David Kleinberg Design Associates

This famed Parish-Hadley alumnus is more Hadley than Parish, and he has honed a uniquely modernist sensibility that showcases consistently intriguing textural and period mixes, stunning contemporary art and a flair for architectural detail.

All photos by Peter Murdock

“Like any proper English woman, my client came with a solid group of antiques, comfortable upholstery and unique collectibles,” says David Kleinberg, referring to the owner of this East Hampton shingle-style house. “I found myself drawing upon my Parish-Hadley years to blend bold color palettes with small prints and patterns, woven rugs, pottery, baskets and fresh flowers from her cutting garden.” What Kleinberg fails to mention are his own details that make the project modern: red leather straps and piping on the custom ottoman, an African stool with the poise and refinement of a tribal song. Spotted on 1stDibs, it leads the familiar pieces in a fresh new direction.

“I love how the ottoman anchors the room. It’s big and bold and graphic and lends a gutsy element.”

Key move?

“We opted for two generous seating areas. The first orients around the fireplace and bookshelves, which house a collection of books and collected objects. The second opens to outdoor terraces and a sweeping lawn of green.”

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