This renovation of an apartment unit on the 19th floor of a 30-story South Beach condo was for a retired couple from Manhattan and designed with the goal of creating a modern classic! Our client, a former N.Y. taxi driver that graduated to the textile business, was drawn to this unit because of the view that “flowed through” the apt. The previous owners closed in the apartment, not having taken advantage of the stunning views and interesting floor plan. The goal was to create a modern aesthetic with an open, fluid feel connecting the waterfront view from the north to the city view on the south.
Both the den and second bedrooms were opened up to the living room and the southern exposure of the floor-to-ceiling glass. The den was converted into an office with places to display family collections using floating elements on Venetian plaster and cabinetry. Materials of wood and metal were used to express the client's love of nature and technology. Classic modern pieces of furniture were also intermingled in nearly every room, as functional sculptures reminding the clients of their visits to the New York Museums. Curvilinear lighting fixtures highlight the artwork within the entry space while visually connecting all areas of the apartment. Finally, a custom portable TV unit was designed to allow viewing from the principal living areas and to serve as a “door” to the guest room.