Myron Goldfinger, renowned modernist architect, passed away this Summer at 90. Gaining prominence, especially in the Hamptons, for designing weekend escapes and monumental modern estates. Still highly sought-after today, the Goldfinger-designed estate at 43 Sandune Court, Sagaponack, hallmarks and honors the architect’s innumerable gifts.
Born of modest means in 1933 in Atlantic City, NJ, after graduating from Penn, Goldfinger served briefly in the US Army as a cabinet designer. After working for many years at design firms in the City, he opened his own firm with June Matkovic. They were married within the same year.
Myron Goldfinger is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, and a grandchild—along with an enduring and indelible impact on the Hamptons landscape.
His work appears all around the Northeast but nowhere more prominently than in the elegant enclaves in the Hamptons. In a recent retrospective from the New York Times, homes by Myron Goldfinger are described as “…at once trophies to be displayed and cozy escape pods from the bustle of Manhattan.” You are likely familiar with his work from a certain infamous party scene in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Goldfinger homes have and remain highly coveted by high-end buyers in part because of their bold departures from the typical traditional shingle-style home. They are easily identified for their unique geometry, which organizes simple shapes into stunning sculptural estates. Unsurprisingly, today’s buyers are especially excited by the incorporation of generously sized windows with wide, panoramic views.
Cast against an ever-growing catalog of spec houses, the vitality of Goldfinger’s designs becomes all the more clear.
Boldly and brilliantly, 43 Sandune Court, Sagaponack, embodies the most archetypal aspects of a Goldfinger home—rooftop aeries, vast vistas framed by walls of windows, and open courtyard-like interior spaces. A statement property that effortlessly fuses the sweeping Sagaponack scenery with artful design and master craftsmanship.
Restorations reiterate the waterfront home’s original and enduring inspiration; that’s a big deal for Laura White of Saunders & Associates, who represents the property exclusively. “Inside, the restorations are amazing, perfectly suited to the integrity of the home. Without losing any of the original character, in fact, the restorations iterate on the original inspiration, now outfitted with modern luxuries and amenities you’ll see and feel.”
Mr. Goldfinger is in rarified air, often likened to architectural giants Richard Meier and Charles Gwathmey. With such iconic company, it is not surprising that Goldfinger’s homes continue to capture the imagination and excitement of today’s buyers.
In his own words, Goldfinger poignantly notes, “Only the timeless basic geometry repeats in time.”