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CELEBRITY SCULPTOR’S ART-FILLED HOME INTERIOR DESIGN John Raimondi and H. Allen Holmes PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Newcomb - ArchitectPhotography.com
ith 15-foot ceilings, honed travertine floors, and lots of natural light from windows offering spectacular views of the landscaping, John Raimondi loves spending time in his art-filled Palm Beach Gardens home. The internationally known monumental sculptor and long-time contemporary art collector is surrounded by his own works and a variety of other artworks that he admires. “I love living with my art and with other people’s art,” he says. “I treat my interiors like I do when I create a sculpture. While a drawing will tell me what the sculpture will do, I listen to the space as part of the design process because I have to live with it.” The result is a 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath home in an environment of understated elegance. After 51 years as a sculptor— he started in Boston and has also lived in New York and East Hampton—Raimondi now spends most of his time in Florida, and enjoys everything about the well-designed home that he shares with his husband.
The living room is dominated by pieces from Raimondi’s vibrant contemporary art collection. He placed one of his favorite artists Katherine Porter’s painting prominently over his custom walnut woven leather bench. The 1977 oil on canvas is poetically titled “When Alexander the Great Wept by the Riverbank Because There Were no More Worlds to Conquer.” From the sculptor’s early collection is Gregory Amenoff’s 1980 “Overlook,” another large oil on canvas. The rich colors and thick textures of this abstract painting create excitement above the American leather sectional by Ryker, courtesy of interior designer H. Allen Holmes.
The Iranian onyx coffee table, bequeathed to Raimondi by a client, the Italian leather burgundy Bellini chair, and the pair of teal mohair club chairs by Architect & Designer Josef Hoffmann, sit atop a geometric rug handmade in Tibet. The orange vase is Art Nouveau and picks up color from the art. On the rear wall is the sculptor’s glass and ceramics collection. “I love these objects,” he says. “They truly warm my heart.” - CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE -
“I wanted a kitchen that didn’t look like a kitchen,” says Raimondi of his chic and sophisticated zebrawood-lined cooking space. The custom island-credenza serves multi-functions for the sculptor as well as delighting guests with its beautiful design. More of his personal collection is highlighted above the cabinets, including the pine dough bowl from preCivil War days, and the Nigerian prestige vessel from 20th century Africa.
One of Raimondi’s passions is to host small dinner parties for his friends, family, and clients. Naturally, the sweeping Russ Gerlach acrylic on canvas painting “Summit” sets the stage for a special evening. The American artist is inspired by the best of the outdoors. “His work is filled with nature,” says Raimondi.“The purple and orange colors are spectacular.” On the sidewall is Deborah Remington’s 1971 “Tudor,” a striking oil on canvas. Above is more of the sculptor’s personal collection of objects that he cherishes.
“I love this pottery and the various shapes which I have been collecting for years,” he says. The dining table is made of dolomite from Brazil which is harder than marble and softer than granite. The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe chairs are repeated from the four used at the breakfast table. The dining table appointments include the stylish Swid Powell “Tuxedo” pattern china, and elegant, clean-lined Baccarat crystal. The shapely vase in the center of the table is Nancy Daum’s Nasturtium globe circa 1925. 34
In the family area (above) overlooking the swimming pool hangs “Two Standing Figures,” a ninefoot-tall Henry Moore silkscreen in color. Below the work is a French wood Art Nouveau table. The sitting vignette includes a suede, limited edition Poly & Bark sofa, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe MR chairs, a Warren Platner coffee table with a glass top, and a 1919 Van Briggle pottery vase with a cornflower motif. - CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE -
At the swimming pool, Raimondi’s 12-foot high bronze “Chet” is from the Jazz Series that he created 25 years ago. There were seven sculptures in the series which paid homage to the great jazz artists. This stunning piece is done in colors that pick up the tones of the pool water and the indigenous Florida landscaping. Raimondi’s more than 100 monumental sculptures are in the collections of museums, airports, colleges, and other public and private locations in the U.S. and around the world. Creating and collecting art are some of the great joys of his life.“Living with important works of art on a daily basis is inspirational for my work and for my life in general,” he says. - END -
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Understated Elegance & Style Highlight An Ocean View in a Luxury Penthouse.
INTERIOR DESIGNER Toby Zack, Plantation, (954) 967-8629 STYLING Jose Arango TEXT Denise Roussakis PHOTOGRAPHY Eric W. Grosskopf
he view is so breathtaking that it takes a moment to register the understated elegance of this luxury penthouse in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Toby Zack Designs created the perfect backdrop, minimalist, elegant, and functional. Toby and her team had worked with these clients before and knew exactly what they wanted. Toby Zack is known for her monochromatic palates that create seamless backgrounds for her clients’ beautiful art collections and/or views from their residences. In this particular project, the goal was to highlight the client’s African Art collection. The almost 3,000 square foot apartment boasts an open floor plan equally conducive to entertaining guests or hunkering down with family during a global pandemic.
The living room provides comfortable seating where the clients can spread out and enjoy the view. The two large marble slab chrome-based coffee tables anchor the room. The gray linen sofas and chairs have clean lines and form a u-shape around the tables facing the patio and view beyond. While the entire residence is open and airy, the media/music room has softer vibe. Still using beiges and grays this room provides a place to read or enjoy the beautiful black grand piano. The fabric on the sofa in this room, and throughout, is indoor/outdoor and easy to clean. The indoor/outdoor fabric available today is far superior to that of the past. Toby believes in simplifying her client’s lives by providing beautiful interiors that can be lived in, played on, and weather the occasional spill. “The world we live in now demands that every room is accessible, used and enjoyed. Gone are the days of the formal spaces off limits to grandchildren or family, to be used only on special occasions.” Says Toby Zack. Toby has a gifted design team consisting of Jose Arango and Denise Pernarella. They understand how to use neutral palates and natural materials to create beautiful spaces. The homeowner engaged in this renovation to update the form and function of the home. In particular, the kitchen was an area that needed attention. Between the electronic touch cabinetry by European Spaces to the Sirius ceiling vent over the waterfall island containing the cooktop, everything has been updated for ease of use. The banquet is designed for causal family meals or morning coffee while watching the news. Even the kitchen takes advantage of the spectacular views. - CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE -
The primary bedroom is an oasis. It has the luxury of a 5 star resort. The fabrics and earth tones are soothing and peaceful. The desk provides utility and beauty, a place to handle correspondence as elegant as the rest of the home. The club chairs are accented by a beautiful African end table providing room for a cup of tea or your current favorite read. One of the designer’s favorite areas is the spa-like primary bath. Floor to ceiling tile provides the backdrop for the huge soaking tub and large glass shower. The clean lines Toby Zack is known for don’t disappoint in this space. The large white vanity boasts double sinks and tons of storage. No detail was spared. Walking into this room just causes you to relax and let go. The lighting strips imbedded in the walls and ceilings throughout are carried through in this space. - END -
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