On The Water's Edge

Clean Lines And Smooth Curves Shape This Oceanfront Condominium On The Atlantic Ocean In Boca Raton
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A brilliant hemisphere arching toward an endless expanse of water and waves, stunning sunrises and miles of white sands — competing with Mother Nature can be challenging at best, especially when what she brings to the table is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a challenge embraced by Fort Lauderdale-based designer Eli Mordechai when he was commissioned to design the interior of a condominium at One Thousand Ocean, perched above the city of Boca Raton, Fla. His solution was to complement the natural beauty provided by the peninsular location using a subdued color palette of gray tones mixed with rich walnut finishes throughout the space.

"Everything was custom designed to accommodate the client's wish list," says Mordechai, beginning in the hallway grounded with circular insets of coral reef granite from Brazil (a consistent sea-themed element in the home). Granite repeats on the walls accented by striking walnut columns that frame frosted sconces. Walnut flooring leads the way to the main living areas, where Mordechai chose rounded shapes instead of the more conventional 90-degree angles "for beauty and because they add elements that utilize a space to the maximum. The curvature creates the impression of added space to the area that is outside of the curve, making it appear much larger," he says. "So even though the home is 3,400 square feet, it feels like 5,000."

The great room provides a strong illustration of the impact a curving design element can have on a space. From the sinuous gray area rug, whose form follows that of the softly rounded gray-leather sofa, to the rounded high-gloss walnut bar on the opposite wall, the illusion is of ocean waves curling onto the shore and then receding. And in keeping with the clean, modern lines, concealed soffit lighting provides added illumination.

Coral reef granite tops the bar that separates the kitchen from the dining area, where a circular gray area rug beneath the glass-topped pedestal table creates an island illusion amidst the vast sea of walnut. The suspended granite buffet serves as an anchor, balancing the gray walls and the expanse of mirror that visually expands the space.

Residents at One Thousand Ocean who elect private membership privileges at the Boca Raton Resort & Club may access the resort's amenities and services at its main location (across the lake) or at the adjacent Boca Beach Club, where poolside seating offers a place to take a land-based break while providing a view of the ocean.

The master bedroom provides yet another vantage point from which the homeowner can enjoy an ever-changing panorama. To ensure the best possible view, Mordechai elevated the king-size bed on a gray-leather-wrapped platform and then perfectly positioned a gray-leather chair near the sliding glass doors to catch the morning sunrise. Coral reef granite reappears in the custom wall section, complete with a two-drawer, walnut-trimmed console.

Just beyond lies the balcony, which can also be accessed from the great room, guest room and office. Walls of glass slide open to the outside seating area with a spectacular view of the ocean and its inhabitants. And it is, after all, the view that most defines design choices in this home, uniquely marrying the richness of walnut and the clean lines of a modern style to allow maximum exposure to the sea and sky.

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Interior Design
Eli Mordechai, LaStrada, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Robert Brantley, Delray Beach, FL

Text by
Nancy Christie