Inside Robert Downey Jr.’s Windmill Home in the Hamptons | Open Door | Architectural Digest

  • Published: 30 October 2017
  • In this episode of Open Door, Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Avengers) and wife Susan Downey turned a converted windmill into a stylish and charming Hamptons home. In this funny, full-access house tour, the Downeys show off their favorite art, let you into their closets and explain why their cats have full run of the place.

    "We wanted something we haven’t seen a million times,” the Iron Man star says, describing the property itself as well as the decorative ministrations of AD100 designer Joe Nahem and the team at New York City–based Fox-Nahem Associates.

    The Downeys originally met Nahem two summers ago, when they rented the heavenly Amagansett country house the designer shares with his partner, Jeffrey Fields.

    The Downeys said goodbye to Nahem and Fields that summer with a request that the designers alert them to any particularly enticing properties coming onto the market in the Hamptons. Several months later, Nahem found a place that more than fit the bill: a late–19th century windmill folly, originally constructed as a playhouse, that had been transformed into a full-fledged residence by way of structural additions grafted onto the building in the decades following its construction. Among the many attributes of the estate were proximity to the town of East Hampton coupled with the privacy of a secluded location, enchanting gardens conjured by landscape designer Joseph Tyree for the home’s previous owners, and those sublime trees that dot the lawns like masterpieces of sculpture.

    Nahem didn’t have much time to revel in the triumph of his matchmaking. As soon as his clients acquired the property, they gave their designer a mere six weeks to transform the home into a Downey-rific sanctuary keyed to the couple’s adventurous aesthetic tastes and the comfort of their children, five-year-old son Exton and three-year-old daughter Avri. (The actor has another son, 24-year-old Indio, with his ex-wife, Deborah Falconer.)

    Happily, once the holiday season was over, Nahem and his team were able to return to the home and begin the renovation in earnest. One of the biggest changes was the reconfiguration of the living room that lies just beyond the octagonal entry foyer at the base of the windmill. To give the transitional area a greater sense of place, the designer sunk the living room several feet and anchored it with a massive wraparound fireplace wall by ceramic artist Peter Lane.

    Another major component of the renovation involved rethinking the pool area to suit the Downeys’ vision of easy, breezy outdoor leisure. Rather than making the guesthouse do double duty as a swimming cabana, as it had in the previous scheme, Nahem designed a freestanding poolside pavilion, in collaboration with Alveary Architecture, replete with a dining setup centered on a mosaic-topped table by Kelly Behun Studio, an outdoor living room and bar, and a television almost as large as the screens at the local multiplex.

    As for the interiors of the house itself, the mix represents an amiable consensus among the Downeys and their designer: pedigreed pieces and unpretentious off-the-rack staples, poppy colors and soothing neutrals, eccentric accents and discreet luxuries. It’s an idiosyncratic assemblage that speaks equally to the actor’s puckish spirit, his wife’s concerns for efficiency and ease, and Nahem’s finesse in crafting eminently livable homes with a touch of otherworldly magic.

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Comments • 10 393

  • Kevin Caldwell
    Kevin Caldwell  3 hours back

    What a cool pair of parents they must be!

    • callme mi
      callme mi  3 hours back

      "hi we're the downey's"

      • Tony Stark
        Tony Stark  3 hours back

        *I'm Tony Stark and I approve this video*

        • Anthony Brown
          Anthony Brown  6 hours back

          Not their home home, but its nice. Their main home and downeys company are all in italy, venice i think, could be wrong.

          • fitness freaks
            fitness freaks  14 hours back


            • GABR13L
              GABR13L  17 hours back

              I can’t see RDJ I SEE TONY STARK WE LOVE U 3000

              • Dorset Deb
                Dorset Deb  19 hours back

                lots of global warming issues here. these liberals and their virtue signalling

                • cole
                  cole  1 days back

                  0:46 he says inevitable. holy frick iron man said inevitable

                  • the truth
                    the truth  1 days back

                    Hi sir ❤

                    • Thomas KIlts
                      Thomas KIlts  1 days back

                      There isn’t one difference between him and tony stark and I love it 😂

                      • U_ñes_ Abdullah
                        U_ñes_ Abdullah  2 days back

                        RDJ and his wife are *perfectly balanced* as every thing should be

                        • Batman The dark knight

                          I love this x 3000

                          • Molly Swartz
                            Molly Swartz  2 days back


                            • Tashfiq Ur Rashid
                              Tashfiq Ur Rashid  2 days back

                              This is Tony tho not Robert

                              • Egna Cruz
                                Egna Cruz  2 days back

                                I dont like it.

                                • Adam F
                                  Adam F  3 days back

                                  Perfect home.. lots of napping locations.

                                  • Rosiane Ribeiro Pereira

                                    Um dos melhores episódios desse quadro!

                                    • STaSHZILLA
                                      STaSHZILLA  4 days back

                                      They are northeast of the Church spire...

                                      • STaSHZILLA
                                        STaSHZILLA  2 days back

                                        @Bitupan Wellness Project Its not actually a security breach. That is a joke. It doesn't matter which direction they are from the church. Thats an addition to the joke.

                                      • Bitupan Wellness Project
                                        Bitupan Wellness Project  2 days back

                                        But why does that matter which direction are they from the church? And how is it a security breach? Can you please explain.

                                    • ragusajr100
                                      ragusajr100  4 days back

                                      Cute couple...

