Brooklyn-based firm Workstead, whose multi-disciplinary practice has earned wide acclaim, showcases ten residential projects in their first publication. Their detail-orientated and highly collaborative design process produces progressive outcomes with consideration for both client and community. A fundamental for Workstead is liaising with local artisans to create meticulously crafted interiors and architecture. Today est shines a spotlight on Shelter Island, a one-of-a-kind project within Workstead’s monograph. Shelter Island is a 1940s home nestled on the sleepy enclave at Long Island’s East End.

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Dining area includes T21 Sfax dining table and S28 dining chairs, both by Pierre Chapo.

Shelter Island represents a reimagining of an existing 1940s coastal shingle style cottage home and adjacent pavilion. Workstead’s principal architect for the project, Ryan Mahoney explains, “The original home and pavilion were connected by using a glass-door-encased breezeway to meet the needs of owners Nick and Katrin and their young family.”

There is a deliberate flow yet distinction between the two buildings as old and new are married through the same modest scale, gabled form and cedar-shingled facade. Yet the expansive windows and doors provide the pavilion with a more abstract appearance to create a subtle distinction between the two. Ryan reflects, “My favourite aspect in the new addition is the quality of light. Owners Nick and Katrin often mentioned the beautiful light on that side of the property. The design is a pavilion that allows light and air to enter from all sides. The space is very peaceful. The palette is simple but considered.” 

In true Workstead style, paying close attention to the American landscape is integral to their design and sourcing process. Reflecting on the importance of working with local artisans to source materiality, Ryan says, “Using local materials and suppliers helps root the project, reinforcing a sense of place and authenticity. We also have the opportunity to build relationships with local craftspeople and participate in an ongoing dialogue through the construction process.” 

Historically, Shelter Island has famously resisted ‘Hamptonization’. “From a one-bedroom dwelling, Workstead’s transformation into the family sanctuary demonstrates how one can embrace stylishness while avoiding showmanship,” Ryan adds.

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Main bedroom features a painting by Ron Gorchov.

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