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Architect West Chin maximizes the potential of a precarious hillside property in Montauk. by Alejandro Saralegui photographs by Peter Murdock
A triplex apartment near Gramercy Park takes on a little French panache. by Karen Bruno photographs by Francesco Lagnese
HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
Top design firms unleash their creative energy on a 9,000-squarefoot house in Sag Harbor. compiled by Kelly Velocci photographs by Anastassios Mentis
A fashionable lair on the Upper East Side is as streamlined as it is chic. by Kelly Velocci photographs by Costas Picadas
“Triple Play,” page 48 photograph by Francesco Lagnese
In Springs, an artistic couple carries on the legacy of the creative spirits that came before them. by Laura Fenton photographs by Marili Forastieri
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The perfect fall dessert, apple tarte Tatin is as easy as it is elegant. by Susan Spungen
Try incorporating grasses into your garden: They can be both beneficial and beautiful. by Alejandro Saralegui
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In a Brooklyn showroom, state-of-the-art draperies magically unfold. by Kelly Velocci
DEEDS & DON’TS
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Designers are breaking with tradition and playing all the angles this fall. Infuse new energy into your own rooms at home by employing their revved-up patterns and expressive shapes. Case in point: The Jolie Tibetan knotted rug from Perennials, made from 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic, emits an off-kilter, artful vibe. From $95 per sq. ft., at David Sutherland, 979 Third Ave., Ste. 401 (D&D), NYC, 212-871-9717, perennialsandsutherland.com.
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Chicago-based artist Eric Gushee makes magic with metal, creating stunning artworks from woven steel. $19,550 (as shown, 84" diam.), at Michael Del Piero Good Design Hamptons, 372 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 631-464-7310, hamptonsgooddesign.com. 2 FUNKY FIXTURE
Luca Nichetto’s Legato Linear chandelier shines dynamic light through a playful zigzag of sleek alternating cones. $12,250, at Matter, 405 Broome St., NYC, 212-343-2600, mattermade.us. 3 HIGHLY ILLUMINATING
Set deliciously askew in neat little rows, a jumble of monochrome blocks makes Élitis’s new Illumination wall covering an inspiration to behold. Available in three colorways (shown: Obviously). $25 per yd., 979 Third Ave., Ste. 611 (D&D), NYC, 917-4727482, elitis.fr.
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Black (or white) enamel guilloché detailing on the Bond Union Series pieces from Studio Gachot and Waterworks has a certain je ne sais quoi. $1,250 for a single-lever spout (as shown), 215 E. 58th St., NYC, 212-371-9266, waterworks.com.
San Antonio–based artist Sunshine Thacker’s new Torpedo 4.0 lamp features stacked matte and glossy basalt clay pieces supporting a creamy porcelain shade. $5,650, at Frampton & Co, 141 Maple Ln., Bridgehampton, and 9 E. 19th St., NYC, 212-4481091, framptonco.com. The artist’s hand is truly visible in Stephen Antonson’s Pinch collection of brass knobs and handles created for Nest Studio. From $75 each in various finishes, at Katonah Architectural Hardware, 135 E. 55th St., 7th fl., NYC, 212813-9680, katonahhardware.com.
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The 100 percent abaca Sans Souci rug from Patterson Flynn Martin comprises an eye-catching weave of natural, blue, and avocado-green fibers. $90 per sq. ft., 979 Third Ave., Ste. 632 (D&D), NYC, 212-6887700, pattersonflynnmartin.com. 2 SEDUCTIVE SEAT
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This modern-day cotton quilt pushes the boundaries of America’s most treasured folkcraft. $590 (approx. 55" x 63" ), at A.P.C ., 267 W. 4th St., NYC, 212-755-2523, and 94 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg , 718-989-5704, apc-us.com.
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Stephanie Seal Brown’s striped fringes and tapes make super-stylish adornments. Available in three colorways (shown: turquoise). From $116 per yd., at Schumacher, 979 Third Ave., Ste. 832 (D&D), NYC, 212415-3900, fschumacher.com. 6 PLACE YOUR BETS
The secret recipe for this place mat from Von Gern Home? Turquoise and white lacquer swirls that jazz up even the simplest everyday meal. Also available in a variety of other colors. $65 each, at Katie Leede & Co., 23 Washington St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-4973, katieleede.com.
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Blades of Glory Grasses in the garden are both beneficial and beautiful Meadow Lark A Tony Piazza– designed meadow in Bridgehampton features a variety of native grasses punctuated by native flowering plants such as orange Asclepias tuberosa. See Resources.
HC&G/NYC&G: Which grasses are best for gardens in New York and Long Island? TONY PIAZZA, founder/owner, Piazza Horticultural, Southampton: I prefer native grasses, but there are two nonnatives I
can’t live without: Molinia ‘Skyracer’, from wet areas in Europe and Asia, has incredible seed heads, and Japanese forest grass, or Hakonecloa macra, likes shade and dry soil. You can put it in a dark closet, and it will grow!
As for my favorite natives, little bluestem puts on a great late-summer show, then goes russet red all fall and winter. And switchgrass is a dramatic workhorse that matches the scale of nonnative miscanthus. Eragrostis spectabilis, or purple lovegrass, has a stunning purple haze, and native carexes can be indispensable to garden designers. How do you keep grasses from crowding out flowering plants?
It’s tricky. I suggest planting for diversity and letting the grasses duke it
Editors’ note: This year’s gardening column explores some of our region’s most popular plants.
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W Grass Acts (clockwise from top right) Chasmanthium latifolium seed heads look great in floral arrangements. Japanese forest grass flanks a path. A swath of Bouteloua gracilis. Little bluestem changes color from summer to fall. See Resources.
I suggest planting for diversity and letting the grasses duke it out
soluble nitrogen, which helps deter algae blooms. All sorts of beneficial insects overwinter in the stems and crowns of grasses, and even better, deer don’t eat most grasses. Can you just let a lawn go?
There’s a trend toward reducing highly maintained lawns—think of it as getting rid of the wall-to-wall and going for area rugs instead. You can let a lawn go, but it will take a long time for it to become a proper meadow. Red fescue, popular in lawn mixes, has a very pretty, wavy look when it is left unmown, but beware: It’s allelopathic and can kill other grasses and plants. out. If something becomes thuggy, it might need an attitude change. How are grasses beneficial?
As buffer plants and when incorporated into bioswales, they slow down rainwater as it seeps into the water table, and their root masses can absorb
Where is your favorite grass garden?
On Poxabogue Road and Route 27 in Sagaponack, there is a property that is mowed two times a year for hay, and then in October the little bluestem is absolutely gorgeous. I drive by there on purpose just to see it. —Alejandro Saralegui
GRASSES: 5 HELPFUL TIPS • A good balance for a grass meadow is 80 percent native grasses to 20 percent perennials. • Grasses perform best under natural conditions. Don’t overwater them. • Let grasses stay up for the winter, then cut them down to about 12 inches in early March. • It’s okay to cut back tall grasses in midsummer. They’ll bounce back and even flower. • Grasses look great in pots. Try Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blond Ambition’, which works with everything. And use seed heads of some grasses, such as Chasmanthium latifolium, in floral arrangements.
