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IN THIS ISSUE

n cosmopolitan Miami, modern design often comes with a tropical twist. It's a unique look that reflects the city's balmy climate, mix of Latin American and Caribbean cultures, and urbane sophistication.

Designer Santiago Bernal's apartment on Brickell Avenue captures the essence of this "Tropical Modernism" with its clean-lined furnishings, Latin American art and splashes of color. A native of South America, Bernal "had a gut feeling" he could turn the place into "something special." His hunch paid off — and the living room appears on our cover.

South Beach's Art Deco buildings and upbeat scene lured Dana and Jerry Carson from Florida's Gulf Coast to the Atlantic side. When the couple asked James Keena to design their penthouse in Portofino Towers, they wanted the interior to have a moderne feel. Incorporating stained glass, faux painting and gleaming woods, Keena composes a magical setting that melds into the skyline.

On a more traditional note, a lakefront estate in Orlando recalls a centuries-old, Tuscan winery. Its owner, a true "Renaissance man," envisioned a villa with an authentic Italian flair. Paying meticulous attention to details, builder Rial Jones and designers Peter Ferwerda and Shannan Puschmann Goforth bring his vision to life.

In Naples, Howard Litton and his design team of Billy J. Fabec and Margaret Karakas create the illusion of more space in a condominium with an artful play of lights and mirrors. Tailored furnishings establish the home's minimalist aesthetic, while a taupe, champagne and charcoal-brown palette flows smoothly from room to room.

From one page to the next, this issue of Florida Design offers a lively blend of fine design.

Karen B. King McCallum
Managing Editor

TABLE of CONTENTS
Vol. 12 No. 2
COVER STORY
  ENVISIONING A MIAMI LOFT
Santiago Bernal reinvents a condominium that takes advantage of panoramic views.
Photography by Christian Zitzmann,
Miami, FL.

FEATURES
  MANHATTAN TRANSFER
Edward Daoust and Heather Fowler capture the urbane sophistication of a Park Avenue apartment in a penthouse on the West Coast.
  NATURAL HUES
Inspired by the Florida sunset, Julie Schulte colors a traditional motif in earthy greens, soft peach and deep salmon.
  EXOTIC ACCENTS
Pieces from around the globe spice designer Roxanne Edwards' new home with a touch of the South Seas islands.
  MIRROR IMAGES
With the skill of magicians, Howard Litton and his design team dazzle the eye with an artful play of reflections and light.
  IN THE TUSCAN TRADITION
An Italianate estate built by Rial Jones and designed by Peter Ferwerda and Shannan Puschmann Goforth recalls a centuries-old winery.
  TRANSCENDING TIME
The creative talents of Joseph F. Brennan, Sloan Mauran and Sara McCann come together in a villa that exudes venerable character.
  THE MAGIC OF SOUTH BEACH
Taken with Miami's city lights and ocean vistas, James T. Keena casts a spell over an Art Deco-inspired penthouse.
  SEASONS IN THE SUN
Hailing from the North, a couple basks in the casual Florida ambiance of a waterfront retreat composed by Rod Mickley.
  COMING FULL CIRCLE
Drawing from this ideal shape, Eli Mordehay and Ira Cohen revolve their design around gently rounded furnishings and architectural details.
  LIKE THE SOOTHING WATERS OF THE GULF
A condominium conceived by Anne Folsom Smith undulates with curved walls, sinuous shapes and fluid lines.
 
DEPARTMENTS
  Winter Park
  The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
  Miami Design District  
  XXI Biennale Des Antiquaires  
  Outdoor Living  
  International Furniture Fair 2002  
  Prestigious Properties  
  Kitchens & Baths  
  High Point Spring Market