Husband and wife team Mette Aamodt and Andrew Plumb, who met while students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, got their first break in 2007, when a potential client asked them to create an ambitious beach house in East Quogue, in the Hamptons. They worried that they had "bit off much more than [they] could chew," as Plumb puts it.
"The inclination could have been to play it safe and do what we're comfortable with," which meant to pass and continue working at their respective firms. "But we really tried to push ourselves. That's carried through in all our jobs," notes Plumb. They went ahead, and simultaneously launched their firm, Aamodt Plumb.