Check out The Big White House on Pett Level beach – designed by and for art collector Thomas Watkins, this neat property combines panoramic views of the sea with an interior that serves as a gallery of midcentury and modern masterpieces.
The entire top floor is one large reception room with an uninterrupted view of the sea, opening onto a roof terrace to create the coolest party spot possible. An eccentric media center contains the iconic de Sede DS-600 sofa, accompanied by a bright red Batting Joe chair, unexpected and excellent.
Appetizing colors brighten the kitchen. Wall-length windows open into an elaborate garden. Bright orange dining chairs and vintage barn lamps accentuate a minimalist wood table, culminating in a wall of polished steel appliances. Artwork hangs low on the walls right at eye level of anyone who sits down to dine.
The Big White House received a Sussex Heritage Award for Architectural Achievement – but these shots of the interior are worth admiring for the neat midcentury design curiosities contained within.