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Situated on Miami’s bustling Biscayne Boulevard, newcomer Circa Lighting catches the eye with its sparkling showroom, especially when it’s brilliantly aglow at night. The company, which has 22 locations, sought out the site because of its proximity to the Miami Design District. “Our space was built to create a wonderful experience for our customers—we want to inspire,” says Pilar Campos, the showroom manager. “It looks like no other lighting store in South Florida.” Part of the Visual Comfort & Co. family of brands, the space shines with architectural and decorative lighting by coveted designers such as Kelly Wearstler, Aerin, Thomas O’Brien, Sean Lavin and Ralph Lauren. Circa also partners with brands that produce gas lamps and lanterns, custom light fixtures and other lighting products. circalighting.com
feedback was so positive that it pushed me to take a professional view of my production.
How did you get your start? I was exposed to art early on and experimented with many mediums, such as charcoal, ceramics and oil. Formal training is wonderful for technique, but the opportunity to explore with an easel, still life or live models allowed me to trust my vision and expression. I started donating works to my favorite charities some years ago. The
Take us behind the scenes of your latest collaboration with Lauren Haskell. We followed one another on Instagram, and she reached out saying she saw something special in my work. Lauren hand-selected the paintings, which became beautiful fabrics, wallpapers, pillows and pottery, including ginger jars. I thought of myself as a painter, but she has encouraged me to see myself as a designer as well.
What do you want your works to evoke? My designs are based in natural patterns, and that feeling of lightness and tranquility is what I hope shines through. I aim for a contemporary take on traditional, so there is a simplicity in the images yet they’re still provocative. Color is a must.
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Delray Beach artist Junior Sandler splashes canvases with vibrant color and captures the energy of South Florida’s tropical lifestyle. Along with showcasing her work at galleries in Palm Beach and beyond, Sandler recently collaborated on her first design project with interior designer Lauren Haskell. Luxe catches up with Sandler. shoplohome.com
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MEET THE MAKER so I’m directly influenced by the culture, people and environment. Having worked with rigid hospitality brand standards while employed at corporate design firms, it was important for me to flip the color narrative by introducing bright and bold hues in the Caribe collection.
Furloughed during the pandemic, Miami-based interior designer Kenzie Leon Perry turned lemons into lemonade when he started his own firm, Ze Haus Interior Design Studio, and launched a spirited collection of throw pillows, drapery, fabrics and wallpaper recalling the vibrancy of Miami and the Caribbean. Here, he shares his colorful approach. ze-haus.com How do location and culture influence your pieces? I worked in Jamaica and throughout the eastern Caribbean for an allinclusive hotel as an interior designer for more than six years,
What inspired the collection? My Miami neighborhood, Buena Vista West, which is a part of the Little Haiti community. I hand-painted yardbirds (the chickens roam my neighborhood) wearing headdresses and fedoras and surrounded by sugarcane, a Caribbean delicacy grown in the Florida Everglades. The collection has three coordinating patterns as well as original painted portraits of Caribbean people. Favorite item in the collection? The Plis Kann print, consisting of sugarcane stalks arranged in a chinoiserie pattern, because it blurs cultures with an Asian feel. What’s next? I’m working with a New York wallpaper manufacturer to produce, market and sell an exclusive wallpaper line designed by myself.
Another stunner, SeaGlass, Jupiter Island (below), stands out as the first new construction in the area in decades. Slated for fall 2022, the beachfront condominium by Fontainebleau Development presents finishes such as wood paneling, coral and limestone-clad walls and floors. “Our inspiration was the contemporary beach houses of Miami and Malibu,” says Courtney Brannan of Champalimaud Design. A showpiece is the lobby chandelier, fashioned with hand-blown glass reminiscent of the waves striking the shoreline of nearby Blowing Rocks Preserve. seaglassjupiterisland.com
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Hidden away in the Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, Room 901 is a (not-so-secret) guest room transformed into a speakeasy meant for sipping inventive cocktails by some of the nation’s best bartenders. After checking in at the front desk using a password, guests are given a key to access the unmarked cocktail den. Dark and moody, the decor by RRC Design evokes the roaring ’20s with plush velvet furnishings, wallpapered tables, a large vintage rug, bookshelves lined with titles and a sparkling chandelier. Never crowded, the private experience is capped at eight guests by reservation only. roomnine01.com
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From fashion and furnishings to musings and murals, our definitive style guide explores luxury today.
Folk Spirit A PIONEERING DESIGN BRAND TOASTS FIVE YEARS WITH A TRIBUTE TO ITS BOHEMIAN ROOTS.
Mind the Gap’s Transylvanian Roots collection is a flourish of color, pattern and texture evocative of the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Five years ago, Stefan Ormenisan took a leap when he launched a bespoke wallcoverings line—the first of its kind in his home country of Romania—with his business partner Victor Serban. “This was one of the biggest challenges—convincing people from around the world that we are doing serious things with great taste and beautiful stories,” says Ormenisan. Today, the creative director spends much less time convincing and a lot more time dreaming, as evidenced by the brand’s anniversary collection, Transylvanian Roots—a transportive maximalist assemblage of fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings emblematic of his homeland’s rich Bohemian spirit. “Once an independent country, Transylvania was a melting pot of peoples, cultures and traditions, from Saxons, Hungarians and Romanians to Székelys, Ashkenazi Jews, Armenians and Gypsies,” says Ormenisan, who takes pride in his mixed Romanian, Saxon, Hungarian and Armenian heritage. “When creating these pieces, we drew on the idyllic memories of our childhood summers spent with grandparents in the countryside.” In those traditional homes, embroidered textiles softened wooden furniture while trimmed and tasseled lamps brightened winter nights—themes reflected in the collection’s jubilant cushions, lampshades and wall art. Ornamental and decorative motifs in lush reds, yellows and greens recall vintage patterns and color palettes used by folk artists for hundreds of years, while painterly botanicals reference Central Asian suzanis and Slavic and Ottoman influences. “I love the diversity in
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The anniversary line includes 18 wallpaper and 13 fabric designs, as well as upholstered furnishings and wall art. Jubilant patterns, such as Vixen (top) and Heirloom (bottom), recall folkloric narratives of flora and fauna.
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such a small area—all of the traditions and customs belonging to different cultures that live together to form the authentic heritage of this place,” says the creative director. While Ormenisan believes Transylvanian Roots, with its detailed embroidery and handmade finishes, is equally befitting a rural cottage or city setting, he muses it would shine in a stately Georgian manse in London. “I imagine a large garden with a stylish topiary, a monumental entrance and a sumptuous drawing room with a large-buttoned sofa upholstered in the finest cotton velvet with embroidered and printed fabrics,” envisions the creative director. But for now, Ormenisan will dream a little closer to home. With his business partner, he recently purchased a hunting manor in the Romanian town of Presaca that once belonged to noble Hungarian families—making it the ideal backdrop for the brand’s storybook prints like Erdely, Vixen and Enchanted Woodland. “Surrounded by mystical scenery with smooth hills and vast woodland, when you enter this village, you feel the old history entering your body; a timeless vault,” he explains. “I love how time has stopped here, creating a world full of originality and romance.”
The Big Picture ARTISAN MURALS ARE HAVING A MAJOR MOMENT.
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THE EXPERT TAKE ON MURALS. “We did a huge silhouette of native Oregon plants in a main bedroom. The design bled onto the ceiling and window frames. The result is fantastic.” –STEWART HORNER, PENNY BLACK INTERIORS
When describing the allure of a mural, New York artist Anne Harris calls out their immersive nature saying, “They command an interior, and they engulf a physical space and transport you.” She’s been practicing the art form ever since she first viewed Italian frescoes in person, an experience that was so powerful she describes it as “head spinning.” Harris notes that while wallpaper adds color and pattern to an interior, murals offer something else. “With wallpaper, you have a repeating pattern,” she says. “But with a mural, you have interest that continues around a room, and you can see the intent, the perspective and the hand of the artist.” Painting murals is an ancient art, and they can be found decorating walls throughout the millennia, in places ranging from Egyptian tombs to Pompeiian homes to Indian palaces. But Harris sees the uptick in their recent popularity as a rebellion against “the white-gray-neutral rooms we’ve been living in the last several years.” For some, the word “mural” conjures an image of traditional pastoral settings, but many contemporary muralists embrace an unexpected aesthetic. Take artist JohnPaul Philippe, whose abstract work often contains a series of modern, biomorphic forms. With an architectural approach to his
craft, he pulls inspiration from the spirit of the place where his murals will live. “A lot of my work is an articulation of what is going on around it,” says the artist, who splits his time between New York and Connecticut. He credits his use of color and form to his childhood in Oklahoma, where he had an unofficial apprenticeship with the local billboard painter. “It made me completely unafraid to paint large,” he says. Youthful experiences also influence San Francisco’s Rafael Arana, who began his artistic journey by spraying graffiti on walls around his hometown. Although he is no stranger to classic motifs, his work often has a different flavor—such as a pair of brilliantly hued iguanas that dance across the ceiling of a Presidio Heights mansion. Noting that many of his clients, even those in private residences, are looking for an Instagram-worthy moment, he adds: “Like graffiti, murals are an attention grabber— they stand out and start a conversation.” Arana says it’s that compelling quality that drives demand for his murals—some of which take several weeks of 16-hour days to complete. “A hand-painted mural is customizable and can bring a client’s vision to life,” he says. “It can tell a story the way few other elements can.”
