New Kid On The Block

Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc., was prominently featured in the May-June, 2014 issue of New England Home Magazine for its project ‘Wellesley Country House.‘ The firm collaborated with noted Los Angeles-based interior designer James Radin, whose residential interiors work has also garnered the attention of Hollywood with set design for blockbuster films Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and It’s Complicated.

The new home, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, took a novel approach in its inspired Arts and Craft aesthetic. “It’s more about the materials than the ornament, more of an artisan house,” states John MacDonald, in the eight-page feature article by Kristine Kennedy. All photography for the New England Home Magazine feature was done by Sam Gray Photography.

(courtesy New England Home Magazine, All rights reserved. Photography copyright Sam Gray Photography)

(courtesy New England Home Magazine, All rights reserved. Photography copyright Sam Gray Photography)

James Radin worked closely with John MacDonald, principal-in-charge and Gregory E. Graham, senior designer and project manager on the job. As noted in the article, the young family was very enthusiastic about the Arts and Crafts concept for their new home but “wanted a twenty-first-century interpretation in the interiors.”

MacDonald and Radin set the stage for an inventive perspective, with Radin counterintuitively turning to the Art Nouveau period and the work of master architect Charles Rennie MacKintosh for inspiration. The marriage between the work of both architecture and interior design firms led to an artfully synthesized and uniquely original home for a mutual client.

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Resources

Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc.

Interiors: James Radin Interior Design

Landscape Architecture: Gregory Lombardi Design, Inc.

General Contractor: The Lagasse Group, LLC

Boston Perspective: Architectural Flare for Collectors

Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc., was featured in the March 2000 issue of the highly coveted industry periodical Architectural Digest, for its work on the ‘Boston Tower Penthouse‘ project. Working in tandem with the Boston interior design firm Bierly-Drake Associates, the apartment design was conceived to showcase the owner’s collection of contemporary painting and sculpture.

Located in the Ritz-Carlton House Tower, the penthouse features commanding views to the adjacent Boston Public Garden and the city and Charles River beyond. “Our original idea was to treat the apartment as an art gallery,” states John MacDonald, in the six page feature. “We wanted the vocabulary to be strong enough to display the art but neutral enough to not overwhelm it.”

(The Hall space serves as art gallery in the apartment, with wall detailing that reads like architectural coining and modernized barrel vaulting to dramatize the importance of the space. Title image: courtesy of Architectural Digest, All rights reserved.)

(The Hall space serves as art gallery in the apartment, with wall detailing that reads like architectural coining and modernized barrel vaulting to dramatize the importance of the space. Title image: courtesy of Architectural Digest, All rights reserved.)

Such an ambition isn’t necessarily an easy task. While it is a common approach to utilize a crisp modern architectural aesthetic for projects that display art, MMA in this case sought to infuse the project with a degree of historical pedigree as well, employing a barrel vault and horizontal reveals on the walls of the entry hall, thus giving the important gallery space a sense of gravitas. “Barrel vaulting is a nice way of letting the architecture define the procession,” says MacDonald in the Architectural Digest feature.

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Resources

Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc.

Interiors: Bierly-Drake Associates, Inc.

General Contractor: Hollett Building Corporation, Inc.