It’s summertime on Long Island and the living’s easy, but nothing drives that easy, breezy summer-time fine concept home like trendy and seasonal pieces in décor. Whether it’s a new outdoor patio set, some colorful and artsy additions to brighten up your space or eco-friendly and sustainable furniture, it’s essential to set the relaxed Hamptons vibes for yourself and your summer house guests.
In honor of Hamptons Contemporary, the home design and décor show held at Southampton Elks Fairgrounds June 3-5, Pulse spoke with founder Rick Friedman to get his take on what’s trending in the home this summer.
“Since Hampton-ites live outdoors May through October, I’m seeing a huge push in outdoor entertaining,” observed Friedman. People are investing in state-of-the-art grills, pizza ovens, a luxury outdoor kitchen and cooking systems that compare to top-tier commercial restaurants.
If outdoor entertainment is your gig, Hamptons Contemporary will be featuring a state-of-the-art kitchen from Lynx, presented by the Lynx executive chef Andres Bangond the youngest Michelin rated chef who will demo the outdoor cooking systems. There will also be outdoor kitchen designs from J&M Lifestyles and Brown Jordan.
If you’re going to cook beautifully outside, you’ll need a place to eat outside that’s equally as breathtaking as what you whipped up. “It’s not your mother’s poolside patio any longer! These styles are sleek, European-made, statement-making and uber-trendy,” like these from Royal Botania and Couture Outdoors.
What better way to accompany incredible wall art than with incredible art with an everyday function–to sit on, play on, eat on. Friedman explained that there’s “a move away from the big national brands and a prediction to ‘discover an artisan furniture maker.'” Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art and the three-day show will feature works by designers including David Ebner, Lang Hall, Mark Jupiter, Nico Yektai, and Ricard Townsend, Erickson Aesthetics and Visilek.
Avoid buyer’s remorse by purchasing something that helps out planet Earth (and looks good, too). “There is an emerging trend in sustainable furniture and more than a handful of exhibitors will be showcasing wonderful woodworking pieces…handmade works that are made with sustainable, recycled wood.” Don’t miss out on the eye-catching works by Mark Jupiter.
Much like the artisan-made furniture pieces, rugs are also making a statement this summer. “I am seeing rugs are looking more and more like paintings, including abstract Expressionist works as well as Street Art. Rugs are looking like tapestries, so you are actually walking on art! Whether made in Tibet, India, Afghanistan or Iran, these designs enhance the artistic appeal of a home and complement the art on the walls.”
Literally go on an art walk at Hamptons Contemporary with luxurious prints and cozy feet-pleasers from Tibetano, New England Carpets and Doris Leslie Blau Rugs.
Mirror, Mirror On The…TV?
Watch out for the “mirror that becomes a TV…and a TV that become a mirror!” Check them out and ask loads of questions, or just check your hair, at the Intech and Reflectel booths this upcoming weekend.
To purchase tickets, visit hamptonscontemporary.com/tickets. Pulse, a media sponsor for Hamptons Contemporary, is hosting an exclusive after part on Saturday, June 4. Your VIP invite awaits (use promo code HCVIP).