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THE SAMBA OF THE SEA
VOL. 17 NO. 2
INTERIOR DESIGN BY MICHAEL WOLK
Miami minimalism turns a beachfront condo into the perfect space to showcase a major collection of glass art
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56 JUNGLE UNDER CANVAS Costa Rica’s Nayara Tented Camp blends luxury with eco-tourism
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60 INSIDE INTERLUDE Interlude Home offers of-the-moment pieces with a timeless vibe in its new Miami Design District showroom
FAIREST OF THEM ALL Coral Gables’ Fairchild Botanic Gardens is an ideal spot for outdoor inspiration
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Inspiration starts with the cover, a minimalist
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This is just a small taste of the design inspiration we’ve packed into our pages. There’s
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An ocean’s worth of blue hues in the Hip 2B Square glass tiles from ARTISTIC TILE are outlined in concentric squares of brass, recalling cool pools on a summer’s day. artistictile.com
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Animalia from KRAVET X EMMA J. SHIPLEY invites an exotic menagerie of parrots, lemurs, tigers, and giraffes home to roost. kravet.com Cast in golden tones, the Chintz pattern from ARTE ESSENTIALS offers texture and depth with a fil-à-fil woven palm leaf design. arte-international.com
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High Point Highlights
FLORIDA DESIGN’S EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DAPHNE NIKOLOPOULOS OFFERS HER TAKE ON TRENDING DESIGNS
Back in full force post-pandemic,
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abuzz with excitement and optimism, and the emerging designs reflected the buoyancy of the collective mood. Trending this year: outdoor furniture, particularly bold statement pieces perfect for entertaining; rattan mixed with unexpected materials or sculpted in innovative ways; glamorous bar units, both in cabinet and cart form; innovative work-from-home concepts; brass elements; and sustainable materials presented in elevated designs. I’m already looking forward to Fall Market in October to track the evolution of these trends; I predict we’ll see an even greater focus on sculptural pieces, mixed metals, and exuberant textile designs. In the meantime, here are a few of my current favorites. top: The Selita oval chandelier by Palecek is proof positive that humble materials can be elevated to haute status. An intricate assemblage of hand-sewn coco bead swags dripping from a powder-coated metal frame, this showpiece is the model of sustainability. palecek.com
above: Blending efficiency and high design, Caracole’s pairing of the Down to Business and Open for Business desks, both crafted of figured sycamore veneers, creates opportunities to co-work, hold meetings, and work sitting or standing, all in one innovative home office. caracole.com
left: Rattan is not new, but pairing it with acrylic feels fresh and sophisticated. The Sea Cliff slipper chair by Selamat balances the earthiness of skin-on rattan with the jewel-like quality of acrylic for a modern take on the classic. selamatdesigns.com
above: The multi-functional Hug Pavilion by Couture Jardin is a dream for outdoor gathering and entertaining. This modular seating system with outdoor Max Rope and welded aluminum frame can be configured for conversation, lounging, dining, or all of the above. couturejardin.com
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above and opposite: Pendants from Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting’s new Terra and Bond collections sparkle in a variety of metal finishes.
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FD: You have an 81-year history of making handcrafted light fixtures. How do you honor that tradition?
When Jack Blumberg founded the company in 1940, it was always based on paying honor and homage to the artist and the sculptor. And he thought of it like that: it really was a design and sculpture first, and eventually it got lit up.
FD: Has the art of glassblowing always been a central focus?
Absolutely. But about 15 years ago, we brought in a glass blowing artisan in from Seattle for a three-week consulting gig with us. He ended up staying; he’s been with us ever since and is integral to what we do. Our glass studio will rival anything that you can see in Murano, Italy—from glass blowing to slumping to casting to bonding—you name it, our artisans can do it.
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For years, we made only table and floor lamps. Then in the 90s, we started getting into fixtures. We were initially outsourcing the work, but we weren’t happy with the quality. So, we said: We’ll just start our own glass factory. How hard can it be? I think that tells a story about who we are. We’re obsessed with the details and the artistry and the workmanship and the craftsmanship. And we control our destiny as an American maker where everything is really done under our roofs here in Miami.
FD: That must have given you an advantage over your foreign-sourced competitors during the recent pandemic-induced supply chain crunch.
Since about 2008, everything was going to China and being a U.S. manufacturer was not a strength But now, it is a big strength. We only import about 10 percent of the products that we sell. For the other 90 percent, we have the manufacturing capabilities in house, and we source as much of our raw material domestically as possible. And because we’re makers, we don’t stock anything. Everything you order from us is custom made for you, even if you’re getting something from our website. That’s where as a manufacturer we control our quality, our inventories, and our scheduling. We can deliver what we say we’re going to deliver, when we say we’ll deliver it.
FD: Beyond the supply chain benefits, does having all that artistic talent around you enhance the process of designing new products?
Sure. The impetus of what we do is design. We introduce new products three times a year. The challenge to our design team is to make sure that what we introduce is different from the sea of sameness that’s coming from China. Having our makers as a part of the process helps us as we make sure that not only can we design it, but we can manufacture it with the detail and the quality we’re known for.
FD: How do you mix the new technology available in the lighting industry with the Old World craftsmanship that is your hallmark?
The advent of LED has allowed us to really change what we can do and design, from thinner profiles to achieving innovative lighting effects. Our fixtures have gone from art that lights up a room to art that lights itself, as well. We see new advances in technology as a way to bring new landscapes to what we can do. it’s Old World craftsmanship with 21st century technology—whether that’s CAD, 3D printing, LEDs, or anything else. But those technological advances are still mixed with arts that haven’t changed for centuries. It’s a special merger.
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ROBERT MALMBERG PUTS A WALL-SIZED SPIN ON PHOTOGRAPHY text
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When Robert Malmberg’s parents
gave him a 35 mm camera as a high school graduation
gift, he turned a teenaged hobby into a career as an award-winning photographer. His deep portfolio reflects 15 years of adventures in the studio and abroad. Now—seeing the potential for his photography to have a larger impact on interior spaces—he’s crafting boutique wallpapers and pulling images from his own archives for inspiration. The introductory collection is chock-full of images Malmberg photographed, superimposed, and layered into large-scale graphic patterns. When final, each design is digitally printed onto nonwoven, eco-friendly vellum paper. Malmberg’s signature mashup of professional fine photography with mixed media artwork creates uniquely striking designs, bringing a fresh perspective to wallcovering. “I feel like it’s a very analog experience, putting together this wallpaper, I can really step away from it all,” he says. “That’s the way I want people to feel when they’re sitting in a room with it—that they’re away, if even for a moment.” robertmalmberg.com
Malmberg’s wallcoverings run the gamut from nature-themed images like Rorschach butterflies, cicadas, and roses; to visuals of ancient Roman artifacts and Malmberg’s own abstract patterns made from shapes produced by paint.
inset: Photographer-turned-wallpaper designer Robert Malmberg holds a roll of his Man O’War pattern in Seafoam Blue.
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Architecture: GAA Architects, Coral Gables, FL, Photography: Carmel Brantley, Location: Coral Gables, FL Architecture: Gary Justiss, Chelsea, AL, Photography: Carley Summers, Location: Alys Beach, FL below right: Design: Bell Landscape Architecture, Miami, FL, Location: Coral Gables, FL
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top facing: Design: Fernando Wong, Miami and Palm Beach, FL Pool Fabrication: Royal Palm Pools, Loxahatchee, FL Photography: Carmel Brantley Location: Four Seasons at the Surf Club, Miami, FL bottom facing: Design: Romanza Interiors, Naples, FL Developer: London Bay Homes, Naples, FL Photography: Venjhamin Reyes Location: Naples, FL
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THINK YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE IS TOO SMALL FOR A POOL? THINK AGAIN. THESE DAYS, WHEN IT COMES TO SWIMMING IN STYLE, BIGGER ISN’T NECESSARILY BETTER. Sure, living small is trending big. While not everyone is ready to ditch their multi-bedroom home for a studio with a loft, many homeowners are favoring smaller pools—offering soothing water features and slimmed down swimming spaces—over their Olympic-sized counterparts. They go by different names: spools, plunge pools, cocktail pools, and wading pools, and they’re popping up everywhere. Their size makes the options for siting them nearly endless: in an entry courtyard, off a wing of a house, in the backyard, or wedged in a central courtyard. But no matter where you put them, you’ll find the pleasures of a traditional pool—exercise, refreshment, relaxation, the soothing presence of water—without building (and maintaining) the standard 20 by 40 foot in-ground model of old.
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Jungle Under Canvas NAYARA TENTED CAMP BRINGS NEXT-LEVEL SAFARI GLAMOUR TO COSTA RICA’S CLOUD FOREST
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Nayara Tented Camp exemplifies Costa Rica’s elite ecotourism offerings.