–MARIE FLANIGAN, MARIE FLANIGAN INTERIORS
“I have a hand-painted Chinese mural in my living room. It constantly draws me into the space.” –ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS, ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS INTERIORS
“We’re doing a large mural in a stairwell because hanging art would be tricky there. Covering the walls in this manner makes it instantly more special.” –J ULIE MASSUCCO KLEINER AND MELISSA WARNER ROTHBLUM, MASSUCCO WARNER
“Dining rooms and entries are prime locations for dramatic murals—these welcoming and entertaining areas set the stage for the rest of the home.” –KATIE LEEDE, KATIE LEEDE STUDIO
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A mural by Anne Harris dresses up the living room wall of a Thomas Jayne project, while Rafael Arana (previous page) works his magic on a Ken Fulk-commissioned job.
“Wall treatments can be incredibly impactful in confined spaces, like powder baths, where one is fully enveloped in the artwork.”
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Wallpaper can be layered into an overall scheme to be harmonious or audacious audacious—much the same way jewelry is used in fashion. – DANIELLE COLDING, DCDNY.COM
My Harlem Toile De Jouy pattern would make a super stylish garment garment, of course! –SHEILA BRIDGES, SHEILABRIDGES.COM
I am fond of pink and brown as a color combination. I love mixing pastel gemstones with brown diamonds, like the Petrified Tree Fern and Brown Diamond Pavé in my Nigella Earrings.
Most people define style as expensive and couture, but really, it’s about the mix of high and low, patterns and prints, and bright and tonal colors. –RAILI CLASEN, RAILICADESIGN.COM
I’ve realized the value of a cozy silk rug— something that feels luxurious while eating dinner on the living room floor. –SHANAN CAMPANARO, ESKAYEL.COM
Dries Van Noten’s idiosyncratic color stories are fascinating and inspiring. His SS18 runway show surely influenced our Kips Bay 2018 salon and bar, awash in saturated turmeric and saﬀ ron, grounded with coal and ebony. –JAMIE DRAKE AND CALEB ANDERSON, DRAKEANDERSON.COM
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Others may think it a commonplace material, but I consider the endless forms, qualities and appearances of stainless steel to be quite sophisticated. –MAXIMILIAN EICKE, MAXIDNYSTORE.COM
Our most beautiful creation is the Kiku wallcovering, featuring hand-painted chrysanthemums. It was inspired by a turnof-the-century French vase, a pair of panels painted by Hokusai’s daughter and a Japanese woven silk kimono. –LIZZIE DESHAYES, FROMENTAL.CO.UK
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Eileen Fisher is a constant source of inspiration. The use of organic linen materials is so casual, all while being tailored and sophisticated. sophisticated Every luxury item should have one foot in the future and traces of the past, like pieces by Hervé Van der Straeten. If it’s not going to last over time, there’s no reason for it. –RALPH PUCCI, RALPHPUCCI.COM
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I’m often inspired by the detail and shape of furniture— especially from the 18th and 19th centuries— as well as through palettes and patterns used by designers like Madeleine Castaing.
With its French design influence, Morocco is intoxicatingly exotic in its sights, sounds and smells. It masters ambience more than any other country I’ve visited. You are born with the ability to see everything, especially the little details. Then one learns to edit and assemble in an interesting way.
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I consider a white sofa to be ‘the little black dress of interiors.’ You can easily dress it up or down and add any accessories. –DAN MAZZARINI, BHDMDESIGN.COM
A great house tells a story about the people who live there while also inviting others in to enjoy its warmth and oﬀer an escape from their own surroundings.” –KEITH SMYTHE MEACHAM, REEDSMYTHE.COM
The unseen energy poured into craftsmanship is the epitome of luxury—think hand-block printing and pieces woven by artisans. –SUSAN HABLE, HABLECONSTRUCTION.COM
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“I’m not an overthinker,” says designer Christian Siriano when it comes to decorating his Westport, Connecticut, home. “I buy pieces that I like and try them out—that’s the fun part of the design process.”
Last spring, Christian Siriano had only just closed on his new house—a 6,000-squarefoot glass-and-stucco dwelling in Westport, Connecticut—when the country went into lockdown. Instead of using that time to slow down and feather his nest, the Project Runway star immediately shifted into superhero mode, rallying his atelier to sew thousands of masks for health care workers. Then, in the months following, he presented a new ready-towear collection, whipped up Covid red carpet looks for Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga and introduced a bridal line. Perhaps most surprisingly, Siriano announced his entry into the home space, launching an interior design studio and debuting a glamorous collection of geometric Postmodern furniture on 1stdibs—all this before wrapping up season 19 of Project Runway. “Yeah, I’m keeping busy,” laughed Siriano when Luxe checked in on the designer at his home in Connecticut.
You’ve said that if you hadn’t gone into fashion, you might have become an interior designer—and now you have. Did this affection for interiors begin when you were a child in Annapolis, Maryland? My mom was really into interior design and as a kid I always visited antiques shops with her. Even though our house had a sort of nautical, Nantucket feel that’s more traditional than my taste now, I have to say, I still love a beachy, coastal room. What did your room look like? I had a lot of stripes and plaids because I was into the Ralph Lauren look. My walls were a bright cobalt blue and filled with paintings from the flea market. I had a picture of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless up too, which is hilarious because now Alicia and I are close friends. Your furniture collection doesn’t play it safe. Share the inspiration. I made
pieces that I wanted. I think the chairs almost look like little people in dresses. They’re modern and neutral in color, but they have warmth and texture. The million-dollar question: How are you doing all this? Running an interiors firm on top of a fashion company is no easy feat. I have two full-time people working with me on interiors. But I’m literally the most insane multitasker there is. Juggling and taking on different types of projects is what I’ve always done. One of my strengths is that I’m not an overthinker. I make decisions very quickly. What’s your secret for working with clients? Projects can take years in highend interior design. We may be a new interiors firm, but I have dealt with some of the most unbelievable, challenging, famous and insane fashion clients in the world. Believe me, I can deal with an indecisive or difficult personality. That, I’m good at.
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Clarence House creative director Kazumi Yoshida wraps himself in the vibrant Blooming Jungle, a new fabric. Below, the Vietri motif is offered in five colorways.
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A PARTICULAR PARTNERSHIP Kazumi Yoshida, Clarence House
When one door closes, another door opens— or so they say. For longtime Clarence House creative director and visionary artist Kazumi Yoshida that time came in 2019 when, after nearly 40 years at the legendary textile company and several owners in between, Fabricut acquired the brand making Yoshida’s retirement seem inevitable. Yet instead, the creative director was so touched by the enthusiasm of his new employers that he decided to stay on and begin a new chapter. With the Fabricut partnership in place, Yoshida thought the 60 th anniversary of Clarence House would be the perfect opportunity to pay homage to his original collaborator, Robin Roberts, who founded the brand in 1961.
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With Champagne taste and an eye for glamour, Roberts’ atelier quickly became the destination for something unique during the ’60s—gorgeous bolts were coveted by New York society, and the rest of the country soon caught on. As appetite increased for original motifs, Yoshida was hired and his first assignment was to transform an old document from India into a new pattern that eventually became Papiers Japonais, still currently one of the bestselling
Clarence House designs. The dynamic alliance between the two creatives allowed the business to flourish. Today, Yoshida’s 60 th anniversary collection brings to life an opulent time in history that Roberts was particularly fond of: the grand yet bizarre period of the early 18 th century, which the creative director describes as “Oscar Wilde with a twist.” Impressively, Yoshida still paints each design by hand—a rarity in the world of fabrics and wallpapers. clarencehouse.com
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Sumitra Mattai, Scalamandré Early on, Sumitra Mattai realized that everything around her was designed and created by someone, and she indeed wanted to be that someone. “I always knew I loved textiles, and when I doodled, I doodled in pattern,” says Mattai, now Scalamandré’s senior design director. Growing up in suburban New Jersey with influences from her Guyanese and Indian heritage, Mattai says she couldn’t deny the creative pull. Founded in 1929 by Franco Scalamandré, an Italian immigrant with an engineering background, Scalamandré saw an opportunity for creating silks domestically in lieu of importing them from abroad. Success swiftly followed. From famous estates to the White House to one particular Wes Anderson film, the brand’s designs have made their mark on American culture.
