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Lotuff Leather Creates Pieces for a Lifetime

The Providence-based company makes high-end leather bags and accessories.

Inside Lotuff Leather’s workshop, filled with shelving that displays goods like museum masterpieces, leather artisan Fiona Bank uses a clicker press to cut the front of a Triumph briefcase from the most perfect section of hide. “This is the most important part in forming the whole bag,” says Lotuff creative director and designer Lindy McDonough. “Each section has a number….

Peter Snyder Makes Art from Science

The woodworker connects science and art in his work.

Spalted maple vessel with copper leaf and pyrography with carved ebony legs. Golgi stain motif of a cerebellar Purkinge cell, based on an original drawing by Santiago Ramón y Cajal [1852–1934]. Show Caption Hide Caption Manzanita burl with pyrography and brass powder inlay, cold-formed steel and leather. Show Caption Hide Caption Two-dimensional image, constructed by overlay of optical computed tomography…

Inside the Photo-Ready World of Kiel James Patrick

How the designer went from his Warwick backyard to international appeal.

It’s a brisk but sunny day on Easton’s Beach in Newport and a young, preppy crew has driven down vintage cars from different parts of the state, including a dark green ’68 Jeepster and a blue and tan-topped Land Rover Series III. They’ve passed the lot and parked the cars right on the boardwalk. Today they’re producing a photo shoot…

Local Floral Designers Unite to Create FloralCoLab

Each with their own style, the designers teach classes around Rhode Island.

The Floral CoLab brings together the talents of local floral designers, unique businesses and cultural destinations through season-driven classes. Here, the CoLab’s designer-instructors offer insights into the creative pursuit they’ve made their life’s work. Collective Passion When design and nature come together, beautiful things can happen. That’s the idea behind the year-old Floral CoLab, a collective offering floral design classes…

Experience Zen in this Tranquil Garden

Asian serenity meets New England ingenuity in Newport.

A sailor’s sanctuary In their earliest incarnation in twelfth century Japan, Zen gardens were a place of respite for war-weary Samurai returning home from the battlefield. There, behind the gardens’ walls, the soldiers could meditate and recharge in their rock-laden retreats. Eight centuries later, the idea of such an escape still appeals. It’s what inspired landscape architect Tanya Kelley while…

Designer Andrew Mau Makes a Rental His Own

The Warren apartment combines history and Mau's Hawaiian roots.

The classic American chairs and tables of Warren-based O and G Studio —  where the resident is a designer — can be found throughout the apartment, including the blue prototype for the Aquinnah chair at this drafting table. Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption The Samuel Randall House was purchased by the Warren…

Weather the Storm in a Cleverhood

The Providence-based company makes high-performance rain capes.

Susan Mocarski was in Denmark several years ago and got wet. She came home wondering if anyone was making a cool, high-performance rain cape. Turns out, they weren’t — so she did. She founded Providence-based Cleverhood in 2010, creating unisex ponchos with names paying homage to Little Rhody, including the TF Green, the John Brown, the Mr. Fox Point, the…

Portsmouth Home Owners Create Idyllic Country Paradise

The couple's love of gardening creates beauty from spring to fall.

Down a narrow lane, bordered with green fields and dotted with horses, sits one of the most magical homes in the state. Its roots go all the way back to about 1750 when men wore tricorn hats. At the turn of the century, it became the blacksmith’s house for the Moses Taylor estate at Glen Farm. In its heyday, that…

DARA Artisans Decorate With Global Treasures

The founders of the online marketplace fill their Little Compton home with handmade pieces.

  Behind Closed Doors Stones walls and ribbons of puffy hydrangeas are standard in Little Compton. It’s only once you’re inside the waterfront enclave that you get a clue that something’s different: an artful clay wind chime by Michele Quan sways in the salt breeze not far from a craggy mill stone (the couple reassembled the pieces) dating back to…

Caroline Z. Hurley's Cottage Industry in New Bedford

The home goods designer works with artisans from Guatemala.

When Caroline Z. Hurley got the first major order to produce her colorful, geometric textiles, she wanted some expert help, and found it in New Bedford. The Brooklyn-based designer and RISD grad, whose travel-inspired home goods have since been featured on Design Sponge and in the Wall Street Journal and are now sold by more than 150 retailers, found out…