Immersed in a mystical world of mist-shrouded
cascading waterfalls, skyscraping volcanoes, and natural hot springs, Nayara Tented Camp pioneers canvas-topped glamping in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Celebrated design firm Luxury Frontiers—a name synonymous with Africa’s most ultra-luxurious tented camps—was commissioned to create this first generation of safari-inspired accommodation in Latin America, an outstanding, 25-tent hillside retreat in direct view of the 4,500-foot tall Arenal Volcano. above:
Safari-chic accommodations include terraces with infinity pools and views of Arenal Volcano and thermal spring pools for soaking after a day of nature trekking.
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Design details abound in each of the 1,700-square-foot clifftop tents, in which
furnishings have been tailor-made to nurture an aesthetic glorifying early twentieth century exploration while delivering modern jungle chic. Interior high points include a textured mural depicting rainforest foliage along the back wall of a four-poster king bed, a foldable leather campaign chair, and a trunk-style mini-bar. A dreamy bathroom centers on a deep soaking tub and features an extended double sink vanity plus a duo of marbleclad showers: the first indoors, the second open-air, cloaked by heliconia plants and other native flora. Outside lies a sprawling private outdoor terrace facing Arenal, anchored by a hot spring-fed, cantilevered infinity pool and complemented by a cozy dining table, swaying hammock and sleek daybed—all fine spots for reveling in this new reality of the
Offering all the amenities of a traditional resort, Nayara’s cascading outdoor showers and luxurious private soaking tubs are the accommodations that eco-luxury dreams are made of.
Costa Rica eco-luxe dream. nayaratentedcamp.com above:
True to its name, Nayara Tented Camp delivers canvas-topped glamping within Arenal Volcano National Park. The 25-tent hillside retreat combines safari glamour and a Costa Rican sense of place.
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Inside Interlude WITH A NEW 4,000-SQUARE-FOOT SHOWROOM IN THE HEART OF THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT, INTERLUDE HOME BRINGS ITS FIERCE FASHION INSPO TO THE FURNITURE GAME text
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A pair of crystal obelisks sparkle on a chest covered in shagreen.
Available in right or left configurations, the Sutton Sofa offers body-friendly contouring and glamour galore.
Although Interlude Home—known for all things iconic and interior—has been around since 1997, the brand is a Magic City newcomer. Now ensconced in its stylish new showroom, Interlude Home offers Miamians everything
furniture, to accessories and accent pieces, to items from the brand’s renowned quickship program.
It’s no wonder Interlude Home and
Miami are a meant-to-be match: Creative Director Wendy King Philips finds inspiration in fashion, giving her a prolific foundation from which to translate trends. Previously with Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine, Wendy designs uber-stylish accents that are modern, yet classic enough to work with any aesthetic South Florida can dish out. interludehome.com
Versatile and utterly touchable, the Scarlett Stool covered in a cream boucle is wrapped in a sleek metallic ring. Tuck a single stool (or a pair) beneath the taupe shagreen Morand Console. The Olivier Grand Mirror anchors this chic vignette.
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Interlude Home’s new Miami showroom offers distinctive designs that add a sensuous vibe to any space.
Acrylic, brass, and glass mix to make a major statement piece with this Tamara Center Table.
below: The Aventura Armchair keeps things clean, offering a modern take on a time-tested silhouette.
The streamlined, subtle shape of the Izzy Bed pairs seamlessly with the Cassian 3-Drawer Occasional Chest covered in light hair-on-hide with luxurious acrylic pulls.
The classic console goes serpentine. Wrapped in grey faux snakeskin, the Wrenn Console Table adds a pop of glitz with metal foot accents in an antique brass finish.
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FAIREST of Them All BEAUTY IS ALWAYS IN BLOOM AT MIAMI’S FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN text
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Named for one of history’s most
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is truly a plant paradise, home to more than 3,000 varieties of plants—from Miami and across the globe. Dr. David Fairchild traveled the world in the late 1800s in search of useful flora, visiting every continent except Antarctica. He collected
including dates, mangos, cotton, alfalfa, nectarines, soybeans, bamboos (and the now-famous flowering cherry trees that grace Washington D.C.). When he retired to Miami in 1935, Fairchild joined a group of plant collectors and horticulturists that included environmentalist
Moos Sunken Garden is an ideal place to unwind, with its placid pool and gentle waterfall. below: View hundreds of spectacular butterflies year-round in the Butterfly Garden. Its display of tropical plants and orchids provides an ideal backdrop for butterfly spotting.
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Fairchild’s Water Gardens are home to a resplendent collection of 11 lakes and seven pools, each brimming with lush vegetation.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and noted landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. The group worked tirelessly to bring a one-of-a-kind botanical garden to Miami, and in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened to the public.
Stroll through Fairchild’s many exhibits, and you’ll find orchids, anthuriums, rare philodendrons, pitcher plants, and ferns.
More than 80 years later, Fairchild offers garden-goers
a chance to meander through 83 acres of lushness. Start with the Allée and Overlook for panoramic views of the Lowlands and lakes. Or discover the Water Gardens and Aquatic Exhibits, the Arboretum and Geiger Tropical Flower Garden, or the Butterfly Garden and the Children’s Garden. Cap off your visit with a bite to eat at the Glasshouse Café by
Glass sculptures by the famed Chihuly Studio offer a different take on blooms and blossoms.
Le Basque—serving locally grown fare in a quaint limestone cottage (with garden views galore). fairchildgarden.org
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ARTEFACTO 2021 COLLECTION EXPANDS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDOOR, OUTDOOR SPACES The relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces in the home has changed forever, as Artefacto debuts its 2021 collection in partnership with designer Patricia Anastassiadis. Inspired by movement and a renewed focus on the transition areas in the home, the collection seeks to expand the relationships between the lines that shape our living spaces and the open spaces that surround them. Built with motion and fluidity in mind, the Journey, In Natura, and Naive collections challenge assumptions of contemporary comfort and luxury home furnishings by evoking memories and experiences from the past to create areas of contentment and meaningful self-expression at home. Handmade using only the finest materials, Artefacto’s 2021 collection reflects the need for constant evolution and change by truly showcasing what it means to be on an intimate journey with home furnishings. Visit artefacto.com or one of the showrooms in Aventura, Doral, or Coral Gables to experience the 2021 collection.
Artefacto 17651 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura 305.931.9484 4440 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 1600 Coral Gables 305.774.0004 3290 NW 79th Ave. Doral 305.639.9969 artefacto.com
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MINIMALIST FORMS MAKE MAXIMUM IMPACT IN A DESIGN THAT MIXES MIAMI COOL WITH MODERN COMFORT
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CHARLOTTE DUNAGAN & THOMAS DIVERIO “Every project is a reinvention of ourselves as we constantly try to achieve the next level of design. Our designs are continually evolving and pushing the boundaries of luxury in the world of high end residential interiors.”
IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT EVERY aspect of the design and building of a custom home clicks. But when it does, it’s usually the result of outstanding teamwork. Such was the case when the owner and builder Ramin Aleyasin joined forces with interior designers Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio to design a new 6,629-square-foot house on a premier southern lot on Miami’s Venetian Islands. The team’s efforts gave way to the home’s open plan that embodies the ideal combination of modern architectural simplicity, unobstructed Miami skyline views, and luxury amenities. “Surrounding waters inspired a soothing, welcoming quality,” Dunagan says. “And the tropical modern architecture set the mood.” The home is designed for more than just form; Aleyasin positioned it for ideal cross ventilation, incorporated soft sloping overhangs to define rooflines, and utilized environmentally preferred products. A custom, solid-wood pivot door from Honduras opens to a dramatic foyer with double-height ceilings that lead the eye up and around the space bathed in natural light. “The blue skies and blue waters encouraged us to use light tones that create a serene atmosphere,” Diverio says. “To add
Outside, the patio is designed to be calm, modern, and practical with views of Biscayne Bay. Casual furnishings shape intimate groupings for family and friends to dine alfresco. Inside, guests enjoy a casual meal or a friendly game of cards around the Jud dining table that readily seats six. Flicka stools up the ante as guests take a seat at the quartzite-topped bar.
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Stucco and coral stone styles the home’s exterior front entry, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame a custom, solid-wood door from Honduras that pivots open to welcome guests.
