The white, modern icebox that Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, had built from scratch on a bluff overlooking East Hampton’s Gardiners Bay comes with all the snoozy features celebrities seem to require: acres of various marbles, platform beds, bleached-wood built-ins. (Furness told Architectural Digest that the design was inspired by the Aman hotels and Calvin Klein’s house, whose architect she hired.)
But any potential tenants interested in renting the 5-bedroom from Memorial Day through Labor Day — for $500,000 — may be drawn in by a perk I spotted in the Corcoran listing: a piece by artist James Turrell installed in the hallway. The circular plane of light changes color on a 2.5-hour schedule, Furness told AD. “It’s so bold and over the top. It’s the heartbeat of the house.” The piece looks like it comes from Turrell’s 2020 series “The Circular Glass,” described by gallery Häusler Contemporary as a “breathtaking play of light … in which the gaze can loose itself.” When not attempting to “loose” their gaze, tenants can soak in a tub with a waterfall spout, swim in a flush-edge pool with a view of the bay, and dine at a walnut table that took artisans two years to carve, according to AD.
If the Jackman-Furness family is planning to vacate during peak season in the Hamptons, it may be because Jackman’s current gig, The Music Man, closes on January 15 and he’s off to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Atlanta, generally speaking … maybe Vancouver) come May. Until then, Jackman says his only job will be to work out — something his future tenant could do in the mansion’s home gym before cooling off in front of a glowing orb.