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Bruce, a well-made curtain doesn’t necessarily have to be all ruffles and frills. “Window treatments have been stuck in the 19th century for too long,” argues Bruce, a Bushwick-based drapery designer. “Most are geared toward punched-out windows, not today’s modern architecture with glass façades.” Long before opening his atelier nearly a decade ago, Bruce got his start assisting Broadway costume designers in the late 1990s, often experimenting with “unusual materials, not just textiles.” Industry connections led him to moonlight for famed curtain designer Mary Bright, with whom he worked full-time for more than a decade. “She was a groundbreaker in the way she collaborated with architects,” Bruce says of his late boss. A Kansas native who holds an M.F.A. in costume design and scenography from Rutgers University, Bruce has applied the same boundarypushing ethos to his own business, where he makes draperies that “tell a story” inspired by a room’s materials and architectural features. Case in point: window treatments for the Thomas Heatherwick–designed Lantern House, a West Chelsea condominium featuring lanternshaped bay windows. “The challenge was to craft something that expands and contracts when functioning,” says Bruce, who also counts Calvin Klein, Supreme, and designers such as Amy Lau as clients. “With all that geometry, you can’t just put a roman shade on it.” Each new job begins with initial sketches, followed by a visit to the site (and strict adherence to building health protocols) so that Bruce’s team
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Draped In Style (clockwise from opposite page) Erik Bruce in his Bushwick atelier. A finished curtain hangs in a North Fork home. Fabrication manager Jeff Hooton inspects fabric for flaws before it enters production. Bruce, tailor Rafael Santos, and technical designer Kristin Mallison discuss pattern matching. Tailor Joan Barratt at work on a seam. Custom details include snaps on curtain headers and fringed edges. See Resources.
Window treatments have been stuck in the 19th century for too long
can assess the architecture in three dimensions rather than two, in advance of creating a prototype. Once fabric arrives at the workroom, it’s inspected and cut on long tables, then finished on the sides by Bruce’s tailors, who turn their attention to the header next. Grommets, snaps, and other specialty hardware take the place of traditional tape, affecting how the fabric hangs and creating a seamless appearance from every angle. The completed piece is mounted to the ceiling for a week, allowing for natural shrinking or stretching, after which it is steamed and then installed on-site. “Our techniques are determined by each specific material and the application for which it’s being used,” Bruce says. “The process is like the fashion industry’s haute couture, rather than ready to wear.” —Kelly Velocci
DEEDS&DON’TS Spooky Settings Eerie East End destinations include the Montauk Point Lighthouse, Mill House Inn, Halsey House, and Sylvester Manor (clockwise from top).
The easT end is more Than beauTiful beaches, big money, and bigger houses: It also boasts bewitching past lives. The 1796 Montauk Point Lighthouse—the oldest such structure in New York State—is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Abigail Olsen, a lighthouse worker’s daughter who died of a broken heart (or, some legends say, who perished onshore after being shipwrecked). “More mischievous than anything else,”
observes lighthouse historian Henry Osmers, she has been held responsible for moving pictures across the walls and hiding kitchen items. Unexplained phenomena have come with the territory at East Hampton’s Mill House Inn for at least two decades, according to owner Sylvia Muller. “One October night during a harvest moon, the phone started ringing like crazy and our printer began randomly spitting out paper,” Muller recalls, adding
that an employee and two guests once claimed to see a woman wearing a petticoat, possibly the ghost of a past innkeeper’s wife, who died during the late 1800s after her undergarments caught fire. In Southampton, strange sounds and voices emanating from the Rogers Mansion and Halsey House have prompted the Southampton Historic Museum, the administrator of both properties, to enlist the services of Ronkonkoma-based Long Island Paranormal Investigators, which discovered a ghost known as Sarge in the Rogers Mansion basement. The museum’s director of education, Connor Flanagan, has seen another spirit’s large shadow and heard its footsteps on the second floor, in addition to experiencing odd smells and loud banging sounds at Halsey House. “No word on who or what might be inside,” Flanagan says, “but I try to avoid being alone there.” At Villa Paul restaurant in Hampton Bays, manager James Patterson has witnessed the ghosts of “a woman standing at the top of the basement stairs and a man in a light blue sweater,” while other employees have reported spotting a mysterious dog (perhaps tellingly, a former pet cemetery lies behind the restaurant). And on storied Shelter Island, where the circa-1652 Sylvester Manor Educational Farm had its beginnings as a plantation integral to the Barbadian sugar trade, spooky spirits have made their presence known on more than one occasion. “A workman repairing the bathroom recently said that he heard a voice telling him to be quiet,” says Donnamarie Barnes, the center’s curator and archivist, while several other visitors have glimpsed an apparition of a woman in white. To ward off any angry spirits, Barnes always says hello upon entering the building each morning. “We also instruct the apprentice farmers staying with us to introduce themselves to the house,” she says. “It’s important to treat it as a living thing.” —Pamela Brill
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The final resting places of some famous faces
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale
2. SACRED HEARTS CEMETERY, SOUTHAMPTON 2
Patricia Kennedy Lawford
1. SOUTHAMPTON CEMETERY, SOUTHAMPTON (613 N. Sea Rd.)
Jack Dempsey, boxer (1895–1983) Patricia Kennedy Lawford, socialite (1924–2006)
(168 Hill St.)
Gary Cooper, actor (1901–61)
3. OAKLAND CEMETERY, SAG HARBOR (Jermain Ave.
and Suffolk St.)
Spalding Gray, actor (1941–2004)
4. INDEPENDENT JEWISH CEMETERY, SAG HARBOR (Rt. 114)
Betty Friedan, writer (1921–2006)
P L AY I N G I T S A F E
Close To Home Residents at Waterline Square (above) and Front & York (right) will enjoy easy access to local parks and walkable commutes.
5. MOST HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, EAST HAMPTON (194 Cedar St.)
oughly 5 percent of new Yorkers have fled the city since the coronavirus hit in March, and developers are using every trick in the book to lure them back. With fewer people willing to take public transportation, the Financial District’s 77 Greenwich is offering a “walk to work” incentive that provides as much as $175,000 in closing credits to buyers who plan on working in the neighborhood. An added plus: The mixed-use building will also house a new public elementary school. Meanwhile, Dumbo’s Front & York is highlighting the neighborhood’s growing popularity as a hub for tech, fashion, and hospitality companies, as well as its proximity to Wall Street,
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”), socialite (1895–1977)
6. SOUTH END BURYING GROUND, EAST HAMPTON (34 James Ln.)
Thomas Moran, artist (1837–1926), and Mary Nimmo Moran, printmaker (1842–99)
7. GREEN RIVER CEMETERY, SPRINGS (787 Accabonac Rd.)
Jackson Pollock, artist (1912–56), and Lee Krasner, artist (1908–84) —P. B.
an easy stroll across the Manhattan Bridge. The development also includes a co-working lounge for residents who want to do business even closer to home. Nearing completion in the heart of NoMad, the CetraRuddydesigned Rose Hill has a bike room and repair shop, “house bikes” for residents’ use, and even professional cycling coaches catering to those who prefer to bike to work. On the Upper West Side, Waterline Square is promoting clean air both indoors and out, touting the development’s state-of-the-art air-filtration system as well as its 2.6-acre public park steps from the Hudson River. And the seven-story boutique building No45e7, at the nexus of Astor Place, NoHo, and the East Village, not only has private terraces for every unit, but also social distancing in the form of Carson, the building’s virtual doorman. In addition to tracking deliveries, intercom calls, and visitors, Carson even offers a payment feature that accommodates contactless deliveries. Now that’s service with a . . . smile? —Jean Nayar
FRONT & YORK: WILLIAMS NEW YORK
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W Developers Get Cooking (clockwise from left) Perks being served up in luxury building kitchens include walls of windows at Quay Tower, state-of-the-art appliances at the Kent, and library ladders at 555 West End Avenue.
