Mette and Andrew first crossed paths at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1998. It turns out they had many o...
We are passionate about life, not in a bungee jumping kind of way, but in a la dolce vita kind of way. We enjoy long walks in the woods, sitting in cafes sipping espresso and listening to the fire crackle. We like to savour life and enjoy all of its wonderful sensual pleasures. We are passionate about life because one day everything changed.
Andrew and Mette are partners in life and work.
Mette was introduced to architecture at a young age spending time in her father’s architecture office after school. Andrew found architecture on his own. As a freshman at MIT, he chose to live in a curvy brick dormitory because it just felt good to him to be there. That building it turned out had been designed by Alvar Aalto – the great Finnish architect and one of the giants of 20th century modern design.
By the time they met, Mette had travelled widely, lived and worked abroad and was fluent in three languages. Andrew’s international travels had consisted of a one way flight from Panama to Miami and he had managed to learn exactly one language.
Mette and Andrew’s paths first crossed at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1998. It turns out they had many of the same down-to-earth values, based in part, on their shared Scandinavian heritage. Mette was born in Norway and her father is Norwegian and Andrew’s family has its roots in Finland and Sweden.
In school, they collaborated on many projects. Then suddenly, one week before Mette’s thesis review, she went blind in her right eye. She chalked it up to stress and Andrew helped her finish her final project. After graduation she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
It was a terrible blow to both of them as they were just starting their careers in a profession notorious for its long hours. In order for Mette to be healthy they had to slow down and find balance without sacrificing the work they wanted to do. This has become one of their most important projects – designing their lives for long term health and happiness.
Mette has a quick mind and a slow body. She thinks and dreams big and processes quickly. But her MS slows her down - a blessing in disguise. Fortunately her Nordic pragmatism keeps her grounded and every day she is learning how to savour life instead of just consuming it.
Andrew thinks slowly, carefully, thoughtfully. He is smart and thorough and has the eye of an artist. He doesn’t say much but when he does people listen. He also smiles a lot and everyone loves him, especially Mette. He is currently rocking an Ernest Hemingway look quite well.
At 5’ 0” Tala is a pint-sized powerhouse. Inch for inch she outperforms everyone. As a born and raised Vermonter she channels her energy into outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and kayaking. She is an extrovert but prefers intimate relationships to small-talk and schmoozing.
David is thoughtful and precise. Each morning he opens his attache of pens and pencils and lays it next to his keyboard. There are 10 instruments inside, each in their own spot ready to fulfill their specific task. David recently moved from Brooklyn to Somerville to enjoy a slower pace of life.
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