July 19, 2013
Fendi Casa’s Intrigo daybed, part of the Fendi Outdoor line, is perfect for alfresco lounging.
Launched in 1989, Fendi Casa first introduced outdoor furnishings two decades later. With one or two new outdoor furniture collections, Fendi Outdoor, debuting each year, the latest incarnation features boxy armchairs and sofas with deep-hued finished frames, complete with cushions rendered in tasteful neutrals.
However, a staple of the brand is the Intrigo daybed, which epitomizes the Italian company’s blend of pleasure and purpose. Curved lines and a selection of handsome hues help raise lounging to an art form, while the Intrigo’s foam-rubber base and sturdy metal frame provide comfort and versatility. Available in indoor and outdoor adaptations, the colors (silver gray, white sand, and golden bronze) and bespoke choices (such as light and heavy rain alternatives as well as an optional installed table) ensure the piece blends seamlessly with your Hamptons décor.
July 17, 2013 | by Barbara Page
Grab inspiration for your own abode from this year's Hampton Designer Showhouse, where over 30 leading interior designers will show their best work in a luxurious 11,000-square-foot estate in Bridgehampton starting this weekend.
A glamorous Gala Preview Party on Saturday, July 20 launches the Showhouse, and benefits the Southampton Hospital. The Showhouse will then be open to the public July 21-September 2. Tickets for the gala and more information on general admission access can be found on hamptondesignershowhouse.com. 990 Brick Kiln Road, Bridgehampton
July 16, 2013
Jemina beach towel ($150), Roberta Roller Rabbit.
The design of Roberta Roller Rabbit’s bright, beckoning Jemina beach towel grew from fascinating origins—“a very old piece of printed fabric I found in an antique fabric shop in Jaipur,” explains designer-boutique owner Roberta Freymann. “It looked nothing like the actual print, but it gave me the idea.” However, the towel’s print is no match for what Freymann names as its real appeal: chic utility. “Clients love that one side is terrycloth and the other is printed cotton, but mostly that they are generously sized. It makes it easy to lounge with your little ones!” 53D Jobs Lane, Southampton, 259-2566
July 15, 2013
C. Wonder’s Happy Elephant plate ($38) brings good karma to any home.
“Beloved across cultures around the world, elephants add good karma to any house,” says Ellie Cullman, cofounder of interior design firm Cullman & Kravis and author of the forthcoming coffee-table tome The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (The Monacelli Press), about C. Wonder’s eye-catching Happy Elephant Plate.
C. Wonder’s SVP of merchandising and production Jon Zeiders was inspired by an eyeopening voyage to India and “the imperial elephants of Rajasthan in Jaipur,” he says. “They are known for their opulent jeweled headdresses and beautiful attire.”
Zeiders—who notes that matching pillows, drink stirrers, and cocktail picks are also in season at C. Wonder’s two Hamptons pop-up locations—recommends using the playful plate as a display-worthy accent for collecting spare change, keys, or jewelry, or as a candy dish. Cullman, meanwhile, suggests the plate “could dress up any coffee table as a dish for nuts. And at a bar, the plate could hold lemons and limes.” 5 Main St., Southampton, 287-2645; 48 Main St., East Hampton, 324-8513
July 12, 2013 | by Mary Giuliani
One of Mary's snactivity suggestions? Let guests invent their own deviled eggs with a Deviled Egg Dirt Bar.
Last weekend, my pal Adrien Broom (amazing photographer by the way. Her work would look A-MAGICAL on your Hamptons wall—plug plug) and I were talking about our favorite ways to eat. She told me that she loves having SNACTIVITIES! "SNACTIVITIES!?" I yelled. "That’s it!" Adrien had found a word that perfectly defines my favorite way to entertain.