Alex Papachristidis Designs a Life-Size Dollhouse for the Rudin Family

See inside the charming addition to this ED A-Lister’s family pad in the Hamptons.

Rudin family house
Thomas Loof

Built on the Rudin family property in Bridgehampton, New York, the playhouse was a surprise birthday gift from Ophelia Rudin to her granddaughter, Elle Rudin-Earls. Cabinetmaker Walter Sternlieb built the Kitty McCoy-designed house in his studio and delivered it on a flatbed truck. Custom window boxes full of geraniums grace the exterior. ED A-Lister Alex Papachristidis, Ophelia’s brother, designed the interiors; he found the miniature furniture at a Hamptons antiques show.

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Rudin family house
Thomas Loof

The toile de Jouy wallpaper is by Manuel Canovas, as is the fabric on the miniature chair at right. The bunny lamp was a gift from Mario Buatta to Papachristidis, who in turn gave it to Elle.

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Rudin family house
Thomas Loof

A miniature tea set sits on a custom trunk. The William Yeoward Crystal carafe contains white ranunculus from the garden.

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Rudin family house
Thomas Loof

Previous structures on the property were collaborations between architect Kitty McCoy and Papachristidis, so naturally the playhouse followed.

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Rudin family house
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The hand-painted floor pattern was inspired by Pauline de Rothschild’s bedroom at the Albany in London. The antique cane chair was custom painted to match the room.

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Rudin family house
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Elle Rudin-Earls (right) with her mother, Samantha Rudin-Earls.

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McCoy (left) with Papachristidis on the property.

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