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Heart and Science: A Researcher’s Eccentric Handed-Down Home Off the Coast of Maine

So many details in Nadia Rosenthal’s dark, grand 1800s house on a craggy island off the Maine coast are not what you might expect. There’s a pine sapling planted in the dark wood newel post. When I asked about a stack of bright, geometric-patterned plates, Nadia wrote back: “I designed them for my textbook on heart development. Each depicts a different stage in the life of a heart.”Nadia, a professor and world-renowned researcher who studies the role of genetic variation in cardiovascular and skeletal tissue repair, is the scientific director of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where her…

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Current Obsessions: Maine by Design

On deck this weekend: how to add an extra eco room to the garden, summer flower workshops, a color-saturated kitchen (spotted on Instagram), and more.Plus, our new book, Remodelista in Maine: A Design Lover’s Guide to Inspired, Down-to-Earth Style—a look at unfussy, thrifty, timeless design on Maine’s rocky coast (and how to channel it, wherever you live)—comes out from Artisan Books next week. Head here to order, and read on:Above: One of the ten Maine houses captured in Remodelista in Maine: the shingled island house of architects Maria Berman and Brad Horn of Berman Horn Studio, where the clean-lined screen…

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Architectural Feats in a Paris Duplex

How to introduce a full-size stair that’s both unobtrusive and artful? Presented with two floors in an 1830s Paris building that needed to be knit together, architects Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann of Heju came up with the idea of elevating the steps above the kitchen—with a counter that extends out to become the stair landing.The spaces called for such derring-do: each floor is 50 square meters (538 square feet) and there was a lot to fit in. The downstairs had always been used as living quarters and was last updated in the 1970s; the upstairs remained an unfinished garret,…

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Remodelista Reconnaissance: A Minimalist Sink in a Shelter Island Beach House

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Kitchen of the Week: A Woodworker and a Textile Artist Give Their Catskills Kitchen a New Coat of Paint

We’ve long been taken by Catskills-based woodworker Brian Persico—for his Shaker-esque, impeccably made furnishings, yes, but also for his attention to the most minute details. “I am committed to using only natural materials, and the wood I use is often from less than 20 miles of my home,” Brian writes on his site. “Beyond the wood, metal hardware, and more tangible materials, my finishes and glues are also made with natural ingredients, many of them recreated according to recipes I’ve discovered from times before most of the toxic chemicals available today were available.”The same is true of the Catskills home…

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Responsible Reuse: Furniture Built from Dinesen Offcuts for a Museum Café

Of all the scrap materials in the world, the Douglas Fir leftovers from Danish flooring company Dinesen—see World’s Most Beautiful Wood Floors—likely rank among the choicest. Julius Værnes Iversen of the design studio Tableau would certainly agree. The creative director was working with the Copenhagen Contemporary on floral installations when he offered his team’s services for its new café. Knowing the art center was on a budget and having heard Dinesen was looking to put its offcuts to good use, the scrap furniture project was born.Tableau teamed up with Australian designer Ari Prasetya, and commissioned 25 creatives—from near and far…

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