A Modern Farmhouse

DesignerInterior Designer: Betty Wasserman, Architect: Bruce D. Nagel
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

I would like to introduce our recently completed East Hampton project: A Modern Farmhouse. Our clients are an endearing power couple—Jerome Griffith (the CEO of Tumi) and his German wife Elke (an International fashion industry veteran). As five time clients, they came to me last summer, excited to begin working together on their recently purchased home on Rolling Wood Lane in East Hampton. The home gets its title: The Modern Farmhouse, from the original architectural elements saved from a section of the old farmhouse, along with recently built additions that are fully modern, blending the old and new—along with sophisticated finishes, soft palette and welcoming interiors. The Griffiths desired a peaceful modern retreat that would serve as a chic getaway for their multitude of friends and family constantly visiting from abroad. They enjoy entertaining so the house is well versed in allowing for large gatherings—achieving an intimate feel at the same time—through lighting, art work and texture. Although the interiors are over 6,500 sq feet, each space has large expanses of glass inviting a continuous flow through the sophisticated, sunny house into the natural Hamptons and woodsy backdrop. The sleek linear pool hugs the back perimeter and acts as a water feature off the living room, den and dining room. The real excitement of this home is in the celebration of the artists and artisans Betty has curated for the space. The list reads like a who’s who of Hampton’s artists including Storm King sculptor, Joel Perlman’s 10 x 10 foot steel outdoor sculpture, artist Gary Gissler’s psychologically charged commissioned canvas, Soraida Bedoya’s installation of bed hooks pottery hung on a screen, and Helen Bilt and John Wigmore’s illuminating site-specific light sculptures. All the installations are custom made by each artist, and are personally connected to the space. In recognition of their exceptional work, the Griffiths are hosting a dinner to celebrate the collaborative efforts of all artisans, including the curator, Betty Wasserman and furniture maker Chris Lehrecke of Ralph Pucci. Thank you for your consideration,