Fisher Island, the famous retreat a short ferry ride from Miami, features a private beach, bird sanctuary, and homes which have fantastic views of the ocean and the city skyline. This project was no exception, and we designed it with the intention to frame these views and also to display our longstanding client’s unique collection of art and love of birds. The home is a resort-like sanctuary – a second home with all of the comforts of their fulltime home, with a bit of tropicality, soft coastal timelessness and cozy glamor.
The colors in this room are our take on the popular palette typically associated with coastal living: blue and green with white and beach sand -like beige. We were inspired by, simply, the key factors of a good room – comfortable places to sit and visit, surfaces to put a drink, attractive things to look at, and ideally, a view. A custom low table with an off-white Moroccan tile top is the heart and center of this space framed by a set of four custom club chairs based on a design by Milo Baughman and upholstered with an embroidered fabric by Maharam.
The most dynamic aspect of the living room besides the wonderful views is the wall of chalk board that is regularly changed by a local artist.
A sculptural chandelier shaped like a driftwood branch is the focus of the dining area. It was custom made for the room by Paul Ferrante. The cool limestone pavers are a consistent feature in the main rooms of this apartment.
Our clients collect art and our brief for their apartment called for us to create interiors that feature their videos, paintings, drawings and sculptures deftly, without making the rooms museum-like. The blue piece to the left is a video installation by MARCK of a woman swimming. Hunt Slonem painted the bunnies.
There are many places for dining in this home, and the kitchen island is great for informal lunches and dinners. The rattan stools were made by Bielecky Brothers and offer warmth and texture against the white cabinetry. The kitchen has some of the best views and is relatively set back from the living room, which gives the two spaces their own character.
Not without function, the small sitting area off the kitchen has a television and computer outlets and is often used by the family. An aluminum sculpture by Rachel Perry is mounted above the television.
The hall to the principal bedroom is lined with closets and bookshelves filled with favorite volumes and mementos. The cabinetry and doors are traditionally detailed, making the hall more interesting than just a passage and more like a room itself.
All the best features of a guest room – good lighting, a comfortable chair, places for a guest to easily place their things are here. A custom raffia carpet forms a backdrop for a mixture of subtle patterns from Elizabeth Eakins and Kerry Joyce in a calming palette while the works of art add pops of color. The vintage rattan chair and Chinese garden seat nod to old Florida.
An art deco desk is core to this handsome office which has walls covered in a pale blue linen for texture and built-in cabinetry made of cerused oak. A private terrace faces the Miami skyline.
The ocean view from one side of the terrace.