Author Archives: MHD

Simple Pleasure

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm,” wrote Plato, “depend on simplicity.” This maxim is as true today as in fourth-century BCE Greece. Yet simplicity requires discipline and restraint, qualities many clients throw to the wind when … Continue reading

Antipodean Inland

At first, builder Mark Conforte wasn’t sure he wanted to build houses anymore. He’d been working for five decades; it felt like time to retire. “We got his name from a friend with a house on Horseshoe Pond,” says one … Continue reading

Frame of Mind

Every year since 2019—and alternate years before that, since 1983—the Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Maine) has awarded Maine-based architects and firms for their excellent work here and around the world. This year a Wyoming-based jury … Continue reading

All Things Bright & Beautiful

Jim Nutting lets me hold his tarantula. I’m not here to hold an arachnid, though; I’m here to talk to him about his stained-glass artworks. I knew, before I drove up to Lisbon Falls to meet Nutting, that he has … Continue reading

It’s in the Bag

As anyone who carries a bag knows, it can be tricky to balance function and fashion just right; a stylish bag can fall open inconveniently, and a practical one can be blandly utilitarian. But Alice Yardley, who makes all the … Continue reading

Gallery Gains

70 Main — Thomaston Within the town of Thomaston, several large green spaces provide a sense of freshness along Route 1. Between the closely spaced blocks of the town a visitor can catch glimpses of their surprising breadth. Situated in one … Continue reading

Prefab Timber Frame

From the western Maine mountains to the rocky shores of Matinicus Island, you can find numerous timber-framed homes and barns designed and built by Houses and Barns by John Libby over the past half century. Combining New England vernacular with … Continue reading

Higher Ed

Harriman is currently working with Portland Public Schools on four renovation projects that are part of the “Building for our Future” (BFOF) program. BFOF is an initiative to renovate four of Portland’s oldest elementary schools: Lyseth Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary … Continue reading

Keeping it Simple at Swans Island Company

At Swans Island Company we keep it simple: fleece from sheep, hands in the dye pot, hands on the loom, hands guiding needle and thread. In fact, it’s hard to do simple. Simple is an unwavering commitment to high-quality natural … Continue reading

Work-Life Balance

“The workspace should feel like a home away from home where employees can be their best, most productive selves.” MH+D ASKS BALLARD TO TELL US MORE. Q. Tell us about the “resimercial” approach you took in your design of Knickerbocker … Continue reading