Florida Design Magazine Vol. 15, No. 4 Page 3
"THOROUGHLY INVITING WITH A SLIGHT EDGE"
 
 
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ABOVE: Two 18th-century Chinese cabinets made of camphor wood add a touch of the past to the modern living area.

 
 

display niches were already in place. “All the niches were backed with mirrors, which we removed,” Poggi says. Objects from China, Indonesia and Africa fill the niches, instilling the space with an exotic feel.

From the foyer, gold travertine flooring steps down into the living area. Gray cement columns accentuate the steps surrounding the living area, while adding another degree of separation between the foyer and adjoining hallway. To define the conversation area, the designers chose a tobacco-colored Tibetan area rug whose subtle texture lends warmth to the

contemporary silhouettes of a walnut-framed day bed, an off-white Christian Liaigre sofa and a pair of chocolate-brown cowhide ottomans. Rectangular cutouts in the backs of twin leather chairs complement the looser geometry of the cocktail table’s base, created by New York sculptor Silas Seandel. The designers counterbalance these modern-day furnishings with two massive, 18th-century Chinese wardrobes.

Chocolate-brown walls, a silver-leaf ceiling and a work of abstract art imbue the dining area with a sense of high drama. Here, Liaigre’s oatmeal leather and wenge-wood chairs surround

 
     
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