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Perhaps it’s the return of the plush, squishy sofa, or maybe it’s the clogs, overalls and macramé that I’ve seen in fashion these days, but it feels like we’re having a bit of a free-form ’70s moment. Slowly shedding the maskwearing, hand-sanitizing of the past year-and-a-half, we are re-emerging into sunnier, more relaxed days. It’s a time of eclecticism and optimism, with home and design at the center of it. We’re excited to be living through this period of strong desire and enthusiasm for all things home, with much relocation and decoration taking place. In this issue, we report on playful accessory dwellings popping up across so many backyards, the return of the Shaker influence in design and the latest of-the-earth wallpaper and textiles. There’s endless design inspiration for those who seek it. Indeed, this summer, our homes are for living and loving.
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When Zoffany design lead Peter Gomez set out to create Kensington Walk, the brand’s latest collection of textiles and wallcoverings, he didn’t need to look far. As a champion of emerging creatives, he first turned to an artist he’d worked with before, Royal College of Art alum Sam Wilde. It was Wilde’s drawings of koi carp (like those seen in the exotic Kyoto Gardens of Kensington) that got his wheels turning. The result was Eastern Palace (shown
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far left), a pattern taking its cues from the neighboring Japan House London and depicting the Asian nation’s main islands guarded by fauna and native botanicals. Tucked away from the flurry of urban life, yet still touting the perks of it, Kensington “carries within it a sense of escapism—a real, refined luxury we wanted to capture,” Gomez says. The collection’s remaining SKUs thus sprung from the West London enclave’s many storied sites. There is Cope’s Trail, a Jacobean floral partly inspired by the late Holland House; Long Water, an abstracted botanical based on scenery of Hyde Park; and Persian Tulip (shown left), pulling from the ornamented Arab Hall at Leighton House. If Kensington Walk sounds diverse, then so is Kensington, a melting pot of a community historically home to artists from all corners of the globe, much like Zoffany. “The English aesthetic,” Gomez explains, “is very much borrowed from worldly influences that did not originate in the U.K.” zoffany.com
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own interests. Brett is into music and uses that as his creative outlet. I’m into everything related to the marketing and PR in our field, which excites me.
How do you coexist as life and work partners? As work partners we have identified what we specialize in and trust each other’s skill sets. From a personal perspective, we have our
Tell us about your new IGTV series. B+G Unfiltered takes viewers behind the scenes during the design process where Brett and I share a first look at our home renovation at Ten Museum Park and B+G’s high-end interior projects. Unfiltered lets us share what we love from our personal hobbies to living a healthy lifestyle and allows viewers to take away something new—from tackling a lack of storage space to designing a kitchen. Not everything is glamorous, but that’s what Unfiltered is about, the design process, the real challenges and the personal moments.
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In addition to new office digs in the Miami Design District’s Quadro Building and an IGTV series, Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor Sugerman—the dynamic duo behind Miami firm B+G Design—have launched their first furniture line. In partnership with Grafton Furniture, the collection centers on clean lines, sculptural forms and rich materials. Luxe caught up with Giselle to get the scoop. bandgdesign.com
What’s moving your design direction right now? There is amazing international fashion content online, especially on social media. The innovation and creativity in materials allows me to bring some of those elements into our work in a sophisticated and timeless manner.
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Lured by her colorful past, interior designer Carla Fonts Hrncir is returning to her roots in Palm Beach, opening a second location for her firm Dunbar Road Design to complement its Dallas counterpart. Here, she chats all things Florida. dunbar-road.com Why return to Palm Beach? My firm takes its name from Palm Beach’s Dunbar Road, where my great-grandmother and grandmother rented a glamorous 1920s-era home overlooking the ocean for my mother and her siblings during the Cuban exile in 1959. Since birth, I have spent every summer in Miami and Palm
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What’s old has been made new and fabulous again for legacy textile brand Rose Cumming, whose debut spring/ summer 2021 collection, featuring beautiful wovens, handblock prints, and chintzes produced by the world’s leading mills, now hang in B. Peterson’s showroom in Palm Beach. “Since recently acquiring the line, it was a pleasure to dig through the archives and see where we could add colors drawn from the textiles’ storied heritage,” says Lauren Hudson, the now-owner of Rose Cumming Chintzes. “My goal is to bring exuberant and glamorous textiles with layers of diverse solids and patterns that each communicate with one another.” The new collection introduces two new colorways to the beloved Sabu and Sabu on Linen, infusing the iconic animal-pattern with a modern flair, along with a new upholstery weight cloth, called Chloe, that provides a greater selection for clients to use on sofas, chairs, pillows and more. rosecumming.com
What can Palm Beach expect to see design-wise? I admire all approaches to design, dabbling in a myriad of techniques and periods. A return to our roots will allow us to further soak up the surroundings, which have shaped our distinctive flair. Having a Dallas office allows us to see the latest new designs and bring them to Palm Beach. Share your latest inspirations. My grandmother and mother are perennial hostesses who love to entertain. Every detail, such as the china, crystal, flowers and linens, had to be perfect at all times. That eye for detail is ingrained in me as well. My Cuban heritage continues to be another key source of inspiration. I love the naturally bold aesthetic derived straight from Havana’s heyday, especially when paired with the style of midcentury Palm Beach.
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Beach visiting family, which informed my eye for design. Today, the resort-chic aesthetic made famous by the area is a key design inspiration for our firm. We typically create colorful and timeless interiors that mix traditional pieces with modern, bohemian styles.
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I was raised on a ranch in Northern California. Growing up, food was a huge part of my family and culture. At the Alisal Ranch, a resort where I designed the guest rooms in a classic California Monterey style, they are famous for their pancakes and pastries. It’s fitting because I was taught on the ranch that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and necessary to set the day up right. Food is a big part of my life, and my feeling is, ‘What good is a really great-looking house if the food on the table isn’t delicious?’ Along with food, I think you can’t talk about the state without talking about our Spanish architecture, particularly in Southern California. Our history is embedded in it, and the oldest buildings we have in the state are the missions. I am extremely influenced by the old Spanish-style homes and downtown buildings in Los Angeles. To understand my choice of materials and colors, you would have to understand the soft light of this state. It’s very close in quality to the light in the South of France. The artist David Hockney talked about how unique the light in California is, and how beautiful. And I believe the movie industry started here because of it. The light affected my style without me realizing it at first, but working in this incredible natural light has allowed me to have a lot of fun with color.
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The common thread throughout this region is an easy-going lifestyle with a big emphasis on outdoors and bringing the outdoors in. It’s a laid-back vibe, but it’s stylish. I gravitate to relaxed, natural materials—linens over silks, for example. I love using wicker, grass cloth or seagrass—anything with an outdoor feeling to it. I have completed interiors all around the country, but even if I’m doing a traditional, formal interior in New York City, there’s still a little California in it.
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I grew up in West Texas, but I’ve been living in Chicago since 1976. I started my business here in 1983, and at that time, it was unusual for a design business not to be headed up out of New York or Los Angeles. I like it here because the people are warm and honest. When you are running a business, common sense is important—and common sense is a community element here, as in Texas. The Midwestern work ethic and what they call “Midwestern nice” are real things, and when you are staffing a business, that’s great.
