Living In Luxury

Miami’s Acqualina Resort Has Never Looked So Good Thanks To Designer Ricardo Britto Who Created A Space That Is Destined To Become A Dream Home In The Sky

Story Credits

Interior Design:
Ricardo Britto, Luxury Living of USA, Miami, FL
Dan Forer, Miami, FL
Text by:
Regina Kaylie
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Chosen to design several residences in the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., Ricardo Britto, the director of interior design and projects at Luxury Living Group, masterfully brings the beauty of Miami into this brand new, 8,500-square-foot penthouse. Inspired to bring an abundance of outdoor appeal to the inside, Britto captures the splendor of the seascape and cityscape as backdrop for the coolness of the interior scheme. With a family oriented demographic in mind, the designer planned for entertainment and style without compromising the “must-have” comforts of a home.

Fresh, fun and fabulous, the living area delights with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal ever so surreal ocean views impossible to ignore against walls quietly canvassed in white. The aesthetics of the main living space screams luxury from the high-gloss marble flooring to the dramatic Fendi grand piano that spares no expense with its crocodile-embossed leather. It was a fearless approach for the designer to shape the room with two separate living spaces, one with the starkest white straight edge sofa and the other with a curvy ivory sofa. “I love to take design risks,” Britto says. Oceanic hues seamlessly merge the social groupings as a palette of turquoise and blues organically tell a story of serenity and calm. Effortlessly striking pieces of art made of laser-cut marble — the two on easels being renditions of legendary celebrities — immediately intrigue.

Nearby, geometry takes precedence in the dining area with an interfacing of glass, stainless steel and rectangular surfaces that continue the fluidity found throughout the project. Swarovski chandeliers shimmer above an expansive tabletop swathed in stingray patterned leather. “Strings of a thousand crystals create the most mesmerizing effect … it’s just so beautiful,” Britto says. “In the evening, I love when the crystals return the color of the unique Miami sunset … it projects the space beyond walls.”

Quintessential entertaining begins in the adjacent bar area. Here, linear cabinetry appears to float across a marble-framed mirrored wall that captures the reflection of the ocean and sky. “It’s all part of the ambiance,” Britto says. “I want the owners to have the ultimate social spaces to entertain.”

However, space is romanticized in the family room with a warm and cozy scheme that defines the perfect familial setting. Straight lines are partnered with curvy pieces, dark and light grays speak to the softness of the neutral palette, and glass-and-metal tables of varying height and diameter are scattered throughout to add an element of dimension. A Cararra marble-framed fireplace is set within a monolithic slab of black onyx that draws the eye from floor to ceiling. To add even more drama, several glass blocks fused with leather chains shape an exceptional light fixture by renowned French designer Paul Mathieu — a progressive designer who gained his reputation from elegant modernism that is unmistakable amongst the most elite. “The piece is spectacular against the black onyx fireplace wall,” the designer says.

Open and airy, the master bedroom is envisioned as a serene space with furnishings floating away from the glass. Texture plays an integral role in the private space, where a curvaceous linen-clad chair and ottoman pair with a sofa fashioned in bouclé to create the perfect setting for rest and relaxation. Like all spaces, a little shine goes a long way with a white glossy lacquered bedside chest that delineates character with its Bombay style. And of course, keeping up with the latest technology is a must. What one may think is a just a mirror, is really state-of-the-art ingenuity as the television is hidden within … but why give all the secrets away? Whether it’s the panoramic ocean views or trading out the high-gloss marble for oak wood flooring, the space speaks to the mood it was meant to reflect — tranquility. No need to imagine when you are sky high and gazing out at a world where dreams do come true.