Three years into the role, Mattai is off and running with her natural gift for product design—fashion, fine art and the brand’s archives all inform her ideas. And she has acknowledged that the fabric house means different things to different people, whether it’s a loyal client of 50 years or someone who has recently discovered the company by way of their new partnership with The Inside. As for what’s next, the Sahara collection will debut later this year. Inspired by North Africa, the line boasts large-scale patterns and rich colors. Plus, there’s a new Leaping Cheetah design—a play on the infamous Zebra wallpaper. Surely, this is just the beginning for Mattai. “The magic of seeing something I draw or paint come back as a beautiful design…it never gets old,” she says. scalamandre.com
Scalamandré’s senior design director, Sumitra Mattai, shown with the Leaping Cheetah design from the new Sahara collection. Above are sketches and trims from the recent Folklore collection.
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FORWARD LOOKING Mickey Riad, Fortuny
“We are here for a short amount of time, but Fortuny deserves to be here forever,” observes Mickey Riad, artistic director of the inspirational Italian textile house. With the 100-year anniversary of Fortuny’s Venice factory on the horizon, it’s a time of reflection for the brand. The story begins in the early 1900s when Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny created silk dresses and textiles in Venice. After making a name for himself, the company was lovingly placed in the hands of designer Elsie McNeill Lee in 1949, who, 20 years prior, brought Fortuny to New York’s Madison Avenue and established the brand’s position in the U.S. market. In 1988, Maged Riad bought the company from Lee, and eventually his sons, Mickey and Maury, began working for the new family business. Fast-forward 23 years and Mickey Riad is designing collections and shepherding the brand into the future. But no matter what direction the designs take, Venice, “the fountain of inspiration,” is always at the core. The latest collection, Imago, celebrates not only Venice but its supporting characters— local places and things are woven into the literal and
Above, sumptuous textiles from the Imago collection provide a luxe backdrop for Fortuny’s artistic director, Mickey Riad. The rich green Barberini design is shown top left.
metaphorical fabric of the company. Barberini (above, top left) is named after the noble Roman family whose Palazzo featured a lush secret garden; the reintroduced Simboli (shown to Riad’s right in portrait above) was used on early notebooks for the brand. The magic is in embracing the originality of Fortuny, while still looking ahead. For the artistic director, the longer he continues at the Italian fabric house, the more relevance he sees in founder Mariano Fortuny, and his lasting influence. fortuny.com
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At the Manuel Canovas studio, design director Olivia Deruelle poses with some of her latest designs including Pondicherry and Bengale. Below is the embroidered fabric Ango.
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“I am always looking for treasures,” says Olivia Deruelle, design director at Manuel Canovas, of sourcing inspiration for upcoming collections at the famed French fabric house. Growing up in Brittany, a charming region dotting the coast of France, this idea of collecting pieces from nature and the sea was embedded at an early age and continues to be a common theme in her current role. Coincidently, Monsieur Manuel Canovas, who founded his namesake brand in 1963, was also an incredible collector of art, crafts and antiques, and eventually grew the company internationally to encompass fabrics, wallpapers and carpets. It is this collectors’ sensibility, both from the past and present, that has curated beautiful designs that feel at once au courant and incredibly refined. While color continues to be at the heart of the brand, Deruelle focuses on maximalist, narrative-driven patterns; the result is an eclectic mix infused with happiness and joy. It was fitting then for her first collection released this year, that the focus was on French joie de vivre and exploring the modern interpretation of Toile de Jouy fabrics and wallcoverings. Classic Canovas motifs including Bengale and La Musardiere were recolored in vivid hues, and introductions like Pondicherry and Nara have farther flung influences including Japanese architecture and an Indian palace. Finding joy in the process of textile making is important to the design director as she considers Manuel Canovas’ honored heritage and gently steers the company into the future. Whether delving into the archives or working with contemporary artists and her team to develop original patterns, the guiding principle is to stay true to a brand that has created so much happiness and exuberance through the language of fabrics. cowtan.com
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Inspiration Found REVEL IN PETER PENNOYER’S LATEST BOOK CELEBRATING A CZECH CUBIST-INSPIRED HOME. Go-to source for inspiration: Our office library. Favorite room in a house: The living room. Design bucket list: To design a garden pavilion on a Nordic island. I can become consumed with… curiosity. I love when a client says: “Show me your best idea.” I always come back to… the fundamentals. What’s up next: Reclaimed building materials. If not a designer, I’d be… a poet.
Clockwise from top right: Corfu Fabric in Aubergine by Ferran / Price upon request / supplyshowroom.com. District Tile in Fig / Price upon request / waterworks.com. Gathered Bedwyn Lampshade in Suede Shoes / $352 / fermoie.com. Orion Demilune Chest in Emerald / $3,750 / ambellahome.com. Jodhpur Wood Inlay Tray in Teak Brown / $199 / gaurikohli.com. Dayak Armchair in Honey & Black by Paolo Moschino / $669 / nicholashaslam.com. Rowdy Meadow: House – Land – Art by Anne Walker and Peter Pennoyer Architects / $70 / vendomepress.com. Talia Bangles / $8,350 each / markdavis.com.
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Clockwise from top right: Calvino Mini 3-Light Chandelier by Ian K. Fowler / $999 / circalighting.com. Finding Home: The Houses of Pursley Dixon by Ken Pursley and Jacqueline Terrebonne / $55 / rizzoliusa.com. Arlington Sofa / Price upon request / granttrick.com. Bronze Trépied Side Table / Price upon request / liaigre.com. Alden 8637F in Multi / Price upon request / feizy.com. Gallatin Dinnerware / From $59 / arhaus.com. Classic Throw in Herringbone Cognac / $445 / aliciaadamsalpaca.com.
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Best tip to keep ideas flowing: (CD) Experiential learning. Underrated material: (KP) Veneered plywood. Dream project location: (CD) Remote places. I obsess over… (KP) the perfect gimlet. I wish clients would embrace… (CD) not stylistically labeling architecture. It’s all about… (KP) surrounding yourself with people you enjoy. Up next: (KP) The book tour—to meet new friends and reunite with old ones as we share our story. If not an architect, I would… (CD) partner up with Ken to conquer the corn hole world.
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Daily dose of inspiration: Downtime near the water. Favorite item to source: Original artwork. Dream collaboration: Collector and designer Furlow Gatewood. I always think about: Longevity. I pray for a client… who wants to travel the world with me finding treasures for their home. When in doubt… I collaborate. In the works: A family compound in Captiva, Florida. If not a designer, I’d be… an antiques dealer.
