Hamptons Modern: Contemporary Living on the East EndDavid Sokol

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A visual celebration of New York’s legendary summer retreat as the vanguard of residential design today.

There are few places in the United States that have experienced as many waves of American modernism as Long Island’s East End, long known as a haven for the wealthy and glamorous. In Hamptons Modern, author David Sokol explores the latest architectural experiments taking place in New York’s legendary summer retreat.

With contemporary design increasingly favored in the region, the eighteen residences featured here reflect modernism’s spread across both forks (and as far west as Bellport, which has become a cultural gateway to the Hamptons).

Yet perhaps more important, these houses represent a shift away from the image of conspicuously sprawling properties for the elite; these projects return to modernism’s founding principles, shun Instagrammable spectacle, and steward the East End’s increasingly fragile landscape.

These houses interface with the seaside landscape in ways that reference the Hamptons’ rich design history and sensitively highlight Long Island’s famed natural beauty. Some are renovations and additions to houses by famed twentieth-century modernists like Andrew Geller, Charles Gwathmey, and Norman Jaffe, and leading offices such as Bates Masi + Architects, Young Projects, Leroy Street Studio, and Ryall Sheridan Architects represent the contemporary approach to twenty-first century regionalism.

Hamptons Modern presents these and numerous other examples of designforward residences that are responsive to terrain, building vernacular, and cultural legacy.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 279 × 229 mm (11 × 9 in)
  • Pages: 224 pp
  • Illustrations: illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580935944

David Sokol is a New York-based critic specializing in architecture and design, and the author of Hudson Modern: Residential Landscapes (Monacelli, 2018).

He is a contributing editor at Architectural Record and Cultured magazines and the author of several books, including The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book and the series Nordic Architects, and writes regularly for Azure, Dwell, Departures, Surface, and numerous other publications.

Before he turned his primary focus to the built environment, Sokol was managing editor of I.D. magazine.

‘This engaging ode to a design movement’s influence in time and place would be an asset to many libraries — and it’s a pleasure to read.’ – Architectural Record

‘Showcases eighteen residences from some of the most illustrious designers of the prestigious and glamorous summer region, combining well-researched text with photographs which illuminate the region’s respect for artistic modernism, the environment, and history.’ - Whitewall

‘A celebration of timeless design.’ - Interior Design

‘Showcase[s] some of the most magical architecture and design across New York–and look[s] fabulous on the coffee table.’ - Modern Luxury Interiors New York

‘Come for the eye candy and stay for the explorations of site-sensitive building techniques.’- Architect Magazine