As an entrepreneurial child, David Williams owned a lawn care business. “I was cutting the grass on these beautiful estates in Bucks County with stone walls and many outbuildings,” he recalled, “and I always said to myself, one day I will have a farm like this. ” After moving to Maryland for college, it became clear that the perfect location for that envisioned weekend getaway would be along the legendary States Coast. So when a former farm property on the Chester River came up for sale, everything fell into place. After ten years of working with Cathy Purple Cherry, of Purple Cherry Architects, the property’s four existing structures were renovated and 13 new ones were created.
In the 17 total buildings on the grounds, there are a total of four kitchens, although one is clearly the crown jewel. Like much of the house, a coastal color scheme is present, with blue accents throughout. For the legs of the custom dining table, Williams opted for a pair of vintage industrial brackets found online (the rest of which are housed in the barn or used creatively throughout the property). Built into the surrounding cabinets is a nook perfectly sized to house a painting of a coffee cup, one of many in Williams’ extensive collection.—Sophia Herring
A Literal Chef’s Kitchen in Sag Harbor
The principles of Zen Buddhism can span all dimensions of life, and for Chef Eric Ripert, that was the goal when designing his home, located in Sag Harbor, New York. Austerity, simplicity, naturalness, subtlety, imperfection, originality and immobility – these were the concepts that the French culinary force presented to the architect Blaze Makoid for the design of his new home. Considering that Ripert has been a serious practitioner of Zen Buddhism since the mid-1990s, it was natural for him to easily have this idea in mind.