Tim Techler of Techler Design passed along these photos of one of his more recent projects in western Massachusetts. This private home typifies Techler's clean, angular architecture that favors rectangular plots. One of its greatest assets is a creative twist on the sunroom. Instead of a glass-walled room that juts out from the building, this sunroom is cleanly integrated into a corner of the first floor, looking out at the young forest the house sits in.
The centerpiece of the room is a black steel minimalist woodstove (available from Wittus). Made in Germany and designed by Antonio Citterio, this stove has won numerous awards and, with its compact simplicity, fits perfectly within Techler's modern structure. In this four-season sunroom that has been efficiently walled off from the rest of the house, an additional heat source is practical in order to make the room usable during the colder months without draining heat out of the rest of the house. (It also means the owners can use their Barlow Tyrie year round!) Though distinctly modern in its design, the stove maintains a strong sense of New England tradition and the stovepipe provides an interesting architectural element. There's even a small bench on its side to warm oneself on.
As a Barlow Tyrie dealer, we helped furnish this room and the patio adjoining it with teak pieces from Barlow Tyrie's Equinox collection that complemented the slate floor and clean modern architecture. Four Equinox stacking armchairs sit around a pedistal table, and two deep seating armchairs look out at the forest scenery. We love how the stainless steel legs of the Equinox furniture blend into the room's slate floor and the contrast of the teak against the darker cherry-stained wood window frames and paneling.
The table is set with round Chilewich Bamboo placemats, Kosta Boda Limelight glasses, and Match Pewter Convivio dinnerware and Gabriella flatware; blending contemporary design and a new material like Chilewich's signature woven vinyl with the classic elegance of fine pewter.
Outside, a small private flagstone patio mirrors the interior's architecture and design with a low unmortared stone running partially along two perpendicular sides. Here, two Equinox backless benches provide seating for a rectangular dining table. These photos picture the table simply set with Heath Ceramics Coupe dinnerware, Kosta Boda Limelight wine glasses, and the iconic iittala Aalto vase containing a rustic flower arrangement. Somewhat more casual than the Match Pewter setting, the earthy colors and textured glaze of the Heath Ceramics dinnerware blend well with the rural setting, without sacrificing a sense of modern design. The iittala vase picks up the 20th century aesthetics of the house.
We love to see our products in settings as beautiful and well designed as this. Check back here soon, as we plan to post and interview with Techler so that he may shed some light on his design. Even though we're still wearing our snow boots, we're already excited for the first weeks of Spring and the outdoor furniture season it ushers in!