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THE RUG COMPANY X MARTIN BRUDNIZKI A dream partnership between two British powerhouses, Martin Brudnizki’s New Romantic collection of rugs is a celebration of some of the designer’s favorite motifs, like architectural patterns, linear stripes and painterly animal prints. The Folly Rug, shown here and described as exuding “joyful hedonism,” is woven of luxurious Tibetan wool and silk and flaunts a gold leopard and balustrade design. therugcompany.com
POLTRONA FRAU X GAMFRATESI In the recent collection between the Italian leather house and design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Plot leather and metal modular room dividers offer both a retro reference along with a newfound, modern-day functionality. Available in six colors, the weaving technique allows both transparency and pattern while creating “an awareness and curiosity of space and time.” poltronafrau.com
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HOLLY HUNT X ATELIER ALAIN ELLOUZ Alabaster and rock crystal are the materials of choice for French lighting studio Atelier Alain Ellouz, and it’s those features that caught the attention of Holly Hunt. On display in a number of showrooms, the partnership is sure to shepherd alabaster into America’s design vernacular. All handmade, the Camille Pendant Light’s simple, sculptural form is reminiscent of Greco-Roman architecture and allows for the natural material to shine. hollyhunt.com
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NIERMANN WEEKS X KATALIN FARNADY Old-world architectural details, Art Deco influences and geometric forms are the reference points for Katalin Farnady’s first-time collaboration with furniture manufacturer (and fellow Marylander) Niermann Weeks. The flat-backed wood Adele Console table flaunts a glossy finish, and the piece’s three distinct curves represents each of the designer’s three daughters. niermannweeks.com
INDUSTRY WEST X UNITED STRANGERS Petite, yet impactful, the Malibu Side Table embodies Australian-based United Strangers’ design ethos of bringing together different materials and cultures to create pieces that are fresh, exciting and sustainable. Designed exclusively for U.S. retailer Industry West’s discerning clientele, the versatile side table is situated on a polished stainless-steel base and topped with a green and orange Turkish marble. industrywest.com
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ROLL & HILL X LARA BOHINC Staying true to the belief that lighting is jewelry for a room, it was natural for the Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill to tap Lara Bohinc, a London designer with a degree in metalwork and jewelry, to create a line of exquisite lighting pieces. The brushed-brass design of the Moonrise Chandelier—inspired by the many phases of the moon—is wired with LED cables to allow the acrylic spheres to glow. rollandhill.com
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“I love the challenge of putting together kitchens and baths, and I really interrogate my clients about how they live in these functional rooms,” says New York-based designer Lilse McKenna, who explains that a lot of wasted space can accumulate if the needs and wants of clients are ignored. For a home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that dates to 1750, investing in the details—everything from the materials and hardware to the finishes and fittings—allowed the renovated kitchen and bath to maintain its historic feel while still embracing a new and elevated scheme. lilsemckenna.com Where did you start? It was very important to the clients that when embarking upon this renovation, we paid homage to the heritage of the home and brought in elements that felt authentic and even patinated. Cue the tongue-and-groove walls, antique ceiling beams, butcher-block style countertop and pine flooring that we dyed instead of stained in keeping with 18th-century ethos. The kitchen island (previous page) is beautiful! We hung the custom Ann-Morris pot rack to make it feel like an older kitchen, but it really grounds the entire space and balances out the massive island. I also like the collected feel of mixing metals; here we used antique copper pots, brass lighting and fittings, and a treated stainless-steel hood. Some may have rules about finishes but I always just go with what feels right in the space. Talk to us about this extra sink (right)? The homeowners cook and entertain constantly and needed two sinks and dishwashers, so we added a prep area with a charming, hammered copper sink and painted cabinetry. This allows for a bit more storage, so things feel less cluttered. Everyone always ends up in the kitchen and I strive to make sure the details here are just as beautiful as in the rest of the house. In a Maryland home by Lilse McKenna, shown here and on previous page, the kitchen features custom cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue and Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White. A House of Rohl pot filler sits above a Lacanche range while Hickory Chair stools upholstered in Holly Hunt leather round out the decoration. Waterworks’ copper sink and fittings adorn the prep area. The architectural scheme is by Michael Elfenbein Design.
The primary bathroom follows the same guiding principles as the kitchen. Vaulted ceilings and antique wide-plank flooring throughout connect the spaces. In the water closet, McKenna added paneling painted in Benjamin Moore’s Silken Blue to complement Bennison Fabrics’ showstopping Wheat Flower. To create the feeling of an old historic bedroom that had been converted into a bath, the designer included antique etched hurricanes with custom brass and mahogany backplates.
As much as the designer wanted to fabricate a new vanity for the bath, nothing was turning out quite as well as the 18th-century chest she had found, which fit snuggly into the footprint of the room. She added a marble countertop and backsplash, along with fittings and a sink. The chest’s beautiful original finish was kept as is.
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An old-fashioned copper Waterworks tub adds to the narrative that this was once a small bedroom original to the home that had been adopted as a bath over time. Placing the piece away from the wall and installing the fittings directly into the floor contributes to the authentic feel.
ANN SACKS CURATED BATH COLLECTION The Ann Sacks Curated Bath Collection unites many of Kohler’s luxury bath brands into a beautiful, design-driven presentation featuring seven fully appointed vignettes. Ranging from modern to traditional, the varying interiors nod to pivotal and influential style eras throughout the decades such as Rosebrook, shown, which was inspired by elegant Parisian architecture and features Celano lighting and a hand-stained oak vanity. Customers can purchase the entire look or select from individual items, many new and exclusively designed for this collection from Robern, Kohler Lighting, Ann Sacks and Kallista. annsacks.com
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Suzanne Tucker’s recent line of hardware with The Nanz Company includes the fluid and spherical Tiburon collection inspired by the concentric circles formed by a single drop of water. Shown here are lever Nº 2932, knob Nº 1932 and pull Nº 8608; all available in Nanz’s 30-plus finishes. nanz.com
Talk about a focal point. Wrapped in handpolished brass, Waterworks’ Emile Freestanding Oval Cast Iron Bathtub is as classic as it is eye-catching and versatile. Curved lines nod to vintage tubs while the “of-the-moment” finish effortlessly complements both a clean and crisp backdrop or a more maximalist, patterned surrounding. waterworks.com
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For designer Liz Caan’s own 1920s Georgian-style home in Boston’s Chestnut Hill, it was without question that when it came to aesthetics, her choices would be ultra-personal—inspired by the work of trusted vendors and objects collected from travels. “The powder room is a play of opposites,” says Caan, “old and new, classic and industrial.” This charming sink vignette is comprised of a Watermark faucet, Soane sconces and Antoinette Poisson wallpaper. Best of all, the designer notes, “It’s constructed of truly natural and solid materials that will age beautifully.” lizcaan.com
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The custom kitchen purveyor’s cofounder and senior design director Maria Moraes walks us through a Pawleys Island, South Carolina, project that’s thought out to a T. leatelierparis.com
The range is a stunning statement piece. Tell us about it. It’s a custom Le Classique style La Provençale 2100 range in the exclusive Blanc de Blancs colorway. It includes 82.5 inches of prime cooking space with two large convection ovens, 4 gas burners, a smooth griddle and a coup de feu. Polished brass trim complements the stainless-steel powder-coated base, and the surrounding cabinetry is wire-brushed oak. Share any other noteworthy elements. We always include thoughtful details in our L’Atelier kitchens. On this island, the sink’s faucet sits just below the countertop on a small ledge so when people sit at the island, they don’t have to look at sponges, dish soap or collected water. These nuances make all the difference.
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What did the homeowners request? The clients were building their forever home by the beach and asked for a fresh, clean look. However, after we installed the brass finishes, they realized the space was really more like a jewel box! The range fit right in with the custom metalwork and bright brass accents. Plus, the couple loves to cook, so this was an important feature.
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Exemplary of lighting’s sleek and elegant mood, the Script collection (chandelier shown this page) by artist Bodo Sperlein for Viennese glass manufacturer J.& L. Lobmeyr debuts stateside this fall at the New York-based design gallery, Les Ateliers Courbet. Shown opposite, a swatch of Polonium 037 wallpaper from Milanese studio Misha adds light via reflective metal leaf applied by hand to a fine paper surface. ateliercourbet.com; mishawallcoverings.com
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A charismatic companion for desk or table, the Tableton lamp from Melbourne-based Volker Haug Studio touts sculptural heft, a tactile finish and a soft, diffuse glow. Crafted from a single piece of cast metal, it’s available in two sizes, and in either gunmetal or aluminum. (One is a statement, a pair is a party.) volkerhaug.com
The Wells Sconce from More Classics—Mark D. Sikes’ latest collection with Hudson Valley Lighting—offers a lighthearted spin on tradition. An aged brass base pairs with either a black or white plaster shade, and, in a fun twist, can be positioned facing up or down, depending on the mood of the room. hudsonvalleylighting.hvlgroup.com
Exploring architectural concepts in physical form is a passion for Brooklyn designer and architect, Douglas Fanning, as seen in his Till chandelier, available exclusively through Maison Gerard. With blades of slender brass finished in a smoky, oil-rubbed bronze polished back in a spotted effect, it’s both strong and delicate—a chic study in balance. maisongerard.com
With a view to designing a fixture as beautiful off as on, Jonathan Browning debuts the Tourville table lamp. Comprised of hand-polished and patinated solid brass, and featuring a long, slim Edison bulb in its rotating head, it’s a dynamic desktop addition from every angle. jonathanbrowninginc.com
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A MANHATTAN DINING ROOM MAKES MAGIC OF ITS INWARD CONFINES.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a classic six apartment had just one dark quality: its courtyard-facing dining room, which called for a thoughtful lighting program. Enter New York and Miami-based designer Elizabeth Bolognino, who, alongside Anderson Kenny Architecture, installed a fresh fenestration, including a matching window connecting to the kitchen to borrow its sunlight. In addition to a 12-headed Gabriel Scott chandelier (“I really wanted it to look like an anthropomorphic jewel;” she says), Bolognino commissioned decorative artist Dean Barger to paint a pale pink lacquered ceiling to mimic the surface of a calm lake. “Any time you bring in reflection, it makes a room feel bigger,” she says, adding, “Any time you can utilize light as art, you should do it.” elizabethbolognino.com
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ALL ANGLES A NAPA ENTERTAINING BARN CONDUCTS A GRAND LIGHTING EXPERIMENT.
