Story by Josie Gulliksen
Photos by Simon Hare
When a young couple from Monaco decided to buy a seasonal home in Miami they chose the Mondrian South Beach and went straight to the top – to the penthouse that is. The residence consists of two PH-level units that were combined to create a 4,500-square-foot space. The home features three bedrooms, four baths, an office, and formal and informal living rooms.
“The clients are a young couple with a fabulous baby boy; they are a lovely, beautiful family,” said Osirys Mendez, principal at Mendez Vela Design. “They’re a British couple who reside in Monaco, so this is a seasonal home for them.
The Mendez Vela Design team met the couple as a referral and quickly selected contractor Oscar Corral from Granhaus Corporation General Contractors to renovate and construct the new home from the ground up. “They worked with the clients before and they insisted we meet. It was immediately obvious that the couple was impressed by Granhaus’s professional and responsible business ethics. Oscar and his father and partner did all the construction in a coordinated and timely manner, in order to comply with the schedule. It was a success,” Mendez said.
For the interior design, the couple agreed on a modern look, except she preferred a classic modern approach while he leaned toward a more ultra-modern feel. Taking both into account, Mendez Vela Design went to work on designing a space that would appeal to both. It also helped that they were extremely easy to work with, and because they grasped their style instantaneously. Once that was established, “they approved everything from the first few selections we gave them. They are very no-nonsense,” Mendez said.
Enter this luxurious living space and the Fendi Casa obsession is obvious. The entrance foyer features an eggplant-colored Canova chest and crystal console where the pieces are layered, crystal decanters, mirror made of exotic Galluchat leather and Moreno lamp all from Fendi Casa and Luxury Living. The rich-colored 3-D wallpaper is from Club by Kenneth James.
To the left of the foyer is the kitchen from Ornare with LED lights. Very monochromatic with clean lines, white lacquer, stainless-steel, glass and white quartz countertops, it has a lot more depth than is visible to the naked eye. The stools were custom made in Milan and purchased by the Mendez Vela Design team on a trip to Europe. The kitchen appliances are all Miele and SubZero.
The kitchen flows into the open living space, where the dining room is the centerpiece between two sitting areas. The waterfront views are spectacular through the floor-to-ceiling glass that spans the length of the space.
The PPM Collections Italy and Swarovski Crystal Palace custom-made chandelier above the dining table is an instant conversation starter. Suspended with a trio of wires, it almost resembles a giant, yet simple elegant diamond wedding band. The high-back armless chairs were also custom and made in Italy. They are covered in aqua velvet fabric with chrome nail heads and surround the glass top Fendi Casa table. Keeping watch over the room is alligator sculpture Born to be Wild by William Sweetlove, which rests on top of a glass double-sided eye-shaped bar made of white glass which opens from both sides.
An avid art collector, several of the couple’s colorful pieces adorn the walls behind the Il Loft white leather sections by Giorgio Sabority. The colorful area rug by Kenzo at Luxury Living complements the color palette; the coffee table is burl finish gloss wood also by II Loft and purchased at the Milan Fair in Italy...