Platemark was conceived out of our shared passion for art and design. We have over 15 years of combined experience in architecture, art history, interior design, project and construction management, and solid vendor relations that make our approach unique.
We started the company as an art consultancy business in the 1990s, advising clients how to purchase, build, and display a quality art collection. But as art is such an integral part of each room's decor and enjoyment, clients asked that we expand our services to include interior design, a discipline we knew well through our educational training and work relationships.
Craig TevolitzClick for more
Craig is a born designer. When presented with the opportunity to decorate his bedroom at age nine, he immediately pulled out a tape measure and piece of graph paper for drawing the room specifications to scale, much to the surprise of his mother.
His natural ability for problem solving and understanding complicated technology led to an initial career as a software engineer and graphic design consultant in New York City, then Boston. But Craig just couldn't pass a furniture or fabric store without peeking inside, so education in interior design soon followed, along with a budding interest in art history. Happily, the analytical skills that made him so successful in his first career were equally valuable in his second.
Web design, for example, is a combination of visual appeal and ease of use. It has to hold interest without overwhelming, or as Craig likes to say, "white space is your friend." In interior design, there's a tendency to want to overdo everything, he explains. "You have just so much room and walls to decorate, but the eye needs a place to rest." And so do you.
That thought process particularly resonated with recent clients living in the South End. Not only did Craig find the perfect balance of furnishings and unadorned space to enhance the couple's fine art collection, but he also made sure the length of their custom living room sofa could accommodate catnaps for the 6'2" husband. Amazing what you can do starting with graph paper and a tape measure.
Since its inception and under Craig's lead, Platemark has completed many projects throughout New England and has assembled a loyal following, helping develop elegant, richly balanced interiors for a discerning, sophisticated clientele. Described as "classical contemporary," they have created gracefully modern homes whose designs are conceived, detailed and executed to perfection. Recognized over the years through various publications and blogs, Craig was also nominated for New England Home's 5 under 40.
As a strong believer in community philanthropy, Craig is former Chair of the Museum Council Steering Committee – the young patron group – and an elected Overseer on the board of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As such, he serves on several committees including the Communications Committee, the Visiting Committee for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Host Committee for the annual Summer Party. Further to these causes, Craig is a Fellow of the Harvard Art Museums, a frequent sponsor for Save Venice, Boston, and contributes regularly to the Children's Trust Fund.
Richard BaianoClick for more
Richard is President of Boston's Childs Gallery established in 1937 and home to one of the largest art inventories in the United States.
The breadth of the gallery's offerings - from Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya to Whistler, Sargent, and Avery - particularly appeals to the eclectic tastes of today's collectors. With a Masters Degree in Architecture and previous work for Graham Gund Architects, Richard is the point person for art consultancy, architectural details, and communicating with builders.
All these skills came into play on a recent project for the new L'Espalier restaurant location in Boston's Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Owner Frank McClelland, an astute art collector himself, came to Richard and Childs Gallery for the selection and placement of paintings, prints, and sculpture with a New England connection to add a luxurious residential feel to the space. And he needed it fast.
"Richard's being a trained architect was very helpful," says L'Espalier's New York-based designer/architect Martin Vahtra. "We talked in terms of views and vistas, proportion and balance. He understood the lingo and the issues."
Though the art consultancy project was completed in just weeks, the stellar collection seems more like one that was carefully built over many years. McClelland says it makes his restaurant feel more like home to him. That seamless blending of fine art and design is a Platemark signature.
When you hire us, you have us, 100%. Our process is simple: We listen to what you envision, then create something beyond your expectations. With professionally rendered drawings, we will present to you – in great detail – your new, completed space. Then, we will be there the entire time to realize this to perfection. Leave the minutiae to us. We meticulously manage all the procurement and quality control of furnishings, and we further oversee fabrication, construction and installation. We collaborate with: Fine Artists, Cabinet & Furniture Makers, Stone & Tile Workers, AV & Systems Specialists, Art Handlers. We have access to a range of innovative products and concepts such as Fine Furnishings, Wall and Flooring Treatments, Window Treatments, Art and Accessories.