QUAY TOWER AND THE KENT: EVAN JOSEPH; 555 WEST END AVENUE: SHANNON DUPRE/DDREP
#quarantinecooking, souped-up kitchens are more in demand than ever before, and developers are taking note, hiring high-profile designers to whip up some cutting-edge confections. At Greenwich West in Hudson Square, for example, Parisian architect and designer Sébastien Segers conceived sleek kitchens featuring Molteni&C cabinetry with a mix of walnut, metal lacquer, and fluted mirrors, Marc Newson–designed antimicrobial polished-nickel handles, and shapely islands with space for both dining and cookbook storage. Kitchens boast floor-to-ceiling windows at Quay Tower in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where design firm Marmol Radziner has deployed pragmatic, yet beautiful details, such as white-oak cabinetry with hand-crafted bronze hardware and stain-resistant leathered quartzite for the countertops, backsplash, and hood surround. And in the light-filled kitchens at the nearby Symon, Studio DB combined a premier appliance package (Blue Star, Fisher & Paykel, and Bosch) with Caesarstone countertops, custom raised-panel cabinetry, and wide-plank washed-oak floors. Premium appliances—including Miele espresso machines and convection and speed ovens, as well as Sub-Zero wine storage—also star in the kitchens created by Alexandra Champalimaud for the Kent on the Upper East Side, while at the neighborhood’s n the age of
Beckford House and Tower, interior designer William Sofield enlisted the help of custom cabinetry maestro Christopher Peacock to build out the extra-spacious kitchens and cozy breakfast nooks. Peacock also joined forces with architect-developer Cary Tamarkin at 555 West End Avenue, where kitchens feature library ladders, butler’s pantries, and pocket doors. Meanwhile, hand-lacquered cabinetry with ribbed-glass panes and built-in drawer organizers, custom-made by Hudson Valley
millwork studio Hudson LaGrange, give the kitchens at 30 Warren, a new boutique condo in Tribeca designed by Parisian firm PostOffice Architectes, just the right gourmet touch. —J. N.
BEFORE THEY WERE BROKERS:
Real estate broker Deirdre DeVita has always been on her toes. Years of dance practice paid off at age 19, when she got her first big break and joined the Alabama Ballet. But the New York native missed her hometown, where she returned for the next 15 years, leaping from the New York City Opera to the Metropolitan Opera and the Connecticut Ballet. When the time came to hang up her pointe shoes, she turned to a passion that had been ignited long before, during the hunt for her first New York apartment. “Real estate is addictive,” says DeVita, who relocated to the Hamptons in 2004 and worked at Brown Harris Stevens before switching dance partners to Sotheby’s International Realty this spring. “It’s a no-excuses environment, just like performing. Both require independence, professionalism, and persistence.” —Alyssa Bird
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Double Take (this page) A resin artwork by ShariBeth Susskind hangs above a Load-It shelving system from Porro in the double-height entry. (opposite) Overlooking the Atlantic, the living room features an RH rug, cocktail table, and sectional. See Resources.
V I E W T O ATHRILL Architect West Chin maximizes the potential of a precarious hillside property in Montauk BY ALEJANDRO SARALEGUI PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER MURDOCK
Contemporary Flair The kitchen (top left and near left) is outfitted with Boffi cabinetry and Lapitec countertops. In the dining room (above), Room & Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Humboldt chandeliers hang above an RH Pier dining table and CB2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primitivo chairs. See Resources.
rom Westhampton to Montauk, the storied estates of the East End have seemingly gobbled up all that’s left of key land remaining in the Hamptons. But for the intrepid explorer, there’s always a sweet spot begging for discovery. As one heads east through the flats of Napeague, Montauk’s hilly terrain starts to reveal itself. Tucked along roads that often dip and curve like the Coney
Island Cyclone, dramatic surprises often lie in hiding. High above one of these roads is a new house that fully embraces its stellar location— and gives hope to those still in search of their dream pad. “My clients were looking for a property in the area and found this one, with its stunning ocean views, a few years ago,” recounts the home’s architect, New York– and East Hampton–based West Chin. october 2020
“THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR WALLS ARE EXPOSED REINFORCED CONCRETE, SO THE HOUSE IS FLUID, NOT HIDDEN”
“Our firm designed one of the houses they had seen early on in their search for land, and they liked how we had maximized the views of the ocean. They hired us because of that house.” Such a visionary client is what keeps a new build from being either run-of-the-mill or an architectural flight of fancy. The structure, Chin notes, is “an honest house.” Materials, whether luxurious or ordinary, are equally expressed, from concrete and artificial stone to zinc, hurricane-resistant glass, and ipe wood. “The interior and exterior walls 42
are exposed, board-form reinforced concrete, so the house is fluid, not hidden,” Chin explains. “And the almost-all-glass windows have very thin framing, which creates an inside-outside look.” The achievement is evident immediately upon entry, in the foyer’s cantilevered staircase. Designed with purity in mind, it’s devoid of risers and features a glass handrail that accentuates its see-through quality. Even low-scale U-shaped sectionals in the primary living areas lack a few back cushions, emphasizing the home’s airiness. Outside, a muted
Treetop Hideaway (opposite and this page below left)
Furnishings in the master suite include a Woodnotes bed frame, Porro dresser, Bocci pendant lights, and a Timothy Oulton Shabby chaise. (near left and below right) The porcelaintiled master bath features Boffiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sabbia tub, Eclipse shower system, and Flyer vanity and countertop. See Resources.
Inside And Out (above left) The family room sectional is from Room & Board and the cocktail table is by Lyon BĂŠton. In the sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room (near left), Treku nightstands and Design Within Reach lamps flank a Room & Board bed. (above) Seating on the roof deck includes an Extrasoft Living Divani sectional and molded polymer Bellini MB1 chairs; the floor lamp is by Davide Groppi. See Resources.
palette of dark wood tones and black, white, and gray further defines the aesthetic at play, with nothing stealing the show from the vistas of the Atlantic. The indoor-outdoor aspect can largely be ascribed to Chin’s worldview. The son of an architect, he got his first design lesson at the age of 13, when his father gave him a sledgehammer to knock down a cracked wall that a contractor had installed poorly. “The rest is history,” Chin says with a laugh. “He didn’t encourage me to pursue architecture,
but here I am anyway.” Chin started his business as an interior designer with a design-build firm, but soon realized that the building component wasn’t a profitable endeavor. He received his architecture degree from City College in New York in 2004, and today his company, West Chin Architects & Interior Designers, is intentionally structured to avoid the conflicts often found among independent architects and decorators, as well as their clients. Specific teams in his office work independently and together, a setup that “creates a more harmonious environment for october 2020
OUTSIDE, A MUTED PALETTE OF BLACK, WHITE, AND GRAY FURTHER DEFINES THE AESTHETIC, WITH NOTHING STEALING THE SHOW FROM THE VISTAS OF THE ATLANTIC
me and ultimately for our clientele,” Chin says. “Both our architecture and design teams collaborate on a project such as this one from the outset, so you can’t help but have a better end product.” Despite its deftly detailed architecture and limited color palette, the Montauk house doesn’t want for more. Instead, its carefully chosen materials give it comfort and warmth, even a certain glow. “My clients often say to me that they want a modern house,” Chin reflects, “but they don’t want to live in a museum.” ✹ 46
Disappearing Act A pair of Living Divani Frog chairs sit in the infinityedge pool off the patio, which boasts unobstructed ocean views. See Resources.
