This week we take a look at a stunning condo in Miami and examine how it reflects its carefree seaside surroundings. It is designed by New York City-based architect Lee F. Mindel, who has designed homes for celebrities ranging from Sting to Ralph Lauren. Mindel is known as a bold minimalist, and this is clearly evident here. This large beachfront apartment in Miami Beach is owned by an entertainment executive and his family. They already own a number of homes in New York, some of which also designed by Mindel, so this pied-à-terre serves as their sunny getaway from the city.
The apartment, comprised of two adjoining units, is found in the Mid-Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach. It is part of the Faena District, a large luxurious complex with Norman Foster-designed apartments, an arts center by Rem Koolhaas, and a Faena hotel styled by movie director Baz Luhrmann. It’s clear that this whole area has some serious artistic pedigree, so calling on another heavyweight in Lee F. Mindel was an appropriate choice.
This home-away-from-home was designed to reflect the owners’ energetic and vibrant lifestyle. A summer home is ultimately a place to relax, enjoy yourself, and forget about the daily grind, and this condo instantly provides the spark of joy and fun the moment you enter. Although the overriding color is white, Mindel relies on a range of bold and daring hues to create an easy balance with the neutral color base. There are myriad references to the surrounding beaches and dominating the Atlantic Ocean, some subtle, some overt. The cherry-red and white colors in the bedroom represent the classic striped beach umbrellas and cabanas which line the beaches below.
In the main living area, the curved sofas and coffee tables are positioned like the upper deck of a stylish yacht, and the circular wooden table in front resembles the ship’s wheel. I love the design of the custom V’Soske rug – the curved lines look like the wake of a passing boat.
The playful design continues as you move into the screening room. The chaise longues and cushions have alternating shades of muted beige. The contrasting heights and shapes of the cushions and pillows mirror a group of sandcastles on the beach. Mindel used yellow and orange tiled tables by Roger Capron to evoke classic sand pails and shovels.
Lee F. Mindel has designed a joyful beach escape, certainly one that I’d enjoyed spending a weekend in. Are you planning on redesigning your villa or apartment? Come and visit our beautiful showroom at 37 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien to see our range. Or, contact us at [email protected] to be connected with one of our professional designers.