In my previous 25th Anniversary post, I mentioned that one of my early jobs was Ian Schrager’s beach house in Southampton. Calvin and Kelly Klein saw it, Kelly gave me a call, and I went to meet her in Calvin’s fabulous Joe D’Urso-designed office. The couple had an 1891 shingle mansion in East Hampton on a dead-end road overlooking the ocean and Georgica Pond. Architect Thierry Despont had renovated it for them but they needed help finishing up a number of rooms. Would I be interested in the job? The only hesitation I had was about what to wear when I visited the place. Putting on jeans and cowboy boots, I headed out to the house, where I was let in by a houseman.
I redid their bedroom, using a Federal four-poster bed that they’d bought at the Andy Warhol estate sale in 1988 (I wrote about it here). In the dining room, I added white linen curtains and introduced new white-linen slipcovered chairs. In fact, I had used these chairs before, in both the Schrager beach house and an apartment I’d done for Michael Kors, then just a young, emerging designer. (I’ve continued to do residential and commercial projects for Michael over the years, including this penthouse apartment; currently I’m redoing the 1,500-square-foot planted terrace there.) The chairs were a big hit because they were stylish and very inexpensive, consisting of an $80 basic wood chair from the Door Store on which I put a simple linen slipcover. They appeared in several publications at the time, including HG, W, and Metropolitan Home, though I never got a credit for them!
For the master bedroom in Calvin and Kelly Klein’s East Hampton beach house, Glenn Gissler used a four-poster bed that previously belonged to Andy Warhol.
Calvin Klein, photographed in his East Hampton beach house, sitting on an $80 Door Store chair slipcovered in white linen by Glenn Gissler.
Glenn had previously used the slipcovered Door Store chairs in this apartment for the then-fledgling designer Michael Kors.
Glenn also used the slipcovered chairs in the dining room of hotelier Ian Schrager’s Southampton beach house.