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March 14, 2014
Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi, founders of the New Haven, Connecticut, architecture firm Gray Organschi, specialize in thoughtful, site-specific homes. See our favorites from the Dwell archives.
modern cottage connecticut

In 2005, Suzanne and Brooks Kelley hired Gray Organschi to renovate an old cottage on their property. The resulting 1,100-square-foot glass and ipe structure suited the sloped meadow perfectly. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Suzanne’s bridge and book clubs meet around the dining table in the cottage instead of in the larger house, whose open layout makes such gatherings problematic. “There was no place where I could seal us off,” Suzanne says. “So now I use the cottage for ga

The interiors are wrapped in FSC-Certified laminated bleached bamboo, which offers a warm glow. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Depot house Connecticut architecture

Consisting of two barnlike volumes set atop a stone foundation, Gray Organschi’s own vacation home, the Depot House, offers a locally rooted vision of New England modernism. Photo by Andrea Chu.

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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Modern kitchen with Sirius range hood hover

In the kitchen, a Sirius range hood hovers over a Wolf cooktop. The bleached ash cabinets were designed by JIG Design Build, the fabrication arm of Gray Organschi Architecture. Photo by Andrea Chu.

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Shelter Island vacation home exterior

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan collaborated with Gray Organschi on their midcentury-inspired New York vacation home. Photos Floto + Warner

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a sculptural room divider of white and grey separates a white couch with orange cushions from a dining room with dark wood chairs covered in cloth with white and blue geometric patterns

“The vibe feels cozy even though the living room is quite grand,” Adler says. He made the room divider out of concrete and integrated the sofa with the step. Lee Jofa fabric covers the dining chairs and the pendants are vintage.

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modern church connecticut

By the time Gray Organschi saw the church-turned residence their clients had selected, it had already been gutted. The residents had wanted to take it down to its ribs to prevent future surprises, so the architects could see exactly what they would be working with. The interior design was “meant to work as a counterpoint to the very simple, dignified, historic building” that serves as its envelope, Gray says, to be distinctly and absolutely “other.”

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On the mantel above the fireplace, a Warhol collage is surrounded by a papier-mâché sculpture of no special provenance, a Vigliaturo glass piece, and a Picasso plate.

On the mantel above the fireplace, a Warhol collage is surrounded by a papier-mâché sculpture of no special provenance, a Vigliaturo glass piece, and a Picasso plate. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

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modern cottage connecticut

In 2005, Suzanne and Brooks Kelley hired Gray Organschi to renovate an old cottage on their property. The resulting 1,100-square-foot glass and ipe structure suited the sloped meadow perfectly. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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