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Ingrained in Cape Cod

West Barnstable’s Pastiche

The collection also includes smaller pieces, like this desk organizer. Photo by Stacey Hedman

The Cape Cod Collection™ consists of twelve different pieces, and Irina is continually designing new pieces to add to the collection. All are made of Eastern White Pine. A few examples include a trestle-style dining table, a bench with a clever storage space under the seat, an elegant sofa table, cocktail tables, and a small desk, perfect for those tiny bedrooms in an antique cape. Each one is bench-made and hand-planed with antique tools by local Sandwich furniture makers, Marc and Judy Deslauriers. In a collaborative process, designer and artisans combine talents with MacPhee designing, Marc handling the construction, and Judy doing the signature wax finishing.

West Barnstable’s Pastiche

Behind the scenes, craftsman Marc Deslauriers works hard to perfect wood carvings. by Stacey Hedman

With the motto “It’s time to come home” in mind, MacPhee set out to create a quality, locally made product that would fit the unique lifestyles and homes of our area. MacPhee is passionately proud that everything is made only miles away from Pastiche and that the material is typically sourced from the New England area. She is equally proud that the pieces (plus complimentary shipping anywhere within a 40-mile radius) are reasonable for one of a kind, bench made designs. Irina adds, “As a standard, we offer five finishes. Custom orders are also welcome, in any style or size, with any Benjamin Moore color.”

Since the Deslauriers are making each piece as it is ordered, the process allows for endless flexibility with scale, design, and finish. The overall style of the line could best be described as country English/ farmhouse. The furniture features thoughtfully considered details such as dovetail joints, breadboard ends, European hinges and hand distressing. The pieces are endlessly versatile, easily disassembled and appropriately scaled to fit both large and small homes. With each model comes the hand-hewn history inherent in bench made furniture. Says MacPhee, “We pick pieces of wood purposely that have knots and character. Even though the tree is cut, the wood is still living. It moves, it breathes, it changes.” Marc Deslauriers adds “as white pine ages and changes color, it creates a rich, warm patina.”

A visit to the Deslauriers’ workshop in Sandwich is most distinctive for its simplicity. Humble in size and scale, the most obviously absent feature is the typical array of elaborate power tools found in most workshops. Aside from a few essentials, Marc Deslauriers eschews 21st-century tools and opts for those from a much older age, looking for an effect that is unmistakable and unique. Marc’s collection of antique hand planers make up his main arsenal of tools, each one with a different shape and a specific purpose, rounding edges or planning a surface. Both Marc and Judy have a self-described penchant for anything old and antique. Judy raids country-style magazines for inspiration. With an interest in antiques and carpentry, Marc respects the artisans whose trusted tools he has inherited. “The old carpenters were real craftsmen,” he says. “You can always tell the hand-done moldings. It’s the inconsistencies, the imperfections that people like, yet they’re so simple.”

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