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Also, art is everywhere in the streets of Chicago, and it’s inspiring. We have grandscale public sculptures by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet and Pablo Picasso. I am struck by the richness of them and how they are so accessible. Of course, that’s not the only art here. I love the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Art Institute of Chicago. We have great theaters, dance, orchestras and restaurants. There are some people who would be surprised to learn that life is not slow in Chicago.
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This city is also the heart of Modernism. This is the home of the Chicago School and of Bauhaus in America. Chicago is where Mies van der Rohe settled and did a lot of important buildings. In fact, you can’t talk about Chicago design without discussing its architecture. The architecture is strong, but it is also about the clean lines and the proportions of the Modernist movement. There’s a timeless quality about it, and it’s certainly influenced my work as I’m about clean, timeless design. Before buildings went up around it, I used to be able to see the Aon Center from my apartment. It’s the perfect Modernist building, with a clean, pure design, and I have admired it often over the years.
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Kemble Interiors, Palm Beach
I was born in Palm Beach, and my family has been looking at the same sunset for many generations. This is an extraordinary area and an extraordinary town. It’s filled with beautiful beaches, glorious weather and people who like to be outdoors. After all, this place is enclosed by water, with a lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other. In Palm Beach, we have an elegant and beautiful way of living that’s attractive to people. There’s a high standard for architecture here. The older structures are beautiful, and the new buildings are pretty and well-built. A lot of the influence in this area is Mediterranean—our buildings tend to have high ceilings, beautiful plaster walls and big windows for the view. Many interiors feature tile floors and handpainted murals. Personally, I love rattan, sisal rugs, glazed walls and tile floors.
My firm works everywhere—including Europe—but we’ve found that once people see how we live in Palm Beach, they decide they want to live the same way, so we often end up including Palm Beach elements. We make happy, beautiful places that you miss when you leave.
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We aren’t known for prissy design, in fact, our design could be considered irreverent by some. In my own home, the kids used to ride skateboards inside! Here we are known for interiors where you can put your feet up and really relax and live. I think something that makes us different is that we have a great deal of openness. You can be walking down the street and find yourself peering over a hedge into a beautiful garden and at a lovely home—walks can almost be like a garden club tour. Our lifestyle is clearly on view, and you don’t get that in New York City when your home is 27 stories in the air.
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The great Southern writer William Faulkner said: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” I am the fourth generation of my family to live in Perry, Georgia. If you came to my home, you’d find my GreatAunt Irene’s big, beautiful platter hanging in the entryway. You’d see china, artwork and needlepoint from different generations of my family mixed with a traditional Schumacher fabric in a modern colorway. It’s a very Southern thing to be purveyors of family heirlooms and objects. And if Aunt Irene could see her things mixed in with mine, she’d say: “Honey, it’s all fabulous.” One of the signatures of a Southern home is an embrace of collections and curated objet d’art. I have long maintained that the concept of “less is more” never made it south, as most Southerners are collectors. I personally collect odds and ends of silver pieces, including a serving spoon meant for spring peas and a fancy fork for bacon.
I think people unfamiliar with the South would be surprised at how avant-garde we are and have always been. We wear our fine clothes to football games, eat fried chicken with silver forks and drink bourbon in a julep cup. For us Southerners, it’s an unapologetic mix of the high and low, the old and new and the lost and found.
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Another thing Southerners love and cherish is brown furniture. I like these pieces because they are a sturdy foundation to build upon in interior design. There’s nothing like an old bow-front table that’s built up a beautiful wax patina over the years mixed in a room with old mirrors and art from every decade. When you have all new furniture in a room, it’s not very exciting. But when you add old with the new, it’s an adventure for the eyes.
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Interior designer Alison Pickart’s design for de Gournay draws on the landscape of the magnificent redwoods and includes woodland creatures, such as raccoons, foxes and red-tailed hawks.
The most fitting collaborations are effortless. Tell us about your relationship with de Gournay. As a bespoke heritage brand, de Gournay’s work has always caught my eye. I started by using the designs in smaller spaces and then worked up to larger applications. After a few projects, I became friends with owners Rachel and Hannah Cecil Gurney and the de Gournay team. The brand is very much in line with my design ethos: “If you can imagine it, you can do it.” But it was this one project in East Bay,
which will be published in an upcoming issue of Luxe San Francisco, that helped to bring about this exciting collaboration. You give your client a lot of credit for this collection. What was the inspiration? I proposed the idea of using a different de Gournay pattern. However, this client is very clued-in on the local flora and fauna. He loved the direction but wondered what we could do that would be “very California.” I looked out the windows of the second-story property surrounded by three large redwood groves and thought, “Done! It’s redwoods and can’t be anything else.” I often look to nature and see hundreds of different colors, shapes and textures together. The most unlikely combinations are the most spectacular. Panoramic patterns tend to veer traditional. How did you strike a versatile
note with this scene? Nature always provides the ultimate baseline of beauty, and I believe this collection can be enjoyed from any perspective. In many ways, the different colorways can be the aesthetic catalyst. In addition to the original, there is a lavender version (Aurore), a sepia tone style (Eau Forte) and a blue one (Mare Verde). When you move into the lavender and sepia tone colorways, the inflection is more fantastical and otherworldly, and that helps skew an interior more modern versus traditional. Where do you envision this being used? Any location that has a high ceiling, like a dining room or foyer. We’re installing the lavender colorway in my studio’s conference room with 12.5-foot ceilings. Personally, I would love to see it in Kamala Harris’s Washington, D.C., dining room—I think that would be a fantastic nod to California.
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Imagine meandering through California’s magnificent redwood forests teeming with woodland life—squirrels, bobcats, native lilies and sword ferns. It’s a setting that San Francisco interior designer Alison Pickart majestically captured in de Gournay’s firstever West Coast-inspired Scenic Collection of wallpapers. Here, Luxe chats all things whimsy with the designer.
