The Next Generation: Max Eicke

by Dena Silver

Is the East End social scene feeling a bit passé? There are a slew of new names to know, and hot off the presses from the latest issue of The Daily Summer, we’re sharing 10 fresh faces to get familiar with out in the Hamps. Welcome to Next Generation week! Some come from storied families, others are self-made…meet the chicsters of tomorrow. This time, we talked to Max Eicke, 24, who’s taken the Hamptons furniture design scene by storm…

Mom & Dad: Art dealer Michael Eicke and former fashion editor Elfi Eicke

9 To 5:
Furniture designer and owner, Max ID NY

Street Cred: “I moved to the Hamptons when I was nine and went to Pierson High in Sag Harbor and The Ross School in East Hampton.”

Early Promise:
 “The first piece of furniture I ever created was a lamp. I was 16, and it was something I could build by myself in my bedroom.”

Learning Curve: 
“Finding manufacturers in America was impossible when I started Max ID NY because they didn’t take a 19-year-old kid seriously. Asia was much more welcoming.”

He’s Crafty:
 “My goal is to make pieces of the quality and craftsmanship you see in furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, but with a modern feel.”

Bali Ballin’:
“At the moment I’m getting together the financials to design a place for myself in Bali. I’ve designed the whole thing: the property, the house, and all the furniture.”

Hamptons Hang: “I love Commander Cody’s on Shelter Island. It’s a BBQ shack in the middle of nowhere, and everything’s super fresh.”

Frequent Flyer: “When I’m not out here, I’m either in Indonesia or Europe, touching base with my clients and manufacturers.”

Attention, Ladies: “I’m single!”

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