Artist’s Hamptons Cottage Done Right
If you ask me, everyone should do Duong thing. Just look at Anh Duong‘s East Hampton cottage to see how it’s done right.
Anh is famous for her self-portraiture, and her East Hampton house – once a fisherman’s cottage – is an artful setting for real-life vignettes.
The great Daniel Romualdez – an expert at blending styles and elements to create memorable, livable spaces – was architect on this renovation.
I’m impressed by the subtle but confident use of color here; there are so many Hamptons houses that capitalize on the visual impact of white-on-white, or attentively play with trendy gray and taupe hues… and then there are others that go big, bold, and unrestrained.
But here, in a painterly way that befits Ms. Duong and Mr. Romualdez, there is a pleasant use of color that makes the rooms human. In my experience, it’s harder to pull off than laypeople might think. Most of us are safer in the comfort zone of complete monochromatic neutrality.
If the French-born model-dancer-actress-artiste has a face that is inexplicably familiar, it may have been etched your memory by 1988 Herb Ritts for Gap Inc. campaign. She was also previously married to Barton Hubbard Quillen – whose Prague Kolektiv furniture store was a longtime staple for interior designers and architects, and a Dumbo Brooklyn cornerstone in the “gentrifying” years.