Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

For the third year, as part of Nantucket by Design, NYSID students were invited to reimagine the front rooms of Nantucket’s Oldest House. Overseen by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at NYSID, Ellen Fisher, the project is a great hands-on collaboration with the NHA, spotlighting the island’s historic property and showcasing the talent and creativity of the students.

NYSID students reimagine Nantucket Oldest HouseBuilt as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner by their fathers, what is also known as the Jethro Coffin House, is not only the oldest home on island but the sole surviving structure from the Nantucket’s original English settlement. As an homage to the togetherness of 17th century family life, interior design students Audrey Keller and Patricia Kennedy themed their room “Gather.”

Nantucket Oldest House updated by NYSID students

Focusing on table and hearth as the heart of the home, they presented a stylish version of life in the otherwise monastic oldest house. Many island resources are scoured for the project with finds including the woven chairs from Nantucket Looms, Rosewood chest from the Lockhart Collection, Damien Hirst art from Samuel Owen Gallery and rug from The Weaving Room, all above.

vignette at Nantucket Oldest House by NYSID studentsA backgammon set from AERIN and Amanda Lindroth Harbor Island Lanterns complete the cozy scene.

NYSID at Nantucket Oldest House table settingOn a table by Thomas Moser, place settings from Williams Sonoma and rattan accessories from Amanda Lindroth (one of this year’s panel speakers), were paired with local finds –

NYSID students tabletop at Nantucket oldest housecandlestick from Bodega, small Family Tree sculpture from Cavalier Galleries, pottery from local artist Barbara Toole and in the back a Hunt Slonem from Quidley & Company, all anchored by a Kelly Wearstler rock-inspired carpet from The Rug Company.

Table in NYSID room at Nantucket Oldest HouseA throw from Nantucket Looms paired beautifully with pillows made from sponsor Kravet fabrics. How pretty is this embroidered Brunschwig Gautier Print, a documentary hand-screen print updated with embroidery.

Brunschwig & Fils Gautier

A creative and thoughtful addition was the folding screen from John Rugge Antiques with student art from local teacher and artist Meredith Hanson.

screen with student art in NYSID students Nanatucket Oldest House project

And a nod to their mentor Ellen Fisher with her new book for the NYSID on garden stools from the Lockhart Collection.

Ellen Fisher book at Nantucket Oldest House

In the other space, Juhee Son and Seryung Hong created an Alice in Wonderland fantasy fairytale.

Alice in Wonderland fantasy at Nantucket Oldest House

Imagining that Alice grew up on island, the reverie included her returning to Nantucket after travels around the world to refresh and update her vision of home.

NYSID students project at Nantucket Oldest House

Playing with scale and whimsy, the students found the red stool and many accessories at Christopher’s, the bamboo pillow and candles at Centre Pointe, standing white mirror, bench and many furnishings at Nantucket Looms and bedding courtesy of Matouk.

Nantucket Oldest House NYSID student project

A vintage sofa and Scott Prior painting from Quidley Gallery emphasized the fantasy and scale

Nantucket Oldest House student projectall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Congrats to the students and to the NYSID for showing us yet again how history can be reimagined through the power of design.


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3 Responses to Nantucket Friday Favorites – Oldest House Reimagined

  1. Al Spok says:

    Wonderful Summer Homes !…..Nantucket is always Great in August !

  2. No comment. Exept this: That house and everything in it….including the color of the floor and furniture is disappointing, tasteless….and seems like it was dropped by helicopter in Nantucket. Really? Is it there? I find it hard to believe!!!

    I adore Nantucket……I cannot believe my eyes!

  3. Seriously? Show houses are meant to stretch the eye and imagination. In this case she must be expecting the usual Nantucket mix of ship paintings, steering wheels and lobster motifs. It’s a great collaborative opportunity for the design students and should be applauded.

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