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Rumor has it that with just two fingers you can eﬀortlessly lift an original Shaker chair. Such is the elegant, weightlessness of the design—lightness, utility and beauty intertwined into one. It is the Shakers, who, after all, ostensibly spawned the modern design movement when one of their chair prototypes was spotted by students at a Danish design school in the early 20th century. And yet 240 years since the Shakers established roots in the U.S., their values of self-suﬃciency, craft and optimism resonate more than ever in American design. “There is something incredibly comforting and hopeful about the Shakers,” says Lacy Schutz, executive director of New York’s Shaker Museum, who is overseeing the institution’s move to a new building and renovation by Selldorf Architects. “They modeled a way of life we’re longing for today—gender equality; racial equality; respect for the environment; pride of craft.” That ethos inspired Berkeley furniture designer Rafi Ajl of The Long Confidence, whose first memory of Shaker design started in Brooklyn with his parents’ ladder back maple dining chairs. “They are these special objects—refined and functional,” he remarks. “I’ve appreciated them more as they’ve aged with grace.” Beauty and timelessness are threaded throughout Ajl’s work, including his thin and strong tapered Spindle Bench and his cleanlined Gathering Chair. “In a throwaway culture, to have things that have provably and measurably endured is highly valuable,” reflects Ajl. Brian Persico was drawn to the Shakers’ emphasis on sustainability, citing their devotion to growing and harvesting their own materials. For his Windham Chair series, the Catskills-based designer experimented with post-and-rung construction, using local hardwoods he fells and splits along the grain, resulting in a stronger and lighter frame. The seats are woven with hickory bark or rawhide, and the finishing touch is the joinery pins in the chair back, which he carves from white-tailed deer antlers collected on walks. “Materials of the same place have a tendency to go well together,” he says. Most surprisingly, perhaps, is the community’s embrace of technology and progressive ideas (think: flattening the round broom)—qualities that attracted Hudson Valley designer Kim Markel. “This combination of ingenuity and resourcefulness is so admirable. It’s about finding solutions in unexpected places,” says Markel, alluding to her dreamlike Glow series, which uses a recycled resin composite that took years to perfect. “The shape is familiar but the material is almost foreign to the matter.” As Schutz explains, a Shaker-influenced furnishing doesn’t have to feel or look like one would expect. “People want something that has meaning and is connected to a set of values,” she says. “It’s a lot more interesting to see how the ethos is manifesting itself in ways that may not be immediately obvious.”
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GREEN THUMB Clockwise from top left: Rustica Grass Roman Shade in Burlap / hunterdouglas.com. Madeleine Sisal Wallcovering in Linden by Michael S. Smith / hartmannforbes.com. Hillevi Grasscloth Wallcovering in Kiwi by Peter Fasano / johnrosselli.com. Cadiz Cork Wallcovering in Titanium by Stroheim / fabricut.com. Braided Square Base Urn / mainlybaskets.com. Sankara Jute Border / samuelandsons.com. River Jute Rug / usa.armadillo-co.com. Farnham Long Tom Pot #3 by Peter Wakefield / hivepalmbeach.com. Gizi Evergreen Jute Rug / annieselke.com. Jacob Stripe Ramie Window Covering in Linden by Michael S. Smith / hartmanforbes.com. Strié Sisal Wallcovering in Green Tea / jimthompsonfabrics.com.
ORGANIC FORMS Clockwise from top right: Buscemi Grasscloth Wallcovering in Bastille Brass / bridgetbearicolors.com. Desi Sisal Grasscloth Wallcovering in Skylight / thelawnsco.com. Ikat Grasscloth Wallcovering in Pearl by Crezana / johnrosselli.com. Manning Sisal Rug in Ivory / starkcarpet.com. Dunes Jute Rug in Natural / annieselke.com. Mia Ceramic Pot / hivepalmbeach.com. Capa Raffia Trim in Hemp / pindler.com. Narrative Abaca & Mulberry Wallcovering in Crystal / weitznerlimited.com. Zumberi Abaca Rug / pattersonflynnmartin.com.
GARDEN PARTY Clockwise from top left: Wild Flower Sisal Wallcovering in Sleepy Blue / thibautdesign.com. Rattan Grasscloth Wallcovering in Seacloud and Bronze / madeaux.com. Argus Grasscloth Wallcovering in Aqua/Metallic Sisal by Peter Fasano / johnrosselli.com. Cape May Raffia Wallcovering in Pale Blue / thibautdesign.com. Waterfall Woven Wood Shade in Hampton in Almond / theshadestore.com. Hexagon Wood Veneer Wallcovering in Ivory / yorkwallcoverings.com. Caspian Blue/White Marbleized Pot / hivepalmbeach.com. Rattan Wallcovering in Off-White / arte-international.com. Briar Raffia Tape in Sage / fschumacher.com. Dunes Jute Rug in Bleached Oak / annieselke.com. Loop Cut Jute & Wool Rug in White / marcphillipsrugs.com. Faux Bois Pot / hivepalmbeach.com.
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clockwise from top : Coastal Casual The coastal living style isn’t about proximity to water, but more so, a state of mind. The Camps Bay rattan chair by Universal Furniture feels as fresh as an ocean breeze year-round, with its open frame and plush Crypton fabric cushions. Sleep Green Rest easy in the Tombo bed with “Inside Green” from Cisco Home. Crypton’s Greenguard® Gold-certified Lester Snow fabric always comes clean with permanent stain resistance. Inside, Tombo is made with all natural, responsible, organic materials—for a safe and sound sleep. Oops, Rewind Crypton Home Fabric is a no-stress, no-mess, antimicrobial wonder. Spills bead up like magic—even sticky or buttery ones. Stains lift easily with only mild soap and water. Try it yourself at home; order a free test kit today at crypton.com. Divine Dining Nowhere is Crypton fabric more important than in the dining room, where upholstered chairs mean family and guests can gather longer and more comfortably. Here, Arhaus’ refined, modern Jagger chairs are upholstered in P/K Lifestyles Mixology fabric with a Crypton finish—ensuring spills are never a problem. opposite: Menswear-Inspired The Paxton sofa from Arhaus, with its low profile and curved lines, feels current and timeless at once. With English rolled arms accentuated by meticulous pleating, it looks as expertly tailored as a Savile Row suit. Shown here in Crypton Suntory Stone striped linen.
SUITE LIFE Check out by checking in to these new design-centric hotels. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY S A R A H S H E LT O N
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Meet The Goodtime Hotel, the brainchild of Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams and hospitality maven David Grutman. The Ken Fulkdesigned, 266-room property offers exactly what the name suggests. Art Deco nuances and cheeky, colorful designs abound throughout the lobby, suites and cabana-clad rooftop pool, Strawberry Moon, creating a hangout that has enough nostalgia and contemporary splash to appeal to past, present and future sunseekers. thegoodtimehotel.com
Clockwise from top right: The Beach Towel in Lauren’s Sage Stripe / $69 / businessandpleasureco.com. Antique Brass and Glass Ice Bucket / $100 / williams-sonoma.com. Florio Shower Gel / $40 / ortigiasicilia.com. Malibu Round Sofa / $9,300 / marieburgosdesignthestore.com. Minimalist SW Coffee Table by Soft-Geometry / $949 / 1stdibs.com. Sabu Fabric in Red & Rose by Rose Cumming / Price upon request / wellstextiles.com. Belen Hat / $395 / yosuzi.com. Hollis Single Light Vanity / $219 / hinkley.com. Flower Power Hoops in Coral Pink / $1,550 / beabongiasca.com.
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Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood recently welcomed a new kid on the block with the opening of the Ace Hotel. Roman and Williams designed the ground-up build and interiors, making this their third collaboration with Atelier Ace. The resulting hotel offers an “undecorated and tactile spirit,” say the designers, who drew inspiration from the surrounding industrial areas, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and the traditions of studios and work spaces. acehotel.com
Clockwise from top right: Nordic 1-Light Pendant / $328 / maximlighting.com. Mattis Rug / Price upon request / scottgroupstudio.com. No. 3 Body Wash / $20 / rudysbarbershop.com. Essential Check-In L in Red / $870 / rimowa.com. V-10 Leather Sneaker in White Nautico Pekin / $150 / veja-store.com. Finn Leather Daybed / $3,127 / mgbwhome.com. Stelton EM French Press in Red / $80 / crateandbarrel.com. Pinot Grigio White Oak Flooring / Price upon request / legnobastone.com. Katan Fuchsia Throw by Designers Guild / $335 / neimanmarcus.com.
