December 03, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Roberta Roller Rabbit baubles
Exclusively for the 2012 holidays, Roberta Freymann has adapted her Roberta Roller Rabbit prints and designs to create ornaments, which come in brilliant reds, greens, oranges, and purples, with gold accents. Freymann says the papier-mâché baubles were “all hand-painted and crafted by artisans in India.” Not only do they look great within a variety of tree color schemes—they also make great gifts. “The ornaments are offered in beautiful, hand-painted wooden boxes, completing this fun, one-of-a-kind holiday gift,” she says. “No wrapping necessary!” 21 Main St., East Hampton, 329-5828
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD NORWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
November 26, 2012 | At Home
“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 24, 2012 | Style & Beauty
The teddy bear as we know it has come a long way since being modeled after President Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting legend. Montauk designer Ralph Lauren’s take on the icon is a festive adornment for your cuff and a sophisticated way to add whimsy to a traditional winter ensemble. Combine the Gatsby-like Teddy Bear links ($795) with a collared shirt and white dinner jacket for martinis at the office holiday party, and enjoy a more adult take on a childhood classic. 31-33 Main St., East Hampton, 324-1222
November 22, 2012 | Talk of the Town
A scene from The Nutcracker
Since its inception in 1995, the Seiskaya Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker, produced by Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts, has been hailed as the most extravagant interpretation of the holiday classic on the East End. Enlisting a wealth of international talent, including choreographers, set designers, and costumers, the production, which runs from December 14 through the 17, features monumental set design, embellished wardrobes, and graceful dancers. Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, 632- 2787
November 19, 2012 | East End Eats
Consumer Reports gave Tate’s Bake Shop its highest honors for its chocolate chip cookies, culinary delights that amazingly originated from the Nestlé Toll House cookie recipe. The thinness and crispiness along with its “caramelized, salty flavor makes them addictive,” says Tate’s founder and owner Kathleen King. “There really are no secrets; it’s about quality ingredients, consistency, and integrity.” For fall, the bakeshop also produces pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin tea loaves, and pumpkin pie, while the winter season brings about ginger cookies, Yule logs, pies, cobblers, and more. The Southampton staple also recently reintroduced Crutchley’s donut holes to the region. “These donut holes were a mainstay in the Hamptons until Mr. and Mrs. Crutchley retired in the early 1980s,” explains King. Tate’s bakes the “local treasure” on Wednesdays and Sundays. 43 North Sea Road, Southampton, 283-9830
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SAHN