Twisting Contemporary In The Grove At Grand Bay

Artefacto CEO Paulo Bacchi’s Glorious Grand Bay Penthouse In Coconut Grove Showcases An Exciting Collection Of Modern Furnishings And Views Of Biscayne Bay

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Paulo Bacchi, Artefacto, Miami, F
Craig Denis, Miami, FL
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Katherine West
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One simply cannot say contemporary Florida design without saying Artefacto. Amongst the leading authorities for modern furnishings, Brazilian-born Paulo Bacchi, Artefacto’s CEO, has been at the helm of the 40-year empire in South Florida and Latin America. Naturally, his passion for furniture design is defined inside the walls of his personal home … a 5,000-square-foot, multistoried penthouse high atop one of the double torquing towers of the Grove at Grand Bay, the condominiums designed by architect Bjarke Ingels. The twisted shape and cutting-edge design is an exciting addition to the historic Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami, Fla. “Coconut Grove always fascinated me because of its history and connection to nature. Not many people know that it is the oldest neighborhood in Miami,” Bacchi says. “Landmarks such as Vizcaya and The Barnacle are always go-to sites to visit. But now, its colorful past is being rediscovered with new restaurants and shops, making the area feel new again.”

Ever progressive with his environmentally conscious business practices, Bacchi’s home at Grand Bay proves to be a perfect match for him, as it is the first ever all-residential tower to achieve LEED Gold status in Florida. The setting is enticing, too, with lush vegetation and arresting views of Biscayne Bay that provide the perfect backdrop for Bacchi’s true minimalist interior scheme.

Step inside, where striking artwork, a spiral stairway, the creamy neutral color palette and plenty of textures immediately catch the eye in the main living areas that are at once grand and intimate. With windows directly facing Biscayne Bay, the subdued palette allows the view introduce itself as the backdrop. A breathtaking Baccarat chandelier by Marcel Wanders — the very first to be installed in the world — provides an impressive focal point in the formal dining area. Nearby, a pair of wooden armchairs, seductively curvy in shape, adds an organic element to the living area, where clean-lined, oversized sofas offer ample seating when entertaining.

An off-white marble flooring from Greece flows through to the slightly more relaxed and casual family room. Here, sofas with soft lines and uncomplicated design, a uniquely shaped cocktail table and rich walnut accents fill the welcoming space. Bright yellow abstract art adds a zing of color.

The kitchen features a fresh white color scheme and crisp clean design, complete with white lacquered cabinetry and a mirrored backsplash. A casual dining space echoes the clean lines of the kitchen with a round, white column-based table and mocha-colored side chairs.

Lush with texture, the master bedroom is soft and serene. Cooler gray tones are relaxing and peaceful. A custom-upholstered headboard anchors the bed in the room, while a long wall-to-wall floating media cabinet adds balance and storage. Cleverly designed bedside tables look sharp, while hiding clutter. Mirrored lamps add a subtle touch of glamour. Nearby, the picture-perfect master bath provides a spa-like perch to relax at day’s end.

Just outside, the home features a private rooftop terrace. Here, Artefacto’s  “Venetian” chaises recline poolside to offer the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular cityscape and beautiful bay views beyond.

Inspired by Coconut Grove, Bacchi made a home for himself at the Grand Bay. With carefully thought out design, the penthouse comes together with a calm interior scheme and modern furnishings distinguished by an earthy South American sensibility. A balance of soft texture play, natural fibers and warm woods complete the space inside, while more than 100 species of greenery on the grounds — handpicked by landscape designer Raymond Jungles — create a canvas of green outside. “Warm and contemporary, I consider this the ultimate Artefacto home,” Bacchi says. And floating up there in his stunning new penthouse that overlooks Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay, it certainly will be hard to top. u