“Life: Lived in Color,” a tag adopted by the New York-based design firm Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, would be an apt aphorism for this architectural experiment on Shelter Island, distinguished, more than anything, by its audacious color scheme. Aiming to blur “the line that divides art from architecture,” the architectural team has applied the principles and color theories adopted by artistic vanguards—the Cubists, the Impressionists, the Fauvists—towards creating a house less concerned with being an inhabitable home than a visual composition. Which is to say that line, shape, color and form taking precedence over all else.
“The Shelter Island Pavilion gave us an opportunity to bring our influences, inspirations, aspirations and years of architectural design to bear in one place with only ourselves and our budget to define the boundaries. We chose to draw on specific inspirations such as Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, Le Corbusier’s Ronchamps, and Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair.” One can only wonder what those evangelists of exceedingly reductive design would have thought of this flamboyant display, but the rest of us mortals can certainly think of duller places to spend a weekend.
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