Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, Lampa owners and artists, inside their Aquebogue studio. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
From the set of “CBS This Morning” to the public library in Madison, Wisc., the custom light fixtures produced and sold by lighting company Lampa are distinctly North Fork.
Lampa’s owners, artists Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, have been creating custom light pieces out of their Aquebogue barn turned studio and home since 1997.
The couple discovered the North Fork by accident in 1989 after taking the Long Island Rail Road to the end of the line. They rented and eventually owned a home in Greenport before making the decision to move to the East End full time.
“I was sick of living in the city,” Baumiller said. “I wanted to be closer to nature, but still close to the city. It was the best of both worlds.” (more…)
A vignette inside Dr. Kristina Ivy’s Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
Long Island’s upper fork is already well-known for its farms, vineyards and restaurants. Now, people are buzzing about its design aesthetic.
“The North Fork is characterized by its maritime and agricultural roots, making it an eclectic mix of casual and coastal style,” said Caitlin Flynn, co-owner of North Fork Design Company.
According to NFDC co-owner Elyse Parkhurst, the area’s design philosophy encompasses “timeless furniture” with simple lines and accents of reclaimed wood, industrial elements and nautical-inspired pieces.
“We utilize relaxed fabrics, light and breezy colors and natural stone and sea grass rugs, along with rustic wood and textural elements,” Parkhurst said. (more…)
The buzz of saws and sanders, a soft dust coating the floor and the smell of freshly cut lumber make the senses come alive when you walk into the workshop of East End Wood Designs.
There, co-owners Jeff Rogers and Mike Gillespie of Orient aim to create one-off, specialty furniture made from local wood. Whether it’s the large overgrown limbs from pruning, or trunks from cleared properties, the business repurposes, recycles, and gives new life to the felled trees that would otherwise be discarded or turned into firewood.
“Everyone thinks you have to go to South America to get fancy grains,” Rogers said, referring to wood fibers. “But we have beautiful grains right here.” (more…)
Rodgers at the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers is joining forces with East End Arts this spring and summer.
In May the community arts organization will present a “Master Class” with Rodgers, in which the public can learn about songwriting and the music industry directly from the Chic guitarist himself. The class will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. (more…)
Fred Ruvolo, the last cobbler left on the North Fork, uses the same hammer today that he had when he started in his profession at age 14.
It’s tradition, just like the antique machinery that clicks and clacks in his downtown Riverhead shop each day. The shelves in his cramped space are stuffed with odds and ends of all shapes and sizes: nails and toe protector plates and various bits of metal. (more…)
Dale Leavay inside her Southold basement workshop. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)
Strewn across Dale Leavay’s basement workshop are the bags and wrappers of potato chips, pet food, cookies, candies and more. Though much of it appears to be garbage, the Southold resident has taken what others tossed and turned it into a viable business.
“I’ve always been fascinated by what people discard,” she said. “I was in New York City one day and just saw so much garbage. I knew I could do something.”
That’s how “Moreland’s Upcycling,” Leavay’s side business, was born. (more…)