f you're a nostalgic Baby Boomer like me, then you'll appreciate the
authentic 1950s styling of Pat and Jim Cole's home in Delray Beach. Stepping inside, you are instantly transported to
another era a time when designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Paul McCobb and others were
challenging convention with their innovative concepts. The Coles, who used to own galleries that specialized in
mid-century modern ftirnishings, recapture this slice of history while proving that good design is always timeless.
Following in the
footsteps of past modernists, designer Charles Greenwood ingeniously transforms a Boca Raton condominium into a modem
masterpiece. Throughout the interior, recessed lighting, curved walls and sinuous ceilings define specific areas that
he calls "comfort zones." It's all part of his organic twist on contemporary design. Be sure to check out my favorite
pieces in the home: the fun olive lamps in the bar area.
Architect Frank Lloyd
Wright, whose work is synonymous with "organic design," was a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement early in his
career. Elements of this style shape the look of a house set amid the rolling hills of Central Florida. Taking his cues
from this period, Michael Koontz's interpretation for owners Dr. Robert and Mary Ann "Pokey" Feldman reflects the
home's natural setting.
When Lisa Baldwin's
clients, Carol and Warren McHale, bought their condominium in Naples, they were ready for a radical change. What they
had in mind was something minimalistic with a fresh edge, so Baldwin combined modern furnishings with bold,
contemporary paintings, resulting in the striking interior that graces our cover.
You'll find more timeless
design styles, from traditional to Art Moderne, in this issue of Florida Design.
Karen B. King McCallum