Old vs. Young and Old vs. New

Dibner Institute and Library at MIT, Architecture by Ellenzweig, Photography by Warren Jagger














What do you think makes something “old” or “young” or “new”? Are these labels relevant? I’d love to hear your thoughts: on aging, on what makes you feel/act young or old, or whether you care about being labeled old or young. 

My 8-year-old granddaughter describes me as a 16-year-old with wrinkles.  That about sums it up: I look pretty young if you don’t look at the wrinkles, and I think like a teenager, constantly challenging the status quo, while also understanding the consequences of decisions like a retiree. Think fresh but act more carefully than a teen. 

We are working on the design of a renovation of a Yacht Club in order to reflect better the needs of its members.  Apparently, the old folks like to dine formally, with reservations, jackets for men, white tablecloths on the tables, and no noisy people in shorts.  The younger folks want to be able to show up without reservations, with their children, in the more casual attire of pants and polos (still no shorts.) We want to make spaces that work for each of these groups. 

I recently moved into a lovely 1200 square foot apartment after living in 3200 square feet for almost 34 years. When the property manager walked into my not completely unpacked space, she declared that it looked like the apartment of a young artist. (I do have a lot of art and books that I can’t seem to part with).  I asked why she thought “young,” and she said that because she knew how old I was from the application, she expected everything to look “old,” not modern.  Remember, I went to RISD in the 70’s, when alternative energy and mod furniture was in style, and when birth control became widely available.  My modern pieces are quite old, they just don’t look fuddy-duddy.  OK Boomers…. We are actually back in style! 

Dibner Institute and Library at MIT, Architecture by Ellenzweig, Photography by Warren Jagger














Some images of our old projects still look pretty good twenty, even thirty years after they were done. The photos above are from two projects completed in 1993 and 1994.  If you want help designing projects that still look good 28 or more years after they were designed like these images do, please give us call, send an email, or take a video of your space and send it along. We like making old spaces new and timeless. We make good design that lasts. 

Take advantage of our no obligation initial consultations.  Our fees for that range from $600-1200, depending on your project’s scope. It’s a great way to launch your next project. 


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Back Bay Condo, Photography by Anton Grassl
Back Bay Condo, Photography by Anton Grassl

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