Hampton Real Escape
One of the living room’s seating areas includes Vicente Wolf’s own Ratchet sofa, an antique Chinese drop-leaf table and Bertoia’s Diamond lounge chair (1950); accents include an inlaid-mother-of-pearl mirror from Syria and a Mapplethorpe photo, on the mantel beside an antique wheel from the Philippines.
Three horizontal bands of mirror (to the right of a console displaying a Belgian architectural model of a steeple) make the living room seem like a porch.
Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs tie the den visually to the owner’s adjacent study, his relaxed and relaxing inner sanctum
The house is new but invokes the old
In the den, with walls covered in a Donghia grass cloth, decorative Asian fragments play against Yankee architecture
The dining room includes a leather-draped round table and two very different styles of dining chair
On a tile floor stained the color of dark wood, designer Vicente Wolf placed an island with a marble top and legs reminiscent of chess pieces. A professional-grade espresso machine nestles in the center of the otherwise-transparent room divider.
Other than the massive Spanish trestle table (made from old wood), everything in the kitchen’s dining area, including glassware purchased at Barneys, is white.
The master bedroom features a custom bed and a Burmese plantation chair. Wolf specified Roman shades as window treatments throughout the house.
A guest room with a refreshing splash of color and a Verner Panton chair
The white-on-white master bathroom
The stair landing, with an 18th-century Portuguese table, a Wolf-designed ottoman and a Parentesi lamp by Achille Castiglioni
In the foyer, Wolf had the builders leave a spot for a sisal rug; sunk into the wooden floor, it looks like an area rug, but it’s flush with the floorboards. To erase the impression created by the house’s traditional exterior, Wolf furnished the foyer with pairs of sleek consoles and steel mirrors of his design. “We made sure what you saw when you walked in was unexpected,” the designer explains.
Wolf updated a classic—the fabric-covered dining table—by draping this round one in leather. For visual interest, Wolf chose subtly contrasting shades of leather from Spinneybeck.
A photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe rests on a windowsill in the allwhite master bathroom. Wolf modeled the bathroom paneling on that of an English library but covered it in bright white paint (Benjamin Moore’s Super White).
Exploring contrasts of thick and thin, Wolf chose muscular wooden legs to support an inch-thick marble island top and Italian barstools that are barely three-dimensional.
In the corner of the living room, Wolf installed mirrors in wide horizontal stripes, a signature design gesture. The spaces between them have a role, too. As Wolf explains, the disconnected mirrors “bring a sense of movement to the space, because as you’re walking by you’re seeing different things.”
Wolf “mitered” the corners of the dining room with mirrors angled 45 degrees. Attached to the mirrors are sconces from VW Home to cast a gentle light that, along with the mirrors and the table drape, helps to soften the room’s hard edges.