown, that Lawrence designed much of furniture. “We had no choice. But these are also clients who very much want to see everything in person before purchasing, so we went everywhere to see everything, sometimes having entire showrooms to ourselves.”

Plot Twists (clockwise across spread from opposite page) Primary bedroom lighting includes a ceiling mount by McEwen Lighting Studio and a pair of Urban Electric Co. wall sconces, while Holly Hunt fabric is used on the Dmitriy & Co. bed. A Bright Group sectional sofa and swivel chair work to optimal effect in the media room. Hexagonal floor tiles from Waterworks animate a guest bath. See Resources.
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The empty-nester couple wanted this home to not only be comfortable, casual, able to accommodate guests and family, but also to have interiors that reflected the tailored look for which Lawrence is well known. Although Lawrence acknowledges that the interiors are neutral in tone, he’s quick to emphasize, “I do use color, in very specific ways.” While many walls are white, repeated echoes of the same cerulean-marine blue appear throughout. A look through the dining area, for instance, reveals the blue of the library, while in other directions, the same hue is used on a bar, kitchen cabinets, as pendant shades. “The blue is about establishing a bit of a pop—but not too much.”

Because the house has many windows, wall space for art is limited. The book spines themselves work as a kind of subtle multi-hued palette. Once the satin-finish paint had dried on the shelves Lawrence designed—and the owner had arranged the books by category— Lawrence couldn’t resist doing some further editing. “We made room on some shelves for objects and created breathing room, of sorts, all to make it look a bit less library-like.”

Meanwhile, while the books present a show of vertical lines, a network of beams—all reclaimed wood that Lawrence had lightly stained—course the ceilings. In an exercise of geometry, Lawrence spent considerable time making sure the decorative beams aligned perfectly with cabinets and windows. “It was a feat to lay them out, but once we did, up they went,” he notes.

As a counter to the rustic quality of the beams, the designer chose novel lighting fixtures as “a way to introduce something contemporary.” In the dining room, spacious enough for two tables, Lawrence selected fixtures made of stoneware that drape on chains, while another in the foyer is composed of plaster and iron. “When you play with lighting forms, you create ambience,” he says.

As happens with all projects he enjoys, Lawrence recognized that the plot of the story had to be resolved: “I became very attached to the project. Designers often develop a sense of ownership, but then there comes that point when you realize it belongs to the clients. Fortunately, there’s always the next project, the next story.” ✹

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Happy Ending (clockwise across spread from top left) An upstairs landing is decorated with artwork by Philippe Segeral, a custom console by Peter Pone of Carbon63, and Roman Thomas lamps. Lindsey Adelman pendants illuminate a custom primary bath vanity sporting Nanz hardware. The room’s freestanding bathtub is from Waterworks. See Resources.

PLACE SENSE OF

A new home comfortably nestles into a riverside property

Simply Beautiful

With its custom Dutch lap siding, green fish-scale roof shingles, deep overhangs and rafter tails, this home (left and above) by Christopher Arelt of Nautilus Designs captures the sense of an old New England summer camp. Exterior lighting is through Arroyo Craftsman Lighting, and brick is from Glen-Gery. A line of classic Adirondack chairs (below) beckons by the riverside. See Resources.

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Inside
Stories (clockwise across spread from right) Custom sofas in a DeLany & Long fabric and chairs re-upholstered in Holland & Sherry jacquard provide seating in front of the river room fireplace. Arched doorways that lead to the winter room flank artwork (acrylic paint on stretched canvas) by Willie Cole. The light fixture above the island is the Wolcott by Uttermost, and the bar stools are through deVOL Kitchens. In the pantry, butcher-block counters and backsplash are by City Bench, and the paint is Donald Kaufman 19. See Resources.

When the homeowners asked me to give them a house that looked like it belonged on the river, I set about assembling a kit of parts or a palette comprised of materials and shapes I observed in my travels up and down the river’s shores—the Dutch lap siding, River Jacks and deep overhangs with exposed rafter tails, to name a few,” says architect Christopher Arelt of Nautilus Architects. “Then I paired these with the house’s form, which is quite organic but also evokes the sense of an old summer camp in Maine, or an inn on Block Island or the Vineyard.”

The bucolic setting informed the colors, textures and materials of the furnishings selected by interior designer Kathy Hodge of Sage Design. “I wanted the inside to be quiet and reflect the colors of the river and greenery,” says Hodge. “The outside is the hero here!”

