A chat with Cindy Weil, founder of Wallpaper Collective

July 21, 2010

East Hampton summer resident Cindy Weil started the wildly successful online retailer Wallpaper Collective two years ago when she grew frustrated navigating the quizzical “only-to-trade” sales operation that is standard for most design showrooms. “I loved work by a British designer who was represented by a showroom at the Decoration & Design Building,” Weil remembers, “but I didn’t have an account there, so it was difficult even getting a sample, let alone buying the paper.” She wondered, like many before her, why access to choice wallpapers was limited to decorators and architects. Couldn’t she buy and hang the paper herself? Discerning DIYers, rejoice: from the comfort of your backyard hammock you can surf Weil’s site—which aggregates the hippest wallpapers by designers from all over the world (mostly produced in small batches so you won’t see your paper in the neighbor’s powder room)—and purchase with just a click. (Best of all, no snooty D & D workers!) “All the advantages of a traditional showroom,” adds Weil, “but none of the attitude.”

Herewith, a few of Weil’s East End favorites for summer.

SUE HOSTETLER: What’s the most exciting element behind the concept for Wallpaper Collective?
CINDY WEIL: Regular people will be empowered and inspired to make their own design choices and will now have the ability to get the good stuff. Additionally, it’s arduous and time-consuming going to the showrooms, so I think we’re providing a huge service to designers and architects too, by consolidating hundreds of great designs under one virtual roof.

What’s life like for you in the summer at the beach?
Generally we fly way below the radar out here. David [Weil’s husband, a managing director at Credit Suisse] and I love to cook, have a fairly constant stream of houseguests and take advantage of the beach. The boys [sons Elliott, 9, and Max, 7] and I love to ride our bikes to Atlantic or Two Mile. This summer, with Wallpaper Collective busier than ever, I’ll be finding a breezy spot to curl up with my laptop!

Who is producing clever papers in the Hamptons right now?
A group called Crezana based in Southampton does exquisite hand-embroidered and hand-painted papers, and has a killer client list… like the White House.

How about artists who are creating special pieces for the interior?
Soraida Bedoya
in Bridgehampton is creating the most amazing porcelain pieces. I just lust after them! I also love Helen Gifford’s Urchin lights. They seem indigenous to a beachscape, but you can also see them at Room in Tribeca, where they are magnificent in a modern interior.

Which interior designer are you loving right now?
Jarlathdan
. This firm—it’s a combination of owners’ Jarlath Mellet and Daniel Burns’ names—and their shop have been around Amagansett for years, but they seem to consistently keep an edgy, razor-sharp eye. They obviously have a sense of humor and the windows of the shop are always irresistible.

What is your favorite beach event?
The East Hampton SandCastle Contest on Atlantic Beach in Amagansett.

Suggestion for fun, summery beach wallpaper?
For me, yellow and green scream “summer.” Both are difficult colors to work with, but they can breathe life into a small, windowless space.

If you weren’t running Wallpaper Collective, you would be….
Helicopter-parenting my children.

 

Cindy Weil’s Favorites
ANTIQUES: Roark in East Hampton, Gustavo Olivieri Antiques in Wainscott, Berns Fry LTD in Bridgehampton, La Lampada and Ruby Beets, both in Sag Harbor

GIFTS FOR THE HOME: Turpan (55 Main St., 631-324-2444) in East Hampton and Comerford Hennessy in Bridgehampton. Kim Seybert in East Hampton has everything for your table. Don’t forget Bagley Home (34 Main St., 631-725-3553) in Sag Harbor for the best French soaps!

BOOKS: Sylvester & Co in Sag Harbor and Amagansett, and BookHampton

 

The offering of summer 2010 design events doesn’t disappoint.

July 07, 2010

East End aesthetes, rejoice! The 2010 Hamptons summer schedule for design, architecture and art-related events is chockablock with some of the most exciting exhibitions, fairs, home tours and soirees in the country. Whether your thing is important mid-century furniture, intricate landscape design, world-class art or sculptural sandcastles on the beach, you’ll find it here.

Swimming Pool by Zhang Gong at ArtHamptons

ArtHamptons Opening Gala: Forty-five thousand square feet of art, 80 galleries and celebrities galore—the East End’s answer to Art Basel. (Gala, July 8,6–9 PM; ArtHamptons runs July 9–11; Sayre Park, Bridgehampton)

East Hampton Antiques Show Opening Cocktail Party: Go to see the “Designers Committee”—works by 25 noted interior designers in the Hamptons. (Opening party, July 9, 6–8:30 PM; East Hampton Antiques Show runs July 9–11; Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane, East Hampton)

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Garden Tour: An opportunity to see some of America’s finest private gardens. (July 10, 10 AM)

Southampton Antiques Fair: Find everything from rare collectable home furnishings to kitschy artwork and vintage clothing. (July 11, 9 AM–3 PM; 159 Main St., Southampton)

Westhampton Beach Seventh Annual House and Garden Tour: Showcases important homes with killer views, landscapes and décor in Westhampton and Quogue. Always sells out. (July 16, 11 AM–4 PM; Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach)

Chefs and Champagne Gala: For you foodies—the James Beard Foundation’s 2010 summer gala honors Martha Stewart. (July 25, 5:30 PM; Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack)

Hampton Designer Showhouse

Hampton Designer Showhouse: The granddaddy of East End summer design events benefits Southampton Hospital. (Gala preview July 24, 6:30–8:30 PM; showhouse open Monday–Sunday, July 25–September 5, 11 AM–5 PM; 129 Stoney Hill Road, Sag Harbor)

19th Annual East Hampton SandCastle Contest: A favorite of architecture enthusiasts and sunbathers alike. $10 for groups of up to 6 people. (August 7, 9 AM–4 PM; Atlantic Avenue Beach, Amagansett)

Antiques & Design in the Hamptons: The summer outpost of the Gramercy Park Armory features 50 exhibitors under tents selling rugs, textiles, lighting and French and American antiques. (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 13 through 15: Friday, noon–7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–6 PM; Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM; Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton)

BookHampton author talks: Includes well-known interior designers and architects. Rumor has it that celebrated New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger will speak later this summer. (East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor; 631-324-4939)



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