Nature's Son: John Heilmann

Nature's Son: John Heilmann

For shop owner and furniture designer John Heilmann, good design resides in the middle space between form and function. And his distinct philosophy has been perfectly reflected in his Homenature shops in Southampton and Amagansett for the past 18 years. “Our furniture possesses midcentury modern ideals and sensibilities,” he says, “but we elevate them by using the highest quality natural materials,” which resonates with clients whether they live in a smart beach house or a tony city apartment. “I create super designed environments that seem to relax everyone who comes in our door,” he says. “It’s approachable design because it can be mixed with a lot of styles, old and new.” Next up: Heilmann’s aesthetic will get an even wider audience thanks to the opening of Homenature’s new Manhattan location, scheduled for early this summer, and the inevitable expansion of his signature line to include case goods, tables and accessories. His goal, he says, is quite simple. “I want to see our environments recreated all over the world.”

LX: Describe your home.

JH: It’s simple and comfortable and is located in a spectacular natural setting. My favorite room is the kitchen because it’s the heart of our home, and I love to cook.

LX: Favorite restaurant:

JH: The Crow’s Nest in Montauk. It has a great farm-to-table menu. Plus, it’s a good spot for people watching.

LX: I’m reading…

JH: Keith Richards’ autobiography, Life.

LX: Favorite hotel:

JH: The Amangiri in Utah. Its modern architecture and interior design are gorgeous, and so is its remote location. I also like that its cuisine has a regional focus.

LX: Dream dinner party guests:

JH: Jackie Kennedy, Tina Fey, Oscar Wilde, Bono, Edward Snowden, and Oprah.

LX: Favorite decorating sources:

JH: I like visiting Wyeth Home and James Perse, but I also enjoy attending the 20th century furniture auctions at places like Rago Arts, Treadway Gallery and Wright.;
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