Inside a modern Miami home with furniture that serves as art – Robb Report

The green artwork in the living room is a piece of painted glass by Kevin Harman.

When an active young family from New York City moved to a 7,838-square-foot property on the waterfront in Miami, they entrusted Allen Saunders Design with some clear priorities for their newly built home. They wanted comfort, functionality and “a timeless modern aesthetic” to pair with modern Balinese-inspired architecture, according to Saunders. It is therefore no surprise that the entrance – the main artery in the home both for those who live there and for visitors – is the manifestation of all these desires.

Creating an entrance hall with a blend of organic materials and muted tones was not without risk, Saunders points out. “Combining multiple finishes in different hues, textures and patterns within an entrance area can prove disastrous,” he says. “The space can easily become extremely complicated, visually cluttered and overwhelming to the eye,” he adds. “Our choices were methodical and placed with the intention of achieving the calm balance that our customer and design team wanted.”

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The chandelier in the foyer is by Irish artisan Niamh Barry. As it was customary, it took over a year to make.

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Entertainment space was another priority. The entire home – which Saunders has designed from scratch – has an indoor-outdoor feel, especially the living room, which has glass walls facing the patio. Saunders brought some lounge chairs by Jorge Zalszupin into the room to give it a more tropical feel. “There are not many walls in the room because there is a lot of glass,” he says. “So we had to make pieces of art that were real furniture.” In addition to the Zalszupin chairs, other collectibles that add an artistic flair include a Rosanna brass coffee table from Erwan Boulloud – one of only eight in the world – and Lindsey Adelman Knotty sconces.

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The dining room. The pendant lamps are from Bocci, the chairs are Jorge Zalszupin and the table is specially made by Saunders’ studio.

The dining room is in the same room and is separated by a glass-encapsulated fire function located on top of a piece of recycled wood from an old Navy warehouse in Seattle. “Not that you need a fireplace in Florida, but they loved the idea of ​​having that glow,” Saunders says. “If they entertain in the evening, they can turn it on.”

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The kitchen. The island is made of petrified wood that has been turned into stone.

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The kitchen was another important place. It is an ideal place to prepare food for a dinner party or family gathering with four ovens, three dishwashers, three sinks and wine refrigerators. Saunders added warmth to the space by wrapping the exhaust hood in 10-inch oak planks – the same material used for the floors upstairs – and using a petrified wood from India to the island.

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The home office. The light fixture is from Roll and Hill, the desk is custom made by Saunders’ studio and the chairs are by Jorge Zalszupin.

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It is a property that Saunders has designed to grow with the family. While the children are young now, they may grow out of certain spaces in a few years. The playroom, which is located on the first level, can, for example, be converted into a bar that opens onto the lawn. There is space to add a sculpture garden outside, just as the children get older and spend less time outside. Above all, however, the home should be easy to maintain, and it had looked warm and inviting. They did not want anything that felt cold, ”adds the designer. “They would not feel like they lived in a museum.”

See more photos of the excavation in Miami below:

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The main bedroom. The bed and bedside tables are adapted from Saunders studio.

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The main bathroom. The luminaires are from Dornbracht.

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A top into one of the outdoor spaces.

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