Interior & Object Design (2013-2016)
In approaching the interiors for Chilmark House we looked to compliment the building materials in ways that provoked richness through contrast (e.g. Soft & Hard, Orthogonal & Organic) with a palette that drew upon the changing seasonal landscapes.
The simple, dark buildings are approached via a farm road that winds through Chilmark’s dense thicket of scrub oak. A broad stair links a large south-facing porch back to the farm road and provides pedestrian access through the field to the beaches beyond. Based in a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The sweeping Atlantic views are only experienced after a visitor enters the house; the northwest entry courtyard is edged by a mute, charred cedar wall with screened apertures, creating a private courtyard with views west over the rolling fields and stone fences. Inside the dark buildings, bleached ash lines all surfaces. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a children’s sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level creates a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss.
We deeply believe in a holistic and collaborative approach to designing environments. The family wanted a sense of equality to unite all the bedroom spaces. To achieve this we designed a suite of freestanding bedroom furniture pieces that would unite the rooms but scale appropriately between them. We engaged many of our long terms friends from Brooklyn down to Tennessee to contribute designs as well.
The lighting designed is approached with the same sense of seasons as the fabrics, including a water-holding dining room pendant that can be decorated in whatever colors you can find out in the fields.