2021 Rhode Island Design Awards

Scroll this year's award winners and discover picture-perfect abodes, from a repurposed power station to a three-century-old farmhouse.

The Design Awards feature is one of our favorites, and this year’s entries from the state’s amazing architects and designers remind us of that, all over again. Our Massachusetts judges — Tracy Marquis of Marquis Architecture in Watertown, Damon Sidel of Mix Design and Development in Somerville, and Justine Sterling, who runs her own design firm in Melrose — were equally impressed. They pored through dozens of entries, debated their choices and came up with their list of stars. “Beautifully done,” “nifty” and “a fantastic job” were just some of their kudos. Here are the winners of the 2021 Design Awards!

Residential New Construction – Design Star

Modern Family

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Anthony Crisafulli.

This waterfront home is a study in how to successfully merge the needs of a multi-generational family while paying homage to natural surroundings. The twin gables create separate spaces for privacy but are connected by roof decks, and a spacious open concept ground floor offers postcard views of the nearby pond. Judges complimented how the asymmetrical reclaimed beams define separate spaces for the living room, kitchen and dining room, adding warmth to a traditional interior. The use of natural oak timbers, green marble and blue slate bring inside a harmonious sense of nature. The exterior materials — yellow cedar, bluestone and granite — will age in place and grow more beautiful over time. “It’s a welcoming, modern beach house you can read and understand at first glance,” was the verdict.

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Anthony Crisafulli.

Architect: Studio Hearth Architecture and Design, Joseph Combs and Erin Hunter
Contractor: Jacob Talbot Fine Homebuilders
Structural Engineer: Siegel Associates
Landscape Architect: Martha Moore
Interior Design: Studio Hearth Architecture and Design
Photography: Anthony Crisafulli


Residential New Construction • Award of Distinction

Just chillin’

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A nostalgic visit east for Chicago-based empty nesters turned into an “aha” moment when they spied a 1970s ranch for sale across from their grandmother’s home in Narragansett. The nondescript little house needed replacing, but, oh, those ocean views. It was time to move back from the Windy City, they realized. Project architect John Tumino cleverly integrated the couple’s mid-century modern design style with the oceanfront neighborhood’s more traditional vernacular to give the owners the clean-lined look they wanted. The judges were blown away by everything about this project, from the attention to exterior and interior details, to the gray and white color palette. The result? A peaceful, relaxed retreat that encourages us all to exhale.

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Project Architect: John Tumino, DiMauro Architects
General Contractor: Kinsella Building Company
Interior Design: Kirby Goff
Landscape Architect: Place Studio
Photography: Anthony Crisafulli