January 30, 2017
Those who wish to maximise exposure to sunlight (or themselves) should check out this spectacular glass pavilion in the Hamptons. The 10,000 square feet, two-floor building is built like a modern skyscraper, with a steel frame and floor-to-ceiling glass windows and not a single supporting pillar inside. Two freestanding staircases lead to the 6 ensuite bedrooms upstairs, radiating off a central void with skylights above. There is even a ramp providing access to a tunnel which leads to an underground lair for 4 cars and more rooms.
What the agent says: "In a class of its own. Designed by Juan A. Figueroa, creative mind behind the highly acclaimed Williamsburg Savings Bank restoration in Brooklyn at 175 Broadway. The steel and glass structure was engineered by Jeff Smilow, structural engineer of NYC's Freedom Tower."
What we love:
The wow factor goes on and on, but we're most impressed with the vast, almost football pitch sized space on the ground floor with unimpeded views of the woods outside. This must be a hell of a party venue.
What we would do:
Zone the ground floor space into multiple living areas and populate with sculptural furniture accordingly. The space can take it!!
The villa in East Hampton village fringe is being marketed by Douglas Elliman. Prices and details correct as at 30 January 2017.
Sleek and sculptural furniture would work marvellously well in this minimalistic space. Start with a statement sofa, such as the Gentry from Moroso, which can be configured into a large L-shaped unit, followed by the spectacular Element table from Desalto, its steel structure neatly echoing the frame of the pavilion. Team that with the Seatshell chair from Frederik Roije, which neatly combines comfort with a slick, sculptural shape.
There are no ceiling lights in the villa, understandable as one wouldn't want to obstruct the view. However we would be very tempted to put in a standout yet unobtrusive suspension light. The I.Rain OLED suspension light from Blackbody matches the high-tech vibe of the space and would look spectacular over the kitchen. Otherwise stick to atmospheric table lights such as the Karl Johann and the Core table lights, both from New Works.
Slick accessories with a metallic edge, such as the There (Push Pin) candleholder from Ghidini 1961 and the Slide serving tray from Finell would look great in this space. Alternatively go for something with a sculptural presence, such as the Heirloom vase from Moustache.
October 02, 2020
Aston Martin - the esteemed marque beloved of James Bond, has teamed up with S3 Architecture to design a country residence which is just to Live and Let Die for. Located in Hudson Valley in upstate New York, Sylvan Rock is a mere 2 hours away from Manhattan but feels like a world away from the metropolis.
June 19, 2019
Ahh - America - the land of big landscapes, big dreams, big successes; and with big houses to match. Case in point is this 6,000 square feet family home set in a 14 acre plot in the bucolic idyll of rural Connecticut.
December 18, 2018
Those who think lofts are all about industrial details and multiple shades of grey should take a long look at the Beldi Loft. Designed by architects Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs, this converted shoe factory is full of unexpected charms.
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