Design Wire February 2018

PHI BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS has recently renovated its showroom. The updated space has three kitchen vignettes, each featuring a different style of cabinetry. One has a more traditional look with Harmoni Kitchens cabinetry and Rockport Granite stone; the second, which is more contemporary, has Lauriermax cabinetry and a marble countertop. The third is an often-admired set of Pennsylvania Cherry cabinets crafted in house by Phi’s team. There’s also a bathroom vignette in which Phi built a wood vanity with a stainless-steel frame and an Annicca quartz countertop from Cambria. The new design center serves as a resource center for both the company’s clients and design enthusiasts working with other builders.

SEA BAGS has opened its thirteenth store, on Main Street in Annapolis, Maryland, where it offers Sea Bags designs and seasonal collections. Founded in Portland’s Old Port, Sea Bags crafts totes, bags, and home goods from recycled sails.

Linda Banks, the designer behind BANKS DESIGN ASSOCIATES, has created a signature collection of prints for Wendover Art Group. Maine and coastal themes ground the 27-piece series, and standouts include illustrations of trees and a map of Maine’s coast depicting the fish most common to each inlet. The prints are available at Simply Home in Falmouth.

Portland’s SPACE GALLERY has awarded $65,000 toward 13 independent art projects based in Maine for its 2018 cycle of the Kindling Fund. The Kindling Fund, created in 2015 by Space’s former executive director, Nat May, is a statewide regranting program funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This year’s grant recipients include artists Yoon S. Byun, Cody Ross, Michael Gorman, Deborah Wing-Sproul, Alexis Iammarino, Sarah Baldwin, Jessica Hankey, and Myron M. Beasley. Additional artists are Mali Mrozinski and Jordan Gehman of Doublet Design, Jenna Crowder of The Chart online art journal, New Fruit feminist art collective, Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Independent Press, and collaborators Juliette Walker and Devin Shepherd.

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