The heart of the home is the “river room”—an open space surrounded by glass that encompasses the kitchen, dining and main living areas. “Many people have noted that they didn’t realize one could achieve modern concepts like panoramic glass and an open plan within a familiar vocabulary,” notes Arelt. “The kitchen, dining and living zones flow into each other, but in the form of a shifted trio of rectangles that thereby retain an aspect of traditional compartmentalization.”

In the dining area, custom walnut chairs surround a table made of wood from the property by City Bench, a furniture maker in Higganum. A focal point in the living room is a floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of River Jacks—small smooth stones from the river bed.

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Cozy Retreat

The winter room walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bleeding Heart. Perennials Rough and Ready fabric covers the sofa. See Resources.

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Easy Living

“I found several buildings nearby, notably a well house, constructed entirely of these,” notes Arelt. The serene palette continues with Hodge’s selection of sofas in a DeLany & Long fabric and chairs recovered in a Holland & Sherry jacquard.

Arched doorways lead to adjacent compartmentalized rooms— the butler’s pantry, the “winter room” and the “plant room”—each with a distinctly different character. These rounded portals introduce a slight nautical flair and take on an air of handmade, custom furniture. “Rounded edges imbue a space with feelings of softness and comfort—customized and with purposeful intent,” says Arelt.

The vintage-styled butler’s pantry features a soapstone sink with an oversized backsplash plus butcher-block countertops. “The butler’s pantry blurs the line between extension of and complement to the kitchen,” says Arelt. “The lower cabinets have the same profiles, but there are glass uppers, whereas the kitchen has no upper cabinets. Each distinct type and location of cabinetry is assigned a specific hardware, so there’s intentional and logical variation.”

The perfect seasonal complement to the river room is the winter room with paneling painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bleeding Heart—a deep, dramatic charcoal with blue undertones. “The TV and piano are here, so it is used as a music salon and a cozy space to watch a movie,” notes Hodge, who furnished the room with a custom sofa and chairs in durable Perennials fabrics. Walls of bookshelves flank another fireplace, this one made of brownstone. “All the brownstone used in New York City came from a quarry nearby and traveled right past the property on barges,” notes Arelt.

The wood-paneled plant room is outfitted with large windows, a heated brick floor and tiled wainscoting. “The plant room is so called because it emulates a solarium that can become enclosed in winter to contain plants that are not suited for year-round conditions in this climate, like gardenias and lemon trees, and which also have delightful fragrance that permeate the adjacent spaces through interior windows,” explains Arelt. Here, Hodge selected Brown Jordan outdoor furniture that can easily be relocated to the covered porch.

With a unique design that honors its riverside location, this home has found a true sense of place. “The result is something that looks and feels familiar, yet I would defy someone to find another house that looks anything like it,” says Arelt. “And I realized that, although I do a lot of contemporary design, it’s not the style that is so satisfying: It’s the invention. This project has so much invention and was thereby so satisfying.” ✹

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The plant room is furnished with a Brown Jordan loveseat, chair and ottoman through Patio.com with cushions in Perennials’ Sailcoth. The wood paneling is by North Cove Construction. Radiant-heated brick floors warm the space in chillier weather. See Resources.

Only Essentials

Setting

a tone of mindful living in a country residence

Sunny Side Up A table and chairs from Holland MacRae and a Verellen banquette create a perfect locale for morning coffee in the breakfast room. Reupholstered chairs from the homeowner’s collection sport Rose Tarlow fabric, and the rug is from Sacco. See Resources

The concept of layering comes in many forms. Architecturally, things like moldings and built-ins come to mind as ways of turning a four-walled box into something more visually enticing. And from an interior design standpoint the mindful placement of everything from rugs and upholstered pieces to coffee tables and throw pillows often sets the desired tone.

And while both those elements definitely came into play in a Greenwich country home designed by architect Greg Tankersley of McAlpine with interiors by David Frazier, the idea of layering as a means of breaking down spaces to accommodate multiple levels of activities was on equal footing. “The homeowners didn’t want a lot of wasted space, so I created an urban loft-like setting where everything you do in your life is contained in one room,” says Tankersley. “David then broke it down so it’s like a salon with different areas to dine, converse, watch TV and practice music.”

