Enter the luminous retreat of Montauk, SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice
Living there, “I think we really figured out how to make the house run better for us,” Rice says. After the renovation, all the doors open, dissolving the barriers between the interior and the exterior. A new outdoor kitchen and a reconfiguration of the courtyard have indeed made the living room twice as large. “For me, it blurs the lines between inside and outside. We wanted the architecture to breathe and the house to live in a more convivial way, ”explains Alexander.
In town, the family lives in what Rice describes as a “white cube”. For their beach house, “[Julie] wanted to give it a funk side. While she doesn’t like clutter, she wanted to explore a more layered bohemian take on this architectural property. Organic was a keyword. Materiality was, for Alexander, the most important element in accomplishing this particular flow and feeling – the most important, the plaster floors, the ceilings, the walls and even the countertops. “It doesn’t sound like Vincent Van Duysen or Axel Vervoordt, because it’s not that sullen as it sounds, but we have brought to this modern space some somewhat unexpected materials that are very clean but also soft, with that tactile nature and this play of light. Otherwise, unity was achieved through the tight pallet of bleached woods and matte black fixtures. Inside that, they played with the layering of subtly textured and nuanced materials to create a sense of relaxed drama.
Because so many spaces are flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass, Alexander decided to choose strategic furniture and lighting pieces to set the tone. A paradisiacal vintage Mario Bellini Camaleonda sofa and an elegant Axel Vervoordt stone coffee table in the living room establish the aesthetic of warmed and mellowed elegant minimalism. Everywhere, custom furniture by Alexander Design and a profusion of vintage pieces – like wooden objects and Moroccan rugs – permeate. A creative control freak that she can be, Rice says she “lets go a little bit on this one.” I really trusted Vanessa. And Alexander came up with options that almost always made his friend and client very happy. Rice’s favorite: the hanging bedside lamps with ceramic tops and woven shades.
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“The [primary] the room feels like it’s floating in the clouds, and I love it, ”says Alexander, who helped reconfigure the layout to create a closet, access to the downstairs pool and patio with a fireplace for one. 360 degree view of the water. “Now the bedroom is this perfectly intimate size, a very ethereal dream space, with linen curtains from Le Cuona that the sun filters through. Rice agrees, “the [primary] the bedroom-bathroom situation is quite epic. Vanessa cheated on him in the best possible way, making it feel like the most amazing and luxurious type of hotel suite there is. Wrapped in plaster, with a double rain shower on the glass ceiling, the bathroom is a special envy area for the rest of the family.
It’s no surprise that all four of them are screaming at the light and breezy shower when you consider that when summer comes, “the whole sides of our house and every door in this place opens and it becomes like. a giant box in which you can pass ”. Rice said. “I feel like it’s a great metaphor for the way we live.” Morning surfs with friends turn into coffee, family beach days lead to lunches and pool parties, followed by sunsets on the sand, bonfires, live music and pick up sleeping children to get them to bed. An annual late-summer party includes a big dinner on the beach and an ice cream truck. “It’s kind of like we open the doors and people come and go enjoying the ocean, and we all have fun,” Rice says. This one, the house right on the beach, has been his dream since SoulCycle launched in 2006. “It’s pretty magical.”