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warmth, we combined modern architectural elements with tactile materials — stone, wood, leather, metal et al.” Art curated by Fredric Snitzer Gallery adds pops of color to the neutral palette in a lively complement to the home’s millwork. Both sophisticated and relaxed, the communal living areas stun with 12-foot-high ceilings and upscale amenities including Savant home automation, Boffi fixtures, Porsche Design lighting, Artefacto furnishings, limestone flooring, and custom millwork throughout. Automated doors open to the outdoors as the living room flows easily into a casual dining and bar area. The design team incorporated an open bar concept into the sleek lines of the adjacent kitchen, complete with ample housing to chill wine, as well as a private chef’s kitchen discreetly tucked behind hidden doors.
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“From the outset, the idea was to create a modern sophisticated home with a neutral color palette that captured the glorious water views in every room,” Charlotte Dunagan says.
above: Niche cabinetry and Boffi’s panels line the walls of the family room, while Artefacto’s teak wood cocktail table topped in glass centers the space in watery reflection.
Boffi’s streamlined cabinetry gives the kitchen a minimalist style, as an open-bar concept takes center stage. The European cabinetry continues in a secondary culinary space nestled behind hidden doors.
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Nearby, blackened wall panels turn the corner into the family room, where walls of glass reveal the open-air entertainment spaces and the striking water backdrop beyond. “My favorite area is the master suite with its calming palette, intimate sitting area, and the stunning master bath layered with textures and marble to create a jewel box ambience,” Dunagan says. The ocean view allows natural light in to lend a certain openness to the private space. When it’s time for family and friends to come together, the fun quickly transfers to the home theater or the waterfront pool with a resort-style spa. A cabana provides shaded respite from the day’s sun, as an open-air summer kitchen serves up light fare and delectable midday snacks. “Our original design goal was to create a state-of-the-art home with a neutral color palette that captured the glorious water views in every room. The outcome was more than we expected: It’s an
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elegant, casual atmosphere with an unexpected glamorous vibe,” Diverio says. The home is spectacular not only in ways the meet the eyes, but in structural and building details that exceed expectations. “This 12-month collaboration would not have been a success without the hard work of every person and every design team involved. I like to work with people who are interested in design excellence,” Aleyasin says. “The dedicated enthusiasm and professionalism of this team resulted in a timeless home with a cool sense of place.”
On the balcony off the master suite, furniture from Artefacto sits atop a sandy-hued stone flooring in perfect complement to the beach below. Designed as a private oasis, the master suite soothes in a palette of sandy neutrals. The spa-like master bath is elegantly designed with Boffi vanities that appear to float.
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HIGH END INTERIORS MIXED WITH CLEVER DESIGN HACKS ILLUMINATE AN IMPRESSIVE ART COLLECTION IN THIS MIAMI BEACH CONDO
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RENOWNED INTERIOR AND FURNITURE DESIGNER Michael Wolk has never forgotten the words of one of his idols, famed graphic designer Milton Glaser: The act of creation is like a waking dream. “You can’t call it in, but you know when you’re in it,” Wolk says. “We go along making decisions with whatever conscious intelligence we can. Then, there are these moments when it transcends the ordinary and becomes extraordinary. That’s what you call inspiration.” When a couple enlisted Michael Wolk Design to renovate their apartment in the Murano Grande condominium complex in Miami Beach, Wolk found inspiration ample. Challenges, too, were ample. The firm was tasked with addressing structural concerns that blocked natural light and water views, while also showcasing the couple’s major collection of glass art. “At every opportunity, we had to create a specific showcase for the owners’ art pieces—not as an afterthought, but from very early on in the process,” he says. A prime example may be found immediately upon exiting the elevator, where the couple’s collection is on display on the right-hand side of the foyer. Wolk crafted James Bond-style geometric alcoves that highlight the organic shapes of five glass works. above:
Reflective surfaces, including a white stretch vinyl finish on the ceiling, terrazzo tiles, and mirrored tabletop by Minotti, coupled with clean lines from Minotti Phillips chairs underscore the ocean views from the kitchen.
This Miami Beach condo invites the sunlight’s changing reflections to shine through the homeowner’s unique glass art collection and highlight the smooth texture and three-dimensional shape of the oak panels with an embossed texture. Slatted maple is installed on the ceiling and continues down the walls.
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As the elevator opens into the apartment, your eye is drawn to special recesses that Wolk crafted for the homeowner’s glass works by Latchezar Boyadjiev, Kit Karbler, Lino Tagliapeitra, Toots Zynsky, and Dale Chihuly (clockwise from the top left).
A Mint Chocolate quartzite-covered island, a backlit Reiko Bando mirror, shapely Siren barstools by Holly Hunt, and a floor-to-ceiling Glo pendant lamp by Leucos—intended to resemble the movement of a water droplet (and an art piece in its own right)—make the bar area a sleek setting for entertaining.
above right: The custom sectional sofa by Carriage House Modern provides a canvas for the living room’s oceanic aesthetic to pop in the living area. A seafoam green glass sculpture by Peter Bremer stands sentry, while a frosted amber Dale Chihuly glass bowl graces a coffee table, also by Carriage House Modern, with a contrasting pistachio-colored cast glass top and metal frame. A teal leather Ox chair from the Danish Design Store pulls out the speckles in the carpet from Rug Art that imitate the water’s currents.
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“For security reasons, we developed a very intricate locking system where you have to pull one piece out to get to the next, like a puzzle.” Moving into the living area, natural sunlight shines through a seafoam green Peter Bremer glass sculpture and a frosted amber-hued bowl by Dale Chihuly. As the light shifts throughout the day, so too does the illuminated art. “The vision of bringing the light through the apartment was one of the guiding principles of our design,” Wolk explains. To achieve maximum light and views, Wolk reconfigured the space to achieve a flow from Biscayne Bay and Fisher Island on one side to South Beach on the other. Then, he addressed unmovable 8-foot ceilings with a stroke of brilliance—by covering them in a white stretch vinyl in a high-gloss, mirrored
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finish to provide a sense of double height, making it difficult to determine where the ceiling ends and where the windows begin. “It really changed the feel of the whole apartment,” he says. “An added bonus was that it reflects the waterways. The south view looks over the port, so the cruise ships are going in and out. Seeing them upside down on the ceiling is a beautiful illusion.” Similarly, the floor, terrazzo scattered with large semi-precious stones and outlined by metal inlay, gleams with the sun’s radiance by day and the skyline’s dazzle by night. And Wolk took the magic of lighting a step further by crafting dramatic accents in the apartment, such as lighting the perimeters of the oak panels with embossed texture in the living room to create a floating, ephemeral feel. The result is a space that mimics the aqueous elements that encapsulate it—dreamy, poetic, and ever changing.
Monochromatic beige tones deliver an ethereal effect in the bedroom, from the airy, sheer blinds to the buttery, leather-paneled headboard designed by Wolk. A Roma Emmemobili chair made of veneered curved plywood serves as a grounding accent.
With three-dimensional profiles and geometric lines, the custom cabinetry in the office mimics the floor-to-ceiling views of the Miami Beach skyline. Wolk designed nooks in the built-ins featuring recessed lighting to highlight pieces from the homeowner’s art collection and selected an Italian Polflex desk and Symbol chair from Carriage House Modern to pair with chairs designed by Wolk.
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Monochromatic beige tones deliver an ethereal effect in the bedroom, from the airy, sheer blinds to the buttery, leather-paneled headboard designed by Wolk. A Roma Emmemobili chair made of veneered curved plywood serves as a grounding accent.
SOURCES DINING AREA Table and chairs – Abitare Minotti, Miami, FL Pendants – Lindsey Adelman, New York, NY BAR Island and cabinetry designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by Bon Vivant, Miami, FL Stools – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL Ceiling and wall designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by HTC Enterprises, Ft. Lauderdale, FL LIVING ROOM Sofa – Carriage House, Miami, FL Fabric – Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com Accent chair – Ox Chair by Danish Design Store,
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danishdesignstore.com Cocktail table – Carriage House, Miami, FL Occasional table – David Sutherland, Dania Beach, FL Sofa table – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL Lamps – Obelisco, Donghia, New York, NY Glass bowl on cocktail table – Dale Chihuly Sculpture near sofa – Peter Bremers Area rug – Rug International, New York, NY MASTER BEDROOM Bed and headboard designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by Bon Vivant, Miami, FL Bench – Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Club chair – Mdcf, Miami, FL Sculptural chair – Roma Emmemobil, Owner’s Collection
Accent table – Abitare Minotti, Miami, FL Sconces – Liagre, Miami, FL MASTER BATH Cabinetry designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by Bon Vivant, Miami, FL Tub and wall designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami FL OFFICE Desk and chair – Carriage House, Miami, FL Club chairs – Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Cabinetry designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by Bon Vivant, Miami, FL THROUGHOUT General contractor – Wahab Construction, Miami, FL Custom walls designed by Michael Wolk Design, Miami, FL Fabricated by Bon Vivant, Miami, FL
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TO MIAMI VIBES AN 80’S STYLE PARTY HOUSE IS TRANSFORMED INTO A SOPHISTICATED MAGIC CITY HAVEN
MARCEL PIERSON & PAUL PIERSON “Home is where our story begins. With experiences spanning three generations, we continue on with our belief that design is a matter of taste for life.”
interior design and interior architect MARCEL PIERSON AND PAUL PIERSON, PIERSON A DESIGN COMPANY, MIAMI, FL text DAISY OLIVERA photography KEN HAYDEN, MIAMI, FL
A massive metal étagère by Baxter stands up to the double height ceiling and serves as a screen that creates an intimate corner, but retains the views.
right: In the dining room, a white border was added to the blue walls to highlight the angles of the original architecture. A Roll and Hill chandelier made of shimmery metal and glass spheres counteracts the sharp angles of the walls and adds brightness and sparkle.
