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September 2009


FEATURES

Boys' Towns
by Sophie Donelson

DIAMOND BARATTA DESIGN LEADS A TOUR THROUGH TWENTY YEARS OF HAMPTONS PROJECTS—FROM FLANDERS TO AMAGANSETT.

THIS MONTH, POINTED LEAF PRESS PUBLISHES All-American: The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, a boisterous, brilliant-hued volume about one of the country's most lauded decorating firms and a personal look at "Bill and Tony," whose business partnership has endured almost 30 years.

Since 1988, the pair has used the Hamptons as a laboratory, testing and perfecting their uncanny style, which finds as much joy in Americana as it does in space-age modern, and whose projects almost always necessitate designing something—rugs, fabric furniture—from scratch. "Our homes are about having fun," says Baratta, whose own cottage was published in the first season of HC&G. "Whatever the home's style—elegant or not," says Diamond, "It's still a beach house, it should be fun."

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1990 Water Mill. Then, it was all about traditional and flowery. This job was shocking. The Baratta-designed Adirondack chairs have French curves. Our first-ever lighthouse lamp. Victorian chairs in shiny white and beadboard, which the world hadn't become obsessed with yet.

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1991 Flanders. Baratta's fishing cottage. It's a very happy place for me. It's thematic, it's about American design. I still have the same furniture, though I've changed the fabrics. The wall of National Geographics was a 2002 HC&G cover.


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1998 – Wainscott (click photo for larger view)

1998 Wainscott. On Georgica Pond. The stairway's newel post is a lighthouse. Custom compass carpet is centered under the cupola. Custom wood wing chairs.



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2003 – Southampton (click photo for larger view)

2003 Southampton. An original shingled estate; owner wanted everything custom: the pink tartan (there's no such thing!), the oversize paisley rug, the hand-woven upholstery, the furniture. The arms of those chairs were designed to be big enough to hold cups and plates.



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2005 – Amagansett (click photo for larger view)

2005 Amagansett. Nantucket in Amagansett, a "feminine nautical"-themed house for two women. Everything in pink and blue. Bows everywhere. The custom gingham wallpaper has ship wheels and anchors.



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2006 Bridgehampton. An incredible home on a polo field. Frank Lloyd Wright meets contemporary. Arts & Crafts headboard has inserts of eight colors of leather.



2008 Sagaponack. Shingle-style spec house for clients who adore contemporary art. (right and below)

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2008 – Sagaponack (click photo for larger view)

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