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July 15-31, 2007


MEET THE DESIGNER

Alexa Hampton
by Jami Supsic

A DESIGN LEGEND'S DAUGHTER WHO'S MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF

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How would you describe your design sensibility? My design is eclectic. How I decorate on any given project is really determined by two things: my client's style and the style of the house in which I am working. What has been the greatest influence on that sensibility? The largest influence on my design sensibility is all of the houses, museums and sites I have seen throughout my life. What do you enjoy about working in the Hamptons? I consider the Hamptons my home away from home, having had a house there for over 30 years. I love the setting and I love the people. I go there year-round on weekends and I spend time there in the summer. This is our fashion issue; who is your favorite clothing designer and why? I have many favorite clothing designers. A few I love are Oscar de la Renta, the late Bill Blass, YSL and Michael Kors. How has fashion influenced your work? Beautiful textiles in any context can be inspiring. The houses of Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass contain some of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. What do you indulge in? Souvenirs of the Grand Tour. [Image] Do you see any trends in interior design currently? Color is making a reappearance. After a decade of beige, I hear more and more people asking for color. Any trends you shy away from? Anything too trendy should be avoided, as it will date your project. People should keep their decorating personal and reflect their own style, not a trend. You are introducing a new furniture line this fall. What is it like? My furniture collection is comprised of pieces that represent my interest in diverse styles. There are pieces as different as an exaggerated Klismos chair, a proto-Egyptian Revival chair and modern upholstery, to name a few. What is your own home like? My apartment is, as you would imagine, eclectic; however, it has a strong vein of Neoclassicism running through it. My personal color palette over the last 10 years has become very cool-toned. I have found that hot colors such as orange, olive and gold are less successful in my apartment than white, gray, blue and watery green. What is one item with which you could not part? My Charles X white marble mantel.

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