Carefully curated interior items that command a space are key in the hottest Hamptons homes.
Make a statement with the Affordances No. 1A and No. 1B tables from Matter in Soho. Artist Jonathan Zawada designed them using three interlocking marble plates.
Great interior designers have no patience for excess: Everything has its place, and wherever the eye falls, art. We asked a clutch of tastemakers to share the objects of desire—from lighting to seating, tables to tubs— that they believe can make a room. Here’s what they said…
Lighting is the unsung hero among design details. “Lighting makes a huge statement and is vitally important,” says Jody Myers-Fierz, founder of the design firm Color Concept Theory (27 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT, 203-826-9874). “It’s also one of the hardest things to pick for a client, because it is a form of art and there are many opinions to what looks best.”
Debra Gildersleeve, interior designer at Renee’s (10095 Main Road, Mattituck, 631- 298-4223) in Mattituck, agrees. That’s why she’s a fan of the Mercana chandelier. “It’s a statement piece that complements any design style,” says Gildersleeve. “It’s beautiful, unique, and functional.”
For Jessica Salsiccia of West Out East (25 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-324-3103), the Extrasoft sofa, which can be arranged to the way a family lives, is a game-changer. No longer does the sofa need to take up an entire wall; it can occupy the whole center of the room instead. “The seats, arms, and backs are completely modular,” says Salsiccia, “so you can rearrange the sofa as you like. The double-sided configuration options open up the living room and create a warm, communal atmosphere.”
Tina Ramchandani, of Tina Ramchandani Creative (70 E. 10th St., New York, 212-321-0037), chooses a piece of furniture that could easily be the focal point of a space. Made with three different types of marble that interlock, the Affordances No. 1A and No. 1B tables are available at Matter (405 Broome St., New York, 212-343-2600) in Soho. “Marble tables are everywhere, but this one is stunning,” she says. “It can be the star of the room or be used to enhance an already luxurious space.”
Focal points matter in the powder room and master bath, too: A sleek white bathroom with an untraditional black tub offers high visual impact. “Inspired by Romanesque architecture, the Warndon tub blends beautifully with traditional and contemporary styles,” says Lea Procter of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery (222 Rte. 109, Farmingdale, 631-391-9506). “The matte black finish and glossy white interior pair together for a modern and sophisticated look that is both masculine and feminine.”
In a world with so much to consume, simplicity is key. These meticulously chosen objects each bring power and focus to a space, allowing the excess to fall away.