Workshop/apd’s initial gesture was dramatic. The first floor ceilings were just under
eight feet, and raising the roof was not an option because of the island’s landmark restrictions. So after gutting and
reconfiguring the layout as an open plan comprising a living room, sitting room and media room, they cut a hole in
the ceiling over the newly located kitchen in the middle of the house, creating a 25-foot-high light well for the stairs.
Glass railings and a glass bridge connecting upstairs rooms allow light to filter down and brighten the spaces below.
“It creates an entirely different experience in terms of how you circulate through the space,” Kotchen says. His
interior design team, headed by Dan Burns, hung several custom powder-coated aluminum pendants that reflect
the palette of the house.
The palette is, again, simple. Fumed white oak stained a driftwood gray covers floors and was used for doors,
banisters and vertical display shelving and retractable panels that partially segregate spaces without blocking light.
A transparent sheet of wire mesh achieves the same effect for the stairwell.
The furniture throughout is mostly white, including ddc Powell sofas in the living room that are covered in crisp JAB
Casablanca fabric and low-slung to avoid cutting into views. There are also white Robsjohn-Gibbings lamps in the
living room; a white custom console topped by one of Stephen Antonson’s chalky plaster Ring lamps from Dessin
Fournir in the entry; white Carrara marble in the kitchen and the master bath; white B&B Italia dining chairs; and a
custom ddc Anderson Line sectional sofa covered in white Donghia fabric in the media room.
Occasional gray pieces, such as a 1970s Eccola dining table, pick up the cloudy-day hues of the island. Various
gradations of blue punctuate the rooms: on pillows from Nantucket Workroom; in artwork by Anish Kapoor over the
living room fireplace and in the media room; in the Creation Baumann upholstery fabric on the custom bed frame
in the lofty master bedroom; and on the Janus et Cie patio furniture. The entire palette comes together in a Ted
Boerner rug for Christopher Farr in the living room.