A 3rd generation-owned motel-turned-boutique resort within the coronary heart of Montauk, NY reopening Might 2022, Daunt’s Albatross marks the third resort mission for us at House Studios, after we had been approached by proprietor Leo Daunt, who was accustomed to our New York-area hospitality inside design work, together with The Spaniard, a West Village gastropub that includes an early twentieth century-inspired design course.
Leo’s genuine love and fervour for Daunt’s Albatross – its historical past and the land the place he grew up – was instantly evident in our preliminary conversations and totally attracted us to this particular mission. A family-run enterprise since 1977, the story of Daunt’s Albatross is one rooted in a household’s ardour for sharing Montauk’s pure magnificence with guests and locals alike, welcoming them to an area that appears like residence, even when only for a brief keep.
Our intestine renovation of Daunt’s Albatross pays homage to a time when the village of Montauk, nestled within the far finish of East Hampton and affectionately dubbed “the tip of the Earth,” felt like a hidden gem; an uncharted land with unparalleled magnificence; and a secret recognized solely to these keen to make the trek.
That includes an up to date public-facing foyer, landscaped courtyard, and twenty three visitor rooms, the resort, which was redesigned over the course of a 12 months (having acquired its final main renovation in 1982), stays genuine to its origin as a family-friendly lodging situated lower than 100 ft from the ocean.
The design narrative blends idiosyncratic, pure and architectural supplies, reminiscent of knotty pine and flagstone flooring, with a minimal and locally-sourced classic method to furnishings, lighting and decor – as if a the resort had been a distant household residence, first settled by ancestors who introduced solely the necessities after which in the end furnished over time with distinctive heirlooms collected by its future generations.
Our guiding design rules included three overarching themes: the rugged great thing about untouched nature; the collected heat and household historical past; and the comforts of a contemporary sanctuary.
When it got here to the rules of the rugged great thing about untouched nature, we left the stone flooring unadorned because the natural shapes present texture and sample, grounding the area and connecting us to the earth beneath our ft. Heat woods clad the ceilings of the foyer to create softness and luxury. The tile possesses a home made high quality. The colour palette is as refined and diverse because the Montauk cliffs: shades of white, heat grays, browns, pale yellows and ocean blues starting from pale and lightweight to deep and moody.
The collected heat and household historical past theme is mirrored within the attribute of an area constructed over the course of a number of generations, like a family-run mattress and breakfast on an historical Mediterranean island. The furnishings, lighting and decor are handpicked vintage items and distinctive, customized components that prioritize operate, simplicity, and materiality. Layers of artwork and decor – from work of the unique proprietor, Grandma Daunt, to handmade textiles – add a layer of sentimental heat all through the foyer and visitor rooms.
With the aesthetic goal of a contemporary sanctuary, simplicity and approachability in design course gives a visible escape and serene environment. As a substitute of overly stylized visitor rooms, every is stuffed with solely what is crucial – together with totally up to date kitchenettes and salt-air-swept balconies – permitting us to place exact care and a spotlight into every of these components. Guests are inspired to discover the resort’s surrounding nature, the convivial outside amenity areas, and the familial heat of the foyer area, permitting minds to stay relaxed.
With all House Studios tasks, creating an inside is a collaboration with the consumer, bringing our private course of to theirs. In the end, the Albatross represents a contemporary and charming haven the place company can get pleasure from Montauk’s surrounding pure magnificence with a way of consolation and rest that solely an intimate and regionally impressed hospitality expertise can present.
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