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With its effortless brand of California hospitality, Palisociety’s newest outpost, Palihouse Santa Barbara, has settled into a 1920s Spanish Colonial blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Offering just two dozen rooms, the property is intimate and chockfull of charm. Communal areas, like this living room adjacent to the bar, combine subtle coastal elements, preppy plaids, vintage treasures and, what founder Avi Brosh calls, “American Riviera” touches. palisociety.com
Clockwise from top right: Orphéon Eau De Parfum / $188 / diptyqueparis.com. Carrick Plaid in Jade & Tomato by Colefax and Fowler / Price upon request / cowtan.com. Framework Pillow in Terracotta / From $255 / brookperdigontextiles.com. Cane Partition in Charcoal Black / $2,900 / industrywest.com. Faux Shell / $250 / jaysonhome.com. Coupe Dining Chair by Barbara Barry / Price upon request / bakerfurniture.com. Mini Tiber Wall Light / Price upon request / hectorfinch.com.
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A NEW WAVE OF MASTER ARTISANS RETURNS TO HANDCRAFTED METHODS AND TIME-HONORED MATERIALS. P R O D U C E D BY K AT H R Y N G I V E N W I T H S A R A H S H E LT O N
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“The thing about light is that it’s always changing,” explains Erin Lorek of Lorekform. After studying light from the object’s point of view at North Carolina’s Penland School of Craft, Lorek developed her own glass and iron process, and has since honed her craft while operating out of Brooklyn Glass studio in Gowanus, New York. For each piece, including The Surround Pendant, shown, she ladles glass onto large iron plates that start out as clay, and then presses various textures into the mixture to refract light. A simple lost-wax casting process transforms the pattern into iron and creates imperfections, which add their own narrative to the original texture. This deep dive into materiality and form are a true expression of an artist dedicated to the evolving pursuit of light. lorekform.com
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When asked why handcrafting furniture is still important today, Matty Cruise of Corbin Cruise admits it’s because the artform is disappearing. While the digital age has certainly contributed to accessibility and exposure, he says there is something primal about working with your hands, especially as fewer people learn these valuable skills. For Cruise, this includes metal smithing, fabrication and experimentation with steel, brass, bronze and aluminum out of his workshop in upstate New York. The Aqueduct Bench and Fluted Console, shown, for example, are part of his new Gouge Collection, in which an invasive finish is used to age the pieces with a striking patina. His Collection No. 1 Coffee Table and Lattice Mirror Frame are also favorite designs, the result of slowing things down, sitting with the materials and seeing where his imagination takes him. corbincruise.com
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A celebrated artist in her own right for decades, New Orleans resident Natalie Erwin was constantly on the hunt for beautiful frames to complement her work. So, the recent launch of Fleur Home, a bright, happy collection of customizable mirrors and trim, seemed to be an organic evolution for the painter. Each piece is handmade from wood and finished in hues from color purveyors Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Farrow & Ball, as well as in bespoke tones. The designs are a nod to all the wonder and whimsy that her city has to offer. Even her mirror names pay homage to New Orleans, such as Garden District Laurel, Satsuma, Audubon and Carnival Proteus (all shown). Further fueling her creativity, Erwin has collaborated with other artists she admires, including Riley Sheehey, with several more in the works. fleurhome.com
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For Los Angeles artisan Bennet Schlesinger, inspiration is found through the maintenance and cyclical rhythm of creation itself. Made from bamboo, paper and ceramic, his evocative and ethereal lighting pieces come to life through many steps—moments he describes as quiet action. Having grown up watching his uncle shape surfboards, he was taught by his family to see form and notice details in both art and functional objects, a practice he continues today. The fabrication process for the shades, which has been years in development, involves bamboo for the structure with layers upon layers of translucent paper sheets and archival glue for an overall effect that radiates warmth. Producing thoughtfully considered works that still exude ease and natural expression is certainly no small feat. bennetschlesinger.com
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Detroit-based product designer Nina Cho credits her education for giving her the freedom to form a unique way of creating. Having studied woodworking and furniture design at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, followed by a focus on 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cho now tells her story through pieces of furniture, and is influenced by the artistic ethics of her Korean heritage. In discussing her vision, the artist says, “There is beauty in empty spaces and it’s about respecting absence as much as the object.” This reductive aesthetic is a combination of Eastern philosophy with experimental form, exemplified in works like the Maung Maung Mirror and Cantilever Table, both shown. Through the use of various mediums and materials including glass, metal, wood and marble, Cho aims to make sculptural works that blur the lines between art and design. ninacho.com
Jewel-box bathrooms and playful outbuildings bring summertime magic to a full crescendo.
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Fortune favors the bold, or so they say, but nothing could be more true for today’s top designers who are transforming bathrooms into jewel-box spaces with striking, statement-making elements. Whether a grand main bath with double sinks or a charming powder room, both functionality and high design are equally important. From graphic and colorful stone to decorative wallcoverings and finishing touches, the drama is here to stay.
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In Manhattan, designer Noa Santos went big with Guatemala Verde marble for nearly every surface in the powder room. RH Modern faucets and Articolo sconces complete the look, while a Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort & Co. lighting fixture decorates the ceiling.
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Is this a main bath? It’s a powder room but can also function as a full bath. These spaces are unique because they’re one of the only areas in a home that nearly everyone, including guests, experiences, but not for a lot of time. This allows for the opportunity to make a really dramatic, special statement without the risk of fatigue. Like this marble! Talk to us about it. The clients love stone of all types. They wanted something impactful, so the idea was for someone to walk in and feel enveloped by the marble, which is polished Guatemala Verde. It has this glowing effect. Because the stone is so bold, I wanted the other elements to fall in line, both serving a function while still looking beautiful. What about lighting? Creating equal lighting throughout is really important, especially when the powder room has a directional window. If you don’t light from above and from the sides, very harsh shadows will be cast. We added the sconces and overhead fixture, and also installed brass louvers with caning at the window to bring in a soft light and add visual interest without taking away from the stone. Why did you choose brass details? Green marble lends itself to a warmer metal, which plays well with the wood flooring. I wanted most of these brass components—the fittings and hardware—to be pretty minimal and recede. The shower without any glass sort of shrinks back and doesn’t detract from the fact that this is an exquisite powder room. Even with the striking components, there is a certain quietness in this space that is really beautiful. nainoa.com
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“The thing about powder rooms is that they have to be functional, but they don’t have to be that functional,” explains designer Jamie Ivey of Ivey Design Group. It’s one of the few places in the home that is style first, she says, which translates to permission to have fun. The starting point in this central Virginia home was the sleek and modern sink by
Porcelanosa that paired perfectly with a copper faucet. After searching extensively for the right wallcovering, Ivey finally landed on Arte’s Focus Facet motif, which she wrapped the walls and ceiling in. With angled lines and a textured surface, the wallpaper shines much like a bright penny when the sunlight hits just right. iveydesigngroup.com
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MARBLE MOMENT In a traditional Victorian home in Deal, New Jersey, the marriage of old and new was the guiding principle for a modern main bathroom update. Lead designer Cara Woodhouse built the design around the existing green tile, mixing in elements like rich Calacatta marble and unlacquered brass fittings. “I have an obsession with stone,” Woodhouse admits, adding that she’ll incorporate it everywhere she can when it comes to the bath. With the statement-making materials in place, Woodhouse turned to the functional features such as storage and detailing, building in a custom double-sink vanity and relaxed West Elm Mirrors. carawoodhouse.com
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There’s a certain magic to a backyard hideaway; a conjuring of escape from the comforts of home with ageless appeal. Perhaps it is this very quality that spurred a movement of quarantined homeowners to convert or construct petite outbuildings devoted to good times and creative pursuits. The way we see it, the trend is a win-win for maximizing property while staying young at heart. Take inspiration from these bite-sized exemplars around the country. Designer Bryan Graybill and Historical Concepts President Andrew Cogar looked to the primitive, monochrome homes of early Nantucket and Newport in selecting Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green for the façade of Graybill’s East Hampton cocktail shed. With a view to easy-breezy entertaining by the pool, the accordion window with mahogany sill functions as a self-catering bar.