The paneled great room with box beams that cruise across the ceiling is organized around a stone fireplace where two commodious

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All Around The House (clockwise from above) Counter stools from Holland MacRae combine contemporary design with English workroom detailing; the front and back fabric is by Elizabeth Eakins. A vintage chair from Holliday and Associates Antiques and a custom walnut desk allow the homeowner to catch up on work without leaving the great room. The multipurpose mudroom with lighting from Urban Electric Co. includes a place for potting plants. An Ingo Maurer chandelier makes a sculptural statement in the primary bedroom, where the bed is upholstered with Mokum fabric, and the bench wears de Le Cuona. Dmitriy & Co chairs covered in Pierre Frey fabric flank a Gregorius Pineo ottoman. See Resources

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sofas upholstered in Belgian linen, and a pair of Rose Tarlow club chairs anchor the space. A 10-foot-long, cerused-oak dining table is the site of all meals for the family of four that includes two young sons, and an outsized bay window provides the background for a handsome desk and vintage chair—the latter allowing the husband a place to work without always having to head for his basement office. “The homeowners are no-frills people, so it was important that all the furniture was well crafted but nothing too formal or ostentatious,” explains Frazier about his selections. “The upholstered pieces are clean lined but approachable and void of any unnecessary ornamentation.”

With a backdrop that embraces Shaker doors in the kitchen, divided light windows, and paneled walls in the primary bedroom, classic interjections like the handcrafted drop-leaf table in the entry fit right in. “There, we paired traditional craftsmanship with contemporary lighting to keep things fresh,” says Frazier, noting the unexpected scale of the chandelier fabricated by a blacksmith adds a bit of whimsy. “The playfulness comes from the detailing and the size.”

In the kitchen, the Shaker doors are offset by a modern-leaning symmetrical layout that includes two marble-topped islands, and counter stools made in an English workshop. “They are contemporary in design but with English workroom details,” says Frazier.

Just off the kitchen, a small glass-enclosed space—dubbed the keeping room by Frazier—is a cozy setting for morning coffee or catching up on a good book but little else. “In a traditional house, you have a kitchen with a family room tacked on where everyone congregates, but I wanted something like a conservatory with seating but not so much furniture that you won’t go sit in the great room,” shares Tankersley. For his part, Frazier responded with a

Guest Quarters (this page, clockwise from left) A corner of the guest room includes a homeowner’s chair covered in Rose Tarlow fabric, an antique side table from Steven Postans Antiques and a floor lamp through 1stDibs. A circular leather mirror from Gubi hangs above a console table; the stool is from Scott Antique Markets. The guest bath vanity touts Classic Brass knobs and pulls. See Resources

Sweet Dreams

Also in the guest room, the Bungalow Classic bed and bench are both upholstered in Rose Tarlow fabric. The side lamps are from Saladino, and the light fixture is from Urban Electric Co. See Resources

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Welcome Home

An oversized chandelier (this photo) fabricated by Phillips Metal Works sets a playful tone in the entry. A pendant by Jerry Pair (opposite page) lights the entry to the primary bedroom, where the library-like space includes a Holland MacRae desk and a desk lamp from Circa Lighting. See Resources

small round table with a soft banquette covered in a heavy woven linen, and two upholstered chairs. Even in the small space, the notion of layering a space for different activities continued.

Throughout, the predominantly warm white palette is punctuated with dark moody moments most notably in the library and pantry, where the walls are coated with a deep brown, and in the guest room where the surfaces are saturated in a rich blue green inspired by the wooded surroundings. “The guest suite is located in a separate wing, and we wanted it to feel distinctive and special,” Frazier says.

In lieu of a series of forgotten rooms, the home features just the right number of spaces, and they all get used. “This house has no pretense,” says Tankersley. “From the beginning there was an attitude around paring down, and we helped them edit so they got exactly what they needed and nothing more.” ✹

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THE HOMEOWNERS ARE NO-FRILLS PEOPLE, SO IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT ALL THE FURNITURE WAS WELL CRAFTED BUT NOTHING TOO FORMAL OR OSTENTATIOUS
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HOME WELCOME

A NEW HOUSE COMES TOGETHER WITH HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS AND FAMILY TIES

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Warm Welcome The entry (this photo) has a vintage runner from Landry & Arcari, ceiling fixture from Shades of Light and artwork by Amy Weil. The mudroom (opposite page) floor sports Ann Sacks tile and walls in Sherwin-Williams’ Cornwall Slate. See Resources

When Mary Jane and Drew Kelemen built their Ridgefield home in 2021, it was not just a house, but a homecoming. The couple spent the last two decades in Rochester, New York, where they’d moved for a job relocation. Though they’d raised three children there, and had become part of a wonderful community, they’d always planned to return to Mary Jane’s hometown of Ridgefield, where many of their family members and friends still live.

