a Summer getaway + a New addition
This upcoming summer is going to be a monumental one for our company. We’ve decided to grow our physical presence with a new shop and studio, located in Wainscott in the Hamptons.
In the spirit of this exciting news, we are dedicating this month’s travel section entirely to this location. It’s one that we have traveled for many years but continue to come back to for more. Read on for our favorite places in the Hamptons and more details on our upcoming opening!
When I arrived in the Hamptons for the first time, it was not nearly as popular as it is today. At the time, I wondered why is was not more popular! To me, it had everything a person could want, and beauty abounding from every direction. There’s the perfectly blue ocean, the striking light, and the gorgeous simple coloration of the natural juxtaposed against the man-made elements that works so well together! The lush topography and the undeniably spectacular food and wine made me wonder why attendance was low. Well this has changed dramatically in the 90’s, and now the traffic is the worst part about summer in this magical place.
Even with the heavy traffic during the summer months, I keep coming back. My reasons for love at first sight have not changed. It’s a stunningly natural place with a heavy dose of true sophistication.
If you are vacationing in the Hamptons, it’s good to know that the place is completely different June through September because it’s the high season for the regulars and newcomers alike. But the insider note here is it’s also a great place in the autumn. There is less traffic then and the beauty of the summer is still lingering. You can even still swim! Head to the lighthouse, shown above, in Montauk for a view of the eastern-most tip of Long Island. You’ll soak in the last bits summer and have a little more of the place to yourself.
When I spend time in the Hamptons, I always:
- Have coffee at the General Store in the Springs. Sit on the front porch of the place and chat with old and new friends. You’ll meet the beat people by just hanging around.
- Listen to music: The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett is great but during the summer months there are also concerts and theater all around the island.
- As for shopping, I like Ganeaux in Amagansett. Her pieces are simple and interesting without being overdone and she has great handmade jewelry.
- See what’s new at Monc XIII and Jangeorge. Both located in Sag Harbor, are lovely home furnishing + goods store. Monc toting wellness brands like Sun Potion and impeccably merchandised pieces alike. Bloom is of the same vein, and a favorite of many long time Hamptonites.
- Enjoy a dinner at Duryea’s in Montauk on Fort Pond Bay. It is great for a sunset.
- Balsam farm stand has the best pies! Quad berry is my favorite.
- Stop by Iacono Farm for chicken and eggs.
If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, The Palm is a longstanding New York traditional steakhouse, born out of Manhattan. Nick and Toni’s satisfies an easy going middle-ground cuisine that will easily appease a wide range of palettes with the modern Italian menu. And if traveling with children, lunch is fun at the Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton. It’s old diner style with a ice cream soda counter. Find casual fare basics like grilled cheese and milk shakes.
Once well fed, you can sit back and appreciate all the natural beauty and genuine people who live and work on the island. My design style has been influenced by my international travels as well as by my time in the Hamptons. The natural setting is always inspiring and gives me space to clear my head, allowing for more creative design ideas to flow. The light is particularly special here and it enhances the shades and textures found in nature, which I love to bring into my interiors. Grayed out rough tree bark on the sycamores, which line many of the streets in the Hamptons, was fundamental in how my love of texture was born.
Because of this special Hamptons light and its idyllic nature, it has been a haven for many artists over the years, such as the abstract expressionists Motherwell, de Kooning, Pollock and many others. The East Hampton home and studio of Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner is open to the public and an interesting artifact of artistic process. Today, numerous working artists live and work in the Hamptons including one of our favorites, Hiroyuki Hamada, who will be showcasing a piece of his work at our new studio.
With artists abound and serene natural vistas, the Hamptons have all the culture of Manhattan with the ease of a beach getaway. Should you be in town this summer be sure to stop by and say hello. Read on below for more details of our upcoming studio opening this month!
My obsession with interesting ceramics extends from vessels into a number of other areas; sculpture, tile, and earthenware. I am thrilled that handmade tableware is having a bit of a renaissance. The artisans that once made this particular home good a special reflection of your tastes and the occasion have come forth once again with new pieces to rival even some of the best antiques.
1220 Ceramics Studio creates beautifully glazed organic pieces out of their Israel-based studio, with simple color washes and bold brush strokes that lend them an understated modern elegance.
For fabulous flatware we love this “rustic yet refined” set from Oleole. Sold at our new shop, it is truly one of a kind and if cared for properly will be a genuine family heirloom.
on travel and photography
We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Jill Paider, photographer, author and world-traveler extraordinaire. Her foray into photography began when she enrolled into a Photography program at the University of the Arts London as a way to obtain a visa for a job at Canon UK. The rest is history and a lot of hard work.
Now, she is the creator of 13 photo books on subjects ranging from architecture and design, to gastronomy and travel. Her most recent book, Carry-On Only, is a bit more personal, as it started as a diary to document her last decade of travel. It quickly morphed into a larger project with a more expanded audience.
“I wanted to encourage and inspire people to travel – especially solo women, who otherwise may be reluctant to do so on their own.”
