This Hamptons Home Is Decorated with a Basquiat and a Supreme Punching Bag

Lori Hirshleifer and David Sills may have the coolest house on Long Island.

By: Leah Faye Cooper
Photography: Alec Kugler

The term “East Hampton home” calls to mind an ostentatiously large house marked by beachy, New England-style decor—probably entirely clad in wood shingles. When we pull up to Lori Hirshleifer and David Sills’ home, we discover the complete opposite.

“We’re kind of modernists, as you can see,” Hirshleifer says, walking us through the two-story, four-bedroom home. The exterior is charcoal, the tiled floors are intended to look like cement, and the art collection could hold its own at MoMA—a Basquiat here, a Murakami there, a Damien Hirst there, there, and there. Lori and David’s son, Rob, has worked closely with his father to find, and in some cases commission, many of the works.

“When we bought it, it looked like a traditional East Hampton farmhouse,” Hirshleifer says. She and Sills, who own and operate Hirshleifers department store—founded by Lori’s great-grandfather in 1910—worked with architecture firms Stelle Lomont Rouhani and Adam Jordan to transform the space. Both the master bedroom and the pool were additions to the original property, along with a roof deck and a sauna. Throughout the afternoon, we ask about the family’s artwork, the significance of a bright blue wall at the end of the pool, and a neon sign they have in the driveway. The only question we have left is “When can we move in?”

“The house was originally built in the 1920s, and we bought it in 1999.”

“These Kaws figures are made by Metacom.”

“The gun is by Neighborhood, which we carry in our men’s store.”

“We bought the Basquiat years ago from a gallery in Manhattan.”

“Marc Quinn is the artist’s name. He was a protégé of Damien Hirst. Those are flowers that he sets up in formaldehyde in fish tanks, and then shoots them so that they have a weird still-life quality to them.”

“The idea was to make this like a gallery space. A lot of it is Hirst, and then we have the Dior skate decks and the Supreme Everlast punching bag, which they did a few seasons ago. Jacky Tsai made the giant two-sided playing card; he’s the guy who did the skull artwork for McQueen. The flowers [next to the punching bag] are Murakami.”

“These are Kaws. We had a golden retriever named Snoopy, so we’re huge Snoopy fans.”

“We had these stickers at the store when we were doing a window installation for Off-White, and we brought extras out here and put them on our glass doors and shower. Virgil came over, and he loved it.”

“We’re huge fans of Luis Barragán. He was a very famous Mexican architect who did these really vibrant stucco walls, so we did this as kind of a fun ode to him.”

“The sculpture is an Ed Haugevik. He’s a friend of ours, and we’ve been collecting his pieces for as long as I can remember.”

“The pool was inspired by the Delano in Miami.”

“This is by Reggie Sylvester. He’s an upcoming artist that we found through Instagram. We went to his first show on the Lower East Side a few years ago, and he did this for us shortly after. We got the pieces from a steel yard; we set them up in the basement at our other house, and Reggie came and painted them every day for a week.”

“The two things that get left alone no matter how many other things turn modern are the whale weathervane and the beach sign. They’re two of our favorite sentimental things.”

“The neon sign was inspired by [contemporary artist] Christopher Wool. We have a piece of his with that phrase in it, so we did it as neon integrated into the fence.”

×