when people enter pulse HQ, they often comment on our environment—they like the art or appreciate the décor. but the greatest compliment they can offer is that “it’s so homey.” i guess not many offices are that way, but considering how much time we spend in these surrounds, i wanted to make sure it feels as much like home for us as it does for our visitors. inspiration comes from the endless barrage of things pointed at us, but more so from the immediately-present subtle things like the quality of a light bulb, the color of a chair, the pattern of a rug… it is in this spirit we dedicate our annual home design issue.
we’ve collected the stories that can help reface any domain in a decidedly modern way—just in time to act on those last minute projects before the holiday gatherings commence. blinded by the light is a look at what’s trending in home lighting. whereas previous years saw a lot of throwback fixtures (repurposed antique milk jugs or whaling-era nautical themes), the current fashion is towards sculptural pieces that hold their own as both objects d’art and also givers of light. to complement those decorative punctuations, modernist chic is a look at furniture steeped in midcentury modern. we got behind the iconic shapes of this design ethos to discover what makes them timeless and why they work so well with any other style.
strong colors are also defying the trends of previous years. as a yin to the yang of the neutral tones that held the spotlight for so long, go bold or go home reviews a few recent projects by frontrunners in interiors. i’m not talking about an accent wall here or there, either. i’m talking about a black room, non-contrasting trim and extensive wallpapering. the culmination of all of this—although it is absolutely singular in scale and scope—is twin peaks, our look at a thoroughly- hamptons hamptons estate. the 18,000 square foot, $45M master work by john kean is a study in balancing modern with traditional and is without a doubt one-of-a-kind.
october is also a gorgeous month to embrace living on long island. the hamptons international film festival returns for its 23rd year of compelling programming, filmmaker talks, events and star gazing. we checked in with the people who waded through 2,500 submissions to curate the final lineup that will be presented across the east end on columbus day weekend. over on the north fork, grape harvest is in full swing. at time of printing it was a little too early to capture any winemakers’ predictions (or they simply wouldn’t tell), but we were able to get the backstories that inform their processes. vine guys profiles the men behind the bottles coming out of clovis point, raphael, bedell and wölffer vineyards (the last bringing us back to the south fork).
of course our cover story is about home in a very different way. babylon native chris wingert has been kicking his way through the ranks of major league soccer. his career has taken him across the country and earlier this year, he returned to his NY roots to join the inaugural new york city football club. the defender and his team- mates have been “pressing high” and will fight for a playoff spot this month. wingert joined us on the lower west side as the subject of this month’s fashion shoot and shared some of his insights on the game, his new team and coming home.