On-screen siren Jennifer Ferrin and her husband, designer Zach Bliss, are the East End’s au-courant couple.
“The Hamptons is where we fell in love,” says actress Jennifer Ferrin, referring to her husband, interior designer Zach Bliss. “When we first met, in 2009, Zach was working on The Surf Lodge. I had never been to Montauk before, so he took me out there. I thought, This is magical.” So magical, in fact, that when the couple married in September 2014, they exchanged their vows at The Crow’s Nest, an inn and restaurant just east of town. “Everything about it is really well curated,” Bliss, ever the designer, notes. “How it interacts with the natural Montauk landscape; it is breathtaking.” And, of course, there’s the cuisine. “The chefs nail the favors of the season,” he says.
Now the couple calls Amagansett home. There, they live in a bayside retreat surrounded by other cottages. That is, of course, when they’re not involved in projects all over the world. Ferrin, who is unmistakable with her fery mane of strawberry-blonde hair, frst enchanted audiences on the soap opera As the World Turns. Today, most recognize her as Abigail Alford on Cinemax’s The Knick, a period drama set in a New York City hospital at the turn of the 20th century. The show, directed by heavyweight Steven Soderbergh, and also starring Clive Owen, returns for its second season this fall.
It seems the only person who can compete with Ferrin’s busy schedule is Bliss. He got his start doing production design for music videos, and he frst came to the Hamptons in 2008 to help renovate The Surf Lodge. “My buddy, designer Rob McKinley, brought me out to project-manage,” Bliss says. “He had only six weeks to turn this ratty motel into this surf-culture hotel. We did it—full tilt, all hands on deck.” By the time the project wrapped, the Hamptons had charmed Bliss entirely. After living in California and Hawaii, “I had never seen the seasons!” he exclaims. Since then, he’s helped to design both private residences as well as restaurant spaces like Swallow East. Back in Manhattan, where the couple also maintains an apartment, Bliss is currently working on residential projects in Chelsea and the East Village.
Both cite the other as a creative fount and look forward to collaborating soon on their most ambitious project to date: fnding and renovating a larger home out East. “All we need is a place with good bones; I don’t care if it has interior walls,” Bliss chuckles. “And that’s what we’re excited to look for, a place that we can make our own,” Ferrin adds. “That’s going to be really fun.”