With a definite glass-house vibe, this sky high condominium residence appears to float above the ocean as the separation between home and heaven vanishes, and the clouds inspire a plush, white-to-off-white interior palette. Perched on the 41st floor with one of the most idyllic and desirable views imaginable through walls of glass, this condo in the stunning Marquis Residences offers 3,776 square feet of space fit for the most lavish of lifestyles in the heart of Downtown Miami. And it’s just steps away from the American Airlines Arena, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
The double-height ceiling and expansive glass windows frame the great room to create an exciting sense of volume and drama. “One of the home’s unique elements is its incredible east view and abundance of natural light,” says furniture designer Paulo Bacchi, CEO of Artefacto. “To bring a classic, contemporary style to this environment, I selected linear pieces to complement curved seating and to draw the eye through the space to the outdoors.”
Heightening the impact, a two-story framed mirror doubles the illusion of limitless space in the living area. Here, a low-profile upholstered bench separates two seating areas that combine Artefacto furnishings atop a chevron-design area rug in oyster white. “The dark wood ‘Pipo’ chairs are from our exclusive collaboration with designer Alejandro Estrada,” Bacchi says. “The smooth shape, polished wooden finish and subtle details make these chairs perfect statement pieces.” Pristine clear-glass vases with white orchids, a tall sea grape for greenery, a sinuous horn, and a pretty nosegay of white flowers echo nature. An expansive terrace with numerous sitting areas wraps the living room. “It looks out onto the waters of Biscayne Bay,” Bacchi says. “It’s the perfect place to entertain and enjoy our city’s year-round climate.”
Tucked beneath a “floating” second-floor lined with walls of glass, the open dining area and kitchen are a balance of light and dark. Marble, stainless steel, and honey-toned woods style the dining area that embodies a Zen-like grace. Increasing the drama, Artefacto accessories dance with curves. Cool and contemporary styling continues in the kitchen, where highly lacquered exotic wood surfaces are wrapped in white glass and set off by stainless steel appliances. Nearby, a stairway niche grants a tranquil spot to meditate or read while enjoying the view.
Meanwhile, another sanctuary awaits upstairs in the master suite. With details that mirror the diaphanous architecture of the condominium, a glass-topped table, supported by graceful stainless-steel legs, appears to dance upon entry to the private yet transparent space. Natural materials that wrap and curve around the bed, bench and inviting chaises soften strong profile lines.
“For this residence, we used lots of varied fabrics and organic materials to create a sensuous space,” Bacchi says. “The wooden chairs and occasional tables, fine silk area rugs, quilted benches and oversized sofas all play off each other to create a unique, yet balanced aesthetic amidst the beautiful, panoramic seascape.
Design: Paulo Bacchi, Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL
Photography: Venjhamin Reyes, Miami, FL
Text: Christine Davis