Curious Yellow Design Crafts a Sanctuary in Wainscott With Cues From Scandinavia

BY Alicia Brunker | August 30, 2018 | Home & Real Estate Feature

The stark minimalism of Scandinavian design isn’t typically associated with the relaxed beach vibe of the Hamptons. Despite a white color palette with pops of blue, the two destinations don’t have much else in common when it comes to interiors. However, partners Anna Cappelen and Chloe Pollack-Robbins of the New York-based studio Curious Yellow Design have established the foundation of their practice in Nordic style, transforming houses across the East End into Scandi-influenced hideaways steeped in layers of comfort. And the design duo’s latest project—a historical property deep in the woods of Wainscott—is an ideal representation of their approach.
Eccentric art, like this wire sculpture from The Phillips Collection, can be found throughout the 9,000-square-foot house.

In the early 2000s, Cappelen moved from her native Oslo, Norway, to New York City, where she later founded Curious Yellow Design and brought on Pollack-Robbins as a partner. After a few years of rebellion against the Nordic aesthetic that had defined her childhood, Cappelen began to embrace the austere elegance of Scandinavian design that was made popular by her architect grandparents and their friends in the midcentury. “It was normal for me to be at my grandparents’ house sitting at the kitchen table with Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen,” says Cappelen. “I grew up in a [family steeped in design], and when I moved to New York, I was so over it. But now, more and more, I’m getting back to my roots.”

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