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Studio Visit: Ken Miller in East Hampton

Studio Visit: Ken Miller in East Hampton

 

Artist Ken Miller in his East Hampton studio.

Artist Ken Miller’s work is representative – both of its subject matter and of the artist’s own experience and essence. From his studio in East Hampton, Miller creates pieces that are vibrant in color and filled with movement and life – much like the artist himself. A former model, he first came to the Hamptons as a summer houseguest in the ’80s, often staying with people in the fashion industry.  Miller remembers “staying with the creative director of Grey Advertising, and the Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, also a house guest, made pizzas for us the Roman way, while telling us stories about what it was like to star with John Wayne in the 1962 film Hatari, and Kirk Douglas in the 1955 flick the Indian Fighter… I have to say Elsa’s pizzas were the best I ever had to date!”

In 1990, he purchased his own house in East Hampton, entertaining houseguests of his own. In 1993, Miller released a coffee-table book published by Rizzoli entitled The Hamptons: Long Island’s East End. “Its magic here, even on a cloudy day there is drama in our environment and such beauty and peace… but, when the sun comes out it just sparkles. There is nothing like it.” Happily, he and partner Kenneth Roberts Detelich now call Northwest Harbor home. “My studio is here, and it’s one of the happiest and creative spots I know.  It’s my home.”

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Norman Jaffe Designed Home Is Back On The Market With Price Adjustment

Norman Jaffe Designed Home Is Back On The Market With Price Adjustment

A Norman Jaffe designed home is back on the market with a price adjustment. 77 Cross Highway in East Hampton is back on the market, now priced at $6,995,000. Trendsetting design can maximize privacy and natural beauty, and 77 CrossHighway is proof. This Norman Jaffe-designed estate takes advantage of a beautiful setting in a prime location, offering dramatic spaces rich in architectural detail. The core of the home is a double-height entrance hall, which has views to the pool and tiered stone waterworks. Allow the eye to follow the open staircase up toward the skylit atrium above, for a play of air and light worthy of the great James Turrell or Dan Flavin. The entire house was refurbished in 2016, including all systems and fixtures. Formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, and reading nook, sunken living room with massive stone fireplace. Other amenities include Five bedrooms – each with ensuite bath and on its own dedicated level – allowing for an adaptable and autonomous use of space.

Norman Jaffe designed dozens of homes and other structures in the Hamptons, including the synagogue for The Jewish Center of the Hamptons. Miles Jaffe, the son of Norman, is also an architect, a furniture designer, and artist, based in New York City.

 

 

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Architect Tomas Buenaventura

Architect Tomas Buenaventura

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.

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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…)

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Scene and Seen at Art Hamptons

Scene and Seen at Art Hamptons

All is fair in love and . . . art. This year’s ArtHamptons art fair brought dealers from around the country and the world into close contact with artists, collectors, and tourists who couldn’t resist the air-conditioned vault or the chance to see Madonna oogling a Damien Hirst (I said chance).

Danielle Franz, Jay Duncan , and Jessica Bailey of Revive Hamptons.

Friends-giving with Staci Barber, Kristin Creaven, Barbara Lyne, and Lisa Konsker.

TV Personality William “Bill” Boggs III and Lady Jane Rothchild were looking sharp as usual.

Nikos Tsirogiorgis and Hunter Stump are suited to this Pink Panther print-on-paper.

Lizzete Winick and Marie-Claire Gladstone were art trail-blazers.

Pretty in Prints: Kate Lawton in vintage Pucci-style joins Christina Martin in palmy reflection.

Physician/Advocate Dr. Nicole Saphier and husband, neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Saphier.

Andrea Marsans and Rebecca Hossack of Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London and New York.
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Seen at Art Hamptons

Seen at Art Hamptons

Hamptonites take a walk on the wild side; contemporary is hot right now.

ArtHamptons Planning Committee member Margaret Brennan of CBS and husband Yado Yakub.

Someting to think about. Contact for pricing.

Never a dull moment at these things.

Cutest Couple in Class: Leslie and Katerina Feldman.

Bright Young Things: Guy Tudisco and Gayle Tudisco join Jack O’Donnell and Grayce Conklin.

Very Printy: Michele McDonald and Nicole Teitler make a patterned pair.

Marco Candela-Michelus of Lance Lappin in TriBeCa with Gig Shack owner Tracey Gardell.

Charlie’s Angels? Melissa Fischel, Ari Iwahori, and Gabrielle Robertson.

Debra Schneider and friend celebrate showing artist Leroy Parker.

Larry Liddle with floral designer Elizabeth Yastrzemski.

Black and Tan: A friend joins Diane Rocca of Warburg Realty in New York.

Kimberly Zimmerman, Anh Steininger, and Lenore Mahoney.

 

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Artist’s Hamptons Cottage Done Right

Artist’s Hamptons Cottage Done Right

The South Fork of Long Island has long attracted artists of various media; painters, photographers, and sculptors alike praise the light… and used to love the affordability and quiet.

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.

Images via AD.
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