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 10, 2018
When asked to modernise a charming but dilapidated art-deco house in Melbourne, the team at C. Kairouz Architects created an uplifting modern space which sits in delightful contrast with the original building.
October 04, 2018
Miist is a new furniture brand founded by designer Alex Baser featuring sleek, minimalist lines with a dash of design flair, imbuing the products with a sense of refinement and warmth.
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