2011 CTC&G and WC&G Innovation in Design Winners

We bring you this year's cutting-edge LANDSCAPES, sophisticated KITCHENS, playful INTERIOR DESIGN concepts, beautiful BATHS and transcendent ARCHITECTURE

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Polished and poised, James Doyle’s design for an Arts & Crafts carriage house matches strict geometry with abundance
Susan Tamulevich

photograph by neil landino, jr.

This year’s first-place winner, James Doyle of James Doyle Design Associates, is no stranger to readers of this magazine. The Greenwich-based design firm is a previous Innovation in Design Awards winner, and the scheme for Harmony Farm, the cover story for the May 2011 issue, also earned Doyle the title of 2010 International Landscape Designer of the Year from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

left: James Doyle; right: neil landino, jr.

James Doyle’s winning landscape for 2011 is a classic Arts & Crafts estate with winding paths, shrub and perennial borders and water feature—all created for the 1899 Byram Carriage House in Greenwich. The gardens are a marvelous mix of the relaxed and the precise, of abundance and restraint. What is James Doyle’s secret? There are a couple of things that set his work apart. Doyle has a sound feel for classic, estate gardens, particularly for a style that recalls the work of early 20th-century designers Russell Page (a mentor) and Beatrix Farrand. The style fits seamlessly into the natural environment yet relies mightily upon precision planting and take-no-prisoners maintenance: Note those sheared masses of Japanese holly and arcade-like beech. (They assure us that this is accomplished with once-a-year pruning.)

clockwise from top: photographs by ber murphy, neil landino, jr., james doyle and neil landino, jr.

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