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Four Acclaimed Interior Designers Headline 'Landscape Pleasures: Inside/Outside'

Originally Posted: June 03, 2011


The 19th century Sag Harbor home of Steven Gambrel will be featured on the tour. (Courtesy Photo: Parrish Art Museum)

Southampton - Four celebrated interior designers will participate in this year's "Landscape Pleasures: Inside/Outside," the Parrish Art Museum's annual two-day horticulture event and fund-raiser.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and June 12, the program will kick off with a Saturday morning symposium, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring talks by Mario Buatta, Alexa Hampton, Charlotte Moss, and William Sofield. On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., four of the most spectacular gardens in the area, all owned by interior designers, will be open to participants for self-guided tours. Designers whose gardens will be featured are Steven Gambrel (Sag Harbor), John Barman and Kelly Graham (Sagaponack), William Sofield and Dennis Anderson (Southampton), and Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper (East Hampton). Co-Chairs for this year's event are Lillian Cohen, Perry Guillot, and Marty McLanahan.

Following a continental breakfast, the symposium will begin at 9 a.m. with a talk by Alexa Hampton entitled "Organic Inspirations." Hampton will discuss how garden and landscape are reflected in her design approach to certain rooms, and will share a selection of choice projects where she worked on the interior design and collaborated on the landscape design. Hampton is President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC, the design firm founded by her late father in 1976. Her work is classic, traditional, and eclectic and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Herald Tribune to Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, Elle Décor, House and Garden, W, and Vogue. She has been named one of America's Best 100 Designers by House Beautiful every year since 1999. Hampton is the author of "The Language of Interior Design," a design biography and guide to her signature style.

William Sofield will take the stage at 10 a.m. with a presentation titled "Of Leaves and Landscapes - Planning for the Past." "Architecture and landscape at their very best appear effortless and inevitable," according to Sofield. "A job well done is for me always evidenced by a certain sense of anonymity, authorship recedes and the lines between interior and exterior, constructed and natural are blurred. I hope to explore the decision-making process in constructing a garden, and how much of the landscape surrounding a building appears to be controlled." Sofield takes a holistic approach to design that addresses the requirements of living and where luxury emanates from fidelity to craft. Early in his career he spent three years apprenticing with an Italian woodworker on the Upper East Side, and his furniture and product design are imbued with a sophisticated respect for materials and function. Sofield received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design in 2010.

Charlotte Moss will present "A Garden Scrapbook...journeys, memories, and revelations" at 11:15 a.m. From the floral print in the living room and the embroidered linens on the bed, to the china on the dining room table, garden influences have surfaced in all of the products and objects Moss has designed. Whether visiting gardens, reading about them, photographing and documenting them, or working in her own garden, Moss' garden scrapbook attests to its continual source of inspiration. For Moss, after all, the garden never stops at the front door. During her 25 year career, Moss has designed private residences as well as collections of fabric, furniture, carpet, china, home fragrance, and decorative accessories. Her latest book, "Charlotte Moss Decorates: The Art of Creating Inspired Rooms" was published in March 2011. A contributing editor for Architectural Digest and the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Moss received Elle Decor's Vision Award in December of 2009 and in June 2010 was named to Elle Décor's elite group of "A-List" designers. Traditional Home magazine placed her among the top 20 design icons, and she received the 2010 Timeless Design Award from the Royal Oak Foundation. Moss is also active in community service and philanthropy.

Mario Buatta will conclude the symposium with "Bringing the Outdoors In." Whether you are lucky enough to have garden views from your windows or a view of a brick wall, Buatta will enlighten you by discussing ways to give your interiors the colors of nature's gardens and how interiors, like a garden, are constantly growing. Buatta is an internationally renowned designer known for his unerring sense of detail as well as the selection and quality of his furnishings. He has called his unmistakable style "the undecorated look." His clients have included Henry Ford II, Malcolm Forbes, Barbara Walters, and Billy Joel, to name just a few. Commercial projects have included the executive offices of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center and the redecoration of Blair House, the official White House Guest House in Washington, DC.

A book signing will conclude the symposium on Saturday. Charlotte Moss will sign copies of her new book "Charlotte Moss Decorates: The Art of Creating Inspired Rooms," Alexa Hampton will sign copies of "The Language of Interior Design," and East End landscape and garden designer Jack deLashmet will sign his new book "Hamptons Gardens."

Tickets for 'Landscape Pleasures' are $150 for Parrish members and $200 for nonmembers and include admission to both the symposium and the garden tours. Sponsors, Patrons, and Benefactors at the $350 level and up are also invited to attend a private cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Redcraft, a late 19th-century, red-bricked, Arts-and-Crafts-styled home on Ox Pasture Road in Southampton. The grounds and park plantings of this four-acre property were recently rethought by landscape architect Perry Guillot, including the elaborate walled garden that will be resplendent in early summer bloom. To purchase tickets or for additional information on the event, call the Special Events office at 631-283-2118, ext. 42. Tickets are also available online at .

Garden Tours
 • Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine, Self-Guided

John Barman And Kelly Graham, Sagaponack
John Barman and Kelly Graham have developed a pared-down landscape of sublime tranquility situated on historic Sagg Main Street, within earshot of the Atlantic surf. The hedged garden spaces include an elegant parking court and pool garden, positioned around a rambling shingle cottage with many windows that enjoy stunning views of preserved farmland in every direction.

Steven Gambrel, Sag Harbor
The 19th century Sag Harbor home of Steven Gambrel, located on Upper Sag Harbor Cove, includes a charming guest house and stone barn. Gambrel designed the stone barn in the spirit of a boat storage house and frequently uses it for dinner parties. The main house and guest house were rebuilt during a two-year renovation completed in 2003. The park-like grounds consist of bold groupings of planted boxwood shrubs, plane and locust trees, and gracious stone terraces.

Tony Ingrao And Randy Kemper, East Hampton
Over the past five years, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper have built a truly remarkable landscape of specimen trees and shrubs among a stunning collection of garden follies, situated in the heart of East Hampton village. A walk through the rolling grounds of this four-plus acre site, originally part of the larger Woodhouse property, will make you soon forget everything you ever remembered about pink roses and blue hydrangeas.

William Sofield And Dennis Anderson, Southampton
Balcastle stands as the preeminent example of castellated gothic architecture on the East End, evidence of Southampton's infatuation with the Romantic Movement at the turn of the century. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Irish Gothic home and adjacent gazebo were conceived by local master craftsman and artist Edward Elliston and ultimately completed in 1911. In 2002, architect and interior designer and owner William Sofield embarked on an extensive restoration of the house along with Dennis Anderson, creating grounds and garden rooms of lush abandon, befitting this legendary house.

Landscape Pleasures is made possible, in part, by Lillian and Joel Cohen, Michael Raynes, HSBC Bank USA, Mrs. Mildred C. Brinn, Susan and Alvin Chereskin, Gale and Ira Drukier, Elizabeth and David Granville-Smith, Landscape Details Inc., Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Arthur L. Loeb, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens is the media partner for the event.

The Museum's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


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