Functional Minimalism Meets Fashionable Modern in Miami

Two local design pros trade waterside living in Fort Lauderdale for a high-impact residence in the Miami sky

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It wasn’t without soulful reflection that Giselle Loor Sugerman and Brett Sugerman made the resolute decision to uproot their Fort Lauderdale home and embrace high-rise living in downtown Miami. The husband-and-wife team behind B+G Design took the plunge for multiple reasons when they found themselves as new empty-nesters. With their two sons off to college and more work commitments in Miami-Dade, they envisioned a fresh beginning.

“It made sense for us to be in Miami,” says Brett. “Our business is gravitating here, and all the action happens here. Plus, our strategic location grants us access to the city’s hot spots, including the Miami Design District, where we opened our new office.”

In the spring of 2021, the couple set up residence at Miami’s Ten Museum Park, a luxury condo development designed by award-winning architect Chad Oppenheim. Prized for its clean, minimalist aesthetic, the building’s overall apartment design is a complete departure from Brett and Giselle’s former home, a 1970s contemporary coastal residence with an elaborate private pool terrace and extraordinary water views. Their new 1,802- square-foot abode takes a more pared-down approach with a mix of sculptural furnishings in matte black, white, and a diversity of neutral tones and natural materials. The mood evokes a European sophistication inspired by their travels.

“Scaling down from a single-family home requires expert space planning, which is our specialty,” says Giselle. “An apartment can live and feel as big as a traditional home. You must plan and prioritize every inch of real estate, but it is achievable. We maximized storage, concealed cabinetry, and remodeled the condo into a captivating residence that leaves a grand impression.”

The two reimagined their interiors and took high risks knowing they would reap an even higher reward. Apart from the shell of the staircase, they stripped the original apartment and remodeled every inch. The creative process took them on a journey to balance functional minimalism with their personal taste. They fashioned a polished contemporary style by incorporating textured fabrics, lustrous marble, and Parisian-style moldings, and selected decorative accents that expressively characterized their intent.

Now, a modern entry foyer provides the first encounter with the couple’s striking black color palette, an interior scheme not often associated with Miami. They partnered with Snaidero in Hollywood and gutted their standard kitchen to design a