It’s always nice to dream about getting away. While it often seems the world is dreaming of getting away to the Hamptons, we sometimes (read Fall and Winter) like to dream about following our hearts (and clients and friends and… (ugg) tourists) back to the heart of the urban landscape. This Logan Circle townhouse in Washington, D.C. is a perfect election day fantasy…
Classic metropolitan architectural facade on a corner lot allows for plenty of breathing room, an uncommonly large plot for gardens, and a motorcourt alongside the house (we hear this is a big deal in D.C.).
Michael Kors’ expansive New York City apartment is featured this month in Architectural Digest. Thespace, which is located at The Greenwich Lane, is both luxurious and earthy – clean and simple, yet opulent. It’s the work of Russell Groves of Groves & Co., who took the time to answer a few of my questions about the project.
Your work is on the August cover of Architectural Digest – what fun! How is Michael Kors to work with as a client – don’t hold back!
Michael and his husband Lance Le Pere are amazing clients. We really clicked. All in all, it was a dream! Our working relationship developed very quickly once we started on our initial project six years ago, and it’s continued to be grounded in the fact that we basically had the same aesthetic references, visual and historical. We (our team) have known them (as a couple) better and better over that time period.
When and how did you begin your working relationship with Michael Kors?
We first worked together six years ago on his Long Island house, which was featured in Vogue. We had been interviewed a number of times for retail projects for Michael Kors, but I had never actually met him. Then when we ended up meeting to discuss the house project, I was really pleasantly surprised that he not only knew who I was but really loved my own Springs house, which he had seen published, and appreciated it for its clean and simple but textural aesthetic. Read More.
Emerging talent Tomas Buenaventura, who recently launched Buenaventura designs, answers questions about his international influences and what currently inspires his work in the city and in the Hamptons on projects like the Shutter House…
RC Atlee: How would you say the places you’ve lived have influenced your style?
Tomas Buenaventura: I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but spent the early years of my life in Santiago, Chile, where I studied Architecture. I later relocated to New York City where I began to build my architectural career. I think the breadth of my background and particular elements of the places I have lived have contributed to a sort of simple, elegant international style that runs throughout my work.
Do you think each place has a specific energy?
Absolutely. I’ve been operating Buenaventura Design from a space in the Meatpacking District for the last six months, and I have begun to sync with the rhythm of the neighborhood. Having river views and the Hudson River Greenway as my back yard defnitely helps when creating innovative design. I took the opportunity to work across from the Whitney and ocasionally have meetings at the museum cafe, therefore I’m completely immersed in the energy of the neighborhood. (Continued…)
There is an incredible legacy of modern architecture in the Hamptons; Norman Jaffe, Gwathmey Siegel, Robert Stern, and others have contributed to the landscape of non-traditional homes on the East End. This Amagansett modern home with sweeping views of the ocean and dunes is a product of architect David Ling’s internationally acclaimed eye.
Clean lines and panoramic views make optimum beach living – there is nothing obstructing or interfering with the goal of elegant and simple enjoyment.
The house sits behind a protected dune, which allows a sweeping view beyond compare; there are upper and lower living areas to take advantage of the elevation and also allow for ground level access to the pool area and the beach path across the way. The upper entertaining area, which has decking and seating on both sides, flows into an upstairs master – making it feel like a penthouse overlooking the sea. Read More.