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For Bryan Graybill, designing a cocktail shed at his Hamptons home alongside architect Andrew Cogar proved a great opportunity to flex his background in hospitality design. “My husband and I love to entertain, but we also like to be part of the party, so we tried to create a selfdirected environment,” he explains. “We wanted a casual hosting program, and to keep guests and wet bathing suits out of the kitchen when they need a drink. We defined that purpose first and the architecture followed.”
For the exterior expression, Cogar and Graybill drew inspiration from East Hampton village—specifically, from its one-room schoolhouse whose modest scale and circa 1784 charm felt apropos. “Reclaimed materials were key to bringing a sense of nostalgia into the present,” says Graybill. Cement tile (allegedly salvaged from stables in Spain), irregular-width wood siding to reflect hand planing of the 18 th century, a simple shake roof and burnished brass details all lend to the historical ethos, while restaurant-grade appliances, including an ice maker, dishwasher and refrigeration suite, offer all the modern comforts of a tiny resort. “There’s something fun and ceremonial about ‘opening up the bar,’ ” says Cogar, pointing to the pool-facing accordion window, a busy watering hole in the summer months. Meanwhile, the interior functions as a dressing room (replete with an outdoor shower off the back) and a berth-like loft accessed via ladder provides guests (and often Graybill himself) a comfy place to steal away for a nap. “It’s such a fun little workhouse and not redundant to the kitchen,” says Cogar, adding, “if you’re going to do an outbuilding, being honest about what you want—whether that’s turning out 30 margaritas in a hour or not—will help you make the most of it.” graybillddb.com; historicalconcepts.com
A Tallahassee, Florida, garden house by Alison Carabasi with interior design by Cary Langston of Langston Sprowls Design Group serves as a sophisticated pool lounge—and fully functional HQ. “The client had been paying so much in rent for her downtown office that the garden house paid for itself in a few months,” shares Carabasi.
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Working with a build team of Amish craftsmen in her native Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alison Carabasi has carved a chic niche for herself: designing exquisite custom garden houses, which are then shipped as a single, finished piece to discerning clients around the country. Below, Carabasi shares her insight on the accessory dwelling’s limelight moment. Origin story: I’m from an artistic family and grew up appreciating pretty homes. But this all started when I made my own garden house and saw how much my whole family fell in love with it. Every time I looked out my window, it made me happy. My kids called it “The Shed” in high school, and all their friends would come over and hang out. I saw how great it was to have one—how it enhanced everything about my yard, my home, my life. Business report: I noticed an uptick before the pandemic, and it’s only increased since then. You know how in England gardening is a big part of mainstream culture? I think that’s happening here more and more. There’s a growing awareness for healthy eating and healthy living, and that translates to people being out in their yards and caring for their gardens. It’s a good trend. On deck: Continuing to evolve the architectural styles we offer; one I have in mind is a pagoda. I also want to launch garden ornaments and accessories. I have a copper sphere and finial designs that are so pretty, and I just launched lanterns—for no reason other than the fact that I don’t want to see ugly lanterns on my buildings! hillbrookcollections.com
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SEEING GREEN ENTERTAINING EXPERT JOSEPH MARINI SHARES THE VISION BEHIND HIS BACKYARD RETREAT.
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At my home in St. Petersburg, Florida, a shed became the foundation for my garden studio. Syncing the look to my home’s Georgian exterior was important, so I opted for hipped roofs and an all-white exterior. To take advantage of the garden views, I installed two reclaimed French doors instead of windows, and built in two lime-washed benches. One serves as my work space, the other as a floral arranging and potting spot. Cases were built on top to house collections of glass and silver floral vessels, which I look forward to setting out for small garden parties. But for now at least, the studio is all mine. athomewithjoseph.com
In 1929, Frederick P. Ristine, a Philadelphia investment banker, and his wife, Elizabeth, moved into BetzFred, the aptly named Wayne, Pennsylvania, English Arts and Crafts estate that would be their country home. Fast forward nearly a century and
seeing an irreplaceable diamond in the rough, Lauren Wylonis scooped it up with a view to restoration. While the property was renamed the Heydon Estate, everything else was lovingly patched, painted and coaxed back to period glory. Even the original potting shed, which stands like a beacon at the entrance to a walled English garden (which Wylonis nostalgically planted with lavender, hydrangeas, redbud trees, salvia and roses), got a fresh face lift befitting its roots.
Today, BetzFred is home to a young family who saw a great place to raise children in its fairy-tale grounds rich with nooks and crannies and history. While outbuildings are on the rise, this grand specimen, modeled after the potting sheds of old English country homes, reminds that “structures are super important, interesting focal points to gardens,” says Wylonis. “This has been true for years and years and years.” kingshavendesign.com; kingshavenproperties.com
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Video distribution has pushed the elasticity of its boundary and entered new spaces of the home that extend beyond entertainment or home security. “Televisions can monitor how often you watch,” Graves says. “But also, video footage can now keep track of what foods are cooked in your oven, the types of foods in your refrigerator and energy consumption, to name a few.” It is from this feedback that homeowners can adjust habits to adapt to a smarter, healthier and more informed lifestyle.
Elite Home Theaters + Automation (Elite HTA) is positioned at the intersection of sophistication and smarts, with years of experience serving ultrahigh-net-worth luxury homeowners. The firm’s wealth of industry knowledge and concierge-level service allow clients to obtain home automation for a life unencumbered. “Our services and products lay the foundation for convenience at its finest,” says Robert Graves of Elite HTA. “Our clients can switch from work life to home life with the touch of a button.” A well-choreographed system of access management, surveillance, audio and video distribution, climate control, home theater, and high-speed Wi-Fi are operated through a simple interface. “Keeping the technology of your entire home accessible from one place, any place, is key for easy living,” Graves continues. Elite HTA knows that luxury home automation isn’t only about gadgetry—it’s about what you do with it.
