Design Wire – January 2014

DESIGN WIRE – January 2014

In late October, RICHARD RENNER ARCHITECTS celebrated a decade in business. The company’s 10th birthday is a major milestone for the full-service architectural firm, which has received many awards over the years, including several for their eco-friendly building practices.

WHITTEN ARCHITECTS, the team behind many innovative homes and classic camps throughout Maine, has recently celebrated the launch of a new website. Designed by First Pier Technology Partners, the site is sleek and functional, with plenty of rich visuals to keep prospective clients interested: “Our main goal was to create a venue that would present our work in a larger and more dynamic format,” says Whitten Architects.

Say hello to FANCY RAGS, a new Maine-based textile company created by interior designer Pauline Vastardis. While you may have seen these antique-inspired pieces in homes, it was previously impossible to purchase the goods directly from the company. However, this fall Vastardis decided to expand her business and begin offering her designs online and in select stores. Each pillow and throw is made from antique and vintage materials, and is a one-of-a-kind creation.

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The MEADOWMERE RESORT in Ogunquit has begun installing over 70 solar panels that will generate roughly 25,000 kilowatt-hours annually, thus significantly reducing the amount of outside energy required to run the luxury hotel. This is just the latest initiative from the DEP-certified Environmental Leader. “We are excited to continue to grow our environmental leadership programs at the Meadowmere Resort,” stated a rep from the company. “The addition of solar PV [photovoltaics] to our extensive green programs provides another opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and be mindful to take care of our community.”