Welcome to So Courant!, deputy editor Sean Santiago’s column spotlighting emerging makers, the newest launches, and the latest design destinations in the world of ELLE DECOR.
STAY: Daunt's Albatross
Oliver Haslegrave, founder and creative director of Home Studios, unveiled the firm's third hotel project this spring: the family-owned Montauk motel-cum-boutique-beach-retreat, Daunt's Albatross. Effectively untouched since 1982, the renovation left no stone unturned—less the flagstone flooring that was retained in the guest rooms for its "organic texture and pattern"—with new lighting from the likes of Cedar & Moss, Gantri and Santa & Cole; drapery from Caroline Z. Hurley and tiles from Heath; and a mix of thoughtfully sourced vintage and custom furnishings. Guests will have plenty of design inspo to take back to Brooklyn (the color choices in particular feel appreciably coastal yet complex enough to work in a city apartment), while the pool and short walk to the waterfront offer guests exactly what they came for.
Over in East Hampton, ELLE DECOR A-list designer Billy Cotton hosted a summer luncheon with Federika Longinotti Buitoni, founder of the e-commerce platform Collecto, to toast his first monograph. The duo collaborated on the table, setting it with elegant bamboo flatware, Limoges porcelain dishes and hand-blown Murano glasses. And while I did just purchase an entire new set of delectably greige plates from Cotton's own sample sale this summer, these Campbell-Rey coupes are calling my name.
SEE: Sotheby's x MASA Galeria
The first collaboration between the Mexico City-based MASA Galeria and Sotheby's, Harmonious Contradiction, sees polished brass or bronze works from eight designers set amongst a selection of post-war and contemporary works, installed at Sotheby's East Hamptons gallery. The showing is concise and covetable—name a better combination—and makes good use of MASA's apparently material-agnostic roster of artists. Among them: Pedro Reyes, Héctor Esrawe, Atelier Van Lieshout and Brian Thoreen, whose practice includes extensive work in rubber. Sotheby's, for their part, curated a heavy-hitting list of 20th-century masters to court the floor works, including Ellsworth Kelly, George Condo and Sam Francis. Every piece is for sale and on view through September 18.
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