Step Inside Chef Eric Ripert’s Sag Harbor Oasis

Step Inside Chef Eric Ripert’s Sag Harbor Oasis

The principles of Zen Buddhism can cover all dimensions of life, and, for Chef Eric Ripert, that was the focus when designing his Sag Harbor home. Austerity, simplicity, naturalness, subtlety, imperfection, originality, and stillness—those were the concepts the French culinary force presented to architect Blaze Makoid for his new home’s design. 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.

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Since the home is in the woods, the metal roof was a practical choice to avoid damage. The industrial look was also a perfect interpretation of the principle of austerity.

pool house
“We wanted to have ipe wood around the pool and deck,” says Ripert of the dense and resilient material. With oak flooring inside the home and cedar on the exterior, the variety of woods echoes the surrounding land.

“The statues and nature are important to me,” Ripert says. The rug is a custom piece from Sisal Rugs Wholesale in Southhampton, and the bench is from Blu Dot.


Pops of color fill the guest bedroom. “My wife worked closely with MADS [Marie Aiello Design Studio]—most of the furniture was chosen by them,” Ripert says. The bedding and lamps are from DWR. The bench and cushions are from Sit Down New York. The artwork on the left is a Tibetan Buddhist painting acquired from an auction, and the piece on the right is a painting by Valentino Cortazar.

dining room
“When I was a kid in Europe and saw pictures of New York, I wanted to live in a loft,” Ripert says. “So, the designer created the feeling of a loft between the living room and kitchen.” Ripert commissioned the artwork hanging above the fireplace from Ran Ortner, a Brooklyn artist and dear friend who painted a triptych for Le Bernardin. The dining table is from Minotti, and the dining chairs are from Calligaris. The goddess artwork is a portrait of Green Tara made by calligraphy master Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar. The wood statue under the DWR pendants is by Dick Shanley.

The sleek kitchen by SieMatic is made for efficiency. The Gaggenau induction cooktop seamlessly blends into the counter and works perfectly for the distinguished chef. Little clutters the counters but an espresso maker and some yellow drinkware.

The primary bedroom is four to five steps higher than the rest of the house and has an attached terrace. Ripert compares walking into the bedroom to ascending to a tree house. The blue chair is from Design Within Reach and the lamp is from Circa Lighting.

The large windows allow for much gazing and meditation. The seven copper offering bowls are from Nepal. The statue represents the medicine Buddha.


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