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Behind the Design: Annie Decorates at MASS MoCA


When her department moved into a new office space, Jennifer Trainer Thomspon knew just who to call for decorating advice. The Director of Special Events and Membership for one of our favorite cultural outposts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—aka, MASS MoCA—Jennifer took one look at those blond floors and large expanses of 19th-century white-painted brick walls and knew she needed to cozy it up. “I immediately thought of Annie,” she explains, “because I love her style and love her rugs. This is a meeting space for donors, trustees, and other prospects. I wanted it to be homey, fresh, and comfortable at the same time.”


Knowing that MASS MoCA’s director, Joseph Thompson, eschews the fussy and floral, Jennifer and Annie homed in on modern, eye-catching patterns that would complement the museum’s contemporary aesthetic—as well as the original Gregory Crewdson artwork, Untitled (Ophelia), that the renowned photographer donated to the museum as a gift. (Yes, it’s even more amazing in person than it is in photos!) They chose the Dash & Albert Box in Box hooked wool rug for the main conference space, where it brings a bit of warmth and liveliness to the cool, industrial, smoky-glass-topped custom table and sleek wood chairs. For the hallway leading to the offices, they went with the boldly graphic Zigzag Multi micro-hooked rug, which, with its bright colors and dynamic pattern, lends an energetic feeling to the space.



For a special, meeting-of-the-creative-minds luncheon with Joe, Jennifer, and Gregory, Annie also had a bit of fun setting the table. She filled a pair of galvanized steel trays with sand and mossy “rocks” made of foam, then stood a sprouted coconut in each; their height helps draw the eye down from the tall, industrial ceilings. She loved the museum’s punchy dinnerware, so she mixed their red glass plates with azure ceramic bowls and sleek silverware, and let them take center stage on Pine Cone Hill’s neutral, textured Zen placemats. To pick up more of the colors from the rug, she added simple cotton Solid Herringbone napkins in Tangerine. Clean, easy, and beautifully vibrant—perfect for a chilly fall day.


Stay tuned for more from our trip to MASS MoCA, including a look inside the galleries and a profile of Gregory Crewdson. You won’t want to miss it!

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CurtainsUK November 20, 2013 at 7:14 am


Each rug looks great and well designed.. Thanks for sharing..


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