Give It A Swirl (this page) Architect Pietro Cicognani designed the apartmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nautilus-like spiral stair, illuminated by a canted skylight. (opposite) Cicognani also designed the fireplace mantel in the living room, where decorator Windsor Smith installed a pair of Patricia Urquiola sofas upholstered in mohair. See Resources.
TRIPLE PLAY A triplex apartment near Gramercy Park takes on a little French panache
BY KAREN BRUNO PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANCESCO LAGNESE
hen the apartment’s residents step from the elevator into the petite foyer, the city suddenly fades into grisaille tones. This newly carved-out triplex in a Gilded Age building on Irving Place is home to an entrepreneur, his wife, and their five children, who desired a sort of hôtel particulier smack-dab in the middle of New York City. Their architect, Pietro Cicognani of Cicognani Kalla Architect, created a serene retreat with luxe details: white wood-paneled walls, ornate plaster ceiling rosettes from which hang an array of handsome chandeliers, and an airy, skylit spiral staircase, crafted of steel and darkened bronze, that serves as the triplex’s anchor. “It’s like a brownstone within an apartment building,” says Cicognani, “with a floor for children, one for parents, and a communal level” all linked by the stair, its wrought-iron railing imported from France and adapted by a local French artisan. The stairwell’s dolomite-flecked plaster walls sparkle faintly day and night, and tiny uplights set into the steps provide extra illumination in the evening. The thin balusters are set à l’anglaise on the side of the stringers of the stairs instead of on the risers, giving the staircase a delicate look—indeed, it appears to float. The renovation began from the ground up, with Siberian white-oak parquet floors in a chevron pattern throughout, except in the spacious kitchen, where Cicognani employed elongated strips of white-glazed terra-cotta tile, laid in the same pattern. (The wife had admired similar glazed flooring in a hotel on the Amalfi Coast.) Custom windows are bare and period appropriate
Twice As Nice (this page left) Two blackened-nickel chandeliers hang above matching tables in the dining room, which is separated from the kitchen by a wall of restoration-glass panels. (below) A backing of antique mirror provides extra shimmer to a bar niche in the living room. (opposite) Cheery benches sit at a Calacatta marble island in the kitchen. The pot rack is from Ann-Morris. See Resources.
I Feel Pretty Fringed French pendants hang in the largely silver and marble master bath (this page) and the daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jewelrybox-like bathroom (opposite), which features gilt trim and gold-plated fittings. See Resources.
Just A Peek (this page clockwise from top left) The master suite features a Cicognani-designed Carrara marble island in the dressing room, an Oda lamp in a sitting area, and a
Dimoremilano lamp arcing above an oversize custom sofa. (opposite) Portholes give a sense of whimsy to bright yellow doors in the son’s bathroom. See Resources.
for the landmarked district. An industrial edge appears in the form of custom steel-framed partitions with restoration-glass panes separating the kitchen and dining areas and the master suite’s dressing area and bathroom. Much of the apartment’s sophisticated appeal stems from the triplex’s paneling, ceiling rosettes, and doors that required months of refinement by Cicognani Kalla. But the residence isn’t a museum piece: Banquettes in the kitchen and dining room are covered with washable, kid-friendly materials; two square dining tables placed side by side are intended for both eating and doing homework. A pair of blackened-nickel chandeliers from John Rosselli & Associates hang above the tables, while triple slabs of gray- and goldveined Calacatta marble top the cooking island, and a band of polished steel wraps the bistro-like kitchen table. There is little pattern in the triplex, which makes the gorgeous details pop: the custom silver legs on the kitchen island, blue mercury glass–like drawer pulls on the kitchen cabinetry, a simple limestone fireplace designed by Cicognani in the living room. Cicognani-designed silver shelving even supports built-in bars in both the living room and the parents’ bedroom—solely created for the adults in the family, of course. Silver- and pewter-toned hardware and light fixtures unify the mostly white apartment, except in the girls’ bedrooms and bath, where pink and rose gold dominate. Santa Monica–based decorator Windsor Smith, who is known for creating modern, minimalist interiors, incorporated sumptuous, tactile elements throughout. Upholstered in gray, white, and light-blue velvet, the majority of the furnishings, some from her own line, are curvy and soft, “almost experiential,” she says. “Furniture can be luxurious without being stuffy. I wanted to push this young family toward a classic, elegant environment.” ✹ 54
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The Goods The newly constructed home in Sag Harbor, provided by Town & Country East End Inc, is currently on the market for $5.995 million with Emily Demone of Corcoran. The sconces flanking the entry are from Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. See Resources.
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Bellagio Kitchens & Baths; Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights; Caesarstone; Kohler; LG; Plesserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luxury Appliances; Sherwin-Williams; Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove; The Tile Shop; WĂślffer Estate Vineyard For more information on furnishings and accessories pictured in these rooms, see Resources. For a comprehensive slideshow of all rooms featured in the Hampton Designer Showhouse, go to cottagesgardens.com/hds2020.
SHOWHOUSE Presented by HC&G, the Hampton Designer Showhouse has raised funds for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for nearly two decades. In this year’s installment, 11 design firms converged on a newly built, 9,000-square-foot shingle-style home in Sag Harbor, transforming its empty rooms into spaces to remember. Proceeds from donations have been specifically earmarked for the hospital’s Healthcare for Heroes Fund for COVID-19, which helps support hospital staff and provide additional equipment and resources. Read on for more about how great design can benefit a good cause. COMPILED BY KELLY VELOCCI PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANASTASSIOS MENTIS
MELANIE ROY DESIGN ENTRY FOYER
A dramatic bentwood light fixture by John Procario (sourced from Southampton-based Todd Merrill Studio) was the inspiration behind Melanie Roy’s vision for the double-height entry, which she describes as a “celebration of nature and rebirth.” A predominantly neutral palette is punctuated by a vibrant Erik Skoldberg–painted surfboard and Samantha Sandbrook’s powder-coated steel and acrylic disks dotting the stairwell wall.
BRENDAN FLANIGAN INTERIORS GREAT ROOM
Brendan Flanigan envisioned a great room that can accommodate a variety of uses, from cocktail parties to movie nights to a work-from-home setup. A low-slung sectional upholstered in an oxblood cotton velvet and an Industry West curved settee in a navy velvet are “coolly juxtaposed against white whites and darker furnishings” elsewhere in the room, the designer says. “It’s a multifunctional space that allows for effortless living.”
