New York-based Studio Robert McKinley’s latest project, McKinley Bungalow “Etna” is the design firm’s third shoppable, rentable residence in Montauk, New York. The 1,490-square-foot property is thoughtfully outfitted with furniture and objects meant to spark inspiration among visitors.
While the McKinley Bungalow Etna shares an ethos of relaxation, craft, and care with its predecessors, its design is a departure from the previous two Bungalows. Using the low-slung modern lines of the existing house, Robert blended a combination of earth tones, stone, and masonry to create a sense of home and an unmistakable human element. The home has a concrete structure, rather than the wooden ranch style of the previous Bungalows, and showcases concrete floors inspired by the traditional weather bunkers on Montauk. These elements coupled with the lower ceilings create a rawer, more casual aesthetic.
Originally built in 1958, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has been refitted with sleek features throughout the interior, and showcases amenities ideal for relaxation outdoors on its nearly half-acre lot, which includes a landscaped pool and an ocean view.
Etna was designed, in part to bring the Studio’s favorite products together under one roof and share them with others. 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."