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Tour a Neon-Accented Seaside Escape in Montauk

The art piece, Wrecktangle, by Herbie Fletcher, hangs above a staircase with a view toward the living and dining areas.

“I came to Montauk to buy Peter Beard’s house,” says the art collector and Venus gallerist Adam Lindemann, referring to the photographer’s famous cliffside estate. But it was the spec house next door that caught his eye. Back in 2007, Linda Stein, the late real-estate broker, didn’t want to show Lindemann and his wife, Amalia Dayan, the property. Owing to the house’s chandeliers, hot tubs, and hedge-fund-party-boy details, she thought they’d hate it. But they were taken with the house’s location, on six acres of land on a bluff at the very end of Long Island. Lindemann turned to the British architect David Adjaye (designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture), who was then building the couple’s Manhattan carriage house, to gut the property and transform it into a serene space clad floor to ceiling in wood. “This was my first design for a casual home,” Adjaye says. “I wanted to maximize the ocean views.”

The house is sprinkled with furniture by Franz West, Joaquim Tenreiro, and George Nakashima, while the landscape design, by Miranda Brooks, tames the wilderness just enough; the pool sits in an open space surrounded by art — like West’s massive neon sculptures. In 2015, the couple bought the legendary Church estate (also known as Andy Warhol’s former compound) a few miles away. As for why they’ve kept this house, Lindemann explains: “It’s our furniture, our taste, our time and effort.” Whereas with the Church property, he says, “that’s a historic place that’s existed since 1932. I have nothing to contribute to that other than just to keep it in good shape.”

*This article appears in the April 17, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

Photo: Courtesy of Adam Lindemann

The Exterior

The grounds were designed by Miranda Brooks. Here, a view toward the pool with a series of Franz West sculptures.

Photo: Eric Boman

Looking into the Library

The library is entered through an opening in the bookshelves. The neon wheel is by Anselm Reyle.

Photo: Eric Boman

The Kitchen

Marc Newson’s table and canteen chairs brighten up the kitchen, with Richard Prince’s Untitled hanging above.

Photo: Eric Boman

A Vestibule

The art piece, Wrecktangle, by Herbie Fletcher, hangs above a staircase with a view toward the living and dining areas.

Photo: Eric Boman

The Living Room

The large concrete fireplace anchors and divides the living and dining area. Jean-Michel Sanejouand’s rocking chair mixes with Franz West’s divan and club chair and a George Nakashima English-oak-burl coffee table.

Photo: Eric Boman

The Living Room

Another view of the living room, and the Franz West divan and club chairs and George Nakashima coffee table. The painting is by Bernard Buffet.

Photo: Eric Boman

The Master Bath

The wood-paneled room offers a cool respite.

Photo: Eric Boman

View Toward the Master Bedroom

The Anselm Reyle lamp sits on a marble shelf. The chair is Pierre Paulin, and the art on the wall is by the duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

Photo: Eric Boman

Upstairs “Relax” Room

It features Gaetano Pesce’s inviting modular La Michetta sofa system.

Tour a Neon-Accented Seaside Escape in Montauk