Steven Harris Project – Exploring the Greatest Hamptons Beach House


Transformed by Steven Harris and Lucien Rees Roberts, this oceanfront spirited architecture in New York embraces luxurious art and creativity.

Steven Harris

The successful architect founded his architecture studio in 1985 and titled it his name, Steven Harris Architects, an award-winning design firm. Each project the company handles has its distinct personality and aesthetic since the design approach is carefully suited to the client’s program, context, and location. In this case, the designers went with a sophisticated but also fun aura and a functional, comfortable design, perfect for the big client’s family and social lifestyle.

As the design corporation responsible for this project always considers the location of the house they’re working on, this seaside property embodies its coastal panorama.

Located on the extremity of Long Island, New York, this modernist beach house is nestled in a small, quiet town, Bridgehampton. The residence, settled above grassy dunes, is covered in pristine glass and characteristics that display the precise geometries of a modernist design.

Even though the outside of the house has more of a strict look, the interior, thanks to its light and seductive forms, exhales an airy and familiar atmosphere, yet, never degrading its elegance.

Beyond this flow of forms and shapes, what really transformed this house was the artistic furnishings and collections. As Steven Harris intended to create a memorable artful project with a welcoming vibe to everyone that would enjoy the house- this includes the rest of the family and the children’s friends- he opted to use these art objects that the homeowners were so interested in and inspired by to twist the mainly serene habitation into a fun place with colorful artistic details.

Everything present in this house flows in harmony. It has furnishings with creative shapes, as well as with just clean lines. However, the color palette, the art, and even the texture of the rugs are all perfectly balanced, making what could be considered a bold statement piece look like a contemporary ornament that was perfectly made for the room it is in. This was exactly what Steven Harris and Lucien intended to achieve. They desired to fill the spaces with a cozy balance that could host a large crowd and still feel homely when the family is there alone.

The room that can perfectly represent the intelligent use of color and art in this project is undoubtedly the media room. Summer Wheat, the New York artist that assisted in the transformation of this area, was efficiently able to use a bunch of bold hues in just one room and still made it feel rich and intimate. Due to the darker colors on the walls, sofa, and rug, the designers created a perfectly balanced design with the help of Wheat statement work and bold patterns. Another factor that is characteristic of this house structure and helped accomplish this was the windows, which prevented the space from getting too dark.

Once again, the seaside view is highlighted. The large windows, neutral colors, and the use of wooden furnishings definitely emphasize the oceanic vista. It’s also possible to spot the pool pavilion and, eventually, its sculptural roof. This boomerang-shaped pool works as a bond connecting the ocean closer to the house, like the pool was a reflecting pond that acted as a prelude to a large sea view. According to Steven Harris, your eyes skip from the pool to the sea, so it visually collapses the space in between.

Underneath mostly of these house areas, there’s a third level partly hidden in the landscape that assists in elevating the living spaces above. Inside this compartment, Steven Harris and the design team decided to install a basketball court and a gym, with a glass wall that gives access to a hidden yard load with Japanese holly hedges.

As you have seen, this house is overall geometric. Although, the owners wanted the outside landscape to appear gentle. For this reason, the property’s grounds are a mingle of a polished and fierce garden. Despite that, this home is also an artful project, and the outdoors is no exception. The outside area is full of stimulating design details. An abstract grayish mural covers all floor and walls close to the front door. It starts on the exterior and continues down the entrance hall, finishing by the pool.

Apart from the design of this Steven Harris’s project being relaxing, fluid, and familiar, he also tried to associate his design with more meaningful things, like the sunset, for example, that he represented in one of the house’s powder rooms through a beautiful orange patterned stone.

Since we are diving into the bathroom’s design, it’s essential to enhance that this area of the house is often underrated. However, Steven Harris took this as a chance to elevate his design even more, expressing incredible designs in every bathroom. He and his team created a creative design while also representing a modernist contemporary style, boosting serenity.

What a fantastic tour! Now that you have seen this Steven Harris design project get even more inspired for your project by discovering the best tips to use geometric rugs and elevate your project with bold forms, such as this design perfectly did,.

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August 3, 2023

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