One grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, the other in Boston. But their paths merged in Brooklyn, New York. That’s where Amna Ali and Jackie Brown met 10 years ago as graduate interior design students at Pratt Institute, learned they both had a background in art, and discovered their affinity for Scandinavian design. Cut to 2015, after each worked on their own exhibition-design projects, when the two women embarked on the journey that resulted in Gather Greene, their recently opened vacation retreat and event venue in the Hudson Valley.
Located in Coxsackie, between the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains about two hours from the city, Gather Greene offers 17 guest cabins interspersed among the hills of a 100-acre former dairy farm. “It’s like you’re in a Thomas Cole painting” Ali says, referring to the founder of the Hudson River School movement. Each of the Scandi-simple cedar-clad cabins takes full advantage of the verdant setting by having an end wall consisting of a single pane of glass, bringing the outdoors way in.
Their 160-square-foot pine-lined interiors don’t try to compete with the views, containing no more than a king-size bed. “The idea of scale and how the built space could amplify the experience were themes we kept considering,” Brown adds. Since part of the experience is glamping, rooms also offer air-conditioning, outlets, and a bathroom. As for the site’s name, it derives from gezellig, which is Dutch for convivial and cozy.
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