Creating a modernist beach house in the South Fork of Long Island is not an easy task. Associated with traditional, shingle houses, the architectural fabric of this region has been a target for progressive architecture since the mid century years. This house, created by Sawyer/Berson architects for interior designer Kelly Behun in Southampton, and featured in Elle Décor, is triumphant.
The low-lung, limestone and glass house, composed of a series of geometric volumes, merges the type of elegant and sophisticated American modernism that Paul Rudolph initiated, with crafted and tribal objects. This dialogue, between minimalism and indigenous crafts (Moroccan, African, handcrafted glass, ceramics, etc) is what I find to expresses the spirit of our time. Production by Cynthia Frank and William Waldron, photography curtsey of Elle Décor.