The Goods (opposite) The entry foyer’s area rug is from Stark Carpet and the stair runner is from the Carpetman. (this page) Darius Yektai’s Deia hangs above a Caesarstone-clad fireplace in the great room, which also features seating pieces from Industry West. See Resources.
CHRISTINA NIELSEN DESIGN DEN
Christina Nielsen transformed the den into a library/drinks room that’s “fun and brightly colored, in keeping with the Hamptons’ summery aesthetic.” Meant to feel comfortable and lived-in, the space features more than a dozen sculptures, paintings, and drawings from different periods. Additional highlights include a Garouste & Bonetti–designed sofa and chairs with branchshaped legs in coral cast-resin, plus a ceiling and walls painted Sherwin-Williams’ Knockout Orange in a high-gloss finish.
In this cheery, welcoming open kitchen, Gary Ciuffo aimed for a “timeless and contemporary space with a bit of glam,” pairing highgloss white cabinetry with polished nickel hardware from Top Knobs and Statuario Nuvo countertops from Caesarstone. The nine-footlong island not only features a Kohler Prolific sink, but also a remote-controlled pop-up morning bar with a coffee maker and mugs.
STUDIO FRAZAR DINING ROOM
When devising her scheme for the dining room, Lisa Frazar applied the same “real world” practicality she has adopted in her own home, keeping the yellowunderpainted glass-topped table by Joaquim Tenreiro free of ornate china so that it can be used for both work and play. “This is a modern dining room where kids can do homework or adults can sit and read,” she says. The space also features acrylic on canvas paintings by Kikuo Saito and a Stilnovo chandelier.
The Goods (opposite top left and right) The den’s sofa and chairs are upholstered in Moorea and the rug pattern is Jazz, both designs from Pierre Frey. (opposite bottom) In the kitchen, a Currey & Company pendant light hangs above
a Caesarstone waterfall island. The appliances are Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. (this page) The dining room is punctuated by a graphic Swedish area rug from Doris Leslie Blau and Kikuo Saito’s Sea Sheperd 2. See Resources.
TRANSITIONAL DESIGNS LIVING ROOM
For his “Dorothy Draper–inspired” living room with a “Palm Beach flair,” designer Javier Fernandez chose a sensuous wood veneer from Phillip Jeffries for the walls, which serves as a neutral backdrop for bold design gestures such as a curvy vintage settee, a mounted zebra head, burnished-brass Kelly Wearstler Avant sconces for Visual Comfort, and Sherwin-Williams’ Arugula in high gloss on the ceiling.
The Goods The living room (opposite and this page above) is furnished with a Lucite coffee table from Baltimore Design Center, an étagère from StudioBelle, and floor lamps and bergères from Old Town Crossing. Illuminated by Suzanne Kasler’s Soleil semi-flush ceiling fixture, the powder room (near left) also includes an Adelasia mirror from Uttermost, Michelle Nussbaumer for Addison Weeks vanity knobs, and a Caesarstone vanity top. See Resources.
Eryn Oruncak channeled “romantic glamour” for her powder room, which features glossy black walls, black wall tile with gold splatter from the Tile Shop, and a floating black Kohler vanity. Thomas O’Brien’s Albertine sconces for Circa Lighting and Oruncak’s own artwork add another layer of sophistication.
MABLEY HANDLER INTERIOR DESIGN WITH SERENA & LILY JUNIOR MASTER BEDROOM
Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler partnered with Serena & Lily to conceive a bedroom that “belongs in a beach bungalow in Amagansett,” Mabley says. To achieve what Handler describes as a “bohemian vibe,” the couple selected the brand’s palm-leaf Granada wallpaper, a pair of Venice rattan chairs, and a raffiaaccented Mercer dresser, among other furnishings. “We wanted to put a smile on people’s faces,” adds Mabley, “with a space that’s relaxed and uplifting.”
The Goods In the junior master bedroom (above), the window treatments are from the Shade Store, the area rug is Serena & Lily’s Turnstone, and the ceiling is painted SherwinWilliams’ Gray Screen. Currey & Company provided the rattan
chandelier and glass table lamps in the breakfast room (opposite top); the custom sisal area rug is from English Country Home. (opposite bottom) Circa Lighting’s Barton sconces flank a Caesarstonetopped vanity from Kohler in the junior master bath. See Resources.
SCOT MEACHAM WOOD DESIGN BREAKFAST ROOM
Scot Meacham Wood strived to create a “warm and cozy” breakfast room that “celebrates hospitality, food, and camaraderie.” Furnishings in the light-filled space include a pair of rope-wrapped console tables from Currey & Company, a dining table constructed from century-old pine boards, and webbed leather chairs from English Country Home. Adding contrast to the room’s bold textures is Meacham Wood’s Elizabeth Botanical fabric, used for the window treatments, pillows, and tablecloth.
JUNIOR MASTER BATH
To create a “warm and comforting” environment in the junior master bath, designer Eryn Oruncak paired Sherwin-Williams’ Starry Night, a subtle lavender shade, on the ceiling with the brand’s Unique Gray on the walls. Dip-dyed teak stools from Serena & Lily and Missoni’s Yari towels add graphic punch.
MASTER BATHROOM GREG MCKENZIE DESIGNS
Showhouse design director Greg McKenzie dreamed up a master bath swathed in blacks, whites, and silvers, from a graphic black-andwhite Thibaut wall covering to the black-andwhite mosaic tile floor. Adding to the mix: a soaking tub and computerized shower, both from Kohler, and a large chaise of McKenzie’s own design. The decorator opted to keep the picture window bare in order to flood the room with light and create a “sense of openness.”
MUDROOM AND LAUNDRY ROOM
GREG MCKENZIE DESIGNS
The “chic mudroom,” says Greg McKenzie, doubles as the house’s “command central,” fitted with an LG washer and dryer from Plesser’s Luxury Appliances and a Kohler faucet and sink, in addition to smart organizational solutions by Ciuffo Cabinetry.
The Goods (above) A vanity top from Caesarstone, along with blackand-white mosaic flooring and shower tiles from the Tile Shop, lend glamour to the master bath. Pops of color come in the form of an area rug from the Rug Company as well as a bench and throw pillows from Old Town Crossing. (near left) The backsplash in the combination mudroom and laundry room is from the Tile Shop, the cabinetry is by Ciuffo Cabinetry, and the countertop is from Caesarstone. See Resources.
ELIZABETH DOW HOME
For a pool-facing stone terrace spanning the length of the house, Elizabeth Dow conceived spaces for dining, lounging, and intimate conversation with furnishings from English Country Home and her own East Hampton store. “Because of COVID-19,” she says, “it’s all about being outdoors. Everyone is spending more time entertaining family and friends outside and enjoying what the Hamptons has to offer.”
The Goods The rear terrace features Oasiq’s Riad sectional and YLand club chairs, a Stark Carpet area rug, lighting from Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, and dining chairs from English Country Home. See Resources.
A fashionable lair on the Upper East Side is as streamlined as it is chic
Sleek Retreat BY KELLY VELOCCI PHOTOGRAPHS BY COSTAS PICADAS
Harmonic Vision Kes Richardsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother and Child overlooks the open-plan living and dining area, which is furnished with Minotti sofas, a mohair-covered daybed from Room, and a maple slab dining table and TG-10 chairs from BDDW. The chandelier is a Michael Anastassiades design. See Resources.
