May 08, 2013 | by Cait Rohan
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March 06, 2013
Thanks to the Madoo Winter Garden Lecture Series, you don’t have to wait until the first day of spring to get inspired about your garden. Starting March 10, The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will showcase three guest speakers with diverse expertise in the gardening world. The brainchild of renowned local artist Robert Dash, this event is a great opportunity to prep for the prime gardening season ahead.
Accomplished writer and award-winning interior designer Charlotte Moss kicks the series off on March 10, drawing from her East Hampton gardens and international travels to explore how greenspaces incorporate nature into our daily lives. If you’re looking to be more eco-conscious this season, stop by March 17 to see Anne Raver, garden columnist for the The New York Times, and discover green practices that are ideal for both you and the environment. Internationally acclaimed photographer, Mick Hales, closes the series on March 25, sharing his insights into what attracts us to different spaces. Hale will use photos from a recent trip to England in his talk.
All lectures begin at noon in the Winter House Studio, and are open to Madoo Conservancy members and the public. The entrance fee for the individual lectures is $30 for guests, and $20 for members. To attend all lectures, the fees range from $45 (members) to $75 (nonmembers). All talks are followed by refreshments, and attendees are invited to take a wintertime walk on the grounds. Email email@example.com to reserve a space. 618 Sagg Main St., Sagaponack, 537-8200
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIETER ESTERSOHN (MOSS); ROB CARDILLO (RAVER); VERT (HALES)
November 26, 2012
“In the past 20 years many homes across America were built to enormous size. But today, even affluent home buyers are rethinking the scale of the megahouse. “It can be seen as wasteful,” says Ian Baldwin, an architect who teaches the history and theory of modern architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. “The new paradigm in consumerism is being a cutting-edge ‘green’ consumer. That’s cool, as well as being responsible.”
A smaller footprint requires smaller furniture. Gary Paul, a New York architect, who heads his own firm, GP Incorporated Design Consulting, but has worked on numerous projects in the Hamptons, admits to “constantly looking for smaller-scale pieces. Smaller-scale furniture saves on materials, which is both ecological and cost effective.” Robert Couturier, the noted New York–based interior designer, whose projects range from Soho lofts to a beach house in Southampton, also points out that “with modern construction, rooms are smaller and you can’t put as many pieces into those spaces.”
Although Gary Friedman, creator and curator of Restoration Hardware, says he never follows trends, he’s the guiding spirit behind what seems to be a particularly well-timed new Big Style Small Spaces Collection at the furniture and design company. The collection, which debuted last spring, evolved so quickly that the company devoted a 156-page standalone sourcebook to it in the fall. As a way of proving the line’s versatility and effect, the brand curated 15 inspired sample interiors—from a Paris pied-à-terre to an East Village loft—with pieces from the collection. “We chose the iconic residences typical to each of those places,” says Friedman.
The key to the collection, according to Friedman, is not only the new proportion, but also, “the ability to place things beautifully in small spaces to create a new drama and excitement.” He says a scouting trip to Paris with his creative team prompted a reassessment of how to design for small areas.
Soon after the trip, Restoration Hardware designers began to fashion furnishings that while scaled down also reflected a reinterpretation of otherwise traditional designs. For example, seating inspired by classic Breuer or Arne Jacobsen chair design may now feature distressed wood and a variety of textures, as well as be of a different scale.
By organizing the line around iconic settings, Friedman seems to be tapping into another trend—the renewed interest, after years of the architectural mishmash of McMansion styles, for structures (often in urban settings) with historic design integrity. Ian Baldwin points out that “With all these interesting spaces people are now occupying, they need different furniture than they once owned. The furnishings are all part of the new ways many people are choosing to live.” 69 Main St., East Hampton, 907-1300
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX FARNUM (FRIEDMAN); COURTESY OF RESTORATION HARDWARE (INTERIORS)
November 19, 2012
Designed for the true artist, First & Company has created an immaculate piece to express true individuality and style—the Voyager camera case ($5,000). Hand-pieced together in California by skilled artisans, the whiskey batido leather is tanned to perfection and carefully hand-finished for a truly unique look. The sturdy pine wood casing is joined with antique brass rivets that enhance the old-world charm. Out East, the Voyager camera case will be available only at Tenet in Southampton. “The Voyager camera case is the perfect gift for the Hamptons man due to its vintage look and luxurious detailing,” says Tenet owner Jesse Warren. “The craftsmanship of the case is incredible, and it’s sure to make a fantastic gift.” Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981
November 16, 2012
After 27 years of home tours in the region, there is still more to see assures Richard Barons, executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “There are so many fascinating people here, so it is unlimited as to what is available,” he says.
This year the Historical Society hosts its cocktail and opening party at Bonic Acres, a fascinating home deeply ingrained in the village’s history. The home was originally built in 1891 for William Wheelock, a doctor who collected antique furnishings from the residents of Main Street, all of which were eventually donated to the Historical Society. In the 1970s, the shingle-style home was renovated by famed architect Robert Stern and has served as an influential work within the new shingle style. Today’s owners are world travelers and their décor, which will be on view at the opening party, features mystifying doors from an Indian temple and an exciting blend of folk art from around the globe.
The Historical Society’s house-tour committee selects homes such as Bonic Acres for the annual fundraiser based on their spectacular architecture as well as their exceptional interiors and gardens. “It’s got to be an interesting house, but it’s also got to be interestingly furnished,” says Barons. A highlight of this year’s tour is this Sayres Path house and hanging gardens, which marries innovative architecture and inspired interiors. Inside the Wainscott home is a celebrated collection of contemporary art, while the unusual Maziar Behrooz–designed modern exterior (SHOWN) is regarded for its sharp, acute angles. “It is a brilliant and striking house,” says Barons.
With the house tour on November 24 and the previous day’s opening party, the Historical Society aims to raise between $100,000 and $150,000.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW CARBONE