“The very essence of this project was about exploring the play of light,” shares architect William Duff of the century-old Wine Country hay barn he reconceived. Set amidst his clients’ lush vineyard and impressive modern sculpture gardens, the crisp California sun played muse to Duff’s proposed reincarnation of the outbuilding as an entertaining pavilion with a contemporary spirit. “The first time I walked the existing barn, I was struck by the way sunlight filtered through the gaps in the wood siding and thought that light, and the different ways it can illuminate
space, could be the guiding design theme for the project,” he explains. In turn, the original wood-slatted shell was maintained as a screen to splash abstract patterns across the floor by daylight. By evening, the structure then casts beams across the grounds like a glowing lantern. Joined by two new opposing glass volumes with mirrored walls, and a discreet lighting program, the project perfectly synthesizes how artificial and natural light, along with clever visual illusion, can elevate a humble structure to something extraordinary. wdarch.com
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For designer and entrepreneur Rocky Rochon, solving the problem of how paint color is affected by shifting light sources prompted the birth of The Paint Laboratory, a custom paint company governed by metamerism: the science of light reflection. While all specialty paints are developed to troubleshoot specific design woes, Rochon’s metallic special finishes—available in any Rocky Rochon paint color—aim to brighten even the darkest corners via pearlescent additives designed to refract and create a luminous shimmer. thepaintlaboratory.com
Good things happen when Brooklyn creatives collide. Take Patina Studies, a mesmeric line of wallcoverings from the boutique wallpaper studio Wallpaper Projects in collaboration with design practice Kin & Company. Admiring Kin & Company’s arresting metal patinas— the result of chemical experiments on bronze— at a shared trade show, Wallpaper Projects’ husband-and-wife owners, David Jimenez and Amanda Dandeneau, saw an exciting opportunity to develop an atmospheric wallpaper. Printed on gleaming mylar, the patterns— seen here in Patina Studies 1, Patina Studies 2 and Patina Studies 3 installed by Ellis Design Studio at London venue Electric Shuffle—are designed as an experience unto themselves. Fluctuating sunbeams, shadows and artificial light sources pick up on different nuanced metallic reflections, creating a dynamic, ever-changing canvas. wallpaperprojects.com
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INNOVATION + DESIGN • Induction: The fastest-growing cooking technology, induction offers sleek design, responsive performance and easy clean-up. •S tatement ranges: If gas is preferred, powerful burners deliver professionalgrade results, with functions that incorporate technologies like convection steam baking, sous vide and air frying. •C olumn refrigeration: Columns are all-refrigerator, all-freezer and wine storage towers that can be mixed and matched and fully customized.
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Homes have taken on more functionality than ever before, with existing spaces transformed for new activities. Mudrooms with overflow refrigerators, laundry rooms doubling as a craft room or classroom, home offices with exercise equipment and basements turning into pantries for dry and frozen goods, to name a few.
Enthusiasm permeates the atmosphere of AJ Madison, a home appliance purveyor known for innovative, best-in-class products. One team member views the kitchen as a celebratory space, and poses the question: “Where else can you engage all of your senses?” Aesthetically, appliances have advanced to the point of making interior architectural statements; technologically, the options in which to increase efficiency and enhance cooking are nearly infinite. Amy Chernoff VP of Marketing at AJ Madison, shares what’s next and noteworthy in the industry. “The big silver box in your kitchen that keeps food cold will be a distant memory,” Chernoff says. “It will be replaced with a state-ofthe-art food preservation unit that orders groceries as soon as the item is depleted.” Thermador, a leader in smart appliances, has elevated the tech experience with its versatile Home Connect™ app, offering a unified approach to remotely controlling and monitoring products of every category.
Top Thermador T36IT905NP Frenchdoor Refrigerator, PODMC301W Combination Oven, PCG366W Gas Rangetop Left Thermador ME302YP Double Oven, PH36HWS Canopy Hood, PRG366WH Gas Range Right Thermador PCG486WL Gas Rangetop, T30IR905SP 30-Inch Refrigerator, T18IW905SP 18-Inch Wine Column Photography Courtesy of AJ Madsion
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K I TCH E N + BAT H | MIAMI “With open floor plans, it’s more important than ever that the appliances become either a statement piece or blend into the overall design.”
TOP OF THE LINE •G ame-changing tech: Steam and speed ovens are healthier, perform better and offer greater flexibility in design than what they are offsetting. Steam ovens like those from Wolf keep more nutrients in the food, remove less of its color and eliminate the need for oil. Speed ovens replace the microwave but also function as a single oven. esign-enhancing options: •D Column refrigeration from Sub-Zero, Thermador and Liebherr can be customized to have stainless-steel panels or custom ones that are hidden in the cabinetry. Colored appliances from brands like True, BlueStar and Bertazzoni, along with custom hoods, made to specification by Modern-Aire, BlueStar and Vent-A-Hood, also bring design flexibility to the kitchen.
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Appliances are arguably the most crucial and expensive investment one makes when designing a kitchen. That’s why Fuse Specialty Appliances is striving to reinvent the shopping experience. “We aim to fill a need for a more personalized process in high-end appliance selection,” says Alexa Warner, the company’s managing partner. “We believe a local business providing a better experience is something designers, builders and architects crave.” Indeed, Fuse is known for its trusted on-staff advisers and boutique environment, where the fit and function of each product can be explored. Many appliances are the same price no matter where one goes, but at Fuse, the value added goes on and on. The team is knowledgeable about jobsites and has been lauded time and again for its ability to ensure that products are ready at precisely the right moment for install.
Above Fuse’s Naples location welcomes guests to walk the red carpet. Top Impeccable quality and craftsmanship combine in a package crafted intentionally for first-time homeowners, newlyweds and the like. Bottom Bright, bold and beautiful, Thermador appliances make a statement for every occasion. Photography Above Courtesy of Fuse Specialty Appliances; Top & Bottom Courtesy of Thermador
A Curated Selection of the Finest Brands in Premium Indoor & Outdoor Appliances At Fuse, we have carefully selected brands that not only look beautiful, but also function at the highest levels. We’ve targeted manufacturers that stand behind their product, demonstrating the highest levels of service after the sale. Thermador exempliﬁes these principles, delivering the ultimate ﬂexibility in design and best-in-class performance. Whether you are shopping for a single appliance, a complete home package, or a large project, we welcome you to our beautiful showrooms located in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, North Palm Beach, and Naples, come check us out today!
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BRILLIANT TONES TREND “We are noticing a lot of blues, copper, bronze, gold, expresso and charcoal,” Sloan shares. “People seem to be a bit more adventurous with color right now.”
FAVS THAT FUNCTION Sloan shares a few of the concepts homeowners are loving and a top pick of his own.
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When one works with John Michael Kitchens, new frontiers of design become immediately apparent. The firm began when Michael Sloan saw an opportunity
•S tainless-steel cabinetry: Our clients love the durability, antibacterial nature and low maintenance of stainless-steel cabinetry. Our powder-coating feature softens the look and is resistant to fingerprints. •C entralized islands: Evolved from solely a seating area, kitchen islands now incorporate cooking, cleaning and storage capabilities. •L uxury appliances: A good refrigerator is an absolute must. One of my favorites is the True column refrigerator in blue with a glass front and copper hinges.
to usher in a paradigm shift to traditional kitchen design. “I recognized a lack of innovation, ingenuity and style,” he says. “We wanted to blur the lines between wood and metal in the kitchen space, along with bringing incomparable craftsmanship.” Pairing a palette of designer colors and metallic finishes with the warmth of wood, they bring unique kitchens to residential, commercial and hospitality clients alike. One can experience a John Michael Kitchen first-hand at their showrooms in Charlotte and San Francisco, with Miami and Dallas locations soon to follow. And, true to form, it’s not just the framework of the kitchen they deliver. “We are also a retailer of luxury appliances, so your entire concept will arrive in full, on one truck.”
