Hamptons Magazine
Moving to the Hamptons in 2005 only heightened Helen Gifford's passion for luminosity. "There's something about the light play and the movement of water and sun, or moonlight on the water, that really comes through in my work," says Gifford, an industrial designer, who lives and works in Sag Harbor, which she describes as "the central heartbeat of the Hamptons.

Best known for her company, HelenBilt custom lighting, Gifford has recently developed a line of hand-painted wallpapers and limited-edition candles, inspired by her lighting fixtures. "It's a nice trifecta of your lighting and your wall surfaces and your scent," says Gifford, who launched her career straight out of Parsons The New School for Design 12 years ago with her striking Urchin Collection. "Then the rest is the fun part of all the delightful things you can add."


Photo by Eric Striffler