Thrilled to have them back in town, Mary Jane’s father offered them a piece of land down the hill from him and her mother, and then the Kelemens enlisted some hometown help to take the lead on the design. With years of catching up to do, they needed a house that could host—a lot.

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Gathering Spots (clockwise across spread from left) An RH chandelier complements the two-story stone fireplace in the living room, where a Lee Industries sectional in a Larsen fabric rests on a custom rug from Stark Carpet. In the breakfast area, performance-grade fabric from Holly Hunt was used on the banquette, and the Wishbone chairs are through Rove Concepts. In the kitchen, stools from Saffron + Poe offer seating at the island, backsplash tile is from Waterworks, and a trio of pendants is from RH. See Resources

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Dream Team (left to right across spread) In the primary bedroom, Vaughan Designs table lamps top nightstands from Serena & Lily, and the hand-tufted wool-andjute rug is from McGee & Co. The Randolph Morris soaking tub has unlacquered brass fixtures from Waterworks. In a guest suite, Petrella added nickel-gap plank detail to the pitched ceiling; the walls and trim are painted Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse. See Resources

Enter designer Elyse Petrella, who grew up in the Kelemens’ Rochester neighborhood before launching her design career in New York City. She’d recently relocated to Westchester and had worked with a friend of the couple, who encouraged them to reconnect with their neighbor-turned-design-pro. The builder they chose, Tom Sturges, not only does beautiful work, he’s married to Mary Jane’s niece.

The couple wanted a traditional Connecticut farmhouse with a modern update, an open layout and comfortable design that felt welcoming for their guests. “It was very important for them to have a home that felt warm and inviting,” says Petrella, “where they could walk in the door and feel at ease.” Together, she and Sturges delivered just the right balance of modern and traditional style, with a design that fits the site and meshes with the homeowners’ lifestyle.

The Kelemans were still living in Rochester during the construction and trusted their team to create the home they’d envisioned. “Elyse and Tom worked so beautifully together,” says Mary Jane. “It felt easy for us to give them the reins.”

Every design detail has togetherness in mind. The flow of the home, including the open kitchen and living room, makes everyone feel connected, and areas for conversation abound. The breakfast nook table seats 10, and the living room’s deep sectional sofa is covered in a luscious Larsen fabric.

The color palette enhances an uncluttered but warm aesthetic that invites visitors to sit down and stay a while. Petrella kept things largely neutral, with a little color to keep it interesting. “I like keeping the palette very natural,” says Petrella. “It feels timeless, clean and calming.” Upholstered pieces in shades of

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I like keeping the palette very natural. It feels timeless, clean and calming

gray and cream invite lounging, while warm wood accents and white oak floors keep things warm and cozy. The fireplace is a standout feature with a stone facade running up two stories in the living room.

Touches of color—like the cobalt blue rug and artwork by local artist Tina Cobelle-Sturges (builder Tom Sturges’ mother) in the sitting room—add depth without going over the top. Petrella brought in a little pattern with a sprinkling of stripes throughout the house.

In the primary suite, there’s plenty of room for the couple to unwind after a day of entertaining. Petrella used “color without color” in the primary bedroom, with Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Gray on the walls, a pair of sage green table lamps and a patterned rug. The spacious bathroom has his and hers vanities, and a large soaking tub.

Outdoors, front and rear covered porches can be used almost year-round, with ceiling fans for the summer and heat lamps for the fall. By the pool, a large dining table and umbrellas with chaise lounges keep the Kelemens and their guests comfortable and covered from the sun.

Their new home is beautiful, but the homeowners’ favorite feature is how it has allowed them to spend so much time with the people they love. “At any given time, there are a host of people coming in and out of that front door,” says Petrella. “I love that it’s a gathering place,” says Mary Jane. “It’s what we built this house for.”

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An outdoor fan from Visual Comfort delivers breezes above the RH dining table and chairs. The outdoor umbrellas are through Woodline Shade Solutions. See Resources.