IN THE SHADE Maximizing the potential utility of motorized shading systems goes beyond climate control and lighting, as these systems can respond to the movement of the sun to shield indoor spaces—and their furnishings and accessories. “Shading helps not only in heat control but also in the life span of interior materials that are protected from UV rays, maximizing their longevity,” Graves points out. This is wellness made equitable.
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Home automation expert Juan Salamanca thinks a lot of good things can happen at once—better yet, all with a press of a single button. As CEO of Smart IT, he champions the experiential element of home technology, starting when arriving home, where the shades, temperature, lighting, music and TV take action simultaneously. Quick, concurrent technology, tailored to the individual, is how Salamanca defines a smart home. He marvels at how strong the technology has become and the boundless possibilities. “Security systems are better than ever, with more capabilities providing key information. Smart thermostats have an array of features and can be controlled through ever-increasing methods,” he explains. “Smart home hubs create integration throughout smart systems, for instance, linking security, lighting and pool systems for one-stop control without logging into many apps.”
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Blending the old with the new, a classically inspired Juno Beach house is redolent of New England and France.
Architecture: Richard Jones, Richard Jones Architecture Inc. Interior Design: Krista W. Alterman, Krista + Home Home Builder: Matthew Montgomery, Groundstone Homes Landscape Architecture: Paul Catania, Parker-Yannette Design Group, Inc.
emories of childhood trips to Florida initially attracted a retired Rhode Island couple to Juno Beach. But while searching the town for a second home, they knew they had come to the right area when they discovered an alluring empty lot across the street from the beach. Slated to be developed by general contractor Matthew Montgomery, the property had both the advantages of elevation and size, with enough space to accommodate the couple’s desire for a pool and other outdoor amenities. Then there were the architectural plans, by the late architect Richard Jones. Conceived in the time-honored Anglo-Caribbean style, the structure’s design was suitable for both its South Florida setting and its soon-to-be owners, whose love of traditional architecture was cultivated by their New England upbringing. Although the house had yet to be built, the couple wasted no time in buying it. With the purchase settled, Montgomery introduced the new owners to interior designer Krista W. Alterman, a recommendation they appreciated almost immediately. “We knew 10 minutes after meeting with her that she was the right person for us,” the husband recalls. “We’re like-minded in our taste.” The three may have bonded over aesthetics, yet they also established a kinship born of their mutual Northeastern roots. “I grew up in Connecticut, and they hail from New England,” Alterman says. “When they first told me they wanted something classic and coastal with some contemporary elements, I immediately knew what they meant.” Instead of a typical Florida beach house, the couple desired an updated version of a traditional Northeastern coastal residence, one that looks as though it has been lived in for years. In the end, that is exactly what Alterman delivered. Take the home’s custom millwork, for example, which includes not only the kind of elaborate ceiling molding and traditional shiplap one might find in historic Rhode Island houses but also some examples that are thoroughly modern. “My clients wanted to keep things current and fresh,” says Alterman, who gave some of the millwork contemporary flair by either using it in unexpected ways—such as the oven hood’s shiplap finish—or amplifying its size and design,
like the geometric-patterned applied molding on one of the great room’s walls. Then there are the wide-plank wood floors that project a New England sensibility, but even these have been creatively enhanced: Made of oak planks fumed with airborne ammonia, which adds a rich patina, the floors give the impression the newly built house is much older than it really is. Even the lush grounds, designed by landscape architect Paul Catania, suggest maturity, despite having only recently been planted. Although a Northeastern point-of-view might be at the heart of the residence’s interior design, other influences unfurled in a natural way. When her clients mentioned their love of country French architecture, Alterman recalled images from her honeymoon in Provence, where she explored villages and markets. “I was drawn to the warmth and rustic nature of these spaces that somehow were still elegant and very French,” she says. “My design was infused with memories of these travels.” Patterned tile flooring in the laundry room, a beaded chandelier in the main bedroom and antique accessories throughout lend a rusticyet-sophisticated personality. Still, the interiors never feel dated thanks to Alterman’s adroit use of a crisp, classic blue-and-white color palette and modern-looking materials, such as the kitchen’s sleek quartzite countertops and cool-toned metals, like nickel pendants in each bathroom. As carefully crafted as the home’s interior environment is, how it interacts with the outdoors proved equally important, especially given that the property’s amenities—including a pool, an outdoor kitchen and a putting green— would be used extensively. “This house is really a blend of indoor and outdoor spaces,” says Montgomery, whose home-building experience has taught him to treat both as an integrated whole. One wall of the great room is lined with infinity sliders, providing wide-open access to the outdoor living areas, while a pass-through window between the kitchen and the loggia fosters easy serving when entertaining outside. In an area where “coastal” is an often-described design style, Alterman found a refreshing challenge in employing a cozy French Provençal perspective, noting its relation to traditional American design. “There is so much symmetry between the two,” she says. “Both styles are enlivened with the spirit of the handmade, giving you a sense of character.”
Sifas’ Kross chaise lounges sideline the pool in the back of a Juno Beach residence by interior designer Krista W. Alterman. Conceived in the Anglo-Caribbean style, the structure, by Richard Jones Architecture, is painted Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace on the first floor, Feather Gray on the second and Old Blue Jeans on the shutters.
In the great room, Kravet’s Towson sofa joins a chaise and ottoman by the brand on Stanton’s Arabella rug in Ice. A Century Furniture console is displayed against custom millwork in a large-format contemporary geometric pattern. Phillip Jeffries’ St. Barts Serenity covers the ceiling.
Above: A trio of Hinkley Lighting’s Clancy pendants suspends above a kitchen island featuring quartzite from Stone Gallery USA, Moen’s Waterhill faucet and Blanco’s Fireclay sink. Top Knobs hardware decorates the Omega Cabinetry doors. The Roman shade is made of Lelièvre fabric. A Wolf range, Miele oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator complete the scene. Opposite: In the bar area, Lexington Home Brands’ Aperitif swivel stools wearing a Kravet fabric pull up to a waterfall island made of a quartzite top from Stone Gallery USA and an Omega Cabinetry base. European oak Stile flooring from Absolute Hardwood Flooring flows underfoot.
Right: Alterman’s Portuguese water dog, Rocky, poses in the laundry room, decked in Emser Tile flooring and backsplash and a Wallquest wallcovering. Top Knobs’ Bergen hardware studs the Kitchen Craft cabinetry. Monark’s Electrolux appliances are ready for action. Opposite: Currey & Company’s Bowline chandelier and Hadi lamp, atop Bungalow 5’s Frances nightstand, offer light in a guest bedroom. A Universal Furniture bench endcaps Bernhardt’s Pryce bed on Stanton’s Energize rug. Uttermost’s Ludovica mirror hangs on a wall painted Benjamin Moore Beacon Gray, complementing a Wallquest wallcovering and draperies made of a Kravet jacquard.
