As a child with an entrepreneurial mind, David Williams owned a lawn maintenance business. “I would cut grass at these beautiful Bucks County estates with stone walls and many outbuildings,” he reminisces, “and I always said to myself, someday I will have a farm like this.” After moving to Maryland for college, it became clear that the perfect location for this envisioned weekend getaway would be along the states’ storied coast. So, when an old farm property on the Chester river went up for sale, everything fell into place. After ten years of collaborating with Cathy Purple Cherry, of Purple Cherry Architects, the property’s four existing structures have been renovated and 13 new ones have been created.
Within the 17 total buildings on the land, there is a total of four kitchens, though one of these is clearly the crown jewel. Like much of the home, a coastal color scheme is present, with blue accents placed 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 in other creative ways throughout the property). Constructed into the surrounding cabinetry is a perfectly sized nook to house a painting of a coffee cup, one of many from Williams’s extensive collection.—Sophia Herring
A Literal Chef’s Kitchen in Sag Harbor
The principles of Zen Buddhism can cover all dimensions of life, and, for Chef Eric Ripert, that was the focus when designing his home, located in Sag Harbor, New York. Austerity, simplicity, naturalness, subtlety, imperfection, originality, and stillness—those were the concepts the French culinary force presented to architect Blaze Makoid for the design of his new home. Considering Ripert has been seriously practicing Zen Buddhism since the mid 1990s, it was only natural for him to easily have this top of mind.