By Jean Nayar | June 7, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
With a thoughtfully edited mix of antiques and modern furnishings, Jan and George Rutgers are bringing a fresh European edge to relaxed living in the Hamptons.
Quintessential JANGEORGe look: a sleek oversize sofa paired with modern lighting by Flos and the Finnish brand Finom and items from Maxalto and B&B Italia.
Ever in pursuit of the very finest furnishings and objects, Dutch design duo Jan and George Rutgers can often be found hunting for gorgeous antiques and contemporary pieces in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and France, as well as their native Holland. With their design tastes firmly rooted in Europe, the designers have been crafting interiors for a cosmopolitan global clientele for more than 20 years. And when they settled and set up shop in Sag Harbor five years ago, their rarefied yet restrained point of view was swiftly and warmly welcomed in America, too.
“We fell in love with Sag Harbor right away because it’s a village with a European vibe in an idyllic old setting of Victorian homes where the sun always shines,” says Jan. “So when we opened the doors to JANGEORGe here just before Memorial Day in 2012, we immediately felt at home.” With the couple’s eponymous business offering a showroom full of furnishings curated by the pair from some of the leading European brands, like B&B Italia, Flos, and Maxalto, along with rustic, character-rich antiques, stunning ceramics, and luxurious Belgian linens, it’s hardly surprising that the charming team and their refined mix of home goods would become an instant hit in the village—and throughout the Hamptons.
Always looking for ways to elevate the experience of their clients, the Rutgerses quietly shifted the setup of their studio-showroom-store a few weeks ago by consolidating all three components of their business into an 18th-century three-story house at 17 Madison Street, enabling them to set their presentation apart. “The home is just a beauty,” says Jan. “We love our designs to be uncomplicated—not too thought-out—so the quality comes through and simplicity prevails. It’s amazing to share the things we love in a way that no other store does.” 17 Madison St., Sag Harbor, 899-4848
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC STRIFFLER
June 16, 2017