In the Details | Hybrid in the Hamptons - Design Bureau


That’s not an area rug beneath the 360-degree accessible floating spoon tub in the master suite’s dressing area. It’s an 8 x 24-foot penny tile floor with gold calcutta marble trim. The venetian glass chandelier adds a sophisticated charm while walnut wood flooring brings warmth.


The 12-foot table made from reclaimed wood had to be built inside the cellar because of its sizable length.


As a rule of thumb, architects and interior designers know to keep friends close and good builders closer. EKO Studio has worked on several detailed projects with Long Island-based construction and renovation company Vella Interiors. “With this Residence, we met with EKO at least once a week to ensure that every aspect of the design was achievable,” says owner Michael Vella. “We even built a full scale mock-up of the kitchen, allowing EKO to collaborate on all of the details.”


When designing the playhouse barn, Kim decided on slatted oak trusses and iconic red barn wood planking complete with sliding chalkboard doors and a lofted play area.


In the Details | Hybrid in the Hamptons

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley

Photos by Angie Lee

Brooklyn-based architect and interior designer Eugene Kim knew that his client’s request for a traditional-meetsmodern Eastern Long Island home was unusual. “There is no such thing as a 10,000-square-foot farmhouse,” says Kim. “I wanted it to be a new breed of aesthetic.”

That new breed of aesthetic digs deep into the theme of duality. Kim designed the home’s upper half as a place to relax with family while the lower portion is the spot for entertaining and forgetting the day’s stresses. One of the biggest transformations for the home was the basement. Kim transformed the once unfinished space into a wine cellar complete with a formal sitting room and a grotto, a place to play pool and let loose.

Ultimately, the home’s rich layers, warm wood floors, and clean lines bring an overall sense of balance to the space and create a relaxing environment, regardless of which space you’re enjoying.

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