About The Showhouse

The Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc. is led and operated by a dynamic team of experts from the worlds of marketing, public relations, fundraising and special events production. This is the nineteenth year that they have combined their talents to produce what is now recognized as one of the country’s most successful showhouses. Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) corporation.  

Advisory Board

Jamie Drake, Honorary Design Co-Chairman

Author of some of this country’s most glamorous spaces, New York-based designer Jamie Drake believes that the best décor expresses personality and place.  Renowned for his exuberant color sense, his eye for the unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments.  

Fascinated by color and design from an early age, as a high school student Drake worked for one of the New York metropolitan area’s leading contract design firms.  While at Parson’s, he interned in Angelo Donghia’s office.  He launched his namesake, multi-discipline firm, Drake Design Associates, immediately after graduation.  In the thirty-plus years since, he has completed countless interiors for an impressive roster of clients. Notable residences include a Los Angeles showplace for Madonna, apartments in the Dakota and other historic New York landmark buildings, and multiple projects for his longtime client, former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, including the renovation of Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s ceremonial residence, and various rooms at City Hall.  Recent commercial work includes a from-the-ground-up medical facility in Florida and a private foundation in New York City.

Nothing if not prolific, Drake has masterminded rug collections for Roubini and Safavieh, a furniture line for Lewis Mittman, bathroom fixtures for THG, fabrics for Schumacher, sinks for Elkay, bath accessories for Labrazel, light fixtures for Boyd Lighting, and has recently collaborated with Theodore Alexander for a furniture line that will debut at the 2014 April High Point Market.  In addition to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House, he has created rooms for numerous Show Houses, including Metropolitan Home’s Showtime Showhouse, Hampton’s Cottage & Gardens Idea House, The Esquire Show House in Coldwater Canyon, Hollywood, House Beautiful’s Chicago Showhouse, the Southampton Rogers Memorial Library Show House, and the Hearst Designer Visions Show House.  Widely published, Drake’s projects have enlivened the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, French Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, as well as The New York Times, British House & Garden, Hotel Design, HospitalityDesign, Veranda and Interior Design.  Known for his quick wit, Drake has appeared on Bloomberg TV, LXTV Open House, and HGTV Top Ten.  Since 1998 he has served as a judge for the Sub-Zero National Kitchen Design Competition.

Drake’s shelf full of industry honors now includes his 2013 Fashion Group International Night of Stars Award for Interior Design, his 2013 Decoration & Design Building’s Stars of Design Award, his 2011 induction to the ASID College of Fellows as well as his 2003 triple crown: the Interior Design Magazine’s Interior Design Hall of Fame, the IFDA New York Circle of Excellence for Interior Design, and the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year.  A recipient of the 2000 D & D Designers of Distinction Award, he sits on several prestigious boards, among them the New York Community Trust and the Historic House Trust Directors’ Council.  An active member of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID and recipient of its Presidential Citation and Platinum Award, he was its vice president from 1994 – 1996.  Drake, who received a Partnership for the Homeless Director’s Award in 2008, has long been deeply involved in good causes. He currently serves as the Chair of The Alpha Workshops, where he has been a board member for more than a decade. 

Alexa Hampton, Honorary Design Co-Chairman

Under owner and designer Alexa Hampton’s direction, the world famous firm Mark Hampton LLC has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Hampton’s work is classic, traditional and eclectic. Her involvement in design goes far past her position as President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Institute for Classical Architecture. She was one of the three inaugural designers who launched Gilt Groupe’s Gilt Home Design Boutiques, serves on the design board of MyDeco.com and was the only ever female cast member of “This Old House” and was a co-host of PBS’ “Find.” Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and regional shelter and design magazines. 

In recent years, Hampton received an honorary PhD from Moore College of Art and Design, was awarded Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Award, Connecticut Cottage & Gardens’ Design Innovator Award and the Hyland Award for Interior Design. She was also the first woman to receive the Design Icon Award at the World Market Center.

Hampton has a growing stable of acclaimed products for the home. These include fabrics and trims for Kravet Inc., her own furniture line for Hickory Chair Co. and its sister furniture line at Kravet, carpets for Stark Carpet, lighting for Visual Comfort & Co., mantels for Chesney’s, and The Alexa Hampton Home Collection for HSN which includes towels, bedding, slipcovers, and curtains.

Hampton is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail and contributed an essay for Charlotte Moss’ book, A Visual Life. She is also a contributing columnist for the The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. Hampton posts on facebook, twitter, and pinterest under Alexa Hampton Inc. and frequently lectures around the country and in China on design. 

