KDHamptons Design Diary: Betty Wasserman's Bygone Beach Living Room


Summertime in the Hamptons is meant for days at the beach, fun-filled nights out in the town, and events galore, including Holiday House Hamptons, a show house presented by HC&G that benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The highly acclaimed Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&G is open to the public now at 90 Wild Goose Lane. The stunning barn-style estate south of the highway in Water Mill was built by All Seasons Contracting and listed by Sotheby’s International Realty features more than 20 top designers, including Betty Wasserman. KDHamptons takes you on a design tour of Betty’s room below…

“The ‘Bygone Beach’ living room is inspired by a nod to the past, and an excitement about the future,” shares Wasserman. “The Modern Farmhouse lends itself to the sophisticated client who appreciates modern furniture, but who also enjoys a relaxed weekend at the beach entertaining friends and family. The artwork and furnishings in this living room elevate the conversation, while keeping the space warm and inviting.” The room has items from Dennis Miller, Odegard, artists Anne Raymond and Joel Perlman.


The room features a sculpture by the acclaimed Joel Perlman and wall art by Hamptons artist Anne Raymond. Acclaimed Joel Perlman has art in Storm King and Parish. He gives the phrase “industrial revolution” new meaning in his recent metal sculptures, which are forms that revolve in space. “Circular shapes propel forward, like the charging wheels of a runaway locomotive; they spiral upwards, like a twister hitting a scrap yard. We are drawn to admire their surfaces rich with the craftsman’s elbow grease.” Perlman exhibited at the Andre Emmerich Gallery for twenty-five years and is now represented by the Kouros Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., The Storm King Art Center, and The Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Japan.

Anne Raymond paints both large abstract oils on canvas, and is interested in the “evocative power of inferred space and energy beyond the edges of the canvas. Glazes of translucent color and expressive drawing speak of nature and the transitory quality of changing light. Sky, water and motion are recurring themes of inspiration, and her goal as an artist is to create powerful images that invite the viewer to move away from certainty and experience something new…”

The rustic and nature-oriented art adds to the homey yet elegant, beachy-blue serene aesthetic that has been created. This room is nothing short of a summer beach house masterpiece!

All photos by Eric Striffler.

—by Willa O’Connor

More about Betty Wasserman:
Betty Wasserman, one of the best New York interior designers as determined by accomplishments as well as industry and media recognition, launched her design business in 1996 by synthesizing 10 years as a New York based private art dealer with a passion for design and architecture. She is committed to a warm and minimalist approach to her interiors. Known for Loft Spaces and Hamptons beach houses; she became notable in Chelsea for renovating her own loft space, which serves as a showcase and testament to her aesthetic.

Wasserman also designs furniture that is in sync with her modern vision. Many of her award-winning projects utilize her custom furnishings and accessories that feature crisp, linear designs in wood and steel.