An Orlando Penthouse’s Artful Elements

By day, the rooftops chisel a steely gray silhouette against the silky blue sky — by night, Orlando’s city lights reflect in the reflective interiors of this Star Tower penthouse

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Shimmering like jewelry, the skyline of downtown Orlando glitters beyond the expanse of glass that lines this 3,600-square-foot penthouse perched on the 16th floor of Star Tower nestled in the heart of the city. “If your back is to the windows, you’re still going to see the reflection of what’s behind you,” interior designer Reginald Dunlap says. “And the reflective quality of the space is very important for the owners’ growing collection of sculpture and flat art.”  With custom chandeliers that soar 10 to 12 feet above the open floor plan to create layers of architectural detail, and graffiti murals throughout painted by Robert Burks, the designer shaped an artful interior that feels like home.

The first time Dunlap entered the spacious foyer of the Star Tower penthouse, one of four, he breezed past the “beige-on-cream” palette with pops of cranberry. It was so early aughts. “This place specifically was a penthouse but didn’t really feel like the couple that lives inside the space,” Dunlap says. Nevertheless, he persisted with his inventory and made his way through to the homeowners’ his-and-her closets. “I always think the palette of their clothes — how they present themselves to the exterior world, how they dress — is important to how they live,” he says.

What he found were racks of gray-on-gray with hints of blue, not unlike the daytime skyline of the surrounding city. Soon the vision of a double palette was minted as opposite sides of the same coin: heads it’s gray-gray, tails it’s blue and white. The two palettes merge as one with flashes of aluminum, gold and brass, prism points and crystals, clear acrylic molds and mirrored silver. These pops of gilt are to the penthouse as jewelry is to the wardrobe.

“I like the clients to feel they are seamlessly moving from their main living area to their private space,” Dunlap says. Like a continuum, the living room and master suite share the same palette shimmering with metallic accents; likewise the dining space with the primary guest suite. “The dining room pops in blue,” Dunlap says, “pulling that palette into the VIP guest suite.” The Delft blue and porcelain white accessories complement the wall covering. One could say it’s the only element left following a full gut renovation, or one might say it’s the first. Dunlap says: “If we’re going to go blue, we’re going to go all blue.”

The brass-toned quartz crystal chandelier and wall sconces warm the formal setting, while angular wall panels with fluted edges unify the dining room and kitchen. Here, the signature Delta symbol appears at the base of the Calacatta gold marble waterfall-edge island, and reappears in the VIP guest suite as wall graffiti.

Dunlap collaborated with Burks on the Pop Art accent walls. “When I want to do something insane, I go to him. I gave him the colors and gave him the Delta symbols,” the designer says. “Because the owners are becoming avid art collectors, I wanted the whole space to feel like an art experience. When you walk into this room, I want you to feel like you are in an art installation.” The Delta symbol also grounds the space in the weave of the custom blue, gray and white Mohawk carpet. Nuanced details in the adjoining seating area were purposely subdued. The opened drapes reveal a sprawling landscape to the north. By night, the view drinks in the iconic Lake Eola fountain.

“I like creativity outside of the box … things that I haven’t seen before,” Dunlap says. For the master suite, he wanted the center of the room to be brighter and more luxurious. Ripping out an underutilized media cabinet provided the latitude he needed. “We did some color blocking here,” he says of the master and a second guest suite styled with black walls, gray ceilings, and bold brass accents. The master suite’s palette of gray hues and gold to white is articulated by a freestanding fireplace that floats between the bedchamber and a study. Book-matched Panda marble slabs top a brass base fronting a secondary focal point — an acrylic chair paired with a backlit acrylic desk that breaks into fireworks by night to color the hearthside setting. The special effect is spectacularly reflected in gray mirrors strategically placed throughout the private space.