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Innovative Surfaces of Coral Gables found the scarce lava rock tiles needed to replace damaged ones in the original floor. Counters were swapped out with bright white quartz in the kitchen. The custom wood table is surrounded by blue Eames for Herman Miller chairs.
WHAT COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN A GUT RENOVATION became instead a thoughtful plan to update and personalize the interiors, while respecting the existing 1980s-era architecture of a 8,100-square-foot home in the lush Ponce Davis neighborhood. “The bones were quite workable,” says Paul Pierson, the architect and designer who, along with his brother Marcel, leads a team at Pierson A Design Company. Retaining the integrity of the structure also meant preserving the twostory, curved, glass block façade designed by Mateu Architects in a style so emblematic of that glittery era. “It’s part of the eighties vernacular of Miami, now part of history,” Paul says. To maximize that aesthetic but still achieve their design goals, they left the glass block exposed on the exterior, but covered it in the interior. “We wanted to emphasize more tropical modernism, less Scarface,” he says with a laugh. The brothers, who have clients all over the world, grew up with interior designer parents and are 84 FLORIDA DESIGN’S MIAMI EDITION 17-2
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The former wine closet was reimagined as a luxurious butler’s pantry across from the kitchen. The custom color English rug is handwoven out of recycled rubber and can be used outdoors. The wall covering on the ceiling picks up the toffee and cream tones of the rug and the wood cabinetry that hides refrigerated drawers and storage.
below: The wife’s office is lined in sumptuous synthetic suede that complements the antique Persian rug. For contrast there is a modern Baxter chair and desk with a deep blue, highgloss lacquered top. Modular blue and yellow box-like pieces from Roche Bobois offer clever hidden shelving.
known for creating homes with functional beauty. “While I deal with logistics, Paul creates spaces for each client’s own life. How they work and entertain,” says Marcel. “We love to go into their worlds. It’s what drives our aesthetic.” These clients realized they needed more space for their three sons, so in 2016 they bought the sprawling residence after a three year search. The wife, who was born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami, knew the Pierson brothers, who hail from the same country and grew up in Key Biscayne. “They’re from a famous, renowned design and furniture family and we knew them socially,” she explains. “Paul had given me great advice when we were in our first home, so I trusted him implicitly.” With a masterful use of rich hues, luxurious furnishings, and refined finishes, the interior came alive. A deep, saturated blue, the wife’s favorite color, adds drama and anchors the dining and living areas, creating intimacy in the immense space. The massive round, wood dining table—a custom
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The custom leather bed by Liagre sits atop a Stark woven rug with an earthy tribal vibe. The color of the custom cabinetry, designed by Pierson A Design Company, picks up on the earth tones in the curtains and cement wall that continues to the open courtyard that features an outdoor shower.
Holly Hunt design directed by Pierson A Design Company—balances out the soaring ceiling height and the client says guests love to linger long after dinner is over. Curvy, sage green chairs from Knoll echo the olive green from the velvet lounge chairs in the living room and the colors of the tropical foliage visible from every window. “I found the lounge chairs at the Poliform floor sample sale,” states Paul. “That’s how we work. The more we can stretch your budget the better.” The client adds, “They don’t choose the most expensive, they choose what’s best.” The Piersons also believe in saving and repurposing. They kept the dark, glossy lava rock floors throughout the first level, so brightening up the living and dining areas was in order. They chose white custom wool rugs in two crisp geometric patterns from The Rug Company. “We like to use large rugs because they frame the space,” says Paul. 86 FLORIDA DESIGN’S MIAMI EDITION 17-2
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below: In the family room, the far right doorway was covered to add built in bookcases, while the white cabinet hides refrigerated drawers. The comfortable, modular Romano sofa is upholstered in durable yet tactile velvet. bottom right: In another corner of the family room, an antique secretary desk that was a gift from the wife’s aunt is effortlessly juxtaposed with modern pieces like the yellow chair from Baxter and surrounding décor.
bottom left: The master bath was completely redone except for the bathtub. The ambiance called for a soothing warm gray tone on the walls for a more personal scale. A Stark area rug brings texture and warmth. The outdoor shower is original to the home, and can be accessed from the master bedroom as well.
The kitchen was a total remodel and redesign by the Piersons who partnered with Ital Kraft. The brothers decided to add a Pierson wood breakfast table and conserve the 1990’s-era Arc Línea island “because it works,” says Marcel. As does the white dome Avico suspension lamp by Fontana Arte. It once hung in the dining room, but now it’s a playful counterpoint to all the straight lines upstairs in the family room. “Our design decisions are based on how a family interacts,” explains Marcel. The clients’ sons, who are now ages 15, 18 and 21, love the house but especially that they have their own individual spaces. “We continually need different things so the design process is ongoing, with two college age kids and a teen, their friends are always here,” the wife says. “Paul taught me how to live and enjoy every nook in this house. I didn’t entertain this much before and I’m grateful my kids are being great hosts too.”
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In 2017, the homeowners bought the lot behind the house to create an expansive yard. A tractor tire swing offers a playful but quaint Old Florida moment. Because the home is all angles or squares, all the outdoor pieces chosen are round, and made of synthetic wicker to survive the Miami weather. A simple but significant change was made to the back of the home’s architecture, when skinny metal tube columns were expanded to almost two feet wide and squared off to provide a framed view of the pool and lawn.
Two traditional hand-woven hammocks from Nicaragua beckon from the wood deck that was added to the breakfast terrace. The designer worked closely with the artisan who customized the weave to make the side skirts longer to pull it up as a cover and longer in length to fit the space.
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SOURCES LIVING ROOM Sofa – Poliform, Design District, Miami, FL Green chairs – Poliform, Design District, Miami, FL Cocktail table – Holly Hunt, Design District, Miami, FL Display shelf – Baxter, Design District, Miami, FL Dining table designed by Holly Hunt, Miami, FL and Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Dining chairs – Knoll, Miami, FL Buffet – Baxter, Design District, Miami, FL Chandelier – Roll and Hill, New York, NY Area rug in living room – The Rug Company, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL Area rug in dining room – The Rug Company, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL KITCHEN Cabinetry – Italkraft, Miami, FL Dining table designed by Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Chairs – Herman Miller, Design Within Reach, Design District, Miami, FL
Chandelier – FLOS USA, Long Island City, NY Kitchen lighting – LUXE Cable + Light, Miami, FL OFFICE Desk and chair – Baxter, Design District, Miami, FL Banquette – Vintage Sconce – Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Area rug – Owner’s Collection MASTER BEDROOM Bed – Liaigre, Design District, Miami, FL Cabinetry behind bed custom designed by Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Purple chair – Poliform, Miami, FL Console – Poltrona Frau, Design District, Miami, FL Custom millwork by Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Area rug – Stark Rugs, Hollywood, FL MASTER BATH Wall shelves – Design Within Reach, Design District, Miami, FL Ottoman – Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Chandelier – FLOS USA, Long Island City, NY Area rug – Stark Rugs, Hollywood, FL UPSTAIRS LIVING AREA
Modular sofa– Romano Sofa, Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Sofa table – Restoration Hardware, West Palm Beach, FL Artwork – Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Chandelier – FLOS USA, Long Island City, NY Area rug – Stark Rugs, Hollywood, FL VIGNETTE Chair – Baxter Miami, Design District, Miami, FL Sheep – Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL BACK EXTERIOR Round day bed – Dedon, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL Wicker stools – Kettal, Miami, FL Floor lamp – Kettal, Miami, FL Hanging swing – Dedon, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL Patio wing chairs and seating – Dedon, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL Hammocks – Custom, Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL Patio grouping and white tables – Bludot, Pierson A Design Company, Miami, FL THROUGHOUT Flooring – Innovative Surfaces, Coral Gables, FL Deck – CDC Contractors LTD, Miami, FL
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interior design BEATRICE PILA GONZALEZ, B PILA DESIGN STUDIO, MIAMI, FL architecture DEBORAH S. DE LEON, VILLAGE ARCHITECTS OF KEY BISCAYNE, INC., MIAMI, FL builder ALEX TRENCH AND JORDAN GRUBER, KROME CONSTRUCTION, MIAMI, FL landscape architecture LANCESCAPE MIAMI, MIAMI BEACH, FL text PAIGE BOWERS photography SANDY DEWITT, HOMESTEAD, FL
TRAVELER’S REST A COSMOPOLITAN COUPLE FINDS THE PERFECT PLACE TO SETTLE DOWN AMONGST THEIR WORLDLY TREASURES
The homeowner wanted the larger of two temple doors to be used at the home’s main entrance, in order to create an experience that includes lush landscaping and discreetly placed speakers that pipe out jungle sounds.
right: At night, the entrance to the wife’s art studio is beautifully lit with color-changing lights, and flanked by fountains with suspended fire bowls. “It is one thing to design a fire bowl,” says architect Deborah De Leon, who turned to Krome Construction for help with this endeavor. “But it is something else to design a stone circle that both the fire and the water come out of. It took hours and hours of work to figure out how to make that happen.”