Contemporary Appeal In the living area (opposite), Craft Associates Furniture Wool chairs, covered in a Holland & Sherry bouclé, have Jacqueline de Jong’s Reine de Sable Touched by Pollock as a backdrop. The kitchen (this page)
or anyone who has worked in the fashion biz, an eye for detail, understated sophistication, and visual harmony are de rigueur. So it’s no surprise that fashion-executive-turneddecorator Jessica Gersten’s projects embody couture precision. “Just like putting together an outfit,” says Gersten, who previously worked for Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani, and Kenneth Cole, “designing a room is about balance, and knowing when you’ve found the right mix of components to make it appealing.” Charged with decorating a 3,000-square-foot two-bedroom for a newly engaged couple moving into their first shared apartment, Gersten stuck to her credo. With its creamy white color palette, the living room initially comes off as a study in restraint, but a closer look reveals touches of energy and the unexpected. The cocktail table, for instance, resembles striated stone,
features a Gino Sarfatti– designed Model 2065 pendant above a custom table and Henge’s Strip chairs. The countertop and backsplash are Calacatta marble; the faucet is from Lefroy Brooks. See Resources.
but is actually wood, and black accents—from the Minotti sofa legs to the casement windows—add some ebony to all the ivory. “A polarity exists between the earthy hues and dark tones,” says Gersten. “Used selectively, these juxtapositions can be really special.” The open floor plan also incorporates a formal dining area, where willowy black leather chairs surround a BDDW table, positioned beneath a delicate Michael Anastassiades–designed brass mobile chandelier. “Strong lighting immediately elevates a space,” comments Gersten. “People notice its impact first.” Additionally, a 16-foot-long bleached-oak bookcase, built into an existing wall alcove, runs the length of the living area, with a sliding woven leather screen smartly concealing a television. Shelves feature barware, ceramics, books, and other decorative objects, all meticulously arranged to underscore Gersten’s dark and light color story. “Between designing the unit and choosing the accessories, it took longer to complete than the entire october 2020
apartment!” the designer exclaims. “The bookcase needed to feel married to the space, but because it’s so large, there wasn’t much room for error.” The clients’ master bedroom, meanwhile, is a similarly neutral refuge: The headboard, upholstered in an ivory Ultrasuede, spans the wall, while nightstands wrapped in gray and white goatskin help unify the decor, along with a pair of armchairs from Jean de Merry and an etched-glass teardrop chandelier by Apparatus. Once Gersten finished decorating, she focused her attention on artwork as a “vehicle for color.” Art adviser Vanessa Buia pulled a wide-ranging assortment of pieces from emerging artists to serve as focal points. “I tried to find art that would be flexible enough to move around as the clients’ 72
collection expands,” says Buia, who sourced a black-and-white Matthew Pillsbury triptych for the master bedroom, where Gersten had envisioned a monochromatic piece above the headboard. For the dining area, Buia recommended an oversize abstract oil and acrylic on canvas by Kes Richardson. The work’s vivid paint strokes—yellow, red, and bright pink— virtually pop from the white background. “We looked at a lot of pieces for this spot,” recalls Gersten, “but this one made the most sense. It doesn’t take away from the beautiful chandelier or dining chairs. All the elements of a room, no matter where you live, must communicate with one another. That’s the sign of good decorating.” ✹
Material Goods In the master bedroom (above), Scala Luxury nightstands and Flair Home Collection lamps sit astride a wall-to-wall headboard. In the den (top right), bronze cocktail tables are arranged in front of Poliform’s Bristol sofa. A second bedroom (near right) features a Blu Dot nightstand and walls covered in Kelly Wearstler’s Chroma wallpaper for Groundworks. See Resources.
“A polarity exists between the earthy hues and dark tones. Used selectively, these juxtapositions can be really special” 73
Lofty Ambition (this page) In the upstairs loft, a volcanic rock sculpture from Beall & Bell makes a dramatic backdrop for a Lukas Machnikâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;designed daybed and an 18th-century bench. (opposite) An oil-andink work by Machnik holds court in the living room. See Resources.
BOLD STROKES In Springs, an artistic couple carries on the legacy of the creative spirits that came before them BY LAURA FENTON | PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARILI FORASTIERI
prings, says interior designer and artist Lukas Machnik, “still has a huge artistic presence to this day—you can almost feel it in the air.” Without a doubt, the East Hampton hamlet is universally considered an important nexus of American postwar art in its heyday, but Machnik and his partner, artist Lonney White, have landed on particularly fertile ground. The house they moved into this spring once served as illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg’s art studio (his family still owns the property), and notable neighbors include the Leiber Collection Museum and Gardens, performance artist Laurie Anderson, and the home of the late artist Costantino Nivola, famed for his outdoor sculptures and for its interior murals painted by his friend Le Corbusier. The Chicago-based Machnik and White first came to Springs three years ago and felt an immediate connection to the area. When the lease ended on their first rental, they enlisted the help of their friend Ani Antreasyan, a broker at Halstead, to find them a new place. The couple were traveling out of the country when Antreasyan called about the unique opportunity to rent the Steinberg studio, and the men committed to the space sight unseen. Although the interiors were in need of a refresh, Machnik knew it was nothing that a few days of painting and some minor renovations couldn’t fix. (“Paint changes everything,” he says.) But his plans for a leisurely transformation were thwarted when the coronavirus hit. Machnik
Artistic Refuge The sitting room (opposite top and this page) is furnished with blackened-steel cocktail tables, a 1940s leather chair, a vintage Berber runner, and a Machnikdesigned steel light sculpture beneath the stairs. (opposite bottom) Studies for paintings cover the walls in Machnikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. See Resources.
quickly fast-tracked the couple’s move-in date to get their belongings into the new digs immediately. Stay-at-home orders went into effect the very next day. With White back at their loft in Chicago, their belongings piled high in the unrenovated space, and New York in lockdown, Machnik started to work his magic, painting every surface—walls, floors, cabinets— white or pale gray. The north-facing bedroom beneath the loft got little daylight, so he covered it floor-toceiling in a single shade of deep gray. By contrast, the south-facing master bedroom and its airy ceiling took nicely to strong lashings of black and white. In the farmhousestyle kitchen (it even has a fireplace), Machnik covered some fussy millwork with drywall, added a new sink and 78
faucet, and updated the cabinet hardware. Tucked into a corner of the newly minimal space, an antique hutch discreetly houses an extensive collection of handthrown dishes and exquisite glassware, collected during years of traveling. Once the paint job was done and everything unpacked, Machnik found himself rearranging furniture at night, with White consulting from afar via FaceTime. (He finally arrived real-time in June.) For the pieces they needed, Machnik avoided ordering from showrooms, but rather built them himself in an outbuilding on the property that he uses as a studio. Hence the long, narrow daybed, topped with oversize pillows and a cushion stitched from vintage wool army blankets, that neatly hugs a wall
Peaceful Compositions (above) In the kitchen, Machnik added a new sink and faucet and updated cabinet hardware. (opposite) The dining room is furnished with Machnik’s Monument dining table and bench, made from Japanese ink–stained cedar with a wax finish. See Resources.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lonney and I have balanced ideas together in every home we have lived in. Not that many people share the same visionâ&#x20AC;?
