Nestled among the trees, Athena’s mid-century modern home captures the rustic and refined essence of Amagansett. This is low-key living but with an alluring elegance. She leaned on this relaxed philosophy when designing it to create a seaside reprieve that aligned with the seasonal rhythms and slow pace of the region.
In a bid to soften the sharp and angular lines of the mid-century architectural style, Athena incorporated natural materials that add movement and textural resemblance to the home’s natural backdrop. This instinctive approach to designing interiors also informed the redesign of her outdoor space with Brown Jordan.
Rope became the unlikely catalyst to strike that visual cohesion she craved between the two zones. The iconic detail on the Brown Jordan Walter Lamb and Oscar collections unified the rope ceiling inside. This material study drives home the casual nature of the environment they live in. “There is so much beauty in seeing a utilitarian material being engineered and executed in sophisticated ways,” Athena explains. “This is what drew me to Brown Jordan’s collections. Every angle of these pieces is pure design magic. I love the seamless integration of the two materials but also the contrast of the dark metal set against the paler rope.”
While Athena didn’t intend on choosing rope across both of the Brown Jordan collections, it’s clear she’s consistent across her design philosophy, from indoor to out. “I’m always looking for ways to insert the tactility and texture of natural materials and the rope offers just that—high design but a nod to something utilitarian and relaxed,” she notes. “The combination of the Oscar and Walter Lamb collections also speaks to my love of pairing vintage with more modernist pieces to impose that electric juxtaposition I crave. It’s in these mostly hidden details that reveal themselves over time, where the true beauty of design lies.”