Nico Yektai's furniture pieces are functional works of art.
Author: Dawn Watson
Building a brand-new business can be a daunting proposition, though it’s usually less so with the support of a partner. Even better is when that partner is your sister, as Anna and Emilia DeMauro can attest. Working out of Anna’s art studio on Town Lane in East Hampton, the siblings have joined forces to make one-of-a-kind bags, belts, purses, and accessories from sumptuous imported Italian leather.
After more than a decade in the making, the 43-acre Olde Towne development in the estate section of Southampton Village is ready for its close-up. Originally an agrarian settlement founded in 1640 by New York’s first Puritan settlers, the property is the largest private landholding in the village.
When Sean Avery renovated a 2,800-square-foot, shingle-style farmhouse at 52 Prospect Street in Southampton Village, he endeavored to do more than just slap a new coat of paint on it. The former New York Ranger sought to score some major design points by creating a showplace for transitional architecture, which blends traditional and modern design concepts, such as shingle-style façades with black roofs and black trim.
In a highly unusual development, a 1.8-acre oceanfront estate is possibly going back to the bank. Louise Blouin’s La Dune, at 376 Gin Lane in Southampton, is reportedly on the chopping block for an estimated pre-foreclosure price of $12,454,090. The owner of Louise Blouin Media, the publishing company responsible for Art + Auction and Modern Painters magazines and the art website BlouinArtInfo.com,
A lifelong appreciation of beauty informs all of ceramist Mae Mougin’s work. A former fashion stylist and photographer’s muse, Mougin creates platters, plates, bowls, and decorative-yet-functional objects in her studio alongside Davis Creek in Southampton. “It’s a body of water that’s always in motion,” she says of the natural inspiration that lies just steps from her front door.
The shingle style is by far the overriding architectural vernacular of the Hamptons, and no one executed it better than Francis Fleetwood. With his death in May, the prolific East Hampton–based Fleetwood joins the growing pantheon of notable East End architects, from Grosvenor Atterbury to Norman Jaffe and Charles Gwathmey, who have left their mark on the South Fork.
One of Mark Figueredo’s biggest pet peeves: seeing people break out their cellphone flashlights to read menus in dimly lit restaurants. In an ideal world, restaurant lighting would flatter patrons while allowing them to peruse menus without the help of electronic devices. “The best kind of lighting is the kind you don’t notice,” Figueredo says.
A group of wealthy homeowners on Georgica Pond in East Hampton have had it with potentially toxic blooms in the water and taken matters into their own hands, ponying up $359,000 in the hope of finding a remedy. Billionaire Ron Perelman and his wife, Anna Chapman, and their high-powered neighbors and friends are paying Stony Brook Southampton staff, led by Dr. Christopher Gobler of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, to monitor the pond.