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BEFORE THEY SETTLED IN THE MIAMI AREA, the couple sailed the South Pacific, exploring remote places and purchasing pieces from artisans they encountered along the way. There was the 30-foot canoe they bought from a guy in New Guinea, the striking temple door they found in Sumatra, the one-ton stone tub from Bali. Before they knew it, they had a 40-foot container of exotic finds, but they just weren’t sure what to do with them. That changed when they found a 10,000-square foot waterfront home in a family-friendly community across the bay from downtown Miami. The couple liked the lush, tropical surroundings and the residence’s overall exterior, but they wanted to gut the interior and reconfigure it so that it had the peaceful and sophisticated feel of
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The homeowners brought some of their existing furniture with them to Miami, including a glass dining room table with sculptural base and surrounding green and turquoise chairs. Beatrice Pila-Gonzalez created a white circular couch to encourage conversation. De Leon crafted custom millwork that spans the ceiling and flows down the wall at the opposite side of the room.
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an Aman Resort hotel. The homeowners hired Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc. to tackle the redesign, B. Pila Design to mix their Asian pieces with new and existing furniture, and Krome Construction for some imaginative engineering feats that most contractors would just as soon avoid. “The wildness of this project took me completely out of my comfort zone,” says Deborah De Leon, president of Village Architects. “But it was exciting for me to figure out how to accomplish the homeowners’ detailed vision.” One of the first things De Leon did was address the bottom floor’s choppy layout, which she cleaned up to provide more flow. Her reconfiguration allowed for a larger kitchen with an aquarium, a larger family room, a great room with a custom-designed bar area, an art studio, a brand new media room and an office within the original footprint. Removing one of the home’s original two staircases created more space for the media room, but it also allowed De Leon to create a above:
Pila-Gonzalez strategically placed the homeowner’s collected pieces throughout the house, noting that these special finds often elevate a space, especially in areas like this hallway.
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bigger women’s closet upstairs in a larger master suite. Throughout the rest of the second floor, she redistributed space, raised ceiling heights, and added wallpaper and new finishes. With the rooms complete, Beatrice Pila-Gonzalez of B. Pila Design came in to place the family’s existing furniture and Asian treasures, before deciding what kinds of custom pieces to create. In the master bedroom, she added a red-lacquered modern canopy bed and bespoke storage concealed by panels. The storage contains things like children’s books that the couple can read to their young son at night, a sweet touch for a home that is every bit as personal as it is chic. Pila-Gonzalez even added a Shoji-style clubhouse to the son’s room to give him a stylish place to play. left:
In the outdoor eating area, one of the homeowners’ teak pieces was turned into a dining table and benches, while their canoe from New Guinea got a second life when De Leon converted it into the lighting fixture that hangs overhead.
Pila-Gonzalez created a user-friendly family room that is “relaxed and very familyfriendly.” White slipcovers can be removed from the sofa and washed, while white leather chairs provide durable seating . Pila-Gonzalez then infused the space with Brazilian pieces (“It works well with Balinese style because it’s warm, but modern,” she says), tropical woods, and orange hues that were pulled from the nearby kitchen.
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De Leon constructed a model of the all-marble kitchen island to make sure the slabs fit together correctly before she assembled the larger piece. “They had to bleed and blend together on all sides,” she says. Dark blue hues provide an elegant contrast to the marble centerpiece and the orange range, while a custom aquarium honors the surrounding seascape.
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Although De Leon added a covered terrace and a cooking cabana to the water-facing side of the home. She also extended the pool (which has Indonesian tiles), added a Bali bed to it, and incorporated a back garden on the terrace to soften the architecture.
“It’s rare that you get the chance to create at this level with the client cheering you on and giving you the financial backup and input to create great design,” Pila-Gonzalez says. “It’s also a challenge to create something this colorful, personal and whimsical and have the end result be as sophisticated as this project was.” Because the homeowners were involved in every step of the process, the end result was no surprise. But they said it is the perfect house for their needs. “I can honestly say this is the most complex build I’ve ever been a part of,” says Jordan Gruber of Krome Construction. “It was a cool experience, and the owner enjoyed the process and appreciated the passion all of us have for what we do.”
The couple’s son has a peaceful retreat full of neutral hues, along with a sturdy swing and an expansive view of the water.
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Recessed lighting accents Opustone’s St. Tropez limestone that steps up to the nautilus shell-inspired, stainless steel swirl and continues to flow into the living area. Here, book-matched quartzite dazzles a hearthside setting with 1940s Gio Ponti wingbacks from Gustavo Olivne’s St. ne’s St. Tropez limestone that steps up ne’s St. Tropez liTropez limestone that steps up eri, the two-sided sofa covered in a Holly Hunt Great Plains fabric and a vintage Armand Jonkers cocktail table.
Krome Construction reinforced the floor of the master bathroom so it could hold the heavy stone tub the couple brought back from their travels. It also reinforced the walls with steel and hurricane glass so that they could keep backlit stone panels in place. Based on DeLeon’s design Krome created a floating koi pond outside that can be seen from the master bath or the outdoor bar below.
SOURCES FRONT ENTRY Firepits custom designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Carved Creations Inc., Kaukauna, WI DINING AND LIVING AREA Dining table and chairs – Owner’s Collection Ceiling and wall treatment designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Byblos Group Inc., Miami, FL Modular sofa custom designed by B. Pila Design Studio, Miami, FL Fabricated by White Furniture, Miami, FL Purple chairs – Adriana Hoyos Furniture, Miami, FL Area rug – Kyle Bunting, Austin, TX HALLWAY Chandeliers – La Murrina Murano, Venice, Italy Ceiling inlay designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Byblos Group Inc., Miami, FL FAMILY ROOM Sofa – Lee Industries, Jalan Jalan, Miami, FL Pillows – V Rugs & Home, Miami, FL Orange ottoman design by B. Pila Design Studio, Miami, FL Fabricated by Tomlinson Companies, Thomasville, NC Round table – Armazem.design, Dania Beach, FL
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Tiered table and side table – Armazem.design, Dania Beach, FL Area rug – Art Resources, Boca Raton, FL LOGGIA Oblong table and bench designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Krome Construction, Miami, FL and Flower Child, Miami, FL Canoe lighting fixture designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Restoration Arts & Lighting, Miami Gardens, FL KITCHEN Kitchen and island designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by RETC, Miami, FL Cabinetry – Byblos Group Inc., Miami, FL Appliances – Avanti International, North Miami, FL and Coral Gables Kitchen + Bath, Coral Gables, FL Ceiling lighting designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Byblos Group Inc., Miami, FL Aquarium designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by Reef Aquaria Design Inc., Coconut Creek, FL Flooring – RETC, Miami, FL
BEDROOM Bed – Modloft Miami, North Miami, FL Bedside table – Arteriors, Dallas, TX Swing – Kettal, Coral Gables, FL Ceiling light – Arteriors, Dallas, TX MASTER BATH Floating cabinetry and vanities designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Manufactured Byblos Group Inc., Miami, FL Ceiling and wall treatment designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Fabricated by RETC, Miami, FL BACK EXTERIOR Lounge chairs – Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL Umbrella – Tuuci, Hialeah, FL Pool designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL and Aquadynamics Design Group, Miami, FL Fabricated by Reef Tropical Pools, Key Largo, FL Floating koi pond designed by Village Architects of Key Biscayne, Inc., Miami, FL Deck – RETC, Miami, FL THROUGHOUT Builder – Krome Construction, Miami, FL Landscape architecture – Lancescape Miami, Miami Beach, FL Interior and exterior stonework – RETC, Miami, FL Flooring – RETC, Miami, FL
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modern renaissance DESIGNERS ANGEL SANCHEZ AND CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN CREATE A CONTEMPORARY GETAWAY FOR A NEW YORK ART COLLECTOR AND HIS FAMILY IN THE FOUR SEASONS RESIDENCES AT THE HISTORIC SURF CLUB IN SURFSIDE
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Waves washing up on the shore are visible from the expansive living room windows where Sumo Lounge Chairs and Lotus coffee tables from Holly Hunt echo the rounded lines of the Patrick Naggar sofa from Ralph Pucci and flank the transparent blue Mastea side table by Matteo Zorzenoni. Lighter shades of blue are carried through in the small India Mahdavi stools. The custom knit rug is a pale gray Atwood Cloud 5 by Kravet.