Creative Forces In the master bedroom (opposite), a Japanese ink– stained plywood headboard provides stark contrast to Belgian linen sheets from Matteo. (this page left) The worktable in Machnik’s studio once belonged to the home’s former owner, illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg. (below) Artist Lonney White and designer-artist Lukas Machnik with their Brussels Griffons Lulu and Lala. See Resources.
of the awkwardly shaped sitting room. “Lonney and I have balanced ideas together in every home we have lived in,” says Machnik. “Not that many people share the same aesthetic vision, but the two of us can sketch out an idea, start talking, and have a prototype built by midnight.” Like the Springs art community past and present, Machnik and White are deeply influenced by the area’s natural surroundings, describing their finished space as a more organic version of the streamlined style they have honed in their Chicago loft. “When people hear the word ‘minimalism,’ they think ‘empty room,’” says Machnik. “We’re minimalists, yes, but we’re also collectors.” Indeed, sprouting everywhere from the seemingly spare environs are pieces of art, piles of books, and enchanting antiques. “An object needs to reveal the hand that touched it,” comments White. “We would never want to disguise that.” The combination of handmade and natural beauty has inspired not just the interiors, but the couple’s artwork, too. Machnik, whose career has largely focused on interior and product design, has rekindled his love of painting, principally substantial eight-by-10-foot oils on hand-dyed canvas. And White’s equally impressive, richly provocative works in wax encaustic seem right in step amid the unassuming cocoon the couple have spun. Eventually, the pair hope to call the East End home not just during the summer months, but year-round. “Someday, we’d like a house of our own with a larger studio,” muses Machnik. But for now, Saul Steinberg’s quirky, sweet retreat will do just fine. ✹ 81
Harvest Swoon The perfect fall dessert, apple tarte Tatin is both easy and elegant
CLASSIC APPLE TARTE TATIN ½ 4T ¾ c. ½ 1
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel the apples and cut them into thirds off the core as best you can, then cut out any remaining seeds. Squeeze the lemon half over the pieces and set aside. Have the butter ready by the stove. Add the sugar to a large (12") heavy-bottomed skillet and place over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until sugar begins to liquefy, 2 to 4 minutes. When the sugar melts further and begins to brown, reduce heat slightly and give it one good stir with a whisk to get rid of any clumps, then don’t stir again. Swirl the pan gently and carefully until the sugar is dark amber, 5 to 8 minutes total. Remove from heat, then carefully add the butter pieces and swirl till they melt. Return skillet to the burner, add the apples and scraped vanilla seeds and pod, and cook over medium-high heat, gently stirring and turning the apples until they soften and start to turn translucent at the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Discard vanilla pod. Using tongs, transfer apples rounded side down to a smaller (10") pan with an oven-proof handle. (You can also use a 10" pie plate at this point.) Arrange the apple pieces in a concentric circle around the outside, overlapping them quite a bit and purposely crowding them. Arrange remaining pieces in the center of the ring. Top the apples with the pastry round, trim (if necessary) so that you have about 1" overhang all the way around, and tuck in the edges. Cut a few vents in the center and place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is nicely browned and apples are bubbling around the edges. Run a butter knife around the perimeter to loosen the tarte and let it cool at least 10 minutes, and preferably 30 minutes, until you are ready to serve. (If it has cooled completely, either return it to the oven to warm it up or place it over low heat for a few minutes to melt the caramel again.) To invert, top with a serving plate, grasp the pan and plate tightly together as a unit (wearing oven mitts if the pan is still warm), and flip. Remove the pan. If any apples stick to the pan, just reposition them where they should go on the tarte. Serve warm with crème fraîche, if desired. Serves 8. —Susan Spungen
All In The Wrist While working on the film Julie & Julia, I made this dessert over and over again, perfecting the technique so that it looked exactly the same every time, which is essential on a movie set.
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Page 88: Guild Hall, 631-324-0806, guildhall.org.
Pages 26–28: Piazza Horticultural, piazzahort.com. MADE IN BUSHWICK
Pages 30–31: Erik Bruce, 718-6281091, erikbruce.com.
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Pages 48–55: Architecture, Cicognani Kalla Architect, 212-3084811, cicognanikalla.com. Interior design, Windsor Smith Home, 310476-9603, windsorsmithhome.com. HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
Additional credits not on page: Page 58: Interior design, Melanie Roy Design, 646-858-6321, melanieroydesign.com. Vendors: Alex Roskin, English Country Home, Homenature, Mark Humphrey Gallery, Unlimited Earth Care. Page 59: Interior design, Brendan Flanigan Interiors, 518-424-5790, brendanflanigan.com. Vendors: American Leather, Brass & Burl, Grenning Gallery, The Rug Company. Page 60: Interior design, Christina Nielsen Design, 203-524-4230, christinanielsendesign.com. Vendors: Charlotte Barnes, David Duncan, Diana Delgado, Ralph Pucci International, The Antique and Artisan Gallery. Kitchen design, Ciuffo Cabinetry, 631-586Items pictured but not listed here are from private collections or have no additional details.
Architects & Designers Building (A&D), 150 E. 58th St., NYC, 212-6442766, adbuilding.com Decoration & Design Building (D&D), 979 Third Ave., NYC, 212-759-5408, ddbuilding.com Interior Design Building (IDB), 306 E. 61st St., NYC, theinteriordesign building.com New York Design Center (NYDC), 200 Lexington Ave., NYC, 212-6799500, nydc.com
38 5976, ciuffocabinetry. Vendors: Kohler, The Tile Shop, Top Knobs. Page 61: Interior design, Studio Frazar, 212-941-1537, studiofrazar. com. Vendors: John Salibello, Larsen, R & Company, Ralph Pucci International. Pages 62–63: Interior design, Transitional Designs, 201694-0798, transitionaldesignz.com. Vendors: Fabricut, JED, Pacific Connections, Phillip Jeffries, Visual Comfort. Interior design, Élan Design, 202-422-3796, elan.design. Vendors: Circa Lighting, Eryn Oruncak Fine Art, Palecek. Pages 64–65: Interior design, Mabley Handler Interior Design, 631-726-7300, mableyhandler. com; Serena & Lily, 631-537-5544, serenaandlily.com. Interior design, Scot Meacham Wood Design, 415757-0900, scotmeachamwoodhome. com. Vendors: Replacements, Scot Meacham Wood Home, Sherwin-Williams. Interior design, Élan Design, 202-422-3796, elan. design. Vendors: Addison Weeks, Missoni Home, Selamat, Serena & Lily. Page 66: Interior design, Greg McKenzie Designs, 516-819-1554, gregmckenziedesign.com. Vendors: Circa Lighting, English Country Home, Kohler, Thibaut (master bathroom);
Kohler (mudroom and laundry room). Page 67: Interior design, Elizabeth Dow Home, 631-329-1414, elizabethdow.com. Vendor: Marders. SLEEK RETREAT
Pages 68–73: Interior design, Jessica Gersten Interiors, 646-6421331, jessicagersteninteriors.com. Contractor, The Renovated Home, 212-517-7020, therenovatedhome.com. Art consultant, Vanessa Buia LLC, 646-207-9899, vanessabuiallc.com. Additional credits not on page: Pages 68–69: Daybed fabric, Holly Hunt. Coffee table, May Furniture. Floor lamp, Anna Karlin. Pages 72–73: Master bedroom: Armchairs and bench, Jean de Merry. Chair cushion fabric, de Le Cuona. Pendant light, Apparatus. Artwork, Matthew Pillsbury. Den: Cocktail tables, Ormond Editions. Rug, Woven. Chair, Luteca. Floor lamp, The Future Perfect. Artwork, David Maisel. Wall covering, Phillip Jeffries. BOLD STROKES
Pages 74–81: Interior design, Lukas Machnik Design, 631-604-2423, lukasmachnik.com. Lonney White, lonneywhite.com.
