Woven History

Artist Randall Darwall’s 19th-century Harwich home is as vibrant as his legendary textiles.

Just off the kitchen is Murphy’s studio, where he designs luxurious jackets featuring Darwall’s multifaceted textiles. His long work table can also be used for hosting dinner parties. Just like Darwall’s work, the jackets – which have their own cult following – are one-of-a-kind. “We never reproduce anything. We’re known for doing fresh and new things each time, introducing different colorways, combinations, and styles,” says Murphy. “When I think about it, that’s kind of what we like to do with the décor of our home as well. It’s a constant evolution.”

Also on the property is a new post-and-beam structure that mimics the barn that once stood in its place. “An amazing local craftsman, Brad Leathers, was able to reproduce the feel of the original barn,” says Darwall, who often sets up a loom to weave in the gracious space. However, when it comes time to dye cloth, he’s relegated to a studio in South Yarmouth. “Brian demands I keep the messy stuff away from the house,” he says.

Photographs By Dan Cutrona


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