Above This powder-coated, flat-panel kitchen is a gorgeous oasis in California’s Wine Country. Top Flat-panel stainless-steel cabinetry completes this extraordinary outdoor living space. Far left In this U-shaped kitchen, Sedona stainless-steel cabinetry brings every indoor amenity to the outside. Left Rag & Bone founder Marcus Wainwright allowed JMK the opportunity to create a first-of-its-kind, flat-panel powder-coated stainless steel for this indoor kitchen.
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TRENDING TAKEAWAYS Linea Studio shares a few popular design moves Miamians are making. •H i-tech and ecological, non-toxic metallic-look materials and textures •W ood veneers with a natural look and feel •A n emphasis on dark shades of blacks and grays in the kitchen
FUNCTION + FLOW Psychologist and industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth developed a kitchen layout based on ergonomics that places the stove, sink and refrigerator at the points of a figurative triangle in order to create a natural flow between tasks. While Gilbreth developed the kitchen work triangle in the 1920s, the configuration is still widely used today.
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The expert designers of Linea Studio say a well-constructed kitchen is ergonomically designed, functional and beautiful. “We at Linea Studio put people at the center of our projects,” the team says. Since 2005, the furnishings company has helped its clients with custom kitchen, closet and bathroom designs, assisting with everything down to budgeting, scheduling and planning. At the Linea Studio showrooms, which are located in the upscale Miami Design District and West Palm Beach, materials, finishes, features and state-of-the-art technologies have been carefully curated and sourced from Italian manufacturers. Among the most impressive internationally recognized models on display at Linea Studio are the Cesar kitchens, which have been designed in Pramaggiore, Italy, and are noteworthy for their craftsmanship.
Top With handles designed by Garcia Cumini, this Cesar kitchen features cabinet doors in Technomat Meringa completed with Eero Champagnecolored handles. Bottom This kitchen incorporates Rovere Termocotto wood veneers, Magnolia gloss lacquer and 45-degree grip edging doors. Photography Top Andrea Ferrari; Bottom by Kris Tamburello
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STATEMENT PIECES Colorful stones with green or blue hues are trending, but that doesn’t mean calmer tones have gone out of style. Neutrals, earthy tones and shades of pink are always a classic choice. Here are three stones popular with Primestones’s clients: • Marble, which has been the symbol of luxury and elegance for centuries. • Quartzite, a natural stone that combines the calm patterning of marble with the durability of granite. • Porcelain, an up-and-coming material in the U.S. that is already popular in Europe.
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visit before crawling into bed at night. While personal taste will persuade your powder room preferences—whether you favor a design that’s airy and elegant or moody and low-lit—the stone selection has the power to soothe your mind and eyes
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at the beginning or end of every day. “Just like an art piece, natural stone evokes emotions and makes people feel closer to nature,” says Taryn Holford of Primestones, a South Florida company that has been sourcing the highest-quality natural and engineered stone slabs from around the world for nearly a decade. With locations in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach, the family-owned company helps its clients create their own custom sanctuaries by offering one of the largest selections of high-end pieces transported from places such as Brazil and Indonesia.
“Natural stone countertops certainly can add that desired wow-factor and be a conversational piece that stuns your visitors.”
Above The Cristallo quartzite used in this powder room exudes elegance on its own, but the backlight that’s been installed helps add dimension. Top The Florida quartzite used for this kitchen island is sought after for its neutral color waves that strike a balance between style and simplicity. Left This outdoor kitchen features Taj Mahal quartzite, which blends with the surrounding greenery to create a serene atmosphere. Photography Ginger Monteleone
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COMFORT ZONE Thoughtful design can turn a bathroom into a sanctuary. Here, Harari highlights three elements of a luxurious bathroom: •A steam shower that seals in heat for extra comfort •A handheld shower head for added accessibility • Marble vanity tops for an elegant aesthetic
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Tina Harari, principal of Tina Harari Interiors, says a kitchen should be two things: beautifully designed and practically constructed. The Miami-based interior designer achieves this balance by sourcing furniture and decor that are both stunning and fitting for the space. Harari approaches every project with the mission to create more than just a visual outcome; her designs are meant to evoke an emotion for her clients. The kitchen, for example, should feel spacious and inviting, which she achieves by opening up the space so that it seamlessly blends into the living room. Other ways Harari refreshes a kitchen is by switching in new countertops, refinishing the cabinet panels, adding new sinks, faucets and lighting, and using whites and neutral tones that will never go out of style.
THE HUB OF THE HOME The kitchen is where culinary skills come out and important conversations are shared. Here are three of Harari’s high-end kitchen must-haves: •W arming drawers that keep food ready-to-serve • Induction cooktops to cut down on prep time and ease cleanup • Invisible lighting under the cabinets to create depth while increasing visibility for kitchen tasks
Top This bathtub and hardware from Farrey’s pair beautifully with a crystal chandelier from Restoration Hardware and wall-hung gemstones from the John Richard collection for Judith Norman. Far left This bright kitchen features cabinetry from Downsview Kitchens, gold Calacatta marble countertops and a backsplash from Carrara Marmi. Left Calacatta silver porcelain backsplash enhances Downsview Kitchens cabinetry and Dacor appliances.
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A Miami designer outfits the family home of a childhood friend with eclectic, handmade elements.
Architecture: David Wearne Johnson, David Wearne Johnson AIA Interior Design: Jennifer Bunsa, Bunsa Studio Home Builder: Alex Pirez, Mocca Group
Ben & Aja Blanc’s Half Moon mirror from Work | Room joins Allied Maker’s MQuan Half-Circle sconces above Hedge House’s Sawyer console in the entry of a Miami home by designer Jennifer Bunsa. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White colors the wall. The vintage rug was found during a trip to Marrakesh, Morocco.
rowing up in Miami, designer Jennifer Bunsa became close friends with her neighbor across the street. “I used to play with him and his sister pretty much every day of the first eight years of my life,” she recalls. “His mother and my mother were best friends, and we were constantly in each other’s homes.” The two loosely kept in touch over the years but properly reconnected when they each wound up living in Miami once again. This time, both were married with children, and Bunsa was an established designer with a background in architecture. With their shared history, it seemed a perfect fit that she would design the interiors of her childhood friend’s home for his new stage of life as a family of six. “They wanted a warm, engaging environment—something comfortable, durable and appropriate for its location,” Bunsa says. “But they also wanted it to be elevated and suitable for entertaining, because they host a lot of parties and events. They were willing to be adventurous with color and pattern in certain spaces.” Eclectic elements, natural materials and handmade touches were a must. To complement the Key West-style structure by architect David Wearne Johnson, “we brought the shiplap from the exterior into the foyer to add texture but also to highlight the seamless relationship from outside in,” Bunsa explains. “It serves as an elegant transition in the main entry and formal wing of the house, which is where most of the entertaining happens.” The shiplap transitions from the foyer to wainscoting in the nearby dining area, adding a formal feel against a round marble table and wood chairs. “Carpentry played a huge factor in bringing out the character of the house,” says builder Alex Pirez. “We did vaulted ceilings in both the interior and exterior areas, which were complemented by shiplap paneling and custom white oak beams.” Bunsa kept the main palette neutral, clean and bright, thoughtfully integrating color in select areas to add interest, starting with a redorange rug in the white-walled foyer. “We used white oak for the flooring and cabinets because of its warmth and character,” she says. The home’s large rooms and ceiling heights meant
the designer had to pay close attention to the scale of furnishings and light fixtures, such as the dining area’s statement globe pendant. And with four children, performance fabrics—like on the family room sofa—and forgiving sisal and Moroccan rugs throughout were ideal choices to stand up to activity. Bunsa got to work establishing “zones” for the residents. The children, for instance, have their own play area in the family room at the top of the stairs. “We designed a built-in, wraparound sofa with lots of storage space so all the games and toys can be put away, out of sight, because this is such a visible space,” she says. The adults, meanwhile, have a chic place of their own on the lower level. “The bar room was important to these clients as a retreat and a place to entertain,” the designer says. A dark navy built-in with large library shelves takes the focus off the television while highlighting books and decorative mementos from the family’s travels. Bunsa balanced the deep shade with a pair of rust-colored velvet armchairs, woven raffia wall hangings, an oversize rattan pendant and patterned hand-blocked linen draperies. “The combination of all these things creates a space that feels lived-in and evokes memory and emotion,” she says. Handmade accents further cultivate a collected feel. The main bedroom features a framed Indigo fabric Bunsa found in Africa, hand-cast ceramic lighting pendants and a vintage rattan bench at the foot of the woven bed. Zellige tile shows up in the kitchen and the main bathroom, where it complements textured Belgian black terra-cotta flooring and marble slabs. “I feel that a space is enriched by the use of handmade items,” the designer says. “The slight imperfections in the tile make the surface feel varied, rich and deep.” Meanwhile, the green concrete tiles that decorate a powder room wall mimic those found on a Backgammon board, a delightful nod to a favorite game the family has played for generations. At the end of the project, Bunsa gifted the owners a vintage Backgammon set, displayed on the bar room’s shelving. And with the home complete, she says, “I’m now working with the whole family on a compound in the Bahamas”— the latest residence for two longtime friends to form new memories.
