In the town of Southampton, just outside of New York, lies an all-white summer home that belongs to a young city-dwelling family. While it is labelled as a one-season-only home, Hamptons House is in fact their year-round escape, a place they can always disappear to when the city becomes too much. City-dwellers themselves, Workshop/APD were engaged to complete a full-scale renovation, including architecture and interior design. What we see now is an ultra-minimalist monochrome home with a notable curation of furniture pieces and art led by consultant Barbara Cartategui.
The renovation of the existing five-bedroom, six-bathroom house began with breaking through the first-floor living room into the second above, creating a dramatic double-height ceiling and indoor balcony. With generous space and volume to work with, Workshop/APD transformed the first floor into a primary suite, living room, kitchen, dining room, family room, two powder rooms and a mudroom. Moving to the second floor, there are now two kid’s rooms (for the couple’s two young boys), guestrooms, bathrooms and another sitting room with views of the property and a living room below.
Reconditioned posts and beams maintain the home’s structural integrity, while grounding materials – white plaster walls and washed oak floors – occasion a polished ‘recently-renovated’ feel. Houses in this exclusive Southampton neighbourhood are often marked by the same freshly-painted, almost dollhouse-like windows. Workshop/APD have employed this contextual cue throughout the entire home, flooding the home with natural light.
Imparting a “neutral wonderland”; Phantom Hands Easy chairs upholstered in white suede and a coffee table set in off-white Travertine.
Foreground: Thilo Heinzmann, “O.T” (2017); background: Hiroshi Sugimoto, “Tasman Sea, Ngarupupu” (1990). Also pictured: the Cassina 280 Zig Zag chair.
Realising the client’s dream of a “neutral wonderland”, Workshop/APD opted for an entirely white palette, complemented by an exciting line-up of materials, textures and finishes. In addition, Barbara Cartategui has curated an equally exciting line-up of art to tie the interiors together, featuring work from Harmony Korine, Fernando Cuetara and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Barbara speaks very fondly of the home’s owners, one of whom she has known since she was 18 years old. “The process of building this collection was extremely special for me because it was not only an incredible project, it was also my first chance to work with someone who I already considered a close friend.”
Barbara describes them both as “glamorous, sophisticated, true aesthetes and very focused on making every detail count”; so, naturally, the art on their walls needed to reflect that. This was the first time the couple had explored acquiring art as an investment and something that they could enjoy together. “Since the house has a very minimalistic nature, we really focused on finding very exquisite, refined, and special museum-quality pieces,” Barbara adds.
Hamptons House is a portrait of those that live there (even if it is just on weekends) – glamorous and sophisticated down to the last detail.
The landscaping follows suit with the architecture and interior design; white hydrangeas, lavender and lush beach grasses. The property also includes a guest house, as well as an updated pool house and potting shed.