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Pages 60–69: Architect, Brooke Girty, Brooke Girty Design, brookegirtydesign. com. Interior design, Rodney Lawrence, Rodney Lawrence Inc., rodneylawrenceinc.com. Landscape design, Worcester + Worcester Landscape Architects, 860-227-1143. Entry: Runner, Nasiri. Chandelier, Valerie Goodman. Sconces, Remains Lighting Company. Door hardware, Rocky Mountain Hardware. Kitchen: Custom island fabrication and countertops, Hanford Cabinet and Woodworking. Range, Viking. Pendants, The Urban Electric Co. Faucet, Waterworks. Bowl, Andrianna Shamaris. Dining room: Bookcase installation, Hanford Cabinet and Woodworking. Table, City Bench. Light fixture, Natalie Page. Library ladder, Brian Fireman. Chairs, Rejuvenation. Head chairs, Sawkille Co. Drapery fabric, Rosemary Hallgarten. Drapery fabrication, NY Drapery. Powder room: Sconces, Vaughan. Mirror, Bark Frameworks. Vanity, Miguel Saco. Faucet, Waterworks. Wallpaper, Asterisk. Floor, Dakota Stone Slabs through Black Lab Tile LLC. Primary bedroom: Ceiling fixture, McEwen Lighting Studio through Dennis Miller. Sconces, The Urban Electric Co. Bed, Dmitriy & Co. Bed fabric, Holly Hunt. Rug, Michael Smith through Mansour. Paint, Benjamin Moore. Mattress, Casper. Nightstands, Roman Thomas. Media room: Sofa and swivel chair, The Bright Group. Sectional sofa fabric, Yoma. Throw pillow fabric, Martyn Thompson. Pillow fabrication, Jose Quintana Upholstery. Blinds, Corragio.Guest bath: Tile, sink and faucet, Waterworks. Vanity, Hanford Cabinet and Woodworking. Upstairs landing: Artwork, Philippe Segeral. Console, Peter Pone of Carbon63. Lamps, Roman Thomas. Rug, Nasiri. Sculptures, Trish Demasi through Wexler Gallery. Primary bathroom: Pendants, Lindsey Adelman. Vanity hardware, Nanz. Tub, fixtures and magnifying mirror, Waterworks. Tub deck flooring and countertop, Black Lab Tile LLC. Flush mount lighting, Phoenix Day. Cabinet fabrication, Hanford Cabinet and Woodworking.

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Pages 70–77: Architect, Christopher Arelt, Nautilus Architects, nautilusarchitects.com. Interior design, Kathy Hodge, Sage Design, sagedesign.com. Builder, Gary Lankerd, Lankerd Carpentry Custom Builder,

860-608-5423. Paneling, North Cove Construction, northcoveconstruction. com. Finish Trim Work, Rabco Construction Services, 860-818-0137. Tiler, Mark Berman, 203-988-0889. Fireplace masonry, Perrault Masonry, 860-873-9601. Terrace masonry, Maksim Isufaj, European Stone & Masonry Inc., 203-888-5349. Cabinetry, Custom Cut Interiors, customcutinteriors. com. Solid surface fabricator, Surface Elements, surfaceelements.net. Lighting, Tech Lighting, techlighting. com. Exteriors: Lighting, Arroyo Craftsman. Brick, Glen-Gery. Windows, Marvin. Exterior doors, Upstate Door.

Kitchen: Custom cabinetry, Custom Cut Interiors. Cabinet hardware, Whitechapel. Light fixture, Uttermost. Bar stools, deVOL. Plumbing fixtures, Rohl. Pantry: Countertops and backsplash, City Bench. Paint, Donald Kaufman. Living room: Sofa fabric, DeLany & Long. Chair fabric, Holland & Sherry. Coffee table, Mecox. Lamps, Visual Comfort. Artwork, Willie Cole.

Winter room: Paint, Benjamin Moore. Sofa fabric, Perennials. Sunroom: Furniture, Brown Jordan through Patio. com. Cushion fabric, Perennials. Wood paneling, North Cove Construction.

