A New Modern
Cool, Timeless And Livable, A Hallandale Beach Home With Room To Grow Provides A Fresh Start For One Venezuelan Family
Adriana Grauer and Alanna Kleiner, Agsia Design Group LLC, Miami, FL
Moris Moreno, Miami, FL
Susana Merenfeld Weisleder, Susana Merenfeld Weisleder Architecture & Design, Hallandale Beach, FL
Fabian Neiman, Bedeco, Inc., Hallandale Beach, FL
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Word of mouth is how one couple from Venezuela found their imaginative designer, Adriana Grauer. She, also Venezuelan, was entrusted to use her architectural training to mint a “Modern Scan” interior for the family of six. “They wanted to have a house where they can grow as they welcome grandkids,” Grauer says.
Upon entry, this new 4,000-square-foot home intrigues with open-concept living spaces that overlook the Intracoastal Waterway in Hallandale Beach, Fla. With her architectural background, Grauer integrated structural concepts into the design by using the same materials inside as out. She treated elements like main characters, and furnishings and fixtures like fine art. The designer sees space in volumes. “You don’t see flat. You see light, you see contrast,” she says. “You walk through this house and feel the spaces are all connected.”
Leaving everything behind to begin a new life, the homeowners wanted to honor their roots. Paying homage to their native country, they selected their first piece of furniture — the dining area buffet inspired by the work of Venezuelan modern artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. This trio of colorful wood-slatted cabinets is arranged end to end to delineate the space. The buffet’s wood slats inspired other furnishings, too, like the foyer’s rose-gold mirror above a stainless steel and glass console. In contrast, the designer purposely broke rigid lines with playful lighting fixtures.
“The idea was to keep it simple, but each space with its own detail … to have furniture that is flexible,” Grauer says. The result is minimalistic with the inventive use of materials to create volume in the main social spaces. Streamlined furnishings float atop Bay Harbor’s silk area rug in the living area, where floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to an adjoining lanai to form one large gathering area for entertaining guests.
Water views are framed throughout the interior, where the formal gathering areas spill into the kitchen and family room. The wife, who loves to cook when her college-aged kids come home to visit, wanted an open area that consolidated the kitchen with a casual eating area and an adjacent family room. Breaking the color palette, Grauer introduces bold pops of orange and yellow hues.
Playing with contrasts in the master suite, the “Chosen” asymmetrical pendant in bold black provides a stunning juxtaposition to the stained white oak wall. Matching the oak’s warm camel tones, the bed’s leather headboard echoes the sleek understated lines found in furnishings throughout the home. Nearby, an en suite master bath entices with a spa-like aura.
Thinking back to the beginning of the project, with scarcely a handful of items on their wish list — an open floor plan, Scandinavian-inspired furniture and a nod to their Venezuelan origins — the owners did not want to get in the middle of the project. “They just wanted a cool house they can actually live in, that’s not like a museum. They wanted cozy, but at the same time, modern and timeless,” Grauer says. “We were given carte blanche and that rarely happens.”