“The owners have seen my work before and gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted,” Dunlap says. “Carte blanche also creates an insane amount of creativity — no box here.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Reginald Dunlap, Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Project Manager Steven Kodsi, Luxe Creations Design and Development, Maitland, FL

Renovations Contractor Larry Hingle and Jon Erickson, Hingle Erickson Construction, Winter Springs, FL

Text by Marimar McNaughton

Photography by Venjhamin Reyes, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

kitchen

Cabinetry – RM Wraps, Garden City, ID

Countertop and center island – ADP Surfaces, Inc., Orlando, FL

Counter stools – Restoration Hardware, Miami, FL

Light installation – Custom designed by Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

living room

Sofas – Camerich, VDRC, Pompano Beach, FL

Ottoman – Restoration Hardware, Miami, FL

Barrel chairs and occasional tables – Phase Design, Los Angeles, CA

Cocktail table – Owners’ Collection

Reading floor lamp – Ralph Lauren, Visual

Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Horse statue – Jalan Jalan Collection, Miami, FL

Sofa table – Noir Furniture, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

Glass sphere – Michael Dawkins, Miami, FL

Light fixture – Custom designed by Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

Drapery fabric – Cibertech Corp., Hialeah, FL

Area rug – Merida Rugs, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

entry

Light installation – Custom designed by Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

Pedestals and table lamps – Jalan Jalan

Collection, Miami, FL

White vessels – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Blue sideboard cabinetry – BD Barcelona, Blue Train, LLC, Miami, FL

dining room

Table – Moooi, New York, NY

Chairs – Moroso, Udine, Italy

Blue-and-white porcelain – Marcel Wanders, Moooi, New York, NY

Chandelier and sconces – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Artwork – Unit London, London, UK

Wall covering – Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Clear pedestal – Jalan Jalan Collection, Miami, FL

Vase and floral on pedestal – Ginny’s Orchid’s, Winter Park, FL

Blue wood wall treatment – Custom designed by Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Noble Millwork, Hollywood, FL

VIP GUESt Suite

Bed – Owners’ Collection

Beside chests – Bungalow 5, Dallas, TX

Table lamps – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Cabinetry – World’s Away, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

White throw – Advanced Trading, Inc., Miami, FL

Lounge chair – Four Hands, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

Light fixture – Custom Furniture LA (CFC),

Los Angeles, CA

Drapery fabric – Cibertech Corp., Hialeah, FL

Blue-and-gray carpeting – Mohawk, Britannia Flooring, Winter Park, FL

guest room

Bed – VDRC, Pompano Beach, FL

Bedside chest – Noir Furniture, Los Angeles, CA

Table lamp – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX

Brushed brass wall covering trim – Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

Artwork – Grand Bohemian Gallery, Orlando, FL

master SUITE

Bed – Restoration Hardware, Miami, FL

Bedside cabinets – Brownstone Furniture, VDRC, Pompano Beach, FL

Table lamps – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Chandelier – Noir Furniture, Los Angeles, CA

Fireplace marble top – AMG Stone, Davie, FL

Brushed brass – Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

Desk – Custom designed by Reginald Dunlap Interior Design, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Muniz Plastics, Miami, FL

Desk chair – World’s Away, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

Shelving – Noble Millwork, Hollywood, FL

Wall sconces – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Wall covering – Orlean, Miami, FL

Area rug – Merida Rugs, VDRC,

Pompano Beach, FL

Gray European Oak flooring – Britannia Flooring, Winter Park, FL

master bath and closets

Vanities and closet shelving fabricated by

Noble Millwork, Hollywood, FL

Glass closet doors and mirrors fabricated by

Qui Design Studios, Orlando, FL

Countertop – ADP Surfaces, Orlando, FL 

Sinks – Kohler, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Vanity chair and ottoman – ModShop, Miami, FL

Chandelier – Martin Huxford, West Sussex, UK

Area rug – Restoration Hardware, Miami, FL

Marble flooring – Britannia Flooring, Winter Park, FL

throughout

Recessed lighting – Lucifer Lighting Company, LBU, Winter Park, FL

Faux painting – Robert Burks, The Fantastic Faux, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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