Inhabitable Work of Art East Hampton
In the Hamptons, many great homes are sold by speculative builders, but then there are the homes that are custom built by seasoned designers, which in a handful of rare cases achieve the lofty distinction of an “inhabitable work of art.”
Less than a mile from East Hampton’s Main Street and all the Village charms, this six bedroom, seven bath tour de force of modern minimalist design is highlighted by its arcades, a series of sculptural arches, which reference ancient Greek and Roman architecture, Italian loggias, cloisters, and the surrealist work of 20th century artist Giorgio de Chirico. Rooted in history, the arcades create separation in the home’s public spaces while maintaining an open floor plan and grand proportions of a hallowed space. Walls of glass and oversized windows, not commonly found in “spec builds,” embrace the famed Hamptons light as shafts of sunlight glimmer on the wide plank white oak floors between long, beautiful shadows of the arcades.
Upon entering the home, several signature details of the designer are revealed. Multi-level spaces create intrigue and this theme starts with the sunken Boffi kitchen which features a Venetian Murano glass chandelier by Seguso, shaker cabinet by Poliform, and full tiling to evoke the scullery of a grand estate. Sleek LED strip lighting creates soft, ambient light above the dining room table that seats 14 plus, under the kitchen island, running up the master staircase, and in the hallway. Inspired by London architect John Pawson, shadow gap J bead trim above the baseboard and a dearth of trim exemplifies the precision craftsmanship required for minimalist detail. Pivot hinges on the custom size doors continue the streamlined aesthetic.
Through the arcade, the great room with soaring 15-ft ceiling features a circa 1780 French, hand-carved marble fireplace as a counterpoint to the modern chandelier by London designer Michael Anastassiades. A wall of glass frames the heated, gunite pool lined with Marmara marble and flanked by mahogany decking and an airy cabana with Restoration Hardware gas fireplace. The handsome Farrow and Ball dark grey media room with pocket doors has an en suite bath and French doors to a rear deck. Vintage stacked hall lights, a playful nod to artist Donald Judd, lead to three ground level en suite bedrooms including the children’s room with built in bunks and the junior master overlooking the pool. Clad in marble, the guest bathrooms offer Restoration Hardware vanities in an array of finishes and Flos Glo Ball lights.
An extra wide staircase with a gentle rise leads to the commanding master suite with sunken bedroom featuring motorized blinds and a chandelier by Allegro Vivace for Foscarini, complementing the foyer. An arch through the master dressing room leads to the marble master bath with dual vanities, shower, LED strip lighting, and centerpiece tub by Piero Lissoni for Boffi.
The finished lower level has a voluminous sitting and entertainment space, guest suite, wine room with Liebherr wine refrigerator, and gym. This Energy Star rated home offers solar panels, high-efficiency boiler and water heaters, a generator, Nest thermostats and doorbell with camera, and an electric car charger in the attached two-car garage.
Rare opportunity to own a singularly stylish home that’s so much more than a house.