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  Issue 19-2 COVER STORY

  THE 'APOGEE' OF STYLE
Modern Classic Design, Luxury European Imports And A Black-and-White Palette
Make This SoFi Condominium A Sophisticated Miami Getaway

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Steven La Fonte
Elements, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

TEXT
Sara Linda

PHOTOGRAPHY
Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL


 

Nestled in the heart of Miami’s exclusive SoFi (South of Fifth), the new, lush Apogee condominium offers lavish havens for its residents, and a matchless location that accesses all the pleasures of South Beach. This, along with its spacious layout and extensive water views, attracted the owners of this 3,100-square-foot, four-bedroom space

“The owners’ primary residence is in Europe,” designer Steven La Fonte says. “But, they were looking for a vacation home in South Beach where they could spend a few weeks or months a year with their family and close friends, and entertain in a more formal environment. Apogee, one of Miami’s most luxurious condominiums, provided the perfect place for them.”

“The living area meshes seamlessly to the outdoor terrace that boasts a magnificent
water view with Fisher Island as the backdrop,” designer Steven La Fonte says.

Introduced to the owners through another client, La Fonte met with them in person only four times. “During our initial meeting, the direction the owners provided me with was to create a stylized home using luxury European pieces, such as Fendi,” he says. “They also expressed their penchant for Murano glass fixtures.” To this end, the designer decided to lend a modern Euro-classic style to the space with unique products that incorporate a multitude of imports.

La Fonte began with pristine crystal Thassos marble flooring throughout. “The main living area of the home is open and spacious. It flows onto expansive balconies that overlook panoramic water views,” he says. “We installed this flooring to keep the home airy and uninterrupted. The white marble is timeless and pure, and its glistening quartz crystal specs pick up the extensive light that fills the space.” To continue the theme, La Fonte included white Venetian plaster ceilings that give off a subtle silver shimmer, which plays off the flooring and the natural light.

“Scalloped mother-of-pearl tiles provide the perfect backdrop for the
dining area’s Metropolitan setting,” La Fonte says.

The most prominent architectural element is the 40-foot, white onyx-clad accent wall that runs the entire length of the foyer. Designed by La Fonte along with designer Voytek Faber, this feature wall is embedded with LED lights that enable the wall to change colors. “The LED strips contain three colors: red, green and blue,” La Fonte says. “We can mix these three colors to achieve a wide range of color scenes, depending on the mood desired.”

Accent walls create focal points throughout the home including the black caviar glass-beaded wall in the living area that catches the sunlight like a jewel and the mother-of-pearl wall in the dining area. “Maya Romanoff’s scalloped mother-of-pearl tiles provide the perfect backdrop for the dining area’s Metropolitan setting,” La Fonte says.

Nearby in the kitchen, three lustrous chandeliers from Eurofase descend over the island with jeweled crystals shimmering above the granite countertops that are polished to a high sheen. Here, La Fonte chose mostly light hues with darker accents. “I wanted to keep the lightness of the environment while also providing a stark contrast to create drama and continue the home’s classic modern theme,” he says. “Therefore, I determined that the wall finishes should be classic white and cream, and the cabinetry should be light zebrawood with black as the accent color.”

“Contemporary Fendi furnishings and Murano fixtures abound throughout both the guest
and master bedrooms, where supple fabrics such as leather, velvets and fur add softness
to some of the furnishings’ straight lines,” La Fonte says.

The furnishings and fabrics throughout are simultaneously clean-lined and luxuriant. “Since the palette is neutral, it was imperative that we used a combination of textures,” La Fonte says. “Contemporary Fendi furnishings and Murano fixtures abound throughout both the guest and master bedrooms, where supple fabrics such as leather, velvets and fur add softness to some of the furnishings’ straight lines.”

Although the majority of the design was done at a great distance, the owners were thrilled with the outcome when they saw the completed project. “The design captures the timeless elegance of Europe and modern brightness of Miami that truly reflects the ‘Apogee’ of style,” La Fonte says.

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Foyer
Onyx wall - Custom designed by Design Elements, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fabricated by Dalio Tile, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
Onyx slabs - Walker Zanger, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
LED lighting - Xtreme LED and Fiber Optics, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chests, settee and mirror - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Table lamp, floor lamp and vases - Murano, Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Sconce - Schonbek, Lightseeker Inc.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Drapery panel fabric - Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Living Area
Sofa - Grafton Furniture, Miami, FL
Accent pillow, sofa and drapery fabric, poufs, occasional table, cabinet and Murano glass bowl on cocktail table - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Leather on sofa - Edelman Leather, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillows and draperies fabricated by Quinton Custom Draperies, Pompano Beach, FL
Cocktail table - Beacon Hill Exclusives, The Robert Allen/Beacon Hill Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Flatscreen TV - Audio One Sound and Video, Inc., North Miami, FL
Candelabra on cocktail table - Schonbek, Lightseeker, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Art Nouveau alabaster bust on cocktail
table - Owners’ Collection
Wall covering - Maya Romanoff, Donghia Showrooms, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Dining Area
Dining table and chairs, Murano glass
chandelier, sconces and centerpiece - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Wall covering - Maya Romanoff, Donghia Showrooms, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork - Pham Luc, Hanoi, Vietnam

Kitchen
Cabinetry - Kitchens of South Florida, Inc., Hialeah, FL
Appliances - Miele, Kitchens of South Florida, Inc., Hialeah, FL
Countertops - Keys Granite, Miami, FL
Chandeliers - Eurofase, Lightseeker, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Barstools - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Silver coupes and tea service - Tiffany & Co., New York, NY

Guest Bedroom
Bed - Kravet Furniture, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Headboard, neckrolls and sham
fabrics - Nancy Corzine, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Duvet, dust ruffle, drapery fabric and trim - Kravet Fabrics, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillows, fur throw and
bench - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Bedside chest - Custom designed
by Design Elements, Inc.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fabricated by EVM Woodwork,
North Lauderdale, FL
Table lamps - Schonbek, Lightseeker, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Murano glass chandelier - CAM Vetri d’arte, Venezia, Italy
Area rug - Pacific Hide & Leather, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Master Bedroom
Bed, bedside chest, bed coverings,
console, bench, tall ottoman, drapery fabric and area rug - Fendi Casa, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Wingback chair - Grafton Furniture, Miami, FL
Murano glass candelabra and
chandelier - CAM Vetri d’arte,
Venezia, Italy
Wall covering - Maya Romanoff, Donghia Showrooms, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Terrace
Dining table and chairs, cocktail table, sofa, armchair and chaise - Casa Casual Furnishings, Miami Design District, Miami, FL
Accent pillow fabrics and trim - Kravet, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabricated by Quinton Custom Draperies, Pompano Beach, FL

Throughout
Drapery and bedding - Quinton Custom Draperies, Pompano Beach, FL
Venetian plaster - Michelle and Ernest Rojas, Paint A Wish, Sunny Isles, FL
Marble flooring - Keys Granite, Miami, FL
Flooring fabricated by Dalio Tile, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
Video, audio and home
automation - Audio One Sound and Video, North Miami Beach, FL

 

 

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