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Elements • Design Destination

JFS Design Studios and Cynthia Driscoll Interiors, Boston By Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

Designers and decorators have the enviable task of picking and choosing furnishings and accessories for their clients’ homes from a wide variety of resources. Whether shopping the world or surfing the net (technology sometimes making it possible to do both at once), the welltrained eye assembles bits and pieces to create something more than the sum of the parts. Call it mood, point of view or just plain style, the ability to edit in unexpected ways is an essential element of decoration. Luckily for those who have little time, talent or inclination for shopping, but want the kinds of furnishings and objects that make the decorated room so enticing, there is the designer-owned shop. Here, designers do double duty, acting as shopkeepers one minute, designing for private clients at the back of the shop, the next. This was the case in point during a recent visit to JFS Design Studio and Cynthia Driscoll Interiors. Joao Stefanon, owner of JFS, was born in Brazil and grew up in California, with a few stints in Europe along the way. He opened his design practice in 1997 in Boston’s South End and, eleven years later, his shop. His hope was to share pieces he had collected from around the world. His eclectic vision marries unglazed, white bisque pitchers

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and urns from Italy with hand-sewn and embroidered toss cushions from New York. Visitors to his shop, which is also popular with the design trade, rarely leave empty handed. Twenty-year design veteran Cynthia Driscoll opened her eponymous shop in the space once occupied by Boston’s much loved and venerable designer, the late Benn Theodore. Tucked inside the historic Charles Street Meeting House, Driscoll’s shop is filled with a mix of classical and modern items. A welcome addition to the dressshop–dotted street, Driscoll, like Stefanon, welcomes the neighborhood as well as visitors, inviting them to linger and browse. Both Stefanon and Driscoll understand the artfulness in collecting, arranging and editing. So whether modernists with a memory or traditionalists with a twist, visitors to either or both shops are sure to learn more than a few tricks of the trade. JFS DESIGN STUDIO, OPEN MON.–FRI. 9 A.M.– 5 P.M., 450 HARRISON AVE., SUITE 73, BOSTON, (617) 292-6299, WWW.JFSDESIGNINC.COM; CYNTHIA DRISCOLL INTERIORS, OPEN MON.–SAT. 11 A.M.–5 P.M., 70 CHARLES ST., BOSTON, (617) 367-6770, WWW.CYNTHIADRISCOLLINTERIORS.COM

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New England Home December 2010  

Celebrating Fine Design And Architecture

New England Home December 2010  

Celebrating Fine Design And Architecture

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