Because every project is unique, the time it takes from start to finish may vary based on make-to-order pieces, longer lead materials, etc. Our clients come to us to create something special, so we always favor quality over speed.
First class and beyond, and expect to get more than you pay for. You are engaging us to realize a singular vision and like other personal and ethereal luxuries, it can be a large investment. Yet, there's no tricks. We recognize the immeasurable value of your time and resources so you'll find our fixed pricing model to be rather open and shut, whatever your budget.
PLATEMARK has helped develop richly balanced interiors for a discerning, sophisticated clientele. We're in the business of facilitating spectacularly dazzling outcomes.
We love our clients. Their endorsements speak for themselves, literally.
We worked with Platemark from April - Oct 2013. The project included a complete interior design for our living, dining, sitting room and master bedroom spaces. The Platemark team spent time at the beginning of the project understanding our needs and our design preferences, which were effectively translated and incorporated into our final design. The design process was very interactive and iterative. The team was very organized. Meetings were timely, clear agendas, followed up with detailed notes and actions. Platemark's design was creative and fresh. We are very pleased with our end product. It is comfortable yet sophisticated. I would not hesitate to work with Platemark on further projects.
The Platemark team was fabulous in helping me bring my vision to reality. Although I had a good idea of what I wanted, they were critical to spacial planning and fabric selection. They took a rough concept for a built-in and delivered a gorgeous, custom piece of furniture. The introduced exciting materials for a coffee table top that I would have never been aware existed and provided access to vendors that I would normally not have access to. The team managed all the heavy lifting of coordinating vendors and delivery. They really pulled it all together. I highly recommend them!
We hired Platemark to help us reconceive the living space in our city condo. Craig and Richard immediately understood our needs and aesthetic and helped us transform our space into something beautiful that suited our needs and that we were extremely proud to show off. They were a pleasure to work with and we'd hire them again!
Platemark did an outstanding job helping us to develop a coherent spatial plan and color pallet for our small urban condo. The resulting space was open and calming, and flexible enough in its design elements to withstand the arrival of children a few years later. We could not have been more pleased and looking forward to working with them again!
Craig is very easy to work with. He listens to all of our ideas and really considers the overall look and feel we are trying to accomplish, as well as important factors such as durability of items and project cost. What we really like about working with Craig is that he takes our ideas and turns them into a vision we would never be able to accomplish ourselves. He knows what is important in a design, so he will be honest about elements that he feels are crucial, but he will also tell you which elements can be explored further to see more options (or cut out altogether). Another thing we really like is that he deals with all of the installation. Previously, our designers had worked piece-meal, bringing in elements for installation as they became available. Craig holds everything, inspects it as it comes in, and schedules (and oversees) installation all at once, so there is a dramatic transformation and we do not have to live in a half-done room for any length of time. Every single member of the house was impressed by how much he addressed each of their personalities while designing personal spaces throughout our home (and that is saying a LOT - no other designer has been able to do that with this family). So far, we have completely redone three rooms and have upgraded two others, but we will continue to use Craig as projects arise.
Platemark was hired to renovate and refurbish the main space a Newbury Street art gallery that needed to retain its old world charm and introduce a stylish contemporary sensibility to an existing clientele. Platemark worked with us to understand our requirements and rethink the way in which our art is presented. The resulting design always looks fresh, and continues to receive compliments 3 years after completion.
I had a great experience working with Craig. I definitely had a lot of ideas. He really made my ideas better, by figuring out how all the piece fit together, how to best use my space and keeping things the right scale, working around a few pieces that I already had and wanted to keep, identifying where to find the types of things I wanted, etc. He brought in options for materials that I never would have known about (for us, we used a very cool manufactured faux-marble for a coffee table that looks like real marble, but doesn't stain), in fact, he seems to be very current with what is out there. He did a lot of the heavy lifting to bring together fabric options that I could select from. He was also great to coordinate all of the work, so that it all showed up at once.
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