Design With An Artist’s Touch
Expressive Design, Bold Artwork And Contemporary Furnishings Blend Together Seamlessly To Create This Sophisticated Condominium In Wilton Manors
Harry Martinez and Arielle Meyer, Studio 33 Interiors, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Myroslav Rosky, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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When retired New York attorney and owner Scott Bennett decided to upgrade to a more permanent residence in the building where he kept a pied-à-terre, he looked to the talented design team of Harry Martinez and Arielle Meyer to create the entire space. Long familiar with the owner’s style, they were excited to begin work on what would be their third project together. The 2,000-square-foot condominium is set amid the diverse, culturally rich city of Wilton Manors, Fla., … a place Bennett is now proud to call home.
With its palette of light gray tones set against a paneled backdrop in an ebony hue, the living area is a sophisticated and minimalist space. A classic sofa from Estetica covered in Kravet fabric, chic swivel chairs from Nathan Anthony and a pair of plush benches provide plenty of seating for the gatherings that the owner likes to host.
Because Bennett does a fair amount of entertaining, Martinez and Meyer wanted the kitchen to be somewhat hidden yet flow with the rest of the home. Dark wood paneling serves a dual purpose both visually and functionally. “Its clever design seamlessly conceals the ‘back-of-the-house’ mechanics,” says Meyer, who is known for her carefully planned designs that look amazing and solve functional problems at the same time. “We use the design in a house not only to decorate but to also solve its functional problems … and that is challenging,” designer and artist Martinez says.
Deciding how to turn a lackluster hallway into a welcoming and interesting space was a challenge for the team. Martinez isn’t just a designer, but also a talented artist, and he was able to create an intriguing original installation for the hallway. “It is a large multi-panel encaustic work,” Martinez says. “Each of the 10 panels are hung on an angle and the whole piece is reflected in a smoked-glass mirror on the opposite wall.”
The dining room, elegant and polished, is consistent with the color scheme throughout in gray and brown tones along with metallic hues in shimmering draperies that reflect light from a window with stunning city views. Guests dine at an oval-shaped table from Modloft surrounded by Italkraft’s contemporary gray dining chairs clad in leather. To add visual interest, Martinez and Meyer reimagined a basic structural column. It now features a custom stencil design of floating rectangles that create movement and brighten the space. The rectangular shapes are echoed in LED lamps that top Studio 33 Interiors’ custom, dark wood floating buffet.
In the master bedroom, texture and pattern meld to create a tranquil space. Behind the bed, a framed series of photographs convey architectural appeal. A dark-brown leather-upholstered bench rests at the foot of the bed near a column that repeats the stenciled detail seen in the dining room, but with inverted “day and night” colors. The master bath is both modern and luxurious designed with custom floating cabinetry topped with white quartz and polished porcelain flooring shaded in gray.
With a designer’s eye and an artistic approach, Martinez and Meyer created a home with a style that suits Bennett’s taste and lifestyle — sophisticated, minimalist and masculine with clever design solutions that make it truly unique.