ANGEL SANCHEZ & CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN S+C is a lifestyle destination where fashion and interiors meet.
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WHEN THEY GOT THE CALL, the last thing Christopher Coleman and Angel Sanchez expected was meeting a new design client on New Year’s Eve 2019. As they sat on the floor of an empty apartment, the pair kicked off the exciting project on the same holiday that the iconic Surf Club held its launch party in 1930. Built by tire magnate Harvey Firestone, from the moment it opened its doors, the Surf Club was known as the private playground of the wealthy, attracting movie stars, moguls, and royals from all over the world. In 2016, the historic club structure was restored to its original grandeur, re-opening in 2017 as the Surf Club Four Seasons, a luxury lifestyle development that includes a Four Seasons hotel and two residential towers designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Richard Meier. His sleek signature style appealed to the homeowners, who often have pieces from their contemporary art collection on loan to museums. The couple and their two teenage children live in a historic building in New York and also have homes in Southampton and Texas. “They saw a project we did in Sunny Isles in a magazine and called us,” states Coleman.” They always hire local designers so the interior of the home looks like the city it’s in.”
The The pink neon art is Wash N’ Set by Tschabalala Self above a white fiberglass Orgone chaise by Marc Newson.
The gleaming white original Boffi kitchen was untouched by the designers except for adding the reverse-painted glass backsplash in the same Yves Klein blue used on the column.
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A classic Saarinen pedestal table anchors the dining area below a massive white chandelier by Pierre Paulin. Pops of yellow were added on the Saarinen Tulip chair seats to reference the yellow family room sofa. Renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner was flown in from New York to install his Placed Beneath the Sand, Beneath the Sea on site.
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A large work by Aboudia Abdoulaye holds court in the master bedroom. The Capsula Czech blownglass pendant light, found at Maison et Objet in Paris, is suspended by a leather strap above the custom bedside tables, whose Saarinen bases and lacquered boxes make a mid-century statement.
The pristine master bathroom was untouched except for adding a Delsy Rubio piece above the bathtub to carry the pop of blue onto the back wall.
The B-A-N-A-N-A-S foil wallpaper by Flavor Papers in New York (which is scratch & sniff and smells like bananas) sets a fun mood in the family room and picks up the saturated yellow from the B&B Italia sectional.
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Coleman has been an interior designer for over 30 years; during the same time, Sanchez established himself as a fashion designer after two years of working as an architect in his native Venezuela. They met in Caracas in 1998 and joined forces five years ago as Sanchez + Coleman. “I bring the bold strokes, the drama, and an architectural point of view,” says Sanchez. “I bring the practicality, furnishings, and colors,” adds Coleman. “Angel is also very fast with layouts and sketches. It’s a perfect balance.” The direction for the 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath apartment was immediate. “I proposed doing the white column in the living room in an ombré effect, with a saturated Yves Klein blue at the bottom,” said Sanchez. The client loved it and it set a fearless tone for the rest of the project. For the living room, the client knew he wanted a specific sofa from Ralph Pucci. The cushy round chairs and coffee tables by Holly Hunt complement its curved lines, while a John Koga plaster floor lamp conveys a sophisticated playfulness. The custom cable-knit sweater rug creates a cozy space in which to entertain. “The chaise reflects light from the sculpture and the wall just glows,” says Coleman.
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The daughter chose her favorite color for an accent wall which was covered in Insolence Temper Orange wallpaper. Although it took some convincing, after the kids got their own individual design presentations they agreed to have some pieces in common for design cohesiveness, including the nubby gray Vinegar Hill area rug, the lounge chair, and bedding by Serena & Lily.
Art installers were flown in from New York to hang the pieces throughout, as was conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner for his wall installation. Iconic pieces were chosen for all rooms and included the Saarinen table and chairs for the dining room. “The massive Pierre Paulin chandelier from Paris blew out the transformer the first time but these challenges happen,” says Coleman with a smile. An entire wall in the master bedroom is covered in Le Corbusier wallpaper in the same color as the Ribbon Chair. The family room is mainly for the kids and their friends who come to visit. It’s anchored by a bright yellow B&B Italia sofa. “We’d seen the banana wallpaper by Flavor Paper in New York a few months before starting on this room,” says Sanchez. The pattern riffs on the Art Basel 2019 incident where a banana taped to a wall with duct tape art piece exploded on social media when it sold for $120,000. “The clients are serious collectors but definitely have a sense of humor. They were quite happy with the results.” 104 FLORIDA DESIGN’S MIAMI EDITION 17-2
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A digital work, proposed by the client, echoes the orange accents in the daughter’s room. Architectural texture was added to the hallway with Samsa slatted wood paneling lacquered in white, so the doors disappear when closed.
below: The son’s room is a sharp black and white scheme with Grid 55 wallpaper by Milton & King. The Code Chair by True Design is in a different color than in the sister’s room as are the DWR beds and James Duncan acrylic side tables, which add sophistication.
SOURCES LIVING ROOM Sofa – Patrick Naggar, Ralph Pucci Miami, Miami, FL Fabric – Holly Hunt, Design District, Miami, FL Blue lounge chairs – Holly Hunt, Design District, Miami, FL Fabric – Pollack, New York, NY Blue stools – India Mahdavi, Ralph Pucci Miami, Miami, FL Round cocktail tables – Holly Hunt, Design District, Miami, FL Column wallcovering custom by Brett Design, Inc., New York, NY Floor lamp – Mahina, John Koga, Ralph Pucci Miami, Miami, FL Orgone chaise lounge – Marc Newson, www.hivemodern.com BREAKFAST AREA Table and chairs – Design Within Reach, Design District, Miami, FL
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Chandelier – Pierre Paulin, Ralph Pucci Miami, Miami, FL Conceptual wall art – Lawrence Weiner, New York, NY BLUE BEDROOM Bedside table – custom made by Olicore Studio, New York, NY Hanging light – Lucie Koldiva, www.brokis.cz Ribbon chair and ottoman – Pierre Paulin, www.1stbids.com Art – Aboudia Abdoulaye, Owners’ Collection Wall covering – Arte USA Inc., Kennesaw, GA Rug – Lucy Tupu Design Studio, New York, NY FAMILY ROOM Sofa – B&B Italia, Design District, Miami, FL Cocktail tables – Room & Board, www.roomandboard.com Art – Untitled 2020, Valentin Van Der Meulen, Owner’s Collection Wall covering – Flavor Paper, Brooklyn, NY Rug – Lucy Tupu Design Studio, New York, NY
ORANGE BEDROOM Bed – Design Within Reach, Design District, Miami, FL Bed coverings – Serena & Lily, Palm Beach, FL Bed side table – James Duncan, www.jamesduncan.com Table lamp – Ligne Roset, Design District, Miami, FL Accent chair – Code by True Design, www.truedesign.it Wallcovering – Arte International, Spain Area rug – Aronsons Flooring, New York, NY BLACK AND WHITE BEDROOM Bed – Design Within Reach, Design District, Miami, FL Bed coverings – Serena & Lily, Palm Beach, FL Bed side table – James Duncan, www.jamesduncan.com Table lamp – Shogun, Mario Botta, www1stdibs.com Accent chair – Code by True Design, www.truedesign.it Wallcoverings – Milton & King, www.miltonandking.com Area rug – Aronson’s Flooring, New York, NY
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interior design JESSICA JAEGGER, JAEGGER INTERIOR DESIGN. MIAMI, FL builder PAUL CHAVEZ, CH CONSTRUCTION GROUP, MIAMI, FL text MARINA BROWN photography KRIS TAMBURELLO, MIAMI, FL
JESSICA JAEGGER “I pride myself in the unique touch that I bring to Brazilian modernism. My inspiration comes from nature—and living in Miami has allowed me to pull from the lush vegetation and the beautiful shades of the sunsets.”
