Fire Island is notorious for hedonistic fun so the last thing you might think to go there for would be the architecture. A new book, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction by Christopher Rawlins, lays out all these simple but stunning modernist houses that are tucked away in the sand dunes and pine trees in all their wood and glass glory. All designed by the late Horace Gifford, these pads have seen some parties, gurl! Calvin Klein (middle, right) had Gifford expand his pleasure pad in the ’70s, no doubt a “conversation pit,” ahem, was added. (My ex has one of these beauties too, not by Gifford, where the ’70s art porn classic, Boys In The Sand (bottom, left), was shot, but that’s another story…)
And just this week a new piece of Pines architecture (top) opened to pretty much rave reviews. “Replacing a forgettable building that burned down in the fall of 2011, the new Pines Pavilion is, like the best Gifford houses, a piece of serious architecture in an informal setting.” says critic Fred Bernstein this week in the Architectural Record. So, charge those iPhones and update your Instagram app for an architecture tour of The Fire Island Pines. You might have to ask some bikini-clad guy to move to the left so you can get a better shot though.