“Flamingo Estate was founded on the idea that in a world that profits off our numbness, it is a radical act to wake up our senses,” says Richard Christiansen, the serial Australian born entrepreneur and founder of creative agency Chandelier who poured his lockdown energies into restoring the 1940s built home and estate in the hills above the razzamatazz of Los Angeles.
He envisioned a new/old utopia where pesticide free farming, making from and nurturing the land would provide a sustainable business and a fulfilling life for the estate team and the 75 farms in the region Flamingo collaborates with delivering seasonal produce to homes and restaurants. Christiansen, son of honey makers in his native Australia, now has a thriving farm and a line of delicious products including honey, Pink Moon rose wine, artisanal soap and Heritage Olive Oil that are finding a prime spot-on tables and in pantries. The operation is comparable to Daylesford in the U.K.
"In a world that profits off our numbness, it is a radical act to wake up our senses.”
Scalloped rattan chairs sit poolside
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The Summer Body Shop E. Hampton
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The maverick brand maker and shaper, who had racked up hundreds of thousands of air miles in his frenetic pitch heavy schedule, found his own solace in the project. He collaborated with Studio KO on the restoration of the pink hued house with its lush orchards and dense 7-acre gardens achieving an enviable mix of sensuous textures and colours; while horticulturalist Jeff Hutchison advised on the regenerative agriculture and how best to cultivate the thriving botanical species including oranges, figs, apricots, tomatoes and medicinal herbs. Christiansen sees pleasure as a human right and that belief resonates through the bucolic surroundings (a delight for entertaining) and the operations of what is now a blossoming wellness brand. “Creativity from Mother Nature is much better than any Pinterest board,” says Christiansen.
Indulge in cult favourites at their east coast takeover for Summer 2023 at The Summer Body Shop, 9 Railroad Avenue, East Hampton, NY.