Left: Florida Kitchen constructed the bar room’s built-in, painted Farrow & Ball’s Railings and lined with Clé zellige tile. The Sub-Zero wine fridge is from Ferguson. Atop the white oak herringbone flooring from Innovative Surfaces, Lulu and Georgia’s Sudra armchairs hold pillows in Jennifer Shorto linen from Monica James & Co. Opposite: Lulu and Georgia’s Lilith swivel chair joins Anthropologie’s Anya coffee table and a CB2 side table beneath Atelier Vime’s Aramis pendant in the bar room. The Shade Store made the draperies using Caroline Z Hurley fabric.
Above: Visual Comfort & Co.’s Bistro chandelier from Circa Lighting makes a statement in the dining area, home to a trio of woodblock prints from Block Shop. Vintage Hans J. Wegner Wishbone chairs encircle RH’s Aero table atop a round Serena & Lily sisal rug. Against the wall is a Lulu and Georgia console. Opposite: A kitchen island of Calacatta Gold L marble shields The Citizenry counter stools beneath Katy Skelton pendants. A backsplash of Clé zellige tile is a backdrop for a Best hood from Ferguson. The white oak Florida Kitchen cabinetry wears Park Studio pulls. Cedar & Moss sconces illuminate framed Moroccan textiles.
Right: In a nod to the family’s favorite game, Bunsa lined a powder room wall with Popham Design’s Backgammon tile from Ann Sacks. Above the custom marble vanity are a Gio Ponti mirror, Apparatus’s Trapeze sconce and a Vola faucet. A vintage azilal rug lines the floor. Opposite: Florida Kitchen fabricated the family room’s built-in seating, topped with Mae Woven pillows. The round white oak CB2 coffee table sits on a vintage Moroccan rug. Da Waterpig II by Natalie Obradovich adds to the room’s softness.
Above: Breccia Capraia marble from Opustone Stone and Tile Concepts pairs with Clé’s zellige wall tiles and Hex flooring in the main bathroom, home to a Kohler tub and Watermark faucet from Maison & Co. The custom cabinetry shows off round brass Schoolhouse pulls. Left: A framed African textile above the Serena & Lily bed injects a dose of indigo in the main bedroom. Natalie Page pendants hang above the wood CB2 nightstands. The rattan bench is from John Salibello in New York. Benjamin Moore Simply White envelops the room, and a Moroccan rug flows on the floor. The linen ripplefold draperies are from The Shade Store.
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atrick Darczuk gestures to an intricately banded slice of cypress in his South Florida studio. “It takes longer than my lifetime to grow a piece like this,” the woodworker muses. “There are all these processes before it comes to me, and once I get it, I want to keep it alive.” The tree is born again in Darczuk’s hands, coaxed into the sophisticated furnishings that are his signature: long-legged tables wrapped in rattan caning, bamboo-framed mirrors, a liveedge bench. Organic yet exquisite, the pieces exude a humble power. It’s part of the reason Darczuk gravitates toward wood: “I just let it speak and do its thing, and I follow its grain and history,” he says. “It’s something that’s greater than us, like the ocean, like the waves.” Born in Argentina, Darczuk moved to West Palm Beach in 1995 following a holiday visit. While studying at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Atlantic University, he worked as a draftsman at a furniture company, fell in love with the process and found his calling. His industrial work space, fronted by his 1974 Kawasaki G5, spans three doors and is an elemental paradise of textures packed with hulking cross-sections of trees, an impressive array of tools and a forest of boards. Interior designers Michael Smith and Leta Austin Foster and architect Daniel Kahan are among the professionals who have sought out his talent, requesting commissions for clients. Darczuk is, above all, driven by materials. Though bronze, metal, steel and leather occasionally highlight his pieces, his primary medium is wood—specifically native species such as cypress, laurel, water oak, walnut and caning. “I tend to gather whatever is beautiful around me,” he says. The bulk of the work happens in the creative phase. “Everything starts on paper,” Darczuk says. “The design process is probably the most tedious work, even though it’s what I love the most.” Next comes production, during which local artisans help handcraft the pieces. The third section of his studio is for finishing touches like sanding and oiling. Although custom projects have long been Darczuk’s focus, by the end of the year he aims to release his debut line of furnishings and accessories. It’s part of his own evolution, much like the cypress in his studio. “The beauty needs to be released, but it’s still alive throughout this process,” he says of the wood. “I’m giving it another life, another meaning.”
Woodworker Patrick Darczuk uses materials such as cypress (opposite) to create artisan furnishings like gentlemen’s footstools (bottom, left), part of his upcoming collection. His production process involves cross-cutting (below) as well as wielding a compass and carving chisels for handling caning, steel and pewter (bottom, right).
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Peter Dunham Textiles’ Zanzibar material covers the cushions on a vintage rattan armchair from Circa Who in the living area of a South Florida residence by interior designer Kristen Rivoli. A Merida rug runs underfoot. Kravet’s shagreen Ames coffee table fronts a sofa wearing a Perennials fabric. The Visual Comfort & Co. sconce hangs above Theodore Alexander’s Ingrid side table.
n South Florida, within a small community across from the ocean, a Massachusetts couple found their ideal getaway home. Capped with a shiplap roof, the white Bermuda Colonial-style house boasts beamed, double-height ceilings and a cottage feel. Enticingly, the L-shaped structure wraps around the backyard, affording indoor-outdoor living, beautiful views and wonderful opportunities for entertaining privately, which the owners fully intended to embrace. Although their plan is to eventually live in South Florida full time, the couple wanted to enjoy the property now, with their large extended family. The house, however—mostly beige inside—required some personalized attention. “We really wanted to amp it up a little bit and make it bright, lively and more of what people imagine when they go to Florida,” says interior designer Kristen Rivoli. “You want it to feel relaxing.” This would be Rivoli’s first project in the region and the third she would complete for these clients, including their main residence. “Their home in Boston is definitely traditional and filled with antiques and oil paintings,” she says. Whereas the couple’s primary house is quiet and neutral, here the interior designer aimed to push them out of their typical style with a little flair for a fresher and more transitional look. Her approach: View their aesthetic through the lens of an Old Florida residence for a design that is classic and timeless. The owners agreed. They desired a relaxed, informal vibe for the vacation property, with more patterns than they normally favor. This, Rivoli says, “gave us a great opportunity here to really be playful with the colors.” To balance the clients’ traditional leanings with a Florida bent, she introduced classical furnishings in bright tones, such as a thin yellow-and-white stripe on the living area sofa, which rests on a patterned yellow rug. In a similar move, the interior designer paired vintage pieces with more modern ones, like the living area’s Parsons-style coffee table countering rattan armchairs holding blueand-white cushions. The formerly dark pantry, too, was given a playful runner and lighter
cabinets. “We painted them what we call our ‘Palm Beach Pink’ color,” Rivoli says. “Now it’s a very bright and cheery hallway.” The bedrooms in particular are amped with pattern and color. In a guest space, a redorange wallcovering is a balanced backdrop for unexpected doses of vibrant green, seen on a pair of beds with patterned upholstered frames and in the abstract botanical scene of an oversize graphic painting occupying a wall. “We pushed the wife out of her comfort zone a little bit with the art,” Rivoli says. “It really makes that a memorable space.” The wife loves coral, which the interior designer infused in the main bedroom on the draperies and wrapping the four-poster bed. She hung an Old Floridian-style lamp from the double-height ceiling for a dash of quirkiness, while ceramic lamps add an old-world aura atop vintage wood bedside tables that have a bamboo detail. “They’re so well made,” Rivoli says of vintage pieces. “Many of them are so solid, and that’s why they’ve lasted so long.” Many of the home’s furnishings and fabrics, like the family room’s sofa and tasseled ottomans, are indoor-outdoor, giving the residence a casual elegance amid its framed artwork and gold sconces. “We wanted it to feel like if the clients had a dressed-up occasion, the house supported that,” Rivoli says. “But if they had bathing suits on and sandy feet, they’re not going to worry about sitting there.” That strategy comes in handy for guests coming from the property’s outdoor space, where the owners refinished the pool and installed a hot tub. Landscape designer Nelson Logal conceived a minimalist look for the previously overcrowded grounds, removing more than 20 trees, including Alexandra palms and overgrown magnolias. This made room for plantings such as flowering yellow thryallis, red Jatropha and climbing hibiscus next to the outdoor fireplace to add touches of color amid the greenery. “It’s a retreat for the owners just to relax,” Logal says. “It’s a hideaway.” In the front, fragrant gardenias and a new path of palm trees lead to the door—where, Rivoli expects, her busy clients leave their stress behind before entering. “What I really hope is that when you walk in, you’re going to take this deep breath and feel instant relaxation and melting away,” she says.