As most of her travel is project-oriented, she is sure to look into what’s going on in the destination in terms of architecture, design, and food. “I definitely prefer to visit places I haven’t been to before,” she said. When we asked about her favorite unexpected places she was sure to mention the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the South Island in New Zealand, and the Melanesian Island of Fiji.
Jill says she stays centered with all of her projects through the power of a good journal and daily meditation to stay clear. For the near future, Jill is expanding her fine art publishing business to feature more creatives in architecture, design, travel and gastronomy. She is excited to be launching a travel podcast in July, called Travel in Style. We’re looking forward to hearing it!
travel photography 101
We asked Jill about some of the basics of how to create memorable photos on our travels:
- KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
Bring the camera you are going to use. For most people this is now an iPhone or smartphone. There’s a tendency to overbuy larger cameras. My recommendation is to keep it as simple and light as possible.
- WORK WITH THE LIGHT
Work with natural daylight (diffuse natural light) to the best extent possible. When in low-light environments, enable HDR or flash on your camera.
- CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Move around your subject, take multiple photos, and then edit them down.
- GET IN CLOSE AND LEAVE A TRAIL
Take simple detail shots and also shoot signage along the way, to help you remember where you were.
- ENJOY YOURSELF
Don’t forget to put down the camera and relax and enjoy the experience.
IN the studio
a new beginning
As I say often, it’s a privilege to be welcomed into the homes and lives of my clients, and to travel the world for work. Over the years, I’ve also been enriched by a network of like-minded sources, colleagues and comrades. As our company continues to grow, this sentiment does as well, and it feels only natural to set up a second presence in a place that has become a second home to me.
As for our new barn location, it was conceived as more requests for work on the island have encouraged us to have a permanent set-up in East Hampton. Exclusive to this location, we are intermixing with Monogram to showcase their new cutting edge luxury kitchen appliances. Naturally, our barn houses a modern kitchen outfitted with some of our favorite Monogram pieces, to illuminate their range and versatility within our signature good design! Also unique to our new location, is Lukas Machnik. Lukas is a dear friend and fabulously talented designer and we look forward to him joining out east as a key component of the Hamptons presence.
As for the details of the space, the barn concept is built out as a home with a long farm table situated in the modern kitchen; for collaboration and shared meals alike. Another discerning detail of the space is the wall treatment we chose. Hyde Park Mouldings has plastered the walls of the with a lime washed textural finish which creates the look of an old European manor home. A finish we plan to use often with its “instant interest” affect and are happily representing in our new space. The studio will feature our globally-sourced objects as well as provide a local resource center of fabrics, and rugs in collaboration with Oscar Isberian, as well as stone, plaster finish samples by Hyde Park Moulding, and more! Come visit us at 372 Montauk Highway Wainscott, NY. Learn more at our website and follow along on instagram.
best outdoor Dining
I adore a nice meal on a fresh outdoor patio. Whether it be a rooftop, terrace, palazzo, or atrium nothing feels more like a summer state of mind than dining al fresco. Here are a few outdoor options, wherever you might be this season.
In Chicago, we all know Cindy’s and Soho House are great staple rooftops but perhaps add to your rotation Londonhouse and Cafe Robey for stellar city views with your meal. I also love Piccolo Sogno for a large interior courtyard with Italian summer circa 1998 vibes.
In New York, the saturation of options can cause decision fatigue. We like Gallow Green and Sauvage for more intimate experiences.
In Paris, look no further that Hotel Amour in the 9th, Chez Julien in the 3rd and Le Pavillion Du Lac. The latter is a bit of hike but in the center of a large mythical park, Parc Buttes Chaumont, that will transport you out of the hustle of Paris proper.
In Miami, Cafe Roval is a luscious french restaurant with a patio as large as the interior. Located on the edge of the design district and an up and coming neighborhood, it seems out of place. However, it’s owned by a well-known local restaurateur and once inside you understand why it’s one of the best kept secrets.
London has a brunching culture so there is no shortage of outdoor social points, despite the weather’s games. Our picks are German Gymnasium in Kings Cross, Boulestin in Saint James and The Ivy Chelsea Garden in Chelsea; they are all located in central London for easy transit and day planning.
Italy pretty much invented eating outdoors. From the nonna’s country house deck to a palazzo cafe, finding the right perch is imperative to enjoying the meal properly. In Rome, we like The Corner Rome, and Pierluigi. In Florence, try Lungoarno 23 for a perfect view of Ponte Vecchio and Borgo Antico for specialty pizza.
Any spots we’ve missed? Drop us a note, we’d love to experience your favorite outdoor dining picks!
The idea of a “spirit of the times” especially fits the design of interiors. Everything is made via design and design is constantly being influenced and inspired by the times. Seeing the similarities and connections between cultures (as opposed to focusing on the differences) allows for more fluid execution. For our work, the idea of Zeitgeist in design is more about a feeling or mood than it is about actual items or color palettes, etc.