Ultra-high-design in upstate New York

Bold Philippe Starck statements and ultra-cool gifts at Hundred Mile

The quiet upstate New York village of Rhinebeck was the last place I expected to find a cache of ultra-cool furniture, lighting and design objets. But that is exactly what I uncovered at Hundred Mile, a minimalist’s dream space full of iconic pieces. With its Hans Wegner chairs (price on request), Patricia Urquiola armchairs (price on request, seen in first picture) and Philippe Starck Archimoon lamps ($425), you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the design departments of MoMA or the V&A.

The unique mix of pieces is picked “by instinct and experience” by New York City aesthetes-cum-area residents Kristina Albaugh and Josh Ingmire, and ranges from serious statement furniture to more affordable finds. I delighted in the familiar brands and shapes at both ends of the scale: the sculptural and cocoon-like Fantasma Piccolo floor lamp ($3,995) by Tobia Scarpa for Flos and Frits Henningsen’s coolly classic Signature Chair (from $3,100, seen in first picture), as well as Georg Jensen’s Bloom Bowls (from $100, second picture); the Salvador Dalí-inspired Xai BD Barcelona lamb table ($55,000) that is a work of weird taxidermy wonder, as well as Zaha Hadid’s striking black melamine Niche centrepiece ($210) for Alessi.

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I particularly loved Pritzker-Prize-winner Shigeru Ban’s Maru trivet for When Objects Work ($380) – a functional thing that incorporates the architect’s signature slices of hollow paper tubing – and marvelled at Ingo Maurer’s Golden Ribbon lighting object (to order, from $170,000), which casts a flowing luminosity across the room. One could outfit an entire home here, right down to mattresses by Somnium (from $2,600) and sunblinds from Umbrosa (from $1,500).

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But it was gifts I was after on my latest visit. I considered the smoky glass Vigo vases ($120) and Alfredo cheese knives ($128) that double as objets d’art, before settling on a pair of Georg Jensen stainless-steel serving utensils ($95). I also bought a number of Tom Dixon Element candles ($110 each in Earth, Fire and Water), while my friend bought the I Hate Perfume room spray ($85) by Brooklyn-based artisanal maker Christopher Brosius.

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