A Week in Nantucket

By Ike Kligerman Barkley

This week we were invited to speak at the Nantucket By Design luncheon benefiting the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA).  Celebrating creative design across many fields and disciplines the week of events, formerly the August Antiques Show and the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket, builds on 38 years of history. 

The week has been full of wonderful people, interesting conversation and a goldmine of beautiful architecture. 

The island is covered in the shingle style.  But with the homogeneity there is a special type of inventiveness.  The breadth of work within this very limited palette illuminates the nuance in design.

The subtle differences in color and window placement for example take on greater significance.  

We often feel like our creativity is most tested by limitations or rules.  And the island of Nantucket is a beautiful example of that.  Here are some of the shingled (and a few not shingled) buildings we've fallen in love with this week.

The Wharf Rat Club.

Buildings in town.

The garden and Art Barn of our project in Sconset.

And the gardens are spectacular.

When it comes to shingles, don't paint or stain - let it be.

A brick break from shingles.

The Nantucket Atheneum.

The sun sets in Sconset.