Friday, August 23 | 12 PM | $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. Learn how this pro trio, which is the cornerstone of every significant residential project, merge 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.
Read more about their recent collaboration in Southampton featured in the June issue of Architectural Digest.
About Kelly Behun
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.
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, NY. 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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
Come experience and enjoy a soothing, deeply relaxing, immersive Sound Meditation with Daniel Lauter, using hand selected exquisite crystal bowls and gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan bells, rain sticks, and more. Wellness @SAC has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.