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Here's One Way to Modernize the Staid Nantucket Standard

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Architectural Digest recently published a gorgeous spread on an ultra mod Nantucket home that, lovely as it is, is sure to rile the Massachusetts shore purists. Sure, architectural designer Simon Jacobsen was encumbered by strict building codes—"buildings can basically be one of three shapes: gable, saltbox, or barn. We were limited to three types of wood and one color of paint. There were other regulations about the shininess of glass, types of lightbulbs, shapes of stone, size of gravel, and on."—but he still aimed to break from the mold. In the end, he created 12 separate structures in a way that pays homage to the shingled cottage aesthetic while providing ample square footage (for things like a "Friends Room," a mirrored bar, and an eat-in kitchen that seats at least 20) in a kind of chic, deconstructed way. Still, Jacobsen's greatest successes sidestepping Nantucket's "cookie-cutter response to stringent building codes," as he describes, are inside.

Inside, the outcrop of buildings are all white, wet-looking, and modern, with 26-foot pitched ceilings and a sparse grouping of furnishings. In the master bedroom, for example, a Basso fur coverlet lies on the bed, while selenite logs (from curiosities shop Cree and Gow!) sit in the fireplace and a Mies van der Rohe chair watches on in the corner. There's another Mies van der Rohe piece (a white daybed) in the living room, along with a tapestry and a regimented collection of charcoal pictures. More photos, below.

Of course, there's also the pergola and pool houses, photos of which are over at AD.

· An Ingenius Vacation Compound on the Island of Nantucket [Arch Digest]
· All The Printed Page posts [Curbed National]