This year’s Hamptons Designer Showhouse to benefit Southampton Hospital seemed to eschew some of the dourness of recent years in exchange for some blithe hopefulness that a rising tide on the South Fork will raise all the boats in the harbor, whatever their size.
While grays often took over significantly sized rooms such as the living room designed by Skye Kirby and in the muted grayish blues of the master bedroom by Ron Fiore, there was a lot more to excite the eye as the usual conservatism was often thrown over for a more exciting twist.
Joy Tribout fashioned a large bedroom after a kind of hunting lodge that had a tack-room theme with polo accessories and black walls with large graphic pillows, animal print rugs and fabrics, and other rather masculine accouterments.
Tobi Fairley and Landon Shockey took the Chinese staple colors of jade and cinnabar and created a vibrant bedroom of layered patterns and textures, possibly too much by some standards, but just right by others.
Patricia Fisher, who has a second home in East Hampton, brought a minimal aesthetic to a bedroom inspired by water and made her own with bright white-covered, midcentury modern pieces. The walls, enlivened by the paintings of Robert Harms, demonstrated the role that art can have in pulling the visual elements of a room together and serving a thematic whole.
A pool house with a purple ceiling and purple and maize accents throughout designed by Eileen Kathryn Boyd has the jaunty feel appropriate for such a space, a vacation cottage in the backyard.
The ladies game room, designed by Raji Radhakrishnan, made deep brown seem both feminine, mysterious, and sophisticated. Her choices of objects and furniture were unique and discerning, with many items downright covetable in any environment, though they looked at home there.
Another room full of constructive ideas and solutions was the family room designed by Donald Schermerhorn. With layered throw rugs, a “big ass” fan, and free-form-painted pendants of blue on either side of the fireplace and other surprises, his approach was inventive and imminently practical, even as it was presented in high style.
Gideon Mendelson’s upstairs landing, which takes on an airline theme, makes the most of what would otherwise be an awkward space, turning it into another place for residents to congregate for casual television watching or an impromptu family gathering.
Other designers and contributors to the house include Nina Freudenberger, Robert Stilin, Jennifer McGee, Bob Bakes, Katie Ridder, Eddie Lee, Keith Carroll, Meg Braff Elly Poston, Boris Abramovich, Rosemarie Petruzzellis, Carole Reed, Keith Baltimore, Suysel de Pedro Cunningham, Anne Maxwell Foster, Aurelien Gallet, Lisa Hilderbrand, Jeanette Weldon, Eric Schmidt, Mark Fichandler, Brian Brady, Judy Hadlock, and Kerry Delrose.