Sagaponack Idea House
The HC&G Idea House included three prominent spaces designed by David Bergman Architect. The annual showhouse, which is sponsored by Hamptons Cottages and Gardens magazine and is a major event in the Hamptons summer season, was eco-themed. As an architecture and interiors firm with an emphasis on sustainable design, Bergman was invited to design the Master Bathroom,
Dressing Room and adjacent Hallway.
Bergman’s goal for the Idea House was to show visitors that green design need not look strange or “different”; that green design has come of age and can be seamlessly integrated into all design, including high end Hamptons homes.
Bergman drew upon his experience with eco materials, energy efficient lighting and his relationships with many other eco furniture designers to develop a suite
of spaces that showed off some of the best of both new and old green designs.
The focus of the Master Bathroom was a dramatic color-changing LED chandelier, designed by Bergman for his Fire & Water lighting company, made of recycled glass pebbles suspended from a salvaged bicycle wheel and hung over a free
standing bathtub. The recycled glass pebbles echoed a free-form inset in the floor running around the bathtub and into the shower. The vanity top had a textured recycled glass top, above which were three of Bergman’s energy-efficient Fire & Water “flipster VIVID” sconces.The walls were faced with a natural clay plaster finish. The window shades were made of alternating colors of recycled polyester.
The Dressing Room was fitted with European closets made of sustainable materials, arranged around a custom hemp and nettle rug designed by Bergman and Lori Greenberg. The rug was on top of a dark walnut-colored cork floor.
Interior windows were inserted into the formerly “land locked” space and designed sheer shades of two overlaid colors of “Ingeo,” a fabric made from corn. In the Hallway between the Master Bathroom and the Dressing Room was another custom eco rug (in Mohair) designed by Bergman and Greenberg. The south wall
had a central panel of wave-like plaster relief tiles that, when lit by LED wallwashers from above, created a dramatic passageway from the main house to the master bedroom.