New York-based Studio Robert McKinley’s latest project, McKinley Bungalow “Edison” is the design firm’s fourth and largest rentable, shoppable design concept in Montauk, NY. The 4,200 square foot property features a range of amenities, and is the studio’s most expansive renovation project to date.
A traditional New England Cedar Shake house, the Edison Bungalow is a departure from the design
firm’s previous mid-century style ranch homes, featuring wood construction, wide plank pine floors, and
modern Shaker-inspired design elements. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home was originally built in the
early 2000s, and sits on 1.6 acres of pristine landscape and natural foliage.
The studio’s founder and Creative Director, Robert McKinley, and his partner, Kate Nauta, looked
towards historic Northeastern color palettes to inform the Bungalow’s overall design. Taking inspiration
from the likes of Axel Vervoordt, Jacques Cousteau, and Peter Beard, the residence takes on a pared-down effortless aesthetic - filled with a medley of textures and organic materials that together create a harmonious and serene sanctuary.
Blended crisp-white interiors with bold pops of color are seen throughout to give the space a
contemporary spin, perfectly exemplified by the glossy “National Geographic” yellow front door and the
sea grass green kitchen floor. The house is outfitted in a variety of contemporary artwork, custom
furniture, and carefully curated vintage finds.
As seen throughout the previous Bungalow properties, Edison was designed to bring the Studio’s
favorite products under one roof. Among those favorites is Duravit, about which Robert says, "Duravit has always represented quality to me. It has a certain feel that conveys an established history. There’s also a timeless modernity that is very hard to find. Their products have soulful relevance that is modernist without being trendy."