THE 2007 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
June 1, 2007
As design directors of the 2007 HC&G Idea House in Amagansett, Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi of Brady Design are both the glue that holds the project together—and the oil that greases the wheel. "We coordinate all of the designers' ideas, needs and proposals with the developer's needs," Biscardi says. "If a designer says she needs an extra outlet, for example, we need to arrange that. And we make sure that one over-the-top room isn't right next to another." Brady, who studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame and worked at I.M. Pei & Partners before starting Brady Design in 1989, and Biscardi, who was an attorney (with a doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law) before turning to interior design seven years ago, oversee a design team of 17.
Aside from their role as coordinators, Brady and Bisardi have the privilege of designing one of the Idea House's premier spaces—the formal living room. True to the duo's signature style of using soft palettes to create warm spaces, the living room will feature natural cotton and linen upholstery in earthy tones; window treatments of hand-woven reed shades framed by sand-colored raw silk draperies, and a rich array of antiques. Of these, an 11-foot-long, 19th-century French table with a cherry base and pine top will divide the space into two generous seating areas. For lighting, Biscardi says, "We are very big on lamps because they create a warmth in a room that's different from overhead lighting." In addition, Biscardi and Brady found a circa-1880 French six-armed chandelier made of carved, turned and painted wood at Mecox Gardens. "Although it's grand," Biscardi says, "the room is also well-suited to intimate use for those who simply want to read in one of the two 1930s French-style club chairs by the bay window, or warm up in front of the fireplace."