Glimpses of a Temporary Installation,
an Art-Infused Townhouse at
Keeps the Sag Harbor, Long Island
You may remember I designed a penthouse suite at Watchase Factory which is a modern, luxury apartment complex in Sag Harbor, Long Island. This historic, former watch factory was converted into a luxurious condominium complex a couple of years ago. The developer did a fantastic job of keeping the integrity of this large property in tact while creating a beautiful enclave of homes. Now, mostly sold and settling in nicely within the community, Watchcase Factory is complete with a state of the art gym, spa, pool, pool house and stunning lobby. I was hired to design the unit within the original industrial factory, penthouse 416, which boasts exposed brick and soaring ceilings. I then added onto the original design laid out by interior designer Steven Gambrel and finished the decoration of the pool house and pool area in time for guests to enjoy Summer 2015.
This summer, my friend interior designer Dale Cohen was asked to curate one of the free-standing newly built townhouses surrounding the property. She quickly set forth utilizing her talent and sources to secure gorgeous furniture, accessories and art for a temporary installation, then organized a series of art roundtable discussions in the space.
Today, I stopped into the one of the series to hear from designer Annie Coggan, who worked with Cohen to collaborate on one of the second floor spaces in the townhouse, a sitting room complete with fireplace and lovely country views. Together, they channeled the rich history of this former whaling town's maritime past by literally infusing works and inspirations into the fabrics, rugs and art. Coggan then wielded her hand work of knitting, stitching and weaving textiles together to create a room that is at once simple and rich, and paying homage to Sag Harbor's historic past. They aptly named the space, the Melville Room after renowned Renaissance era American writer Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Take a look at these designs which evoke a deep love for history while squarely emphasizing old world principles of hand craftsmanship. Please note all the items in the Melville Room, and the entire townhouse are available for sale, and to inquire please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and
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The curtain is a printed silk screen of maritime images Coggan found while researching at the Sag Harbor whaling museum. The Melville Chair is hand embroidered and upholstered, a silk on canvas. This vintage chair frame is $2750.
A quote by Herman Melville is inscribed onto the canvas material, making this a functional rug and a stunning art piece at the same time.
This stitched footstool is hand embroidered then upholstered on a vintage, painted frame.
Coggan created these framed textile art pieces by weaving, knitting and stitching