These Hamptons Design Pop-Ups Are Not to Be Missed
The Invisible Collection, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, McKinley Bungalow, and more mount creative collaborations in artful spaces around the East End
The East End of Long Island has no shortage of remarkable art-filled destinations, from the Parrish Art Museum to the Watermill Center, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to this year’s Galerie House of Art and Design. Plus, there’s the plethora of blue-chip galleries that have opened Hamptons outposts between Southampton and Montauk.
Now, a number of locations are presenting exhibitions that combine thoughtful curations of art with works of collectible design, while other destinations are offering dynamic shopping experiences that cater to connoisseurs of pieces by Wendell Castle, Jack Tworkov, Pierre Yovanovitch, and more.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Carpenters Workshop Gallery installed a dynamic group of design pieces by Vincent Dubourg, Wendell Castle, DRIFT, Mathieu Lehanneur, and others at Christie’s new location on Lily Pond Lane in Southampton. “We are thrilled to join the growing artist community in the Hamptons,” Loïc Gaillard, cofounder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, said in a statement. “In showcasing important works of functional art and collectible design alongside seminal pieces from Christie’s, we hope to contribute to the evolving dialogue and blurred boundaries between art and design.” Open since June, the presentation will be on view through the end of the year.
The Invisible Collection
U.K.’s The Invisible Collection (TIC) unveiled its first-ever brick-and-mortar presence stateside at Phillips in Southampton. Coinciding with the selling exhibition “Abstract by Nature: Paintings from the 1950s to the Present,” the Invisible Collection’s installation features work by Kelly Behun, Charles Zana, Pierre Yovanovitch, Osanna Visconti, and more, which sit in conversation with exuberant artworks by Petra Cortright, Mark Flood, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Hans Hofmann, and others.
“We have been dreaming of exhibiting at the Hamptons for quite some time. It is a special place where living beautifully is ever present and where many of our clients reside,” says Isabelle Dubern-Mallevays, TIC cofounder. “Curating the furniture to complement the art at Phillips has been a wonderful collaboration between Robert Manley at Phillips, TIC cofounder Anna Zaoui, and me. We are proud to present iconic pieces that resonate with the art of the most discerning collectors to underscore design at the highest level.”
Known for his designs at Ruschmeyer’s and The Surf Lodge, Robert McKinley continues to innovate with McKinley Bungalow, his shoppable private guest cottages in Montauk. Following last fall’s debut of Etna, a four-bedroom home within walking distance of the beach, McKinley is opening Edison, the collection’s fourth residential getaway. “With these projects, key to me was capturing the special emotional connection I have with Montauk and creating an escape that was opposite of the trending hospitality spaces you often see in the area,” McKinley tells Galerie. “I’ve found a sense of relaxation here with my family and friends, and I want the Bungalows to provide an escape where people can spend time with each other, make genuine connections, and truly unplug and relax.”
For Edison, a 4,200-square-foot, five-bedroom property, the designer looked to work by Axel Vervoordt and Peter Beard to create an elevated yet laid-back environment—think natural materials with bold strokes of color. Here, McKinley utilized Domingue lime-washed walls and tile from Heath Ceramics, furnishing the interior with custom pieces including a sofa and marble-topped table, while in the kitchen sleek Gaggenau appliances contrast the oiled white oak cabinetry from Reform.
Jeff Lincoln Art & Design
East End tastemakers who value artwork just as much as collectible design now have the ultimate resources for both in adjoining Southampton venues. At the newly launched Patternmill, proprietor Jay Bearden has curated a remarkable trove of furnishings by Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti, and more. While traveling through Europe, he assembled this distinctive array, which provides a dynamic complement to designer Jeff Lincoln’s offerings. “It’s literally like stepping through time,” says Lincoln of the neighboring spaces. “The main gallery is all collectible design and contemporary art, and then Patternmill is all midcentury, important historical pieces.”
In his own gallery, Lincoln has mounted a show of Abstract Expressionist canvases by Jack Tworkov, which are being presented along with works by the Haas Brothers, Johnny Swing, and Rogan Gregory. The exhibition “The Radical Mark, Jack Tworkov and the Advent of Abstract Expressionism, Paintings 1952–63” is on view at Lincoln’s gallery on North Sea Road in Southampton through September 5.
The Colony Palm Beach
Palm Beach’s famed Colony Hotel made a major splash this past spring when it unveiled Kemble Interiors’ remodel of its landmark entry lobby. Now, “the pinkest boutique hotel” in South Florida has transposed its striking custom De Gournay wall covering and many of its other signature design accents into a playful pop-up at Christie’s Southampton. “I had the pleasure of visiting the Colony this winter and ran into so many clients and friends eating lunch at Swifty’s or relaxing in the beautiful lobby,” says Lydia Fenet, Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s, who collaborated with the Colony’s owner, Sarah Wetenhall, on the event. “We encourage everyone to stop by the Christie’s Southampton gallery to enjoy a glass of Out East rosé, take a ride in the signature Colony beach buggy, and spend time looking at fantastic art.” Through Labor Day, visitors can peruse the gallery’s selection of works by Mary Corse, Nicole Eisenman, Alice Neel, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, then unwind in one of the cabana stripe loungers under one of the hotel’s iconic double scalloped umbrellas with a frozen treat from the bespoke ice cream cart.