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This Book on Homes in the Hamptons is Perfect for Fans of Modernist Design

Get Inspired by Luxury Twentieth-Century Modernist Homes in the elite town of the Hamptons

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By House & Garden South Africa | September 4, 2023 | Architecture

There are few places in the United States that have experienced as many waves of American modernism as Long Island’s East End. With newer residences shifting away from the image of conspicuously sprawling properties reserved for the elite, contemporary architecture is quickly becoming the favoured design language of new homes. Rooting these recent efforts in the deep modernist history of the Hamptons. Hamptons Modern surveys the extraordinary present-day landscape and cultural traditions that have fostered generations of creativity.

Hamptons Modern offers an exclusive invitation into exceptional homes from Bellport to Montauk and Mattituck to Greenport, Hamptons Modern highlights 18 recently completed residences across both forks. They refute the area’s reputation for flash and return to modernism’s founding principles, recasting the region’s age-old respect for history, ecology and artistry in a new light. The projects are organised into three guiding chapters that explore the defining characteristics of Northeast modernism and place local expression in broader context: Stewarding the Past, Extending the Legacy, and Setting New Precedents, each prefaced by a Q&A with a prominent figure in the design world.

Heavily illustrated with interior and exterior images, this book offers readers an exclusive invitation into these exceptional homes. The diverse collection spotlights renovations and additions to houses by famed twentieth-century modernists like Andrew Geller, Charles Gwathmey, and Norman Jaffe, as well as ground-up projects by leading contemporary offices such as Bates Masi + Architects, Young Projects, and Leroy Street Studio.

Opening with a thoughtful introduction by architecture journalist David Sokol that examines the region’s penchant for ambitious design, Hamptons Modern is an ideal book for fans of modernism, arts-oriented armchair travellers, and architecture aficionados alike.

On the US’s east coast, the modern Cohen House in Orient, NY was designed by Ryall Sherdian Architects. Image: supplied