Designer Snapshot: Catch the Drift
June 8, 2011
By Paula M. Bodah
In writing about Michele Kolb and Eric Rosenberg’s restored Colonial-era house for our 2011 Cape & Islands issue, I was struck by the way the couple–principals at their own firm, Rosenberg Kolb Architects–used rustic elements like driftwood for inspiration in designing a house that has a comfortable, beach-y feel but is far more elegant than it is rustic. â€œI have always loved the effect of the sand and sea on wood that’s exposed to the elements. It really speaks to the sense of time passing,â€ Michele told me. â€œThe gray patina of driftwood is so soft, natural and warm.â€ She worked with her cabinetmaker to give the kitchen cabinets the soft look and feel of driftwood. She also used found driftwood as the base for a pretty lamp, the sort of decorative object the couple offers at their Nantucket store, Belongings. â€œDriftwood used in an interior says â€˜instant beach’ and brings with it the wonderful memories of lazy beach days and endless summer,â€ Michele says. Driftwood, it turns out, inspires designers and artisans all over New England.
Michele Kolb designed this captain’s table with a driftwood finish to sell in her Nantucket shop, Belongings.
I like the way the â€œLinekinâ€ lamp by Maine artist Michael Fleming of Designs Adrift combines the organic driftwood with the sophisticated, contemporary linen shade.
Photo by Richard Sandifer
Photograph by Catherine Wissman
This driftwood bench–called â€œTwistâ€–was crafted by Nancy Lou Riccio and Dave Sayad at The Studio at East River Road in Guilford, Connecticut.
Photograph by Nancy Lou Riccio