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Luxury Living Design Fair Hamptons Contemporary Debuts June 3–5, 2016 Architectural Digest to Host Opening-Night Benefit

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Art fair guru Rick Friedman will debut Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair at the Southampton Elks Fairgrounds (605 County Road 39) on June 3–5, 2016, bringing the first of its kind world-class international home and decor show to the Hamptons.


Nine years after creating the first and most successful art fair on the East End, ArtHamptons, Rick Friedman has turned his deft touch to design with Hamptons Contemporary. “After I sold the fine art fairs, I took inspiration from the landscape and luxury synonymous with Hamptons living to create a new experience. Art doesn’t have to be something that hangs on a wall—with Hamptons Contemporary, our canvas is the entire home and the paint is all of the elements that contribute to an artful environment. Visitors at this show will find it all at this new luxury fair,” said Friedman.


The 40,000-square-foot Hamptons Contemporary pavilion will showcase Friedman’s vision, as 160+ exhibitors 
(  have committed to Hamptons Contemporary. The fair will present luxury furniture and appliance manufacturers, one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, state-of-the-art pool and landscape design, home theater specialists, and more. Hamptons Contemporary will celebrate every aspect of luxury home decor and design, both interior and exterior.


The Friday, June 3 Opening-Night Preview, sponsored by Architectural Digest, will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF). The special opening-night host committee will include industry luminaries and friends of Architectural Digest and ARF, including Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan, Chesie Breen, Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble, Scott Nelson, Ann & John Pyne, Elizabeth Pyne, and Vicente Wolf. The evening will include a silent auction, featuring a limited edition lithograph by James Rosenquist, along with other donations from select exhibitors, to benefit ARF.


The show and additional auction items including a limited edition screen-print by Larry Rivers will also benefit the Southampton Education Foundation, which provides third-party financial support for scholarships and other valuable programs for the students and educators in the Southampton community.


The Douglas Elliman Hamptons Brunch by Design, featuring beautiful summer table settings by Vista Alegre, occurs on Sunday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the American Society of Interior Designers NY (ASID) North Garden Lounge and is by invitation only. Guests will mingle with distinguished ASID members, esteemed architects from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the leading Douglas Elliman real-estate professionals on the East End. The breathtaking table settings by Vista Alegre will be on display throughout the fair.  


Sylvester & Co. will be partnering with Pointed Leaf Press to bring in world-renowned authors in design and architecture for special book signing events at their booth. Featured Spotlight Exhibits are 30-minute interactive sessions, scheduled periodically throughout the weekend, and geared to inform fair-goers on the current state of the industry. Tour Time, a series of guided tours led by Hamptons-savvy ASID members, will bring attendees to unique design solutions at the fair. During Shop Talk sessions, also led by the ASID, members will discuss stimulating interior design-oriented topics in a roundtable setting. From the psychology of color, to preparing for summer guests, ASID’s design professionals will advise and inspire. These 30-minute sessions will be filled with usable tips and take-away value.


The show’s regional media sponsor is Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (HC&G) with additional media sponsors, including Hamptons, BeachLong Island PulseHamptons.comHamptons Beachouse25A Magazine, and the soon debuting Shelter–The Hamptons. Official sponsors includeDouglas Elliman Real EstateSub-Zero & WolfLynx GrillsCiuffo CabinetryCouture Outdoor, and Royal Botania. Participating sponsors include Health-Ade Kombucha Probiotic TeaAges EventsSylvester & Co., GunnStamford Tent & Event ServicesNEA Studio,Cambria, CallaheadBob’s BrandsThe Atlantic SouthamptonBarefoot Wine & BubblySag Harbor FloristHoney Bee Artisan Works,Southampton Social ClubDesigners & Builders Alliance of Long IslandSnack Factory Pretzel CrispsDragonfly Landscape Design,From Chef to Table, and Nicolock.  


Friday, June 3 | 5–8pm (Ticketed Opening VIP Preview to benefit ARF)
Saturday, June 4 | 10am–8pm
Sunday, June 5 | 10am–5pm


VIP PASS: $100 per couple, includes front-row parking or complimentary valet and exclusive invitation to the Opening-Night Preview party + reserved seating in the theater and early access to events.


DAY PASS: $20 per person


Please consider Hamptons Contemporary for pre-event coverage, events listings, and on your upcoming editorial assignment calendar. Rick Friedman is available for pre-fair and onsite interviews.


For Press Accreditation, Interview Inquires, and Press Fair Passes please contact:

John Wegorzewski 212-729-0834 /

Douglas MacKaye Harrington 631-375-1387 /

For more information, please contact: 
Tara Berkoski 
631-283-5505  ext.105 / email:


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