ESSENTIALS ONLY

Pages 78–85: Architect, Greg Tankersley, McAlpine, mcalpinehouse. com. Interior design, David Frazier, davidfrazier.co. Landscape design,

Louis C. Fusco Landscape LTD, louisfusco.com. Breakfast room/ kitchen: Table, chairs and side table, Holland MacRae. Banquette, Verellen. Lounge chair and banquette fabric, Rose Tarlow. Pillow fabrics, Pierre Frey and Rose Tarlow. Rug, Sacco. Drapery fabric, Fabricut. Pendant, R Hughes. Side chair fabric, Elizabeth Eakins. Floor lamp, Phillips Metal Works. Stools, Holland MacRae. Bar stool seat fabric, de Le Cuona. Bar stool front and back fabric, Elizabeth Eakins. Pendants, The Urban Electric Co. Great room: Desk, Holland MacRae. Chair, A L Holliday and Associates. Club chair fabric, Rose Tarlow. Desk lamp, Ecart International. Side chair, 1stDibs. Swivel lounge chair fabric, de Le Cuona. Swivel chair pillows, Rose Tarlow. Floor lamp, R Hughes. Drapery fabric, Fabricut. Baskets, Mainly Baskets. Mudroom: Lighting, The Urban Electric Co., Island, Holland MacRae. Drapery fabric, Fabricut. Primary bedroom: Chandelier, Ingo Maurer. Bed fabric, Mokum. Bench and nightstands, Holland MacRae. Bench fabric, de Le Cuona. Chairs, Dmitriy & Co. Chair fabric, Pierre Frey. Ottoman, Gregorius Pineo. Ottoman fabric, Rose Tarlow. Rug, Sacco. Drapery fabric, Schumacher. Roman shade fabric, Conrad. Bed pillow fabrics, Jim Thompson. Table lamp, Vaughan. Guest room: Bed and

bench, Bungalow Classic. Bed, bed pillow, chair and stool fabric, Rose Tarlow. Chair pillow fabric, Pierre Frey. Side table, Steven Postans Antiques. Console table, Holland MacRae. Floor lamp, 1stDibs. Mirror, Gubi. Stool, Scott Antique Markets. Vases, Antony Todd. Table lamps, Artemide and Saladino. Chandelier, The Urban Electric Co. Rug, Sacco. Guest bath: Mirror, RH. Faucets, Kohler. Hardware, Classic Brass. Rug, Persian Point Rugs. Entry: Chandelier, Phillips Metal Works. Chair, Cassina. Table, Holland MacRae. Drapery fabric, Rose Tarlow. Primary bedroom entry: Pendant, Jerry Pair. Sconce, The Urban Electric Co. Desk, Holland MacRae. Desk chair fabric, Pierre Frey. Desk lamp, Visual Comfort. Rug, Sacco.

WELCOME HOME

Pages 86–93 : Interior design, Elyse Petrella, Elyse Petrella Interiors, elysepetrellainteriors.com. Contractor and landscape design, Thomas Sturges Construction, tsconstructionllc. com. Entry: Runner, Landry & Arcari. Ceiling light fixture, Shades of Light. Artwork, Amy Weil. Mudroom: Flooring, Ann Sacks. Paint, SherwinWilliams. Bench cushion fabric, Rose Tarlow. Bench cushion upholstery, Mark David Interiors. Pillow fabric, Zak +Fox. Hardware, Rejuventation. Living room: Chandelier, RH. Sectional sofa,

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Lee Industries. Sectional sofa fabric, Larsen. Rug, Stark. Breakfast area: Table, RH. Banquette fabric, Holly Hunt. Banquette fabrication, Mark David Interiors. Chairs, Rove Concepts. Ceiling fixture, Visual Comfort. Pillows, Zak + Fox and Walter G. Kitchen: Stools, Saffron + Poe. Backsplash tile, Waterworks. Pendants, RH. Range, La Cornue. Faucet and pot filler, Perrin & Rowe. Hardware, Rejuvenation. Living room: Chandelier, RH. Area rug, Stark. Sectional sofa and armchair, Lee Industries. Sofa fabric, Larsen. Armchair and pillow fabric, Colefax & Fowler. Drinks table and floor lamp, Visual Comfort. Coffee table, McGee & Co. Throw blanket, Sferra. Basket, Pottery Barn. Primary bedroom: Table lamps, Vaughan. Nightstands, Serena & Lily. Rug, McGee & Co. Bed and bench, RH. Bedding, Sferra. Pillows, Stoffer Home. Primary bathroom: Tub, Randolph Morris. Tub fixtures, Waterworks. Guest suite: Paint, Farrow & Ball. Bed, Serena & Lily. Ceiling light, 1stDibs. Area rug, Studio McGee. Bedside table, Anthropologie. Table lamp, Troy Lighting. Window treatment, Colby’s of Ridgefield. Bedding, Boll & Branch and St. Frank. Pillow fabric, Zak + Fox. Back exterior: Lanterns and fan, Visual Comfort. Outdoor furniture, RH. Umbrellas, Woodline Shade Solutions.

