20 May An Interview with World-Renowned Designer Alexa Hampton
When discussing the world of interior design, it is not long before the name Alexa Hampton is mentioned. Along with decorating everything from private airplanes to expansive estates, the Hampton name can also be found in many other aspects of the design world including design books and essays, collections of furniture, lighting, fabric, paint, and so much more. As one of the leading interior designers in the country and the world, Alexa Hampton has consistently been named as a Top 100 designer by Architectural Digest, New York Magazine and House Beautiful. Most recently, she was featured in the compendium “INSPIRED DESIGN, The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years” by Jenifer Boles.
With her long list of accolades and an extensive portfolio of luxury projects, it was a privilege to have had Alexa Hampton work on the Hallock House restoration project and we are truly grateful for her beautiful interior design throughout The Quogue Club. We are also grateful that Alexa was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to share with us a little more about her life in the design world.
QC: We know your father’s remarkable career has been a tremendous influence on your own. Did you always know you wanted to be a designer too?
AH: My father was a natural teacher and a perpetual student and his expertise was interior design, architecture, and art. From an early age, this focused interest of my father’s dictated many elements of our family life. Because of this unique exposure, I can’t imagine a time in my life when I wasn’t interested in design and feel that my surroundings fueled a passion that is innate in me.
QC: What was your first personal design project and what was that experience like?
AH: My first personal design project was for myself. I redid my childhood bedroom in high school with black walls, a David Hicks carpet and David Bowie posters. I still love black and both Davids!
QC: Since then, you have worked on many different kinds of projects, from designing private airplanes and yachts to homes and apartments all over the world and, of course, hotels and clubs. Have you a preference for any one of these project types, or do you continue to seek variety in all you take on?
AH: I really enjoyed working on the Quogue Club and have been secretly hoping for another club or a boutique hotel! Variety is the spice of life, but I love my all of my residential projects and hope for longevity and the ability to continue with my passion.
QC: Is there a particular project that stands out as one of your favorites and, if so, why?
AH: My favorite projects have not been so because of their location or style, but rather the clients themselves.
QC: With so many awards and honors, what do you consider your biggest accomplishment thus far?
AH: My amazing family!
QC: What attracted you to working with the Quogue Club five years ago?
AH: A very dear friend and client, Lynn Mestel, introduced me the Quogue Club. I am so grateful to have worked on this project.
QC: Did you have a particular creative theme in mind as you began the Quogue Club project?
AH: There is no perfect path to follow with every project, but I find it most important to start with a furniture plan. It is the essential roadmap of any project, especially when the goal is to make a beautiful and functional club. Then it was on to patterns, textures and colors that will last for style and utility.
QC: We hear all the time from Quogue Club members and guests how beautiful and unique our décor is and how much people continue to enjoy it. Was there a particular area in The Quogue Club that was your own favorite space to create?
AH: I believe every room should have contrast (in color and scale), it should have pleasing proportions, it should meaningfully contend with color, understanding that color can change the character of a space, and that it all should be balanced. Good luck, right? Most of all, one’s interiors should be personal. They shouldn’t look churned out by a designer. I feel we achieved this with the whole of the Quogue Club.
QC: People have used many different words to describe your design style including elegant, classic, enduring, stylish, and luxurious. If you could choose one word to embody Alexa Hampton designs, what would it be?
QC: Can you tell us anything about future projects now on your plate—perhaps one that you find most exciting?
AH: I am very excited about various product and design ventures. I most recently launched a furniture line with Theodore Alexander and could not be happier with the collection and more grateful for the partnership with such a fantastic company.
QC: Anything else you’d like to share with us either about your work with the Quogue Club or your work in general?
AH: I have a great job that I love and I work with an office full of fun talented people who make me very happy.
To learn more about Alexa Hampton and her prestigious career in design, visit her website at https://alexahampton.com.