Parker-Yannette Design Group planned the backyard, where the pool features Lunada Bay Tile’s Sumi-e Kyoto in Silk. Ratana’s Lucia stools face the outdoor kitchen, while Design Within Reach Adirondack chairs surround Brown Jordan’s Flo fire table. Cyan Design’s Foxboro metal lanterns are affixed to the columns.
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A Miami Beach home by designers Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio presents a contemporary take on the Med-Deco Revival style, featuring graceful arches and Juliet balconies that have “a simple swoop detail,” describes architect Thomas Weber. The understated abstract floral design on the iron railings was replicated from one of the originals on the property.
ikki Simkins desired something simple—very simple. She, her husband, Michael, and their three children had left their Mid-Beach home for a large waterfront estate just up the road, and they wanted the new place to embody the efficiency and mood of a resort hotel, with “a cohesive palette of just a few fabrics and finish materials,” she says, “and everything really neutral and Zen.” But the rambling house was complicated. Built in 1926, with an extensive 1935 addition by prominent architect Russell Pancoast, it had been done in the Mediterranean Revival style, with hints of the Art Deco detailing so fashionable in the ’30s, making it an important part of Miami Beach’s architectural history. Its marble- and millwork-heavy interiors felt tired, however, and the structure was unsound and unamenable to alterations—a fact the Simkinses learned only after embarking upon what they thought would be a largely cosmetic renovation. “We had to go back to the drawing board and start over,” Nikki says of the decision to tear down. But the city’s design review board wouldn’t allow just any dwelling to be built in its place. Rather, the new residence would have to replicate elements of its predecessor, from the entry tower to the tile roofs. The homeowners agreed. “We said, ‘Let’s rebuild exactly what’s there but just modernize it,’ ” Nikki recalls. “We wanted to keep that Miami Beach history.” Working with designers Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio and architect Thomas Weber, the couple stretched the original home’s plans to allow for taller ceilings, bigger windows and a new family-friendly layout. “It became a very interesting project, because we were able to incorporate details that were traditional in nature,” Diverio says, “but we did a modern take on them because the clients were leaning toward a modern interior.” The new white stucco exterior presents a streamlined version of the original Med-Deco style. “We took those traditional details and began to either simplify or literally strip them away,” Weber explains, leaving simple window moldings, graceful arches, elegant belt courses and, his favorite, Juliet balconies “with a simple swoop detail at their bottoms.” Dotting the grounds are a
pool, a tennis court and cabana-like outbuildings that house amenities such as a gym and a summer kitchen. Among the structures are fruit, vegetable and flower gardens and some 110 palm trees, all placed by landscape architect Michael Sapusek to recreate the property’s original character. “It is an estate feel,” he says, “which requires an experience that needed to be formalized with mature plantings, gardens, long views, gathering spaces and destinations to encounter as you move throughout, drawing you into the property.” Inside the house, the team subtly referenced the property’s original Deco flavor through moments such as porthole-style windows and the elegant curves on a staircase railing. Other details root the structure firmly in the present, like the dramatic glass-and-black-iron partition Dunagan and Diverio designed to separate the dining room from the adjacent entry hall, and sleek walnut millwork—including kitchen cabinetry, custom built-ins and deep window and door casings—that shows off the wood’s natural grain. The residence’s restrained materials palette highlights the couple’s impressive contemporary artworks, including a massive John Williams triptych in the living area and a rhinestone, acrylic and enamel painting by Mickalene Thomas in the dining room. “Their collection is very eclectic and, in general, extremely bright,” Dunagan says, “so our job was to design in a very subtle way—to create a backdrop against which the art could pop.” For this, the designers sourced contemporary furnishings with a “laid-back resort feel,” Dunagan says. Some pieces incorporate edgy accents of black metal or dark glass, like the foyer’s sleek console table and the dining room’s mobile-like chandelier. Others are upholstered in neutral fabrics, from casual prewashed linens on sofas to a rich taupe leather on the dining room’s walnut chairs. The designers amplified the vacation vibe in the spa-like main bathroom, incorporating a floating tub that perches atop an illuminated platform and an adjustable daybed that mimics a poolside chaise. In the adjacent bedroom, soft draperies and a charcoal-colored wood-veneer wallcovering create a cozy cocoon. “It’s the layering of all those textures that creates the warmth and the character of the house,” Dunagan says. “To me, that’s what finally puts the whole story together.” And, thanks to its timeless appeal, what will carry the house through its next chapter with ease.
Above: In the living area, a quartet of Verellen’s Jan swivel club chairs from Country French surrounds Porada’s Londra coffee table. The furnishings’ neutral hues defer to bold artworks, including a colorful John Williams triptych and a black Adam McEwen piece. Opposite: To shade the resort-like grounds, landscape architect Michael Sapusek installed more than 100 palm trees—including royals, silver bismarcks and coconuts, some preserved from the original property and replanted after construction. At the end of the pool, wood stepping pads provide a walkway across the shallow tanning ledge.
In the center of the living area, Poliform sofas join Sovet Italia side tables and Desiron’s Wooster coffee table atop a rug from Carpet Boutique. A Cameron Design House pendant hovers above, and a Valentin Carron artwork is displayed nearby. Mark Albrecht Studio stools from Holly Hunt line the walnut bar by Bon Vivant Custom Woodworking.
Right: Eye-catching artwork by Mickalene Thomas makes a statement in the dining room, which is separated from the adjacent foyer via a glass-and-iron door by Belt. Cattelan Italia’s Skorpio table and Arcadia chairs from Anima Domus gather beneath Dunn’s Sorenthia Quad light from Renovation Room. Opposite: Cameron Design House’s Mahlu chandelier crowns the threestory entry tower, which features a walnut staircase by Stair Builders of South Florida. Holly Hunt’s Blade sconces line the second level; on the ground floor, Porada’s Miss Tondo mirror is displayed over Sovet Italia’s Regolo console.
The new white stucco exterior presents a streamlined version of the original Med-Deco style. style.
The main bedroom’s gracious balcony frames the water view with an iron railing and formal coral-stone columns that replicate those of the property’s original residence. CB2’s Infinity mirror reflects the scene above Cane-line’s three-seat Diamond sofa from Anima Domus and RH’s teak Aegean coffee table.
Finding Her Voice Merging language and imagery, a South Florida artist seeks a deeper expression of women’s narratives. W R I T T E N BY M O N I Q U E M C I N T O S H | P H O T O G R A P H Y BY M A R Y B E T H KO E T H
Miami artist Aidan Marak (opposite) creates acrylic-based works that often explore women’s issues through words and varied materials. Soul (left), for instance, features a newspaper collage, while an untitled piece (below) incorporates Japanese kraft paper.
or Miami polyglot painter Aidan Marak, words carry special mystique. French poems, old Arabic newspapers, tongue-in-cheek English phrases—she weaves them all throughout her abstract paintings, portraits and collages. Some are scrawled in big graffiti letters; others are small like secrets, beckoning the viewer closer. “Words make you travel, make you dream, make you see life from different perspectives,” the artist says. Such fascination with language feels inevitable for Marak, who grew up in Morocco, studied art and design in Paris, then worked in New York. Working for years internationally in interior design, she always practiced painting for herself. The transition to full-time artist came in 2004 when Marak moved to Miami, where her paintings attracted commissions.
