Timothy Godbold turns his Hamptons home into a "villain's hideout"

Interior designer Timothy Godbold has overhauled his own home in the Hamptons, painting the exterior black and renovating the inside to resemble a lair from a James Bond movie.

Timothy Godbold‘s 1,700-square-foot (158-square-metre) Southampton home was built in 1973 by architect Eugene L Futterman, who designed many notable residences in the area during the mid-20th century.

Living rooms with grey plaster walls and ziggurat-like fireplace
A ziggurat-like fireplace and an angled planter are among features that Timothy Godbold incorporated to make his home feel like a Bond villain’s lair

The building required extensive renovation work, so the Australian designer looked to the modernist icons he remembered from his youth: those that featured in the James Bond movies.

“Hailing from Perth, Australia, Godbold sought to blend his childhood home with the feel of a villain’s hideout straight out of a James Bond movie,” said his studio.

A vintage Lara sectional and a coffee table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
The living room is furnished with sofas that are part of a vintage Lara sectional by Roberto Pamio, Noti Massari and Renato Toso, and a coffee table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli

Leaning into this idea, Godbold painted the building’s cedar-clad exterior entirely black, which helped to hide imperfections in the siding.

The building comprises two connected trapezoidal volumes that angle upwards away from one another, creating a dynamic roofline, and a staircase along the join provides access to the split levels on either side.

Seating area with large picture windows that face the woodland
Above the living room, a TV room makes the most of the building’s tall ceilings and picture windows

Large picture windows frame views of the surrounding woodlands and multiple skylights with timber louvres bring in additional light from above.

In the slightly shorter half of the building is a split-level living space, which benefits from the height of the monopitched roof and the natural light that pours in from overhead.

Dark dining table covered in books
The kitchen and dining area is located on the space level as the living space, in the other half of the building

Downstairs, the furniture includes sofas that are part of a vintage Lara sectional by Roberto Pamio, Noti Massari and Renato Toso, and a coffee table by Lella and Massimo Vignelli.

Warm-toned grey plaster covers the walls, and ceiling – a sculptural chimney breast and fireplace are flanked by stepped sides.

A bed on a raised carpeted platform, encircled by a linen curtain
In the primary bedroom, the bed is placed on a raised carpeted platform and encircled by a linen curtain

“Mayan ziggurat temples served as the basis for the living room fireplace, and the hanging garden was inspired by the work of Paul Rudolph – specifically, his angled walls,” Godbold’s team said.

Hidden from view behind the angled planter, the TV room on the upper level features more seating and a vintage coffee table with a glass top, and a travertine and brass base.

Bathroom lined with grey fibre-cement panels
Open to the main bedroom, the bathroom is lined with grey fibre-cement panels

The primary suite occupies the top level of the taller volume, where the walls were removed to open the bathroom to the sleeping area.

The carpeted floor area under the bed is raised to create a floating appearance, and a tall linen curtain can be drawn around this area for privacy as desired.

Guest bedroom featuring a bed with a desk built at its foot
One of the two guest bedrooms features a stainless steel bed with a desk built into its foot

Both the bathroom and a closet are tucked under the angled roof, the former lined with dark grey fibre-cement panels scored with vertical grooves.

Two guest bedrooms are located on the lowest level, connected by a wood-lined corridor with large windows that face onto a terrace.

One is furnished with a stainless steel bed with a travertine headboard and a built-in desk at its foot, while the same materials continue in a guest bathroom.

“Much like Goldfinger’s lair, stainless steel is utilised throughout — from the furniture to the hardware,” said the team.

Exterior view of black modernist home with a firepit in the foreground
The building comprises two trapezoidal volumes that face opposite directions, creating a dynamic roofline

Set on a sloped plot, the home has access to the garden at different levels from front to back. Square “lily pad” steps lead up from the street to the front terrace, while a steeper staircase links to the raised patio at the back.

Deeper into the trees, a minimalist firepit sits on a circular mosaic platform that mimics the nuclear symbol.

“Lily pad” steps lead up to the front of the black-painted residence from the street

Godbold is also involved in the local nonprofit organisation Hamptons 20th Century Modern, which offers annual home tours of the area’s architectural gems in the summer.

Other midcentury properties in this part of Long Island that have been renovated include a stone-clad beach house by Norman Jaffe that was revived by Neil Logan Architect, and a cedar-clad dwelling by Charles Gwathmey that was sensitively refreshed by Worrell Yeung.

The photography is by David Mitchell.

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