Design Wire – September 2013

DESIGN WIRE – September 2013

KAPLAN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS recently celebrated the launch of BrightBuilt Home, a new collection of nine home designs that are affordable, energy efficient, and quick to construct. These high-performance homes come outfitted with solar panels on the roof, which can provide up to 100 percent of the energy needed for the household. As of July, nine homes have already been constructed, including five modularly constructed houses, and building had begun in states as far ranging as Virginia and Vermont.

On July 11 BACKCOVEYACHTS launched their newest model, the Downeast 37. The yacht features a 12- by 12-foot cockpit with a SureShade cover and a cabin with interior designs by Herreshoff. Of course, speed is equally important as style, especially in a ship: the Downeast 37 is capable of cruising at 20 knots and has a top speed of 25 knots.

Impressionist painter DONSTONE has been awarded the Philip Shumaker Marine Award at the Hudson Valley Art Association 81st Annual National Juried Exhibition. Stone, who spends his summers working on Monhegan Island and his winters in Exeter, has garnered national acclaim for his bold and dramatic seascapes. The award ceremony took place at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut, on June 21.

COMPANYC, the Maine-based design studio and home furnishings shop, welcomes a new line of products this autumn. Like many of their textiles, the fall collection is bright and colorful, taking inspiration from the sea for their many-hued prints. Bringing together shades of blue from cyan to cobalt alongside vivid splashes of green, the patterns evoke scenes of the Maine shore.