Marak creates her art on the floor of her studio, located on her home property in Miami. Her portfolio often speaks to the experiences of women she has connected with internationally. “I have the freedom of sharing what I know and learning from others,” she says.
Women—their fears, aspirations and affirmations— underscore much of this work. And whether floating on ribbons of paint or peeking through layers of collage, words articulate the subject’s dialogue. They reflect women Marak connected with around the world: from mothers balancing family and careers to those from Moroccan tribes reclaiming their sensuality. Expressing their interiority through text counters the way women historically existed in Western art: solely as subjects of beauty. “Women are beautiful, but they’re not just beautiful,” the artist muses. “We are sisters, fighters. We are so much more.” Though thematically focused, Marak’s creative process is organic; a poem or color could inspire something new. She experiments with surfaces like wood, linen and Japanese kraft paper. Using acrylics from monochrome to neon, the artist paints on the floor of her home studio. Her current all-white series focuses on texture, layering paint and gold ink on jute. Language remains a constant in these new works, exploring Marak’s anxieties as an artist. Even her alias—a reverse of her real name, Nadia Karam—offers a final word play; “Marak” nods to her roots as a near homophone of Maroc, the French name for “Morocco.” There is also power in naming oneself, a declaration of self-agency. Marak hopes her paintings do the same for others, especially women. “I wish every woman can find her own voice,” she says.
Interior Design: Marcy Garcia, The MG Design Lab Home Builder: Alex Perez, AP&M Home Improvement Corp.
Uprooted in a pandemic year, a couple turns their eclectic Fort Lauderdale condo into a healthy home. W R I T T E N BY J E S S I C A DA I L E Y P H O T O G R A P H Y BY K R I S TA M B U R E L LO
In the family room of a Fort Lauderdale high-rise by designer Marcy Garcia, Camerich’s LazyTime sectional from Paradox Home Studio rests on West Elm’s Kista rug with Inmod’s Star-Crossed coffee table. A Susan Rothenberg artwork near Flos’ Ray F floor lamp counters a more colorful piece displayed against A-Street Prints’ Lustre gold silk weave wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions.
he move to South Florida was “sort of an accident,” as one of them tells it. The New York couple had arrived at their condo in Fort Lauderdale relieved to escape the Northeast winter. But 2020 had other plans: Like many, they ended up quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable and too risky to return home, they decided to sell their house and ship their furnishings south, establishing a more permanent residence in South Florida. Moving and redecorating is something of a hobby for the duo—in their 38 years together, they’ve designed 14 homes. But they quickly realized their midcentury modern decor, although an ideal look for New York, overwhelmed the glassy condo with bright ocean views. “We were horrified,” one recalls. “The light just made it look awful.” That’s when designer Marcy Garcia stepped in. She guided the couple toward a more minimalist look established with only their most meaningful furnishings, complemented by new streamlined, contemporary ones. “They had a sentimental attachment to a lot of the pieces,” Garcia says, “but they just weren’t the right pieces for this condo.” After a careful selection process, only a handful of originals would remain, including a table in the library nook, the bed in the main bedroom and, in the living area, a vintage red Danish armchair and ottoman the clients had owned for 40 years. These furnishings now mingle with others Garcia thoughtfully sourced in a proper scale so as not to distract from the view. The red armchair and ottoman, for instance, hold court with a new wood-framed leather chair and a glass-and-mirror coffee table that reflects light. Placement was also important: To create better circulation, she floated the living area’s sofa and armchairs on a rug with a geometric pattern that pulls the eye to the view. And with the help of builder Alex Perez, the designer replaced a heavy built-in cabinet with a more contemporary one that opens up the space. Yet furnishings weren’t the only sentimental belongings the couple relocated from New York. They also transferred important pieces from their eclectic art collection, which consists of more than 200 works amassed over 60 years, each one tied to precious moments from their life together. “To us, art is not just art,” one of the clients says.
“It’s memory lane.” This, Garcia recognized, was the key to making their unexpectedly primary residence feel more like home. Right from the front door, Garcia arranged the artwork organically, flowing from a similar shape or color to the next, telling a visual narrative of the owners’ story as a couple. The entry welcomes guests with a 19th-century ceremonial shield from Cameroon, a 1700s Oriental wood sign and photos by their good friend Mark Golderman. Shades of red create cohesion between the antique and contemporary pieces, continuing into the library, home to a jali screen the couple found in the basement of a London shop. Another hallway displays a painting from a Union Square artist that hangs opposite a directional bus sign from where one of the owners’ parents had their first date in 1940. And over their bed, the designer persuaded the clients to display an antique marriage robe from Uzbekistan, historically worn by a Jewish groom. “They didn’t want to use it at first, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to use it there,” she says. Garcia wrapped the space in a teal wallcovering, making the multicolored garment the focal point of the room. With the artwork and furnishings in place, the new condo exudes an aura of familiarity for the couple. But beneath the surface is a deeper, more clinical sense of comfort: Throughout the project, Garcia took careful steps to promote health. She chose sustainable materials, such as environmentally safe paint and sustainably sourced wool rugs, to ensure the chemicals used in manufacturing would not introduce harmful off-gassing. “Every piece or material was chosen based on wellness standards to make sure they are made with materials that do not harm the health and safety of the residents,” the designer says. She measured the quality of lighting, air, water, acoustics and thermal conditions for safe standards and redesigned the kitchen, where she installed extra filters so cooking aromas would remain contained. In an unexpected pandemic year spent indoors, the condo proved to be an uplifting safe haven for the owners. And for a couple initially unprepared to remain in one place, it offered, as they told Garcia, an important proponent of positive mental health, too: a sense of home. “As a designer,” she says, “that’s the biggest compliment you can receive.”
A 1950s Danish chair and ottoman joins Design Within Reach’s Modell 711 armchair and Stippen rug in the living area, where Flos’ Ray F and Arco floor lamps frame RH’s Italia sofa. The side tables have an acrylic top by Muniz Plastics and a Pottery Barn frame. Garcia sourced Bensen’s Reflect coffee table from Arravanti.
“ E V E R Y P I E C E WA S CHOSEN BASED ON WELLNESS S TA N DA R D S TO MAKE SURE THEY D O N OT H A R M T H E H E A LT H AND SAFETY OF T H E R E S I D E N T S .” –MARCY GARCIA
Right: For the office, the designer introduced a 1960s teak Compass chair by Erik Kirkegaard for Høng Stolefabrik from Chairish. Artec Custom Wood constructed the builtin desk. West Elm’s Alizeh rug rests on the white jade floor tiles from Casa Linda Tile & Marble. Opposite: A surreal painting by Alan Turner pairs with a jali screen in the library. Muuto’s Cover armchairs from Design Public pull up to Gubi’s Aoyama table on an existing rug.
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