Summer 2009 Issue

A Boston architect designs a dramatic second home—for the second time—as a labor of love for his violinist wife. 

What does it take to convince a veteran architect to knock down a piece of his personal design history? Turns out, not much. Just ask […]

Feature

Why imperfection, wisdom, and honesty are this decade's design coda.

The 21st century started out so damn clean and shiny. But after nearly a decade, it’s showing cracks, and I’m not just talking about the […]

In the Fold

A few decades ago, when architect and inventor Harry Montague couldn’t find an ideal collapsible bicycle, he vowed to make one himself. His design was […]

Covet: Grill 23's Jay Murray craves a Joe Keinberger collage

  “I never wanted to be anything but an artist,” says Jay Murray, who some consider a Picasso of the kitchen. After dabbling in painting, […]

What happens when a city architect designs a home on a wooded  suburban plot?  The typical floor plan gets turned on its head.

Like so many urbanites before him, Michael LeBlanc was determined to avoid Pleasantville’s clutches. The architect and his wife, Sharon, spent 11 years in Dorchester […]

Somerville-based architect Brian Healy has waited decades for New Englanders to embrace his modernist style.

Decades before double-height living rooms and walls of windows began infiltrating Boston homes, Brian Healy was a connoisseur of the modernist aesthetic, designing beautifully balanced […]

Hingham shopkeeper (and antiques-crazed Europhile) Peter Levis reveals how he came to love modern style. 

Nothing about the South Shore’s newest antiques and accessories boutique is quite as it seems. Beyond Gorgeosity may occupy two unassuming storefronts between the Hingham […]

Designers LINDSAY BENTIS and KARA BUTTERFIELD team up to decorate the same foyer on two very different budgets. Photos by Michael Piazza.

  $14,927 1. Clara coat stand, $1,035, Ligne Roset. 2. Random pendants, $510 each, Design Within Reach. 3. Milano Mirror, $1,914, Showroom. 4. Antique terrarium, […]

A Harvard Law School professor injects L.A. style into an 1895 Cambridge Colonial.

Make no mistake: Bill Rubenstein is not an East Coaster. Sure, he may have attended Yale and Harvard Law School, then spent a decade litigating […]

The Beacon Hill residence of British Consul General PHILIP BUDDEN is a study in work/life balance.

Diplomacy and outreach may be Phil Budden’s specialties, but try telling that to Sophie and Lizzy, his young daughters. The girls are racing through the […]

Some of the country's finest furniture is quietly made in McLaughlin Upholstery's unassuming Everett warehouse.

In the corner of a no-frills workshop north of Boston, a carpenter is hand-tying metal springs to a bed frame, his fingers weaving a spider […]

Distinctive ironwork highlights a neighborhood's rich design history.

When designing the South End’s signature brick bowfront homes, 19th-century developers added an old-school version of house bling: intricate cast-iron railings, balustrades, and fences. In […]

The tireless chef of Beacon Hill eatery Lala Rokh has a foolproof recipe for the ultimate outdoor soiree: good company, delicious food, and stirring city views.

The slab of lamb being shuttled from grill to cutting board is ready for its close-up—it’s a handsomely crusted, still-sizzling vision from a carnivore’s dream. […]

Two visionary architects convert an eyesore in Lincoln into a casual modern retreat.

Four years ago, architect Judy Gleysteen came across an online listing for a tired Brady Bunch-era home in Lincoln. “I told my husband it was […]

A Boston architect designs a dramatic second home—for the second time—as a labor of love for his violinist wife. 

What does it take to convince a veteran architect to knock down a piece of his personal design history? Turns out, not much. Just ask […]

Thanks to two dedicated homeowners, an 1820s Beacon Hill gem shines again.

Thirtysomethings Peter and Elizabeth Georgantas are serious—and serial—renovators. A developer and a designer, respectively, at PEG Properties & Design of Boston, the pair has rehabbed […]

Summer's sharpest looks balance warm woods and cool silvers.

TURNING POINT Designer Philippe Starck hits home again with this glossy white Moor(e) swivel chair. $7,700, The Morson Collection. VIEW THE SLIDE SHOW OF SEVEN […]