cover photo via amazon.comSomeone asked me if I like Modern houses the other day. It was a simple enough question, but I found myself delivering a convoluted answer.
What do we mean by Modern? What does liking it or not liking it mean? Does the answer classify me as a member of one camp and not another?
I offer you Yankee Modern as a partial answer. It features ten houses by the Rhode Island firm of Estes/Twombly Architects. Both principles are fellow RISD alumni, with Estes graduating 20 years before me.
Their work, by their own description, portrays a "quiet modernism, rooted in New England tradition". It's simple, straightforward, spare, and regionally inspired in design and material.
It's neither Modern (of the mid-century variety) nor traditional. It is of today and of its place. And, yeah, I like it.
I like the photo-centric book too.
by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast