July 6, 2016

Ishka Designs Creates a Chic Hamptons Getaway

The duo behind Ishka designs creates a chic, season-ready Hamptons getaway dressed in elegant neutrals.

by Nicole Haddad interior designer Ishka Designs photographer Niya Bascom


When longtime clients called Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs to design their newly purchased East Hampton home, the duo dove into the fray at the perfect time. The approximately 5,700-square-foot, five-bedroom, midcentury-inspired home was in the final stages of construction, giving Clarke & Bascom the perfect opportunity to input a few finish changes and set the tone. It also gave them a chance to start sourcing heavy traffic-resistant furniture and accessories as the clients wanted the house ready within five months to catch the tail end of the Hamptons' summer rental market.

A BoConcept table is paired with comfortable yet sturdy Bacco chairs by Omar de Biaggio. The linear form of the Vibia chandelier keeps with the visual profile of the dining area while adding a "wow" moment. "It's a very thin fixture," says Bascom, "but it has this great presence from any angle."

"We are very familiar with how they like to live," says Clarke. "They are minimalists. And the design and construction called for modernity which they understood from the get-go." To start, Clarke and Bascom implemented a neutral palette throughout to avoid interfering with the varying colors of the seasons—floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors line the public spaces in the back of the house and offer views of the outdoors. In the formal living room, which sits in the center of the home facing the back yard, casually elegant sofas from Design Within Reach set the mood. An Ishka Designs custom coffee table built by 33 Woodwork, durable vintage wire ottomans, and a modular rug from Flor complete the tailored look. To the left, a modern kitchen with linear subway tiles and Aiko pendants flows into the dining area with a soft palette of woods and an underlying rhythm of black woven through. A dining table from BoConcept appears to morph out of the floor providing a thin visual profile while also forming the base to the chandelier's "wow factor."

The family room has a more laid-back vibe with a comfortable sofa from Poliform, African stools, and metal-and-leather lounge chairs that don't obstruct the views. In the master bedroom, a wing bed lends an elevated elegance to a large-scale room kept in proportion by tall lamps and an oversized, vintage gold-leaf mirror. A cozy intimacy pervades one of the guest bedrooms, where the grain of the wood, a pop of red, and a warm rug steal the show.

While the designers instituted practical designs and fabrics that are easy to maintain, an effortless elegance pervades the space. "We always design with the idea of longevity in mind," says Bascom. And in a true feat of ingenuity and dedication, Clarke notes: "We had it occupiable within three months."

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