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.
“Blue… Songs are like tattoos…” The Joni Mitchell lyric is hard for me not to replay when I see Blue Carreon, the proprietor of an eponymous brand and new boutique in East Hampton. He is as whimsical and charming as his own name, and his persona is absolutely intertwined with his personal style and design sensibility.
Take a look at some of the fabulous items available in the store (merchandise is always being updated and re-deployed so it is definitely worth dropping in!). ABOVE: Silk velvet ikat pillows make this whimsical daybed even more… whimsical… Did I say whimsical? See more.
It’s an easy confession: I have feelings for you. You are all I need; elegant and unique, sophisticated but simple, fun and not fussy. I can’t get you out of my head and I want to spend every day inhabiting you and attending to your needs. You make me feel lucky, you make me feel comfortable – you take me away from it all and yet I feel at home…
Phew. Glad I got that off my chest. I have a major crush on this Shinnecock Hills, Southampton house – perched high on a ledge above the Shinnecock Bay in the Atterbury association, which is built around remaining structures from the estate of architect and urban planner Grosvenor Atterbury, whose influence helped ease the gilded grandeur of McKim Mead & White‘s hey day toward modernist principles of design and urbanism.
This irresistible house cooly blends design pedigree with all the conveniences and simplicity of waterfront living – it would easily be at home in Malibu. See more…
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is hosting the US Open this week, and the typical bottleneck of traffic near the canal is amplified to hysterical proportions. A pop-up apparel store, a temporary footbridge spanning the highway, satellite parking shuttles, and every variation of sneakers and shorts topped with visors – all out East in hopes of a Bubba Watson sighting!
Golf Legacy. The club was founded in 1891, and was one of the five clubs that founded the USGA, has hosted the US Open five times and is scheduled to host again in 2026.
In da Club. The classic shingle-style clubhouse was designed by famed architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, who also designed many iconic summer residences for New York’s elite here and in Newport, Rhode Island.