AS IF THE SENSIBILITIES of two continents came together with a Brazilian vibe, designer Jessica Jaegger and her South American clients were in total synchrony as they began to reimagining a 5,020-squarefoot condo serenely positioned high above the beaches of Key Biscayne. Dedicated to a kind of “organic minimalism” that would best show off their art collection and stay true to their environmentalist approach to living, the owners preferred a pared-down design— but one that would also create a warm home for their four children. Jaegger notes her own commitment to natural woods and stone. She says she found delight in introducing the natural texture of wide-plank French oak flooring, of positioning a massive carved-marble James Irving dining table, and designing a paneled entry of three-inch French oak. Because the owners specified that their new home’s walls be the white, expansive canvas upon which their many works of art would be showcased, other necessities that traditionally go on walls were spare. Unadorned cabinets and shelving crafted from white lacquered wood are found in the living room, dining room, and media right: The homeowners left Brazil to make Miami their permanent home. Like their designer, Jessica Jaegger, also Brazil-born, they say the air, the water, the colors, and the attitude toward living feels familiar here. Yet their thoroughly Brazilian aesthetic remains strong.
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The Samba of the Sea A KEY BISCAYNE CONDO GETS AN ART-FRIENDLY—AND EARTH-FRIENDLY— MAKEOVER WITH A SOUTH AMERICAN VIBE
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The dining area flows toward the living space, pared down to the essentials and the watchful gaze of Beethoven. But little things take on importance when showcased against museum white: a ceramic vase by Gilles Casier and a delicate pedestal from Jaime Hayon reside tranquilly on an unadorned shelf.
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The living space is emphasized by the linear positioning of the sofa, the owner’s own stone cocktail tables by Jacqueline Terpins, and the bank of shelving—all directing the eye toward the sea. A geometric mélange of channeled lines brings activity to the floor in Kelly Wearstler’s silk and wool rug.
below: Hallways are opportunities. From the elevator entry into the living area, between which designer Jaegger installed a wall-size, pivoting oak door, guests find an invitation into a world of art. Johannes Beccer’s pedestal-perched bust bids initial welcome. Inside, two round, white stone sculptures from Henry Moore stand guard.
room. Furniture is low and sleek. “The living room’s Poliform linen-covered sofa and the Sergio Rodrigues wood chairs never obscure the view of the water—or the walls,” says Jaegger. But what does turn all eyes is a dramatic chaise by Oscar Niemeyer: part caned rocker, part free-form sculpture. Overlooking the dining area and its 9-footlong Carrara marble table from Luminaire, a monolithic art photo by Vik Muniz shows “Beethoven” created from pieces of refuse— another nod to the environment. From the dining room, a short trip down a hall to the media room allows the family to gather and play. Here, a hanging basket chair of woven polymer cord by Patricia Urquiola and an ultrasoft frameless sofa by Ligne Roset ensure comfort and informality. Encircling the entire condominium, some of the 1,145 feet of broad balcony is seen from the expansive master bedroom. Here, a diminutive
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Nelson Swag desk and photographic art by Brazilian photographer Maritza Caneca complement the blues and greys found in the rug—and the reflections of the sea beyond. In the two master baths, bespoke glass mosaics cover the walls. The sense of serenity and space is heightened with the use of flooring in massive 36 by 36 inch marble slabs from Opustone. While the master suite occupies one end of the apartment, the other three bedrooms and additional three and a half baths are at the other end. There, as with many young children, “bunking” with a sibling is better than sleeping alone. And in the case of a bedroom that comes with its own playhouse, Jessica Jaegger made a masterpiece. In pinks and greens and whites, each child finds a private space, with what appear to be under-bunk drawers that convert into beds for rollicking sleepovers. Even the overhead playhouse has a view.
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A powder room captures in miniature the aesthetic “glitz” of glass tile that is repeated in each of the other baths. For an “ombre” feel, Jaegger designed the Bisazza tiles to be installed from dark to light. A slim pedestal sink and swan-like stainless faucet are reflected in a narrow mirror.
below: Built for imagination, the children’s bedroom doesn’t need a mountain of toys for little dreams to stir. With tiny, hip facades, the overhead playhouse holds two rooms. As elsewhere, the ceilings have been floated to provide soft, concealed LED lighting.
The media room’s informality is instantly apparent in the “bodyfriendly” sofa. But shape and form are important, as seen in small sculptures, shelf design, ova-form tables, and Minotti’s silk geometric rug. Wall art in blue from Nina Pandolfo and Heloisa Maia’s portrait resonate with the brilliant hanging chair nearby.
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And there are no worries if it’s not a “beach day.” The city-sea panorama can be enjoyed every day from wide outdoor galleries that expand the apartment’s living area. Nestled on the balcony and backed by thick tinted-glass panels that from afar, give the building a verdigris glow, Dedon’s round wicker sofa and utilitarian table and chairs seem to say, “Stay a while. And listen to the samba of the sea.” below: Recipe for contentment: his and hers master baths. Made for refreshing the soul, the vessel tub (arced by an elegant water spout) is a place for contemplation.
SOURCES TERRACE Dining table and chairs – Gloster, Clima Home, Miami, FL Lounge and accent table – Dedon, Clima Home, Miami, FL Area rug – Dedon, Clima Home, Miami, FL DINING ROOM Dining table – James Irvine, Luminaire, Miami, FL Chairs – Ligne Roset, Miami, FL Artwork – Beethoven by Vick Muniz, Owner’s Collection
LIVING ROOM Sofa – Poliform, Miami, FL Cocktail table – Jacqueline Terpins, Sao Paulo, Brazil Lounge chair – Rio Chaise, Oscar Niemeyer, Espasso, Miami, FL Wood chairs – Sergio Rodrigues, Espasso, Miami, FL Artwork above sofa – Christian Cravo, Owner’s Collection Pottery vase – Jalan Jalan, Miami, FL Area rug – The Rug Company, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
HALLWAY Sculpture on pedestal – Luminaire, Miami, FL Yellow artwork – Marcia de Moraes, Owner’s Collection Wood wall treatment fabricated by Robert Carpentry, Miami, FL MEDIA ROOM Sofa – Togo Sofa, Ligne Roset , Miami, FL Tables – Dedon, Clima Home, Miami, FL Swing – Tropicalia Chair, Patricia Urquiola, Moroso, New York, NY Saarinen side table – Design Within Reach, Miami, FL
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Unafraid of white space, Jaegger and the clients embraced the museum-like expanses that allow art to star. Here, small red lamps from the Lamp Store demand attention, while vintage nightstands add a note of surprise.
Artwork above sofa – Nina Pandolfo, Owner’s Collection Artwork opposite sofa – Heloisa Maia, Miami, FL Area rug – Minotti, Miami, FL POWDER ROOM Mosaic tile – Bisazza, Miami, FL Sink – Aquabrass, Decorator’s Plumbing, Miami, FL KIDS BEDROOM Bed custom designed by Jaegger Interior Design, Miami, FL
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Fabricated by Inzirillo Company, Miami, FL Pillow fabric – Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL Rocking Chair – Eames, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL Area rug – 1stDibs.com MASTER BATHROOM Tub – Dorn Bracht, Decorator’s Plumbing, Miami, FL Stool – Luminaire, Miami, FL Flooring – Opustone, Miami, FL Mosaic – Bisazza, Miami, FL
MASTER BEDROOM Bed custom made by Casa Dio, Miami, FL Nightstands – Vintage, Paris, France Lamps – The Lighting Studio, Miami, FL Artwork above bed – Maritza Caneca, Owner’s Collection Chair and footrest – Eero Saaarinen, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL Desk and chair – Design within Reach, Miami, FL Area rug – The Rug Company, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
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High End Handiwork A NEW YORK COUPLE ADORNS THEIR NORTH MIAMI BEACH CONDO WITH BESPOKE WOOD FURNITURE AND LOCAL ARTISANAL FINDS
WHEN AMIE WEITZMAN, a New York-based artist and interior designer
AMIE WEITZMAN “Utilizing the clean lines of mid-century and Swedish modern furniture as a starting point, I layer in bespoke and vintage pieces, textured materials, and one-of-a-kind decorative items from my curated global collection to bring personality and approachability to each space.”
and her husband, David Adler, contemplated purchasing a vacation home in Florida, they first turned their attention to Longboat Key off Sarasota, where Weitzman had vacationed as a child. During one of their real estate scouting missions, they flew through Miami and, on a rainy-day whim, decided to visit a handful of Miami properties as well. As consummate New Yorkers with adult children and an apartment in Greenwich Village, they were immediately drawn to Miami’s sophistication and diversity. The city offered them a familiar urban lifestyle with the additional luxury of wide beaches, turquoise waters, and the breezy winter climate that has lured so many northerners. As Sarasota receded from their minds, they purchased a three-bedroom apartment with over 1,000 feet of outdoor space in a boutique beachfront building in north Miami Beach. above:
The designer fashioned the patio lounge with sunset cocktails and her 20-year-old children in mind. The JANUS et Cie chairs blend mid-century lines with tropical-styled rattan while a side table from Brazilian designer Roberta Schilling adds local appeal. A round CB2 terrazzo coffee table captures quintessential mid-century Florida decor.
