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  Issue 19-4

  BEYOND BAUHAUS
Designer Toby Zack Warms The Stark Aesthetic Of International Style With Soft Oak Flooring
And The Owners’ Colorful Art Collection

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Toby Zack, Toby Zack Designs,
Fort Lauderdale, FL

TEXT
Heather L. Schreckengast

PHOTOGRAPHY
Joseph Lapeyra, Fort Lauderdale, FL


 

"Bauhaus style — or International Style— is marked by its absence of ornamentation and harmonious interplay of form and function. A definition that clarifies interior designer Toby Zack’s description of this 3,000-square-foot South Florida retreat as “straightforward and contemporary with a Bauhaus feel.”

Throughout the Mizner Tower condominium overlooking Lake Boca Raton, Zack softened the home’s clean-lined aesthetic with refurbished oak-plank floors and the owners’ impressive collection of art. Working with art dealer Evelyn Aimis, Zack placed and illuminated the paintings and art glass for a great effect. “The only thing the owners knew was that they wanted the space to be all white with the art as the only color,” Zack says.

Avid art collectors, the owners of this Boca Raton, Fla., home purchased the
Chihuly watercolors above the sofa when they were first made available by the artist.

Originally outfitted in pop- corn ceilings, textured walls and a traditional Florida palette, the condo was literally stripped down to reveal its extraordinary architectural bones. Curved walls, dropped and domed ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows were unveiled, providing Zack a perfect canvas upon which to paint her modern design strokes.

To begin, Zack sanded and sealed the original 5-inch oak- plank flooring, bringing it back to its natural finish. In the foyer, the flooring juxtaposes a gallery- like vignette composed of white leather, X-legged stools and the bright hues of the artwork.

Dressed in white from head to toe, the expansive living area offers more than meets the eye with textural fabrics in leathers and cottons. To optimize the seating, Zack placed the “Bob” sofa with chaise against an ottoman/cocktail table, both from her Toby Collection. Above the sofa, the owners’ pastel series of Dale Chihuly watercolors adds just the right dollop of color.

One of the condominium’s most distinguishing archi- tectural features, an oak-plank dome ceiling, can be found in the dining area with an additional sitting area. As with the flooring, Zack refinished the wood, bringing it back to life. “This room could dictate just one large table, but I wanted to divide it in a subtle way to make more use of the space,” she says of the two areas in one. For the dining area, Zack chose an inviting marble-topped oval table. White leather chairs in the style of Mies van der Rohe’s “Brno” chairs pay homage to the Bauhaus. For the sitting area, the designer created expansive seating with a custom-designed three-piece sofa, covered in crisp white Sunbrella® canvas, that hugs the curve of the sunlit wraparound windows.

Zack decidedly warms things up in the master bedroom with accents of corn silk and chocolate brown, and in the master bath with touches of taupe and cream. Rounded edges on the custom-designed bed, and bone and taupe woven wall-to-wall carpeting further the softening effect, and finish the contradictory yet complementary theme that was captured beautifully throughout this modern vacation retreat.

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Foyer
Stools and grid artwork - Owners’ Collection
Extension table - The Toby Collection, Sari Distributing, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mirror over table - Luminaire, Miami, FL
Light fixture above dress artwork - Boyd, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture above grid artwork - Tech Lighting, Light Bulbs Unlimited, Oakland Park, FL
Jim Dine artwork - Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Miami, FL

Living Area
Cabinetry and shelving - Custom designed by Toby Zack Designs, Fort Lauderdale, FL Fabricated by Madison Millwork & Cabinet Co., Hollywood, FL
Sofa, ottoman/cocktail table and occasional table next to sofa - The Toby Collection, Sari Distributing, Fort Lauderdale, FL,
Sofa fabric - Sunbrella®, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Ottoman/cocktail table fabric - Glant, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Arne Jacobsen “Egg” chairs - Luminaire, Miami, FL
Fabric - Donghia, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional table between “Egg” chairs and art glass on cabinetry - Owners’ Collection
Table lamp - Catherine Memmi, Paris, France
Light fixtures over artwork above sofa - Boyd, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Trays on ottoman/cocktail - Eduard Rambound, Paris, France
Artwork above sofa - Dale Chihuly, Seattle, WA

Sitting/Dining Areas
Dining table - Eero Saarinen, Knoll, Inc., Miami, FL
Dining chairs and sofa - The Toby Collection, Sari Distributing, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chair fabric - Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofa fabric - Sunbrella®, Arabel Fabrics, Inc., Miami, FL
Cocktail table - Carriage House, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Monkey Boys for Moooi, Luminaire, Miami, FL
Art glass sitting on cocktail table - Owners’ Collection
Shades - South Florida Window Treatments, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sculpture - Mac Fine Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Artwork - Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Miami, FL

Master Bath
Wall covering - Carolyn Ray, David Sutherland, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Master Bedroom
Bed - Custom designed by Toby Zack Designs, The Toby Collection, Sari Distributing, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fabric - Willow Tex, Inc., Rockford, IL
Lounge chair and matching ottoman - Bernhardt, Baer’s Furniture, Boca Raton, FL
Fabric - Glant, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bedside tables and chest - The Toby Collection, Sari Distributing, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wall lamps - Estiluz, Light Bulbs Unlimited, Oakland Park, FL
Art glass - Owners’ Collection Carpet - American Custom Rug, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Throughout
Millwork, molding and recessed ceilings - Eller Building Enterprise, Fort Lauderdale, FL Flooring refinished by Toby Zack Designs, Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

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