Joe Nahem’s Collector Clients Include Movie Stars and Moguls (featuring Contemporary Artist, Pascó)

The New York designer — who counts Robert Downey Jr., among his high-flying clients — creates intriguing but serene interiors... For the couple’s 1885 shingle-style Windmill Cottage, in The Hamptons, Nahem included of-the-moment graphic works by Pascó The Great, Stan Ynry and graffiti artists Osgemeos. 

Joe Nahem launched his New York–based interiors firm, Fox-Nahem Associates, before he’d even finished design school (portrait by Josh Gaddy). Top: Included in the new book Fox-Nahem: The Design Vision of Joe Nahem (Abrams) is this penthouse in Soho’s Puck Building. All photos by Peter Murdock, unless otherwise noted

Interior designer Joe Nahem’s own Hamptons home radiates warmth. Natural materials are used throughout the oceanfront cedar-shake-clad home, in the town of Amagansett: whitewashed knotty pine for the ceilings, mahogany for the windows and doors and reclaimed limestone and oak for the floors. And each of the relaxed, eclectic rooms — created with the help of Steve Chrostowski, of Alveary Architecture — is filled with “things we love,” says Nahem. These include contemporary artworks by Walton Ford, Hernan Bas, George Condo, Massimo Vitali and Tal R, as well as such covetable mid-century modern pieces as a Frits Henningsen wingback chair, a George Nakashima coffee table and Milo Baughman tub chairs.

The Manhattan-based Nahem and his partner, Jeffrey Fields, often rent out this beach retreat for short periods to an A-list roster of tenants, some of whom have been inspired to later commission Nahem’s interiors firm, Fox-Nahem Associates, for their own homes. Among these are Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, who vacationed there a few years ago and then hired the designer to do two of their abodes on opposite coasts.

For the couple’s 1885 shingle-style Edward DeRose Windmill Cottage, in East Hampton, Nahem created a series of high-impact rooms filled with customized embellishments. These included of-the-moment graphic works by Pascó The Great, Stan Ynry and graffiti artists Osgemeos, as well as a ceramic fireplace surround created by craftsman Peter Lane. The finished proj ect landed on the December cover of Architectural Digest (which has also named the firm to its prestigious AD100 list of top designers)...

Nahem claims a client base that encompasses blue-chip collectors, gallerists and art world stars, and the monograph features many of their homes. “Joe has had the amazing good fortune to work with people who are serious collectors of contemporary art — and I mean serious collectors,” Iannacci said in a recent interview. (The art gene runs in the family: The designer’s brother, Edward Tyler Nahem, operates an eponymous contemporary gallery on New York’s 57th Street.) Nahem peppers his refined, one-of-a-kind interiors with key examples of 20th- and 21st-century art by such talents as Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter and Anish Kapoor.

For a Park Avenue duplex included in the book — the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, built in 1929 by her grandfather — Nahem included two pieces by Jeff Koons. 

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