Design Wire – February 2014

DESIGN WIRE – February 2014


This winter, MAINE COTTAGE is launching a capsule collection of brightly colored leather furniture. A preview of the collection includes a glimpse at a purple armchair that would make a surprising and rich addition to any room. The company, which produces American-made furniture with a contemporary cottage feel, is also unveiling a new line of sea-inspired fabrics. Vivid greens, soft blues, and prints of ocean critters all help define their winter collection.

Portland-based firm KAPLAN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS recently received a 2013 AIA New England Merit Award for its Harborview Townhomes project. The striking and modern seven-unit townhouse was recognized for excellence in architecture by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

CALEB JOHNSON ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS can now add Outstanding Historical Preservation Project to their heap of laurels. Maine Downtown Center bestowed the honor upon the firm for their recent work on a structure in Biddeford. The building, which stands on Main Street, seamlessly incorporates elements of the historic design into a modern revamp—a nice fit for the retailers housed on the first floor.

HURLBUTT DESIGNS has a new offering at their Kennebunk location. Works by artist Eric Graffam are now being sold exclusively by the home furnishings and interior design company. Born and raised in southern Maine, Graffam uses found objects to create whimsical nautical sculptures. His motto, “saving the planet, one sculpture at a time” will doubtless appeal to the eco-minded design crowd and homeowners looking to bring a little of the outside in.


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