                                      • Tonithenightowl
                                        Tonithenightowl  6 days back

                                        I'm surprised he doesn't have something built outside for the cats to have the experience of being outdoors. You know like a dog run... only for cats lol I have a cat who gets stuck in trees so I can't let her out. We have a deck off a second floor bedroom situated over our kitchen roof. So she gets to be on the deck can jump to the roof, comes through a window to get back in the bedroom and then back out to the door to the deck. She gets fresh air, lays in the sun and gets her exercise while being completely safe. Just a thought Mr. Downey lol

                                        • Crsn E
                                          Crsn E  6 days back

                                          Why do rich people have such ugly overprice houses

                                          • Esteban Perez
                                            Esteban Perez  7 days back

                                            Is it me or he looks like iron man

                                            • Alex Rivers
                                              Alex Rivers  7 days back

                                              i thought he talked like that only when hes playing iron man but damn hes just as cool irl

                                              • Iiau
                                                Iiau  7 days back

                                                he’s like your nice uncle

                                                • BanTheStupid
                                                  BanTheStupid  1 weeks back

                                                  Finally, proof for my wife that we live way better than some very rich celebrities.

                                                  • Mukeet Khan
                                                    Mukeet Khan  1 weeks back

                                                    Which room does Pepper Potts live in? Also, where's Morgan?

                                                    • Hasade O
                                                      Hasade O  1 weeks back

                                                      Why do I now feel Downey wasn't acting as Iron Man??🤷🏾‍♂️

                                                      • racedrivergrid01
                                                        racedrivergrid01  1 weeks back

                                                        Nov 11, 2019

                                                        • Diana Bryant
                                                          Diana Bryant  1 weeks back

                                                          I love you Rodney, lovely house and wife, God Bless.

                                                          • RioTDM Habib
                                                            RioTDM Habib  1 weeks back


                                                            • Mr hexa6on
                                                              Mr hexa6on  1 weeks back

                                                              Omg tony is still alive?!!

                                                              • Aidan Tuthill
                                                                Aidan Tuthill  1 weeks back

                                                                RIP Iron man

                                                                • Journey of my soul
                                                                  Journey of my soul  1 weeks back

                                                                  What about your tower?

                                                                  • Melvert Casuga
                                                                    Melvert Casuga  1 weeks back

                                                                    Owww ilove Iron Man i hope he not died

                                                                    • Ja Me
                                                                      Ja Me  1 weeks back

                                                                      OMG...he looks exactly like Tony Stark.

                                                                    • tamila Rankin
                                                                      tamila Rankin  1 weeks back

                                                                      I just can't help but to think of Iron Man every-time I see him! There will NEVER be ANOTHER!

                                                                      • Jocelyn Garcia
                                                                        Jocelyn Garcia  1 weeks back

                                                                        Very normal living.I enjoyed this one.

                                                                        • Etter Park
                                                                          Etter Park  1 weeks back

                                                                          I'm so happy for the Downey family, hope they make lots of great memories here...However, in my opinion, they BUTCHERED this house. I grew up in the Hamptons, and I know the lifestyle.. I have been in this house several times when it's previous owner Ken would host parties. He and his boyfriend did SUCH a nice job on the interior; it was so tasteful, classy, understated but opulent, and completely timeless. Like, old money tasteful. It's like when J-Lo bought her house in Watermill and wanted to remove the 30 year old and gorgeous shaped hedges in the front. I basically told them 'no, this is the Hamptons and you're keeping them. People wait lifetimes for privet to grow like that, it's a blessing." And then they listened! Because I politely conveyed that The Hamptons isn't LA!
                                                                          It would be like buying a historic chateau in the Loire Valley but then turning around and renovating it with a totally modern theme.
                                                                          For me, personally, and let me know if you are reading this and you have any thoughts, good design is about incorporating your own taste while seamlessly blending it in with the surroundings, and that includes the community and the town and the history of it.

                                                                          • Edenmoon
                                                                            Edenmoon  1 weeks back

                                                                            Really simple home

                                                                            • Daniel Lang
                                                                              Daniel Lang  2 weeks back

                                                                              horny Jr. at 3:15

                                                                              • Charles Iannini
                                                                                Charles Iannini  2 weeks back

                                                                                Where do you keep your Iron Man suits

                                                                                • gogyoo
                                                                                  gogyoo  2 weeks back

                                                                                  They're really cool and rock'n'roll, but I wish Robert would get educated on the meaning of the word "vomitorium".

                                                                                  • Simone Daniels
                                                                                    Simone Daniels  2 weeks back

                                                                                    It’s east of the church lol I can tell by the sun and it’s Morning time

                                                                                    • Rjay Ping
                                                                                      Rjay Ping  2 weeks back

                                                                                      This guy looks like the guy that played Iron Man?????...

                                                                                      • UnseenSpirit
                                                                                        UnseenSpirit  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I know it's his home but as an Asian, seeing shoes being worn inside is a big arghhhhh

                                                                                        • whifling
                                                                                          whifling  2 weeks back

                                                                                          But it's ok, it's totally normal there. Although in some people's homes they ask everyone to take shoes off at the door to keep the carpets nice. It does seem more hygienic come to think of it.

                                                                                      • Anthony Blue
                                                                                        Anthony Blue  2 weeks back

                                                                                        blah..JJ Redicks pad is 10 times better....and he is 100 times cooler too!

                                                                                        • friskyyy sharma
                                                                                          friskyyy sharma  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Rdj is not a human he's a god for me 💞💞💞

                                                                                          • Rohan G. Nair
                                                                                            Rohan G. Nair  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Wait... His wife is not Pepper Potts!!?!?!