Jack Lenor Larsen, the internationally known textile designer, author and collector is the founder of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. He acquired the 16 acres in 1970 and has been shaping and sculpting the property ever since. You enter the property through a drive, lined with giant cryptomerias in the most divine shades of green leading to the visitorsâ€™ entrance. Robert and I were in EH recently on a quick overnight to go to the beach with a detour to this fabulous property.
LongHouse has two areas of focus that has been developed over time and reflects two interests of Mr. Larsen, art and gardens. Its collections represent world cultures and “inspires a creative life”. The art collections of ethnographic works and handcrafts share the spotlight with the best of modern art. There are 60 permanent works in the gardens along with those of visiting artists. You will see glass, ceramics, bronze, and cement by prestigious contemporary artists as Lichtenstein, Bury, Ono, LeWitt, and Rosenthal with Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome watching over it all.
The reflecting pool in a clear blue sky watches over the house and the intimate gardens near the patio as well as Peter’s expansive pond. The water events add an additional layer of serenity to the already magical landscape. It is fun to wander around the property without the site map and simply come upon a gigantic work of art, a beautiful vista or a resting spot with an over scale bench.
East Hampton during the week is quiet (no problem making either hotel or dinner reservations). It is especially enriching if you include a trip to LongHouse and another to the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. And, don’t forget to stop at any one of the farm stands to bring home a taste of fresh picked Long Island produce.
Next week I am taking a bit of an end of summer holiday. I will be back with another edition of THE PERFECT BATH on September 7th.
133 Hands Creek Road East Hampton, NY 11973