SOURCE LIST

1stDibs, 1stdibs.com

A L Holliday and Associates, alhollidayandassoc.com

Amy Weil, amyweilpaintings.com

Andrianna Shamaris, andriannashamarisinc.com

Ann Sacks, annsacks.com

Anthropolgie, anthropologie.com

Antony Todd, antonytodd.com

Apropos, apropos-furniture.com

Arroyo Craftsman, arroyocraftsman.com

Artemide, artemide.com

Asterisk Inc. (see Studio Four NYC)

Bark Frameworks, barkframeworks.com

Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com

Black Lab Tile LLC, 860-388-7642

Boll & Branch, bollandbranch.com

Brian Fireman, brianfiremandesign.com

Brown Jordan, brownjordan.com

Bungalow Classic, bungalowclassic.com

Carbon63, carbon63.com

Casper, casper.com

Cassina, cassina.com

City Bench, city-bench.com

Classic Brass, classic-brass.com

Colby’s of Ridgefield, colbysct.com

Colefax & Fowler (see Cowtan & Tout)

Conrad, conradshades.com

Coraggio, coraggio.com

Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com

Dakota Stone Slabs, dakotastones.com

De Le Cuona, usa.delecuona.com

DeLany & Long, delanyandlong.com

Dennis Miller, dennismiller.com

Design Within Reach, dwr.com

DeVol, devolkitchens.com

Dmitriy and Co, dmitriyco.com

Donald Kaufman, donaldkaufmancolor.com

Ecart International (see Ralph Pucci)

Elizabeth Eakins (see Holland & Sherry)

Fabricut, fabricut.com

Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com

Glen-Gery, glengery.com

Gregorious Pineo, gregoriuspineo.com

Gubi, gubi.com

Hanford Cabinet and Woodworking, hanfordcabinet.com

Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com

Holland MacRae, hollandmacrae.com

Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com

Ingo Maurer, ingo-maurer.com

Jerry Pair, jerrypair.com

Jim Thompson, jimthompsonfabrics.com

Jose Quintana Upholstery, 718-361-0946

Kohler, kohler.com

La Cornue, lacornueusa.com

Landry & Arcari, landryandarcari.com

Larsen (see Cowtan & Tout)

Lee Industries, leeindustries.com

Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com

Mainly Baskets, mainlybaskets.com

Mansour, mansour.com

Mark David Interiors, markdavidinteriors.com

Martyn Thompson, martynthompsonstudio.com

Marvin (see Ring’s End)

McEwen Lighting Studio, mcewenlighting.com

McGee & Co., mcgeeandco.com

Mecox, mecox.com

Michael Smith, michaelsmithinc.com

Miguel Saco, miguelsaco.com

Mokum, jamesdunloptextiles.com

Nanz, nanz.com

Nasiri, nasiricarpets.com

Natalie Page, nataliepage.com

NY Drapery, 212-229-1533

Patio.com, patio.com

Perennials, perennialsfabric.com

Perrin & Rowe, perrinandrowe.com

Persian Point Rugs, persianpointrugs.com

Peter Pone, 313-418-5345

Philippe Segeral, philippesegeral.com

Phillip Metal Works, phillipsmetalworks.com

Phoenix Day, phoenixday.com

Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com

Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com

R Hughes, r-hughes.com

Ralph Pucci, ralphpucci.com

Randolph Morris (see Vintage Tub & Bath)

Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com

Remains Lighting Company, remains.com

RH, rh.com

Ring’s End, ringsend.com

Rocky Mountain Hardware, rockymountainhardware.com

Rohl, houseofrohl.com

Roman Thomas, romanthomas.com

Rose Tarlow, rosetarlow.com

Rosemary Hallgarten, rosemaryhallgarten.com

Rove Concepts, roveconcepts.com

Sacco, saccocarpet.com

Saffron & Poe, saffronandpoe.com

Saladino, saladinostyle.com

Sawkille Co, sawkille.com

Schumacher, schumacher.com

Scott Antique Markets, scottantiquemarket.com

Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com

Sferra, sferra.com

Shades of Light, shadesoflight.com

Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com

St Frank, stfrank.com

Stark, starkcarpet.com

Steven Postans Antiques, stevenpostansantiques.com

Stoffer Home, stofferhome.com

Studio Four NYC, studiofournyc.com

The Bright Group, thebrightgroup.com

The Urban Electric Co., urbanelectric.com

Trish Demasi (see Wexler Gallery)

