Architect Michael Haverland is in the news lately with the completion of Calvin Klein’s house on Meadow Lane in Southampton. Tucked away in Springs is an earlier house of his, done for clients David Steward and M. Pierre Friedrichs, which overlooks Accabonac Harbor. (You wonder if Calvin, who is reportedly annoyed that curious folk are peering into his glass house—hey, who could have foreseen that?—shouldn’t have taken inspiration from this house and asked for a solid façade to face the street.)
This house pays tribute to twentieth century architectural and design masters, names like Frank Lloyd Wright (a particular favorite of the owners), Mies van der Rohe, Robert Venturi (with whom Michael Haverland once interned), and Le Corbusier. One of the most striking features of the building is the textured concrete, a nod to Wright’s “textile block” houses built in the 1920s in Los Angeles. Once you’re inside, of course, most striking is the beautiful view of the outdoors.
So what is it like to live inside a work of art? We sat down with David Steward and found out.