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Chatting about kitchens with Hampton Design

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Hampton Design, a full service design firm founded in 1999 by Peg Fruin, has opened a new showroom in Bridgehampton. Located at 7 Tradesmans Path, Suites 11 and 12, the showroom features two fully operational kitchens, one traditional and one modern, so that clients can see the firm’s capabilities in person. The space also includes examples of other rooms, including bathrooms, office nooks, and living areas. We asked Margaret Fruin, founder, and Laura Sanatore, partner, some questions about the new showroom and kitchen design.

Why open a new showroom?

The new space has a more open and casual feeling which gives the clients a greater sense of what they could see in their own home. We have also been able to showcase more products with existing and new vendors, all which gives more options to a potential client.

Which room in the house is the one most people focus on the most when designing?

Of course, the kitchen! This is the place everyone comes to entertain, cook or just hang out with friends and family.

Why did you build two kitchens in the showroom?

Each kitchen showcases two very different styles. One [below] is a quintessential Hamptons kitchen with white Shaker style cabinets, a marble backsplash, and Waterworks fixtures.

The other [below] offers a more modern feeling, featuring sleek cabinets in a walnut veneer and black finish with Corian counters and a Dornbracht faucet.

Our favorite feature in the new showroom is the coffee/conference area. Nothing beats having a built-in Wolf coffee machine for a perfect cup of coffee before a productive day at the office.

What is the most obscure or unique thing a client has asked for in a kitchen design?

The clients asked for all the walls in the kitchen to be back-painted glass [above]. It was challenging to say the least! This kitchen was recently featured in House Beautiful, as it came out amazing.

Is there one thing every Hamptons kitchen needs?

A large island for summertime entertaining!