Four powerhouses of style and design: Kelly Behun, Edmund Hollander and James Merrell, converge on the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, for a compelling conversation led by tastemaker and founder of Purist magazine Cristina Cuomo.  The program will take place on Friday, August 23 at 12 PM. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC).

The dream team of AD100 honorees interior designer Kelly Behun AND landscape architect Edmund Hollander, and architect James Merrell pull aside the curtain on what it really takes to create a beautifully integrated home – from the inside out, and the outside in.  A pro trio of designer, architect and landscape architect is the cornerstone of every significant residential project.  Learn how this triumvirate merge their design aesthetics and integrate important art collections into the design scheme to create a unified realization of the hopes and dreams of the most important member of the team – the client.

“We are thrilled to host such an esteemed panel of design experts at SAC.” says Artistic Director Amy Kirwin. “All three have made such a significant impact on the look and feel of the East End and we are looking forward to allowing the public to hear all about their collaborative process.”


The Panelists

Kelly Behun gained her interior design training on the job as a member of Ian Schrager Hotels’ in-house Design Studio where she worked under architect Anda Andrei and with renowned designers Andree Putman and Philippe Starck.  While there she was an integral member of the design team that created a number of their most iconic properties including the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York City.  She later opened k e l l y b e h u n |STUDIO, which has become known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects and its exclusive line of furniture and home accessories. Labeled by the New York Times as “an interior designer with the eye of a gallerist” she has deep ties to the art world and her clients have included high profile individuals from the worlds of business, technology, politics and entertainment. Kelly is a member of Elle Décor Magazine’s A-List of Interior Designers and was named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 in 2019.

Edmund Hollander approaches landscape architecture from a holistic standpoint. “The three ecologies essential to a timeless project,” he explains, “are the architectural ecology of the buildings, the natural ecology of the vernacular landscape, and the human ecology of how the clients will inhabit the landscapes we create.” Which explains why Hollander’s award-winning firm was tapped to mastermind a 61,000-square-foot green-roof memorial as part of architect Steven Holl’s expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. That ongoing commission is an especially prominent feather in a cap that includes private landscapes, from eloquent to heroic, for titans such as theater scion Jonathan M. Tisch, real-estate magnate William C. Rudin, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

James Merrell came to architecture by way of art and the history of ideas – rather than engineering and design. Over 30 years, Merrell has designed an impressive collection of decidedly architectural, vibrant and beautifully appointed residences from the firm’s home-base on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Today, the practice is comprised of a collaborative, talented team of highly regarded architects who work closely on a variety of projects that are primarily located on Eastern Long Island and in the Western United States.

Cristina Cuomo is the founder and editor of PURIST, an online and in-print wellness media brand she launched in 2017. As a regional magazine editor for twenty-five years, Cuomo began at Interview magazine then launched her own magazine, Manhattan File. She went on to launch and run Niche Media magazines as editorial director for a decade followed by five years as editor in chief of Modern Luxury magazines. Cuomo then went on to television as content chief at Plum TV, and host of PBS’ Best Places to Live. Cuomo is also working on a book for Assouline about surfing. Cuomo has three children, Bella, Mario and Carolina with her husband, Chris Cuomo, who is an anchor at CNN. They live between the cities she grew up in – New York City and Southampton.


Ticket Information

Online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4273774

Phone: 631.283.0967

In Person: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY  11968


Southampton Arts Center

Southampton Arts Center has become a hub for arts and culture on the East End with over 40,000 visitors, five exhibitions and over 200 events in 2018 alone.  The broad programming is delivered year-round through an impressive array of partners including New York Academy of Art, International Center of Photography, 92Y, Hamptons International Film Festival, Blue Sphere Foundation, Mountainfilm on Tour, the Watermill Center, and many more. With the recent upgrade of the theater, including state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, lighting and new seating, Southampton Arts Center has expanded its breadth of programming to include first-run films, theatrical performances and concerts.

Southampton Arts Center is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve our East End community as a hub for arts and culture while preserving and activating the iconic building and grounds of 25 Jobs Lane for future generations.

For information, please visit www.southamptonartscenter.org


Southampton Arts Center

25 Jobs Lane

Southampton, NY  11968

(W) 631-283-0967, ext. 11



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