Hampton lives in NY with her husband and three children.

Brian P. Brady

Brady Design was incorporated in 1989 by registered Architect, Brian P. Brady, whose expertise lies in creating traditional classical architecture and designing comfortable, classic interiors. Today the firm’s work is solely residential with approximately fifty percent of its revenue coming from architectural commissions and fifty percent coming from interior design and decorating commissions.

Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Brady studied Architecture at the University of Notre Dame and spent a year in Rome learning the foundations of Classical Architecture. After graduating Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, Mr. Brady moved to Athens, Greece where he was an Intern Architect with the International Design Center that specialized in Embassy and Consulate design for the Ministry of Saudi Arabia worldwide. This experience involved extensive travel to all corners of the world and provided a deep foundation for the international sophistication of the firm’s work.

Returning to the United States, Mr. Brady began a career with the international, award-winning design firm of I.M. Pei & Partners. Working on projects such as the Raffles Center in Singapore, the Dallas Symphony Hall, and the Louvre in Paris furthered Mr. Brady’s level of international style and sophistication. Brady Design offices are headquartered in Southampton, New York with satellite offices in New York City and Palm Beach, FL. Their projects are located throughout the country.

Presently Mr. Brady serves on the Architecture Review Board for the Village of Southampton, New York. He is a member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classic America and an avid supporter of the Southampton Youth Services for which he designed the Elmalleh-Stanton Squash facility.

Gary DePersia

With nearly $3 billion in transactions on the East End since 1995, Gary DePersia is consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons.  A year on year member of The Corcoran Group President’s Council, he has qualified as a national list maker 2008 when he was ranked as the nation’s 4th top broker. And just this spring, the Real Deal recognized him as the 3rd ranked broker in the Hamptons with $83M+ in residential sales of $10M+ properties.  His office operates with four licensed assistants allowing him to build a business stretching from Southampton to Montauk and Sagaponack to Shelter Island. With hundreds of his exclusive listings sold and closed, as well as matching hundreds of his own buyers and renters with the right properties, Gary’s almost 25 years in Hamptons luxury real estate has generated benchmark sales.

Greg McKenzie

Greg McKenzie is known for cutting edge and inspiring designs resulting in the most stunning residences.His use of a sophisticated taste level incorporates a unique blend of traditional, classic and modern;marrying the look of transitional lines with aninfusion of a contemporary and mid-century viewpointthat never over power the timeless design.

Greg strives to be in sync with his client’s tastes, elevating all projects resulting in a partnership betweenclient and designer. Taking the time to understand how clients view their home ultimately helps thespace become beautiful and functional. His project range can cover a main residence for an activefamily, a second home at the beach, a pied-a–terre for entertaining, or a glamorous European home,Greg makes the space work for any client’s needs.

He works throughout the United States and Europe, concentrating on New York, the Hamptons, Miamiand Los Angeles. He also contributes to numerous showhouses for charity. His work has appeared in TheNew YorkTimes, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, HC&G, Hamptons Magazine and LXTV to name a few.

Scott Sanders

Designer Scott Sanders was truly born into the interior design world; both his father and grandfather were residential builders and developers in his hometown of Piqua, OH. After graduating from the Parsons School of Design, he began his professional career at Ralph Lauren. There, Sanders led the company’s interior design department, transforming residences of clients in California, Florida, New York, Connecticut and Paris. In 2000, he opened Scott Sanders LLC, a full-service design firm specializing in bespoke residential interiors, with a distinguished portfolio that includes homes in New York, Florida, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona and California along with hotels in Miami Beach, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Sanders is also the author of two books, The Insider Guide to the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Baltimore, Too, and “Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Family Home.”. He and his husband, Peter Wilson, and their dachshund Bailey live in New York City and Palm Beach.

Showhouse Management

Tony Manning

Tony Manning is the Showhouse Marketing Chairman. He is also president of Tony Manning Consulting, Inc., a full service public relations, project management and showhouse production firm. His realm is the creation of the full scale public awareness campaign that has propelled the Hampton Designer Showhouse to national prominence in three short years, with phenomenal coverage in local and national newspaper media, home design magazines and television. He has also directed the packaging and sales of the various sponsorships that have linked the Showhouse with a variety of corporations in the publishing, banking, home design and related fields.

 
 

Alexa Hampton
Photo Credit:Victoria Stevens

Brian Brady
Photo Credit: Jonathon Young

Greg McKenzie
Photo Credit: Bob Frame

Gary DePersia
Photo Credit: Eric Striffler