Troy Lighting, hvlgroup.com

Upstate Door, upstatedoor.com

Uttermost, uttermost.com

Valerie Goodman, valeriegoodmangallery.com

Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com

Verellen (see Bungalow Classic)

Viking, vikingrange.com

Vintage Tub & Bath, vintagetub.com

Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com

Walter G, walter-g.com

Waterworks, waterworks.com

Wexler Gallery, wexlergallery.com

Whitechapel, whitechapel-ltd.com

Willie Cole, williecole.com

Woodline Shade Solutions, woodlineshade.com

Yoma, yoma.com

Zak and Fox, zakandfox.com

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Campion Platt

Acclaimed for combining sustainability with excellent design in custom residences, boutique hotels, and lines of furniture and textiles, renowned designer Campion Platt’s latest project is transforming garbage by-product into a collection of luxury furniture. “You throw something in like a Dr. Seuss, and what comes out the other end is extruded boards/planks that are chemically neutral,” is how Platt describes the Rhino Recycler. Developed by Hartford-based Ecogensus, it turns food and yard organics into the composite materials for Platt’s House of Ecologie line of sustainable luxury furnishings.

Waste reduction and the circular economy have always been essentials of Platt’s approach. “When I started making furniture, my goal was to use local vendors and resources natural to the area, to bring business to the region and to make less of an imprint for materials and transport,” he notes. Using local materials and nearby craftspeople, Platt develops and designs glamorous hotels and creates homes for celebrities such as Meg Ryan and Al Pacino. He has written a book (Made to Order), created a green community at West Virginia’s Greenbrier resort, and is launching affordable housing projects in Sierra Leone.

Platt and his wife live in a one-story Florida beach home he is renovating with a large central pool area for their three teenage children and friends. When finished, the house will feature pieces from the upcoming House of Ecologie collection. campionplatt.com.

How did your work as an architect evolve into interior design? Initially, I was renovating smaller apartments. I started with corner settees, then I did all the furniture for my first notable project in Olympic Tower. Hybrid—doing both—became my calling card. My clients would get custom furniture out of the project.

What is the origin of your holistic approach? I was always into Eastern design and felt that quiet architecture incorporating landscape and natural elements and synergy felt correct. I became a Buddhist. It aligns with my belief in physics, design and several aspects of life.

Why do you embrace the ideas of waste reduction, repurposing refuse, carbon trading? We’re at an inflection point where sustainability must become the norm, not an option. I’m very concerned. When I grew up, we never had to think about resources not being there in 20 to 30 years.

Luxury is preeminent in your designs. What is your idea of luxury? It’s about materiality and context—combining fine craftsmanship, contemporary styling and eco-sensitive design.

W hat aspect of luxury will you bring to wastederived lumber? It will be a lot about the tactile

quality—a smooth finish, a beautiful sheen. If it’s soft and silky to the touch, you’re drawn to it. Everybody wants that in their life, nobody wants rough. We’re doing test samples now. I need to understand the limits and capabilities of the machine to come up with ideas.

Why do you seek out local craftspeople? It’s putting money back into the local economy. My best relationships are with local artisans, it’s more of a collaboration. I bring the idea and materiality and let them help with the design. In Telluride, for a bench made of leather, I found a local woman who makes saddles. There’s always a story to tell. Detail and nuance are built in, so there’s the history, not just the design.

Why aren’t you pessimistic about the throwaway world? I think human ingenuity continues to create solutions; we’ll need some planet-wide global engineering. There will be

technology to help, and people are beginning to come around. My kids will have to live through tremendous change.

How do you spend your spare time? I don’t have much. I chauffeur my children—pick them up at school, soccer, gymnastics, friends’ homes, the beach. I have WiFi in my car so I can continue to work. I love being a father and being engaged in their lives.

What do you learn from your children? One should never grow up too much. You see the spirit and soul of a child—how growth, understanding and knowledge are kindled—without that you die like a plant without water.—Sharon King Hoge

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Elegant Living (clockwise from above) Platt’s designs include this Paris living room; a House of Ecologie Wave bench; and this sophisticated dining room.
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