Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag: A Great Design Collaboration

The process of pulling off a high-end interior design and construction project can feel as intimidating as producing a Hollywood movie. There are a lot of creative professionals involved in a complex undertaking. 

The above room took a lot of creative work: Interior design by Rinfret, Ltd., architecture by Wadia Associates and building by Sound Beach Partners. Photo by Michael Partenio.

The above room took a lot of creative work: Interior design by Rinfret, Ltd., architecture by Wadia Associates and building by Sound Beach Partners. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor in Chief of New England Home Connecticut advocates the importance of communication between design professionals and has found that the most beautiful and intriguing homes are the ones that were envisioned and created not by one person but by a team of architect, interior designer and builder. Hoepner has long been a fan of Rinfret’s work (in fact, the first issue of New England Home Connecticut was graced with a cover of a Rinfret project) so when he decided to showcase a successful collaboration between design professionals, he immediately thought of Cindy Rinfret and a gorgeous project that she created with Dinyar Wadia/Wadia Associates and Doron Sabag/Sound Beach Partners. 

New England Home Connecticut profiled the Roundtable Luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with Cindy Rinfret, Dinyar Wadia and Doron Sabag at the LA Cafe at the Lillian August Design Center, in their Spring 2016 issue.

New England Home Connecticut profiled the Roundtable Luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with Cindy Rinfret, Dinyar Wadia and Doron Sabag at the LA Cafe at the Lillian August Design Center, in their Spring 2016 issue.

Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag spoke with Hoepner as part of an intimate luncheon for design professionals held at the Lillian August Design Center this past February where they discussed how they used best practices to create a stunning Greenwich project. The project posed a significant challenge as they were tasked with designing, building, landscaping, decorating, accessorizing and installing an expansive limestone estate with a pool and a seemingly countless number of rooms from start to finish within eighteen months. 

The beautiful home they created was a result of working together from the very beginning. By virtue of being on the job before breaking ground, Rinfret could incorporate details into the interiors that highlighted the architecture. For example, in the dining room Rinfret created a beautiful Chippendale chair rail that played off the Chippendale railing that Wadia designed in the entry. Sabag’s team brilliantly brought the vision to reality by expertly installing mirror behind the wainscoting. 

The entry with Chippendale entry railing was an inspiration point for Cindy Rinfret's design. Photo by Michael Partenio.

The entry with Chippendale entry railing was an inspiration point for Cindy Rinfret's design. Photo by Michael Partenio.

They were able to adhere to the ambitious timeline and keep the client happy by making it a priority to stay in constant communication with each other. There can be a lot of grey areas and Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag made sure that their roles were clearly delineated to ensure that they could all efficiently work together. Judging from these gorgeous images, we think it’s pretty clear that this was a dream team project for all, especially the lucky homeowner.

Cindy Rinfret lets the architecture shine in the living room by keeping the furniture understated and by highlighting the beautifully detailed plaster ceiling by painting it cream and blue, with those colors reflected in the luxurious rugs that ground the room. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Cindy Rinfret lets the architecture shine in the living room by keeping the furniture understated and by highlighting the beautifully detailed plaster ceiling by painting it cream and blue, with those colors reflected in the luxurious rugs that ground the room. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Two chandeliers help to fill the grand size of the dining room and are more relaxed than one very dominant light fixture. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Two chandeliers help to fill the grand size of the dining room and are more relaxed than one very dominant light fixture. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Rinfret installed motorized sheers around the bath for privacy and to add an ethereal romance to the space. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Rinfret installed motorized sheers around the bath for privacy and to add an ethereal romance to the space. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Want to know more about this project? Cindy Rinfret devotes an entire chapter to this home in her book, Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Living.