To achieve an authentic warm welcome in the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store, our designers were inspired by the serene and sailing heritage of coastal destinations from Portland, Maine to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Italy’s Amalfi Coast to showcase our colorful furniture and accessories. We worked with the award-winning decorative concrete professionals at Hyde Concrete to design and fabricate one-of-a-kind countertops inspired by the sailing heritage of Annapolis, Maryland. The innovative project involved using a vintage sail to imprint its shape, texture and overall nautical essence into the concrete countertops. Inventive and eye-catching, the project has been recognized by the American Society of Concrete Contractors and is nominated for an award by the Decorative Concrete Council!
Maine Cottage® Creative Director, Lauren Russell, dreamt of a vision of creating a “conversation” countertop that mimicked the nautical qualities of a sails. Being avid sailors, owner of Hyde Concrete, Greg Hyde, and countertop manager Ari Schraegger, were more than excited to strategize the complex executive and work on the project. Artwork featured above by artist Patrice Drago.
Partial to the number 5 because of it’s unique shape, Lauren requested it be incorporated into the design, so the team had the number sewn into sail cloth and positioned as a focal point in the countertop’s design. It was later hand-stained an accent color to stand out.
Another custom focal point of the design was the flagship store’s address of 209. The numbers were sewn into the cloth before the imprint process and even retain the actual thread used when the numbers were hand sewn to the sail cloth.
At Maine Cottage® customers are encouraged to use the Color Bar to visualize their ideal color palette and furniture pairings. Across this surface is where Design Associates and customers can mix and match all of our 50 colors to find the perfect combination. The gentle creases and smooth texture beckon the feeling of a weather beaten sail.
A smaller countertop was crafted for the intimate area where customers make their purchases. This countertop features a smooth circular spot made from the “Telltale.” It’s where the window on either side of the sail indicates if there is good airflow over the sail via a piece of yarn that blows with the wind. The realistic look and feel of the countertops are always a conversation started and we love sharing the story behind them. We enjoyed working with Hyde Concrete and wish them lots of luck at the World of Concrete show!
Visit the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store to see this original work of art along with coveted pieces of colorful painted wood, wicker, upholstered and leather furniture.
Photos by Richard Allen Photography. Artwork by Patrice Drago.
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