Living area armchairs re-covered in a Perennials textile pair with a vintage rattan bar cart from Circa Who and Global Views’ Saddle table. “We wanted it to feel luxe and comfortable,” Rivoli says of the space, crowned by an LED Riloh lantern. Benjamin Moore’s Simplify Beige colors the walls. The shades are made of Romo linen.
“We wanted to make the house bright, bright, lively and what people imagine when they go to Florida.” Florida.” –KRISTEN RIVOLI
Right: Rivoli carved out a stylish desk nook in the niche of a hallway. Mary Maguire artworks hang above the vintage desk from Palm Beach Regency, which displays the owners’ lamp. The rattan chair from Circa Who holds a pillow made of Schumacher’s Vientiane Ikat linen. The custom flatweave rug flows into the nearby pantry. Opposite: The interior designer transformed the formerly dark pantry into one of the home’s bright spots. The saturated color of the coral rug complements the cabinetry, painted a custom pink in a high-gloss finish.
Above: Carrara tile flooring flows up the wall in the serene main bathroom, where the tub and vanity were already in place. Kravet’s Shun stool and a Roman shade made of China Seas’ Raffles material in Shrimp add texture. Rivoli hung the clients’ artwork against walls painted Benjamin Moore Parchment. Left: Rivoli designed the main bedroom’s bed in Perennials fabric and the draperies in a Jane Shelton textile. The floor lamp, near a Kravet armchair and ottoman, and nightstands are from Circa Who. A Vaughan chandelier and reading lights join The Marbro Lamp Company lamps from Chairish. Benjamin Moore’s Crème Caramel on the walls balance a custom rug.
Landscape designer Nelson Logal placed green island ficus at the base of the pool area’s Alexandra palms and installed annuals for a dose of color. Cushions made of Perennials’ Crepe Du Jour top the chaises—Dedon chaises on the pool’s narrow ends join existing ones holding pillows in Perennials’ Raffia textile by the clients’ side tables.
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Two Coconut Grove residences are united to create one dramatic backdrop for a collection of artworks.
Interior Design: Nicole White, Nicole White Designs Interiors Home Builder: Jason Bush, NJM Builders, Inc.
Designer Nicole White stained Theodore Alexander’s Roland sideboard black in the foyer of a Coconut Grove high-rise. The acrylic Made Goods mirror from Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture & Interiors hangs against Maya Romanoff’s wood veneer Ajiro Fanfare wallcovering from Twill & Texture. Duchateau’s vinyl Loreto flooring flows underfoot.
n design, you have to own the challenges and make it fabulous.” So says designer Nicole White, whose adherence to this credo was key to a mission she undertook at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove: Combine and transform two adjoining residences into one spectacular art-filled home in the sky. Some designers might have been daunted by the prospect of seamlessly uniting two distinct dwellings, but White saw only opportunities: to give her clients a larger foyer, relocate their kitchen from its front-and-center position to a less prominent spot and show off their extensive collection of works by primarily Black artists. White worked with general contractor Jason Bush, with Michael Neil Reinstein as architect of record, to create a new floor plan of open, light-filled rooms. Walls were pushed back to create a larger foyer, and plumbing and electrical systems were moved to allow for the relocation of the kitchen—now no longer immediately seen upon entering the residence. In spite of the construction, the designer was determined to ensure structural issues wouldn’t hinder her goals. “The biggest issue is: You can’t move columns,” she explains. “So, one of our tricks was to build the art collection around these things that were set in stone.” In the living area, for example, the intersection of two immovable walls provided the perfect display niche for a life-size ceramic tribal art figure by Woodrow Nash. Another clever solution involved illuminating the homeowners’ diverse artworks, which range from portraits by Elizabeth Catlett to furniture by Jomo Tariku and masks by Gene Pearson. “With condos, it’s always a challenge to get lighting in the concrete ceilings without having exposed junction boxes,” White points out. “Initially, we thought we could just add a new chandelier. But for a project like this, the goal was to not do the norm.” So, she did the unthinkable and lowered the ceilings over the living area and adjacent lounge to accommodate linear integrated lights. Similarly, in the foyer, a glossy new stretch ceiling features a perimeter of embedded light. “No one likes to drop a ceiling,” the designer admits, “but I think it’s a great solution when it’s done in a
modern and smart way. Now that drop ceiling is like its own artwork that’s floating there. And at night, it glows.” Another constraint awaited White: the couple’s aesthetic preferences, which fall at opposite ends of the spectrum. The husband leans minimalist and modern, while the wife— who requested black floors and green sofas—“is wowed by anything that’s whimsical, glamorous or detailed,” the designer says. To appease the former, White created an ultra-modern shell, with clean lines, sharp angles, light-colored walls to balance the dark floors and a kitchen lined with a seamless expanse of lacquered cabinets. For the wife, the designer incorporated pieces such as aged brass-chain sconces and a goldfooted console in the foyer, curvy velvet living area sofas and, nearby, armchairs with gilded frames. “Initially, the husband hated those chairs,” White recalls, “and now he loves them.” Part of the strategy for harmonization involved shopping with the couple so they could inspect furnishings together. The clients met White at High Point Market, where they found the dining area’s light fixture and the living area’s massive black-and-white photograph of a Northern Kenyan woman in traditional attire. In other areas, the designer was given complete freedom. “I have autonomy on accessories,” says White, who introduced tribal necklaces and pillows embellished with textural leather folds and fringe. “A lot of attention was paid to materials that had movement and things that were a story in themselves.” Perhaps no space exemplifies this more than the powder room, where she had carte blanche to interpret the wife’s wish for something “super glam.” “I’m heavy into black at the moment,” White notes, “so I said, ‘Let’s have fun with the wallpaper,’ ” which incorporates texture and a metallic sheen. The space also displays one small artwork from the homeowners’ collection— ”a subtle finish,” she says, “to a room that itself is an artful statement.” It’s a sentiment that speaks to the project as a whole: While erasing the seams between two residences, White blurs the lines between the backdrop for art and the art itself, creating a gallerylike space as striking as the collection it contains.
Above: A pair of Kelly Wearstler’s small Precision cylinder pendants from Circa Lighting illuminates the bar, which features Inalco’s Storm porcelain on the backsplash and countertop. To the left rests Morada’s Throne Royal ottoman in suede and carved wood. Opposite: Northern Kenya by Mario Gerth from Roberta Schilling and a Woodrow Nash sculpture take center stage in the living area. The Interlude Home sofas from Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture & Interiors wear Artefacto velvet; the brand’s Ava cocktail table is from Judith Norman.
Above: A framed Elizabeth Catlett artwork hangs in the foyer against Sherwin-Williams’ Popular Gray and above Jomo Furniture’s Nyala chair in a black finish. Flanking an adjacent doorway are two of Arteriors’ small Yale sconces, made from delicate aged-brass chains. Opposite: To make a bold statement in the dining area without impeding the views, White selected a chandelier with Murano glass orbs hanging from E.M. Soberon’s Volkano Grande wood slab. This crowns a table by the brand, paired with Morada Furniture’s leather-and-quilted-suede Cubé dining chairs.
Right: Miami Home Crafters fabricated the wife’s bathroom vanity, painted Sherwin-Williams’ Mindful Gray and wearing Rejuvenation’s Manzanita drawer pulls. Kohler’s Briolette sink and the Brizo faucet, both from Ferguson, top a stone counter from Omicron Granite & Tile. Finishing the look are a reupholstered Safavieh stool and thin LED pendants by Filipe Lisboa for Viso from Lumens. Opposite: Sonneman’s Champagne Bubbles pendant from Farrey’s Lighting & Bath and Currey & Company’s Atlas lamp illuminate the main bedroom, where “the focus was on luxury and texture,” White says. The Bernhardt chest and bed are from Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture & Interiors. Behind the latter is Kravet’s Bangle Sheer in Truffle from Designer Discount Fabrics & Furniture.
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