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Open And Minimal Design Shapes This Miami Beach Pied-À-Terre With An Extraordinary Collection Of Art And Unique Sculpture-Esque Furnishings
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Imagine a large open space with crisp white walls, wood flooring and minimal furnishings. Now, picture being surrounded by beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork and ultra modern social groupings set with what looks more like sculpture than furnishings. One may envision a contemporary art gallery instead of the chic vacation home of this European family that loves fine art as much as they love Miami, Fla.

Located in the heart of South Beach, and boasting stunning ocean vistas and glimpses of the exclusive Fisher Island, this 3,000-square-foot condominium is a trove of exquisite treasures. When the family isn't skiing in Aspen or sailing on their award-winning sailboat, they're collecting art. And it didn't take them long to get used to sunny South Florida and its thriving art scene during yearly jaunts to enjoy Art Basel Miami Beach.

In love with the area, the couple decided to purchase a vacation home away from home. When you step inside this pied-à-terre, a few things are obvious immediately: the homeowners are art lovers and are very fond of minimalist design; and Brazilian designer Mirtha Arriaran is no stranger to minimalism. Having worked with the couple on the design of their first apartment for their two sons, Arriaran was commissioned to take on the head-to-toe remodel of this new space. The overall goal … to create a home that has style and sophistication, but allows the art to speak for itself.

An open and airy floor plan keeps the breathtaking ocean views visible from every room. European white oak flooring flows throughout to ground the space in warmth, while a neutral beige and white palette maintains a blank canvas effect that allows the art to take center stage.

In the living room, a large abstract by American artist Jonathan Lasker wastes no time in grabbing the eye with its bold color and playful sense of movement. Simple modern seating pairs an unobtrusive Minotti sofa with very distinct wooden "Corsica Chairs" by Ian Spencer that command attention like true works of art. A painting by artist Kenton Nelson, Providing Support, adds a few more snaps of color — hints of blue that pick up the ocean hues beyond the walls of glass.

Nearby, the sleek white kitchen glistens with pops of red. High-gloss, flat panel cabinetry echoes the stylish simplicity throughout the home, while contemporary barstools in white and red complete the space.

Mirrors line the dining room, where intricately designed seating adds a wow factor with organic nest-like outer shells. Unforgettable chairs appear delicate against the sturdy footprint of the modern table from Luminaire.

Bathed in sunlight, a cheerful guest room is dressed in an appropriate nautical blue and white color scheme. The color not only adds a sense of coziness to the room, but it gives a comforting nod to sailing — one of the homeowners' most beloved hobbies. Just outside, a large balcony features simple modern seating in brilliant whites. Cool and comfortable, it is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the panoramic views as the boats cruise by at a leisurely pace.

What one European couple wanted was a place to call their own in the city they fell in love with — a space where they can take in the sea, relax and enjoy their beautiful collection of artwork. What Arriaran gave them is a home to enjoy that truly is a work of art.

Mirtha Arriaran, MAS Interior Design, Miami, FL

Emilio Collavino, Miami Beach, FL

Text by
Katherine West