Addison Weeks, addisonweeks.com Alex Roskin (see Todd Merrill Studio) Allied Maker, alliedmaker.com American Leather, americanleather.com Ann-Morris, annmorrislighting.com Anna Karlin, annakarlin.com Apparatus, apparatusstudio.com Avenue Road, avenue-road.com Baltimore Design Center, baltimore designcenter.com BDDW, bddw.com Beall & Bell, beallandbell.com Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, bevolo.com Blu Dot, bludot.com Bocci, bocci.com (see also West | Out East) Boffi, boffi.com Brass & Burl, brassandburl.com Caesarstone, caesarstone.com CB2, cb2.com Charlotte Barnes, charlottebarnes. com Circa Lighting, circalighting.com Ciuffo Cabinetry, ciuffocabinetry.com Craft Associates Furniture, craft associatesfurniture.com Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com Currey & Company, curreyand company.com Darius Yektai, dyektai.com (see also Grenning Gallery) David Duncan, davidduncanantiques. com David Maisel, davidmaisel.com
Pages 38–47: Architecture and interior design, West Chin Architects & Interior Designers, 631-267-3066, wcarchitect.com. Structural engineer, Martos Engineering, 646-543-1940, martosengineering.com. Additional credits not on page: Page 38: Planters, FTF Design Studio. Page 39: Floor lamp, Avenue Road. Page 40: Kitchen: Pendant lights, Allied Maker. Stools, Sol & Luna. Faucets, Fantini. Page 42: Rug, RH. Nightstands, Tod Von Mertens. Table lamp, Timothy Oulton. Glass vessel, Sklo. Pages 44–45: Family room: Floor lamp, Stickbulb. Rug, Limited Edition. Son’s bedroom: Rug, Crate & Barrel. Rooftop: Wire-frame chair, Expormim.
RESOURCES Davide Groppi, davidegroppi.com De Le Cuona (T), D&D, delecuona.com Design Within Reach, dwr.com Diana Delgado, dianadelgadostudio. com Dimoremilano, dimoremilano.com Doris Leslie Blau, dorisleslieblau.com Elizabeth Dow Home, elizabethdow. com English Country Home, ecantiques. com Eryn Oruncak Fine Art, elan.design Expormim, expormim.com (see also West | Out East) Fabricut (T), D&D, fabricut.com Fantini, fantiniusa.com Flair Home Collection, flairhome collection.com FTF Design Studio, ftfdesignstudio. com (see also West | Out East) Gino Sarfatti, mattermatters.com Gray Antiques, grayantiques.com Grenning Gallery, grenninggallery. com Henge, henge07.com Holland & Sherry (T), D&D, holland andsherry.com Holly Hunt (T), D&D, hollyhunt.com Homenature, homenature.com Industry West, industrywest.com Jean de Merry (T), D&D, jeandemerry. com JED, jeddesign.com John Salibello, johnsalibello.com
Kelly Wearstler, kellywearstler.com (see also Kravet) Kes Richardson, kesrichardson.com Kikuo Saito, kikuosaito.com, leslie feely.com Kohler, kohler.com Kravet (T), D&D, kravet.com Lapitec, lapitec.com Larsen, cowtan.com Lefroy Brooks (T), A&D, lefroybrooks usa.com Limited Edition, le.be, lepereinc.com Living Divani, livingdivani.it (see also West | Out East) Lukas Machnik Design, lukas machnik.com Luteca, luteca.com Lyon Béton, us.lyon-beton.com Marders, marders.com Mark Humphrey Gallery, mark humphreygallery.com Matteo, matteola.com Matthew Pillsbury, matthewpillsbury. com May Furniture, mayfurniture.com Michael Anastassiades, michael anastassiades.com (see also The Future Perfect) Minotti, minotti.com Missoni Home, missonihome.com Oasiq, oasiq.com (see also Elizabeth Dow Home) Old Town Crossing, oldtowncrossing. com
Ormond Editions, ormond-editions. com Pacific Connections, pacific connectionsusa.com Palecek, palecek.com Patricia Urquiola, patriciaurquiola.com Phillip Jeffries (T), D&D, phillipjeffries. com Pierre Frey (T), D&D, pierrefrey.com Poliform, poliform.it Porro, porro.com (see also West | Out East) R & Company, r-and-company.com Ralph Pucci International, ralph pucci.com Replacements, replacements.com RH, rh.com Room, roomonline.com Room & Board, roomandboard.com Scala Luxury, scalaluxury.com Scot Meacham Wood Home, scot meachamwoodhome.com Selamat, selamatdesigns.com Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com Shari-Beth Susskind, shari-beth susskind.com Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams. com Sklo, sklo.com (see also West | Out East) Sol & Luna, solxluna.com (see also West | Out East) Stark Carpet (T), D&D, starkcarpet. com
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Stickbulb, stickbulb.com (see also West | Out East) StudioBelle, 516-353-9066 Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, subzerowolf.com Suzanne Kasler (see Circa Lighting) The Antique and Artisan Gallery, theantiqueandartisangallery.com The Carpetman, thecarpetman ofthehamptons.com The Future Perfect, thefutureperfect. com The Rug Company, therugcompany. com The Shade Store, theshadestore. com The Tile Shop, tileshop.com Thibaut (T), D&D, thibautdesign.com Timothy Oulton, timothyoulton.com Tod Von Mertens, todvon.com Todd Merrill Studio, toddmerrill studio.com Top Knobs, topknobs.com Treku, treku.com (see also West | Out East) Unlimited Earth Care, unlimitedearth care.com Uttermost, uttermost.com Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com West | Out East, www.westouteast. com Woodnotes, woodnotes.fi, luminaire. com Woven, woven.is
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Keeping It Real Musician Carlos Lama and Andrea Grover, executive director of East Hampton’s Guild Hall, at their home in Sag Harbor. See Resources.
CARLOS LAMA & ANDREA GROVER Carlos: “On the road trip up from Texas in 2010, we listened to a lot of Hank Williams, Sr., and brought about 3,000 vinyl records with us.” Andrea: “I remember thinking we’d never get used to roads without streetlights. Then we saw a field of fireflies and knew we were not in Houston anymore.” Carlos: “Our new group of artist friends were kind enough to carry me out on my ‘throne’ for sunset cookouts on the beach.” Andrea: “And now, 10 years on, here we are at ‘the Ponderosa,’ our new home in Sag Harbor Village, still playing the music of Hank Williams, Sr. You know, in many ways, creativity thrives in the disabled—Stevie Wonder, Iggy Pop, Vic Chesnutt. Even good ol’ Hank had spina bifida. Each time your ‘throne’ is carried onstage, I think, That’s my man.”
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