Though it was one of the last units to be acquired, this luxurious 27th-floor penthouse in a prestigious building in Palm Beach County, Fla., is by far one of the most spectacular condominiums Bryan Willoughby has ever built. “It’s hard to imagine it was just a raw space when we came on board in 2015,” says Willoughby, who first introduced the owners to interior designer Lorraine Rogers-Bolton. She was very excited to become an integral part of the design team. “We’re not just about furnishings and fixtures,” she says. “But also about selecting materials for the entire condo including the kitchen, wet bar and baths.”
With water surrounding the 6,400-square-foot penthouse on three sides — the Atlantic Ocean to the East, the Intracoastal to the West and the Palm Beach inlet to the South — the home’s dazzling backdrop was true blue. “The water views certainly gave us lots of focal points,” says the designer, whose furniture arrangements were conceived so that every room would take advantage of the stunning coastal vistas.
When the clients relayed their wish for a high-contrast look, the design team set out to create custom-designed pieces and design interesting architectural details. “Dark wood is very dramatic with a lighter palette,” the designer says. The living room, designed in a sophisticated scheme of white, silver and gray, features a fireplace wall that incorporates a limestone, marble, and walnut surround and a flush-mounted TV. Since her clients were acquiring a significant art collection at the time, Rogers-Bolton chose furnishings in a neutral palette that would highlight the artwork. Einstein, a painting by the artist known as Mr. Brainwash, adds a pop of color above a tailored, white contemporary sofa from Joseph Jeup and sculptural Hellman Chang chairs with arms in dark wood. A textured, silver-gray area rug from The Rug Company unites the seating group atop marble flooring hand selected from Verona, Italy that flows throughout the main living spaces. To create contrast, a custom, drop ceiling was designed with a striking, dark walnut-banded feature. Overhead, a contemporary, circular bronze chandelier from Allan Knight complements the look.
In the adjacent dining area, sculptural chairs by Caste Design from Holly Hunt edge a linear dark-wood table. “The effect is gallery-like where art predominates and the furnishings become the sculpture,” Rogers-Bolton says. A custom, chain-link polished-nickel chandelier from Hudson Furniture illustrates the effect best. “It’s an artisanal piece,” the designer says. “It’s like a piece of jewelry simply floating against the background of the ocean.”
Throughout the elegant home, the silver, gray-and-white palette continues to serve as the perfect foil to its vibrant artwork. In the comfortable family room, a large modular sofa and a custom, dark-wood cocktail table designed with differing heights by Rogers Design Group centers the space. Artwork from pop artist Keith Haring adds a lone splash of color. The same is true of the master bedroom entry, which comes alive with iconic artist Roy Lichtenstein’s, Crying Girl.
The wet bar, lined with dark walnut panels and topped by three-inch-thick, mitered White-Ash glass, is perfect for hosting wine tastings. The star of the space, a custom wine cellar with glass and polished stainless steel doors, houses the owners’ impressive wine collection, next to the patriotic wall installation, Flag 1 by artist Willem Boshoff.
An office area in the master bedroom is a feminine space arranged with Allan Knight’s lacquer desk and an elegant leather-clad chair in an ivory hue from Baxter. Ochre’s glamorous table lamp from David Sutherland lends a touch of sparkle.</p>
<p>The defining feature in the master bedroom is a beveled, leather brick-tile wall in a pearlescent silver hue. Overhead, Rogers-Bolton custom designed a drop ceiling where a shimmering, silver-leaf finished chandelier with rock crystal drops lends an elegant ambiance.
In the master bath, walls of heavily veined, black Silver Wave marble cut into 12 book-matched slabs create a dramatic effect. “They were put together in a way that allows the veins to flow together and reconnect,” Willoughby says. Lightly hued, his-and-hers rectangular vanities with recessed pulls flank an oval freestanding tub.
Though the palette is neutral, reflective qualities can be found throughout the home in various textiles and furnishings. “It challenged us to design and find one-of-a-kind pieces to fill this luxurious oceanfront condominium with custom features … the owners wanted the best of everything,” Rogers-Bolton says.