Midcentury modern design sometimes gets a bum rap as “cold.” While it’s true that too many pieces of metal furniture, understated lines, and spare, bright white walls can make for a less than welcoming environment, decorators who know what they’re doing use color, texture, and natural materials to make a space inviting.
This simply designed house in the schmancy Hamptons village of Sagaponack could feel a bit chilly if filled with indifferent pieces of furniture and artwork. Yet design classics and spirited artworks enliven and warm every room. These include a pea-green Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair, a few Warhol flower prints, Russell Woodard chairs, Panton cone chairs, and a classic Mies sofa. Even the Milton Glaser poster from Bob Dylan’s greatest hits album adds to the lively and comfortable vibe.
Built in 2008 and set on 1.4 acres of rolling green lawns and gardens, the 8,455-square-foot house is priced at $14.5 million. Listing agents are Tim Davis and Thomas P. Davis at Corcoran. The spacious house could easily feel cavernous, but it doesn’t, because all the spaces flow seamlessly into one another. The large entry and generous living area lead into a first floor guest suite and a home office, perfect for the post-coronavirus working environment. The large kitchen, with enormous marble island, incorporates a cozy sitting and eating area. Light pours into the high-ceilinged space thanks to seven over-sized single-pane windows that also provide an expansive view of the leafy surroundings.
Upstairs, the four en-suite bathrooms include the primary suite, with its double open marble shower area that is similar to a European wet room. There is also access to a large terrace and a stairway to the garden and pool area. With two more bedrooms, two more bathrooms, a playroom, a wine room, and a gym, the lower level is made for leisure, guests, and/or staff. All together there are seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus three powder rooms.
It’s possible that the grounds are the most alluring part of this property. The dining terrace, with classic modern chairs, is huge, perfect for summer parties, and covered by a vine-covered pergola. The lush lawn leads to the 18 x 44’ gunite pool, with a pool house boasting its own lounge area bar, and bathroom for après-sun relaxation. Location is great, too, off the beaten path yet close to the town and the beach.
Tax records show owners of this lovely place are finance guy Bob Eide and wife Gwen. Records reveal the art and design savvy couple also own an apartment in Manhattan’s Lenox Hill that is also filled with Eames and Saarinen chairs, as well as an iconic Warhol soup can, and is also for sale, at a bit over $5.6 million.