But how do you mix it all together – colour, pattern and prints – without it all clashing?
'I don’t really think about it. They all have vitality, so they they work together. I’m an energetic person, so I need my surroundings to keep up with me. Although I live in a beach cottage, I wanted to bring an urban edge to it because it’s still New York'.
How do you like relaxing with friends?
'When people come to Montauk, they let their guard down. The barbacue is fired up and we have a feast. I hold a huge Fourth of July party and guests sleep in tents in my backyard. It’s a place where people can chill out with a beer, sit by the pool or wander down to the beach'.
Ben’s party tips...
'Good music, interesting people and lots of inflatables.'
What’s your favourite drink to make a party to go with a bang?
'The pink drink rose – it’s fun and everyone likes it'.
Speedos or board shorts?
'Board shorts! I would never wear Speedos and I don’t think any man ever should – even if he thinks he can carry them off. If I could get a human-size vacumn, I would suck up all who attempt to don the Speedo!'