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A custom navy rug from Crosby Street Studios and royal blue pillows from Alt for Living accentuate the bright ocean vista. The solid oak coffee table from Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. in Brooklyn fuses modernism with the handcrafted feel that Amie Weitzman adores.
designer AMIE WEITZMAN ASSISTED BY SAMANTHA ZARINSKY, AMIE WEITZMAN DESIGN, NEW YORK, NY text DIANA ODASSO photography MARK ROSKAMS, NEW YORK, NY
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Adler, a real estate and finance executive, wanted new development, “a blank slate as opposed to a building where you’re replacing someone else’s old finishes or buying into new finishes even if they’re nice.” Weitzman approached the design of the 2,300-square-foot space with her customary modernist vision mixed with a handcrafted aesthetic. She says, “I’m also an artist and a painter. I love a mix of art and textiles. Sculptures. I love African art. Photography. Modernism mixed with handicraft. I’m looking for beautiful pieces of imperfection.” In the primary bedroom, the print hanging above the bed is awash in blues that almost resemble watercolor. Weitzman had spied Meghann Riepenhoff’s cyanotype, Littoral Drift #1337, at Miami Art Basel a few years before. Riepenhoff uses a process by which she coats paper with photographic emulsion and introduces the paper into nature—in this specific case into the South Florida landscape. Elements such as water, wind, or sand become inscribed into the photochemistry. Weitzman kept a snapshot of the work in her phone for two years before finally purchasing it. The artwork became one of the inaugural elements in
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The tribal elements of the JANUS et Cie outdoor armchair and sleek modernism of their dining set combine Weitzman’s interior aesthetic with outdoor functionality.
above left: Sharing an open floor plan with the living space, the dining room repeats the handcrafted wood motif with another Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. table, paired with blackstained oak Danish chairs from Suite NY.
right: A round JANUS et Cie daybed accessorized with vintage batik lumbar pillows and a handwoven Peruvian blanket offers an inviting nook for sunrise contemplation.
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The David Hilliard photograph from Yancey Richardson Gallery creates an intriguing narrative for the kitchen, while the custom rug runner from Crosby Street Studios in teal and royal blue extends the ocean palette.
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the apartment’s design, foregrounding the influence of blues and local craft that Weitzman would weave throughout the space. For the living room and kitchen, Weitzman had customized rugs designed in shades of blue from Crosby Street Studios. She desired the visual effect to be “blue on the ground and blue on the elevation from the ocean.” While she traditionally prefers neutral tones, the apartment’s brighter color scheme seemed appropriate to Florida, almost as if the ocean and sky created their own neutral palette of blues and indigos. Another of Weitzman’s guiding design principles is the careful layering of textures to create softened, comfortable spaces with furniture such as a Ligne Roset’s sofa upholstered in cream chenille, a Danish chair draped in sheepskin, or woven accessories and exotic prints. The walls throughout the apartment are covered in natural grass cloth, which adds warmth to the sparse sheetrock. Weitzman prefers wood furniture with a carefully handcrafted feel and open grain. “Live wood that feels like it’s breathing,” she remarks. Live oak
Weitzman retained the original kitchen design with white lacquer cabinets and an island paneled in gray-brown wood. She lined up simple Danish bar chairs from Suite NY to extend the contrast between the bright whites and wood elements.
right: Hanging shelves house the designer’s favorite art books and handicrafts sourced from local dealers. Two blue paintings by Weitzman herself elicit the flat graphic quality of textiles and hang above an African stool from the Watchful Eye African Art Gallery.
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right: Inspired by her daughter, Weitzman designed the guest room in neutral hues and bright oranges, incorporating St. Frank and Rebecca Atwood pillows and a Mexican Otomi embroidery that she mounted on linen. Subtle textural juxtapositions are generated by a woven leather and wood bench from Made Goods and a bamboo pendant from Global Lighting.
tables from Brooklyn-based Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. and bedroom furniture by Tucker Robbins reflect that bespoke ideal. As she describes the local provenance of certain pieces, Weitzman enthuses, “I have to buy things from local artisans. I try to do that in every job I do. Many of the accessories in that apartment were bought locally in Miami.” From an African wooden stool sourced from the Watchful Eye African Art Gallery in Antiques and Design Miami to a side table from Miami-based Brazilian designer Roberta Schilling to vintage linens she transformed into bed pillows, Weitzman enjoys scouring local venues for unique pieces. Weitzman and Adler say they have discovered a deep appreciation for Miami’s multifaceted and vibrant ethos, especially as Weitzman adds more Miami projects to her design portfolio and discovers new sources of local artisanship.
A cyanotype from Meghan Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift series recalls the ocean’s colors, which are also evoked by throw pillows refashioned from a Blockshop quilt and antique linens. An acacia Zig Zag stool and Japanese bench from Tucker Robbins warm the bedroom’s cool tones.
As Weitzman and her husband spend considerable time outdoors, she focused on comfort for her JANUS et Cie outdoor living room set, which she adorned with a lumbar pillow from St. Frank, striped pillows, and a textured blanket.
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SOURCES TERRACE VIGNETTE SEATING Chairs – Janus et Cie, New York, NY Pillows – Amie Weitzman Design, New York, NY Cocktail table – CB2, New York, NY Side table – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL LIVING ROOM AND VIGNETTE Sofa – Ligne Roset, New York, NY White wood chair – Ercol, New York, NY Pillows – Amie Weitzman Design, New York, NY Cocktail table – BCMT, Kingston, NY Stool – The Watchful Eye African Art Gallery, Miami, FL Lighting – Flos, New York, NY Area rug – Crosby Street Studios, New York, NY BREAKFAST AREA Table – BCMT, Kingston, NY Chairs – Suite NY, New York, NY Chandelier – Brendan Ravenhill Studio, Los Angeles, CA TERRACE Sofa – Janus et Cie, New York, NY
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Cocktail table – Janus et Cie, New York, NY Round accent table –The Watchful Eye African Art Gallery, Miami, FL Light wood accent table – Tucker Robbins, New York, NY Dining table and chairs – Janus et Cie, New York, NY Round daybed – Janus et Cie, New York, NY Throw – L’Aviva Home SOHO, New York, NY Side table – Janus et Cie, New York, NY KITCHEN Cabinetry and island – Poliform, Italy Counter stools – Suite NY, New York, NY Buffet – Lulu & Georgia, Los Angeles, CA Photographic art – David Hilliard, He Said, She Said, Yancy Richardson, New York., NY Area rug – Crosby Street Studios, New York, NY GUEST BEDROOM Bed – Room & Board, New York, NY Bedding – Amie Weitzman Design, New York, NY Bedside chest – West Elm, New York, NY Hanging lamp – Global Lighting, www.globallighting.com
Bench – Made Goods, New York, NY Art above bed – Amie Weitzman Design, New York, NY Wall covering – Twenty2Wallpaper, Bantam, CT Area rug – Armadillo, New York, NY MASTER BEDROOM Bed – Room & Board, New York, NY Bedding and pillows – Amie Weitzman Design, New York, NY Bedside table – Tucker Robbins, New York, NY Lamps – Design Within Reach, New York, NY Bench – Tucker Robbins, New York, NY Art above bed – Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #1337, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA Wall covering – Twenty2Wallpaper, Bantam, CT Area rug – Armadillo, New York, NY THROUGHOUT Flooring – Porcelanosa, Miami, FL Terrace flooring – Porcelanosa, Miami, FL Florals – Parrish Designs of London, Miami, FL
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Design District played host to the VONN LIGHTING
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Nikolopoulos’ interview with Thom Filicia. The interior designer, author, tastemaker, media personality, and influencer kept the audience laughing while sharing his advice, adventures, and experiences gleaned during his storied design career. (collabbd.com) DAISY OLIVERA, JUAN POGGI
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When Jonathan Savage’s clients
asked him to create a space to relax while family
members swim in the nearby pool, he delivered with this serene Rosemary Beach setting. Sleek outdoor furnishings from David Sutherland tell a story of easy beachside living, punctuated by an unexpected oval opening in the whitewashed concrete back wall—allowing ocean breezes to play through this chic open-air cabana. See the full story in Florida Design, coming in September 2021, or visit floridadesign.com.
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