The Dining Room is the apartment’s showstopper – and the “owners love to have large dinner parties,” explains Tobin – thanks to an inlaid mosaic imported from Italy. The overall effect is light and airy, with filtered sunlight streaming in through the lattice-covered windows, and transparent furniture that keeps the focus on the tile and the architecture. The acrylic dining table and chairs from the furniture collection Bradfield designed, and a clear glass Murano chandelier suspended over the dining table add to the airiness.
When a couple bought their sprawling apartment on Palm Beach’s South Ocean Drive and began to consider renovations, they started with what they didn’t want. Anything typically Floridian didn’t interest them. The well-traveled duo wasn’t concerned with creating a generic crowdpleaser at this stage in their life. But they did want to create a space that was unique and true to their personalities.
Working with New York-based interior design firm Bradfield & Tobin, the couple zeroed in on a Moroccan-influenced décor in a serene blue-and-white color palette. Many of the apartment’s furnishings, from the rugs to the custom latticework, were custom made.
“The high level of customization is key to the apartment’s design,” says Roric Tobin, a partner at the firm.
Master Bedroom and bathroom balance glamour with serenity. A blue mirror behind the bed is a luxe touch, along with a chinchilla throw. Custom pillars and latticework frame the bed and anchor the space.
Sparkle is added to the bathroom in an unexpected way; the wallpaper is inlaid with glass beads that catch the light reflecting off the vintage Italian sconces. The mirror is in a custom arch shape to reference the home’s doorways. The sink has a unique provenance. The designers discovered the marble at New York’s Urban Archaeology, but it was originally from the courtyard of the MOMA in New York.
The design began with a reconfiguration of the space. The 4,000-square-foot apartment had two bedrooms and three and a half baths, and the couple reworked the floor plan to create a one bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. Having ample space to entertain was key for the couple, who were drawn to the apartment’s spacious living room that overlooks a lush garden, as well as a sprawling dining room and media room.
To unify the space, Tobin and partner Geoffrey Bradfield installed white marble floors throughout the property. Another unifying theme is the use of custom woodwork from Hyde Park Mouldings, and lattice which is used for pocket doors as well as window coverings to filter the strong Florida light.
The overall result? Anything but ordinary.
Photography courtesy of Robert Bartley.
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