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  Issue 19-3

  FOOTSTEPS IN THE GABLES
Transitional Design Keeps Rhythm With One Young Family’s Life In ‘The City Beautiful’

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Constantin Gorges
Constantin Gorges, Inc., Miami Beach, FL

BUILDER
Kim Mosley
Frank DeCarlo Construction, Inc., Miami, FL

TEXT
Kim Mosley

PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Brantley
Delray Beach, FL


 

"PICTURESQUE CORAL GABLES, “THE CITY BEAUTIFUL,” stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida with its lush tropical landscape, historic buildings, trendy bistros, lively social scene and cohesive family community. Developed by George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s, the city’s scenic thoroughfares curve past stately homes, landscaped urban spaces, fountains, waterways and Mediterranean Revival architecture — seemingly only footsteps distant and yet nearly one hundred years past.

These diverse characteristics captured the imaginations of P.R. and Marcia Steinfurth, a young couple looking to renovate a 7,800-square-foot apartment in The Gables condominium that edges Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. To create a permanent residence that would accommodate their growing family, the Steinfurths chose designer Constantin Gorges to fashion a clean-lined interpretation of an open Mediterranean space. “The couple’s major concern was to complete the project within nine months from start to finish,” the designer says. “They were expecting their first child and needed to move into the apartment.”

“I created a traditional design with a ‘modern-now’ feel in the context of grand spatial, New York-style loft living,” Gorges says. “I wanted the design to be comfortable yet exciting — like the Gables.”

Once walls were knocked down and the space was completely gutted, Gorges began working closely with the homeowners to infuse the restructured interior with an updated Georgian design accented with Empire antiques and 20th-century art. “Marcia is very traditional and I’m really contemporary at heart,” P.R. says. “Constantin created a happy medium by mixing Marcia’s choice of fine antiques and traditional furnishings with my penchant for modern art.”

To tie it all together, Gorges maintains a soothing palette with walls painted a uniform ecru-colored, off-white in complementary contrast to the African wenge-wood flooring that runs seamlessly from the public to the private spaces. In addition, fabrics were kept simple to enhance a grand spatial experience and perimeter lighting was recessed into a dropped ceiling soffit to create a subtle glow — a visual effect that furthers the illusion of space.

Step inside an exquisite Movingue satinwood entry framed in stained mahogany and the eyes are at once drawn to the floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that wrap the main areas with pristine ocean views. Directly fronting the seascape, the couple’s cleanlined sofas cue the grand-scaled living area’s relaxed palette, while a Steinway piano and golden draperies in Jim Thompson’s raw silk from Jerry Pair lend a formal, elegant theme. A subtle Art Deco undertone is injected with a bronzed horse head atop the custom granite pedestal designed by Gorges.

The living area opens onto a dining area set against the backdrop of an ornate Japanese screen discovered at Naga Antiques in New York. Modern and antique furnishings — including a cherry wood table and side chairs framed in macassar ebony — form a striking fusion of styles.

Warming up the master suite, Gorges intermingled a suede leather-upholstered Ralph Lauren sleigh bed with vintage 1950s John Widdicomb bedside chests and a free-standing, wood-framed glass screen. A soothing and serene palette continues in the master bath wrapped with stained mahogany.

“Constantin is very patient and a good mediator,” P.R. says. “We wanted reserved yet open; traditional yet contemporary. We told him our ideas … then gave him the creative license to run with it.” And Gorges’ approach immediately conjures this transitional point of view. “As the footprint of the building is of arbitrary proportions and design, the logical conclusion was to define the main areas as one great space,” Gorges says. “I created a traditional design with a ‘modernnow’ feel in the context of grand spatial, New York-style loft living. “I wanted the design to be comfortable yet exciting — like the Gables.”

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Living Area
Sofa, lounge, cocktail table and floor lamps - Owners’ Collection White armchairs - Lewis Mittman, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Pierre Frey, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Striped armchair - Baker Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Striped armchair and drapery fabric - Jim Thompson, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillows - Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional table and Art Deco horse head - Karl Kemp & Assoc., Ltd. Antiques, New York, NY
Piano - Steinway Piano Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Granite for pedestal - Keys Granite, Miami, FL
Pedestal fabricated by Intermarble, Inc., Miami, FL
Artwork above lounge - Spanierman Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Area rug - Eliko Antique & Decorative Rugs, New York, NY

Entry
Wood-framed doors - Custom designed by Constantin Gorges, Inc., Miami Beach, FL
Fabricated by WoodZone Custom Cabinets, Miami, FL

Dining Area
Table and chairs - Owners’ Collection Screen - Naga Antiques, Ltd., New York, NY
Granite for pedestal - Keys Granite, Miami, FL
Pedestal fabricated by Intermarble, Inc., Miami, FL Bronze sculpture - Novo Arts, Inc., New York, NY
Chandelier - Farrey’s, North Miami, FL Area rug - Eliko Antique & Decorative Rugs, New York, NY

Master Bedroom
Bed - Polo, Ralph Lauren Home Collection, New York, NY
Bed covering - Threadcount, Inc., Miami Beach, FL
Bedside chests - Jon Vaccari Antiques, Water Mill, NY
Table lamps - Maison Gérard, Ltd., New York, NY
Lounge chair - Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
Occasional table and bench - Ironies, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bench fabric - Cowtan & Tout, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor lamp - Raul Carrasco Furniture Collection, Miami, FL
Wood-and-glass screen - Custom designed by Constantin Gorges, Inc., Miami Beach, FL Fabricated by Best & Best Cabinetry, Miami, FL
Drapery fabric and border - Jim Thompson and Samuel & Sons, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Carpet - Stark Carpet Corp., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Master Bath
Tub - Designer’s Plumbing & Hardware, Miami, FL
Tub surround fabricated by Intermarble, Inc., Miami, FL
Cabinetry - WoodZone Custom Cabinets, Miami, FL
Countertop and flooring - Keys Granite, Miami, FL
Shower enclosure - LA Glass & Mirror Corp., Miami, FL
Wall lamps - Visual Comfort, Farrey’s, North Miami, FL

Throughout
Millwork and molding - WoodZone Custom Cabinets, Miami, FL
Flooring - Golden Touch Wood Floors, Inc., Miami, FL

 

 

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