Lap Lanes and Decks Perfect for Modernist Luxury Environments

Recently, more and more designers and architects have included LAP LANES in their designs as a focal point in outdoor spaces, instead of standard in-ground pools.  The clean, welcoming lines of a single lane pool creates a comfortable, yet modernist environment. With the use of LED lighting and some natural flora, these works of art can truly inspire the guest and resident alike.

Stools and tables made of weather-resistant teak with metal support, designed in the “form follows function” philosophy, allow the space to create a spa-like aura, but these fabulous one-laners will shine no matter what the decor.

Keep your eyes open for more laplanes in the future.  They require less space, are cost-effective, and the use of the design aesthetic is limitless.


Sculptor and Friend Michael Lekakis Remembered

I have great memories of summers in the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island during the 50’s and 60’s as a child.  Both of my parents were involved in the art world.  My dad was an artist of immense talent in his own right (see upcoming story), and mom worked for a renowned contemporary art gallery, The Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York. They both knew people from all areas of the arts.

We summered on Long Island in Southampton.  At the time, the “Hamptons” did not exist as today.  It was majority a close-knit community of artists that I was fortunate enough to know, as many were friends with my parents.

Choreographers, dancers, singers, writers, poets, painters, sculptors all discovered the fabulous enticements of the East End. Everyone became fast friends, and it would not be unusual to play backgammon on the beach with Jerome Robbins in the morning, visit a renowned painter’s studio in the afternoon, and hear a diva sing jazz tunes in our home after dinner in the evening.

We had many parties, some inevitably ended up in big Greek Dance Circles with our many friends, hooting it up till all hours. It was loud and laughter was everywhere. I was the only kid there, but it was great. Often present were Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis (Nic and Murray) both great dancer/choreographers. These were great times filled with the ideas and conversations of iconic artists. I’m so grateful to have known them all.

Among our many friends, were Greek artists George Constant, Theo Hios, and our dear friend, Michael Lekakis.. Michael was a sculptor, painter and poet. I remember him vividly; he would answer the door with a long (usually blue) apron on, with a chisel in his hands. On the floor would always be huge quantities of long curly-cue wood shavings. Inside, minimalist furnishings were overtaken by his fabulous tall wooden sculptures that would guide you in amazement throughout the house. In the yard, were some of his metal sculptures studding the scrub-oak landscape. He was always kind to me.

A great sculptor, and a great dancer, too. CHECK IT OUT. And imagine these fabulous sculptural forms  in your living room.  They were striking.

Discover more Michael Lekakis works at Parrish Art Museum‘s site, and learn more about one of the early sculptural modernist masters. And be sure to post your comments – always welcome.

Discover Modernist Treasures at Longhouse Reserve Easthampton

Large, cobalt blue spears of blown glass greet you when you arrive at the magnificent gardens at LongHouse Reserve in Easthampton, Long Island.  They stand, striking and tall, to draw you into the over 16 acres of sculpture and gardens.

Through the evergreens, a dome by Buckminster Fuller stands, as if an old UFO, nestled among the trees.

The LongHouse property, purchased by Jack Lenor Larsen in 1970, now displays over 60 works of art displayed throughout the meticulous landscape.  Larsen has recently received the Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Innovator Award for his outstanding contribution to design, which follows an impressive career as textile designer, author and collector. LongHouse is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and now is a great time to visit.

As you walk through from one garden area to another, the collection of sculpture is sure to inspire. LongHouse pond reveals wonderfully whimsical treasures, first of which is Dale Chihuly‘s “Blue and Purple Boat”, amazing in it’s color and vivacity.  Jaw-dropping in its beauty, the blue and purple blown glass floats among the water lilies. A wood and concrete bench by Nico Yektai adorns the side of the pond.

Roy Lichtenstein‘s “Endless Drip” sculpture pops up at the entrance to a rectangular pool area, where an upside-down elephant balances from his bronze trunk at the opposite end.

Every turn throughout these gardens reveals new and intriguing works. If you are anywhere near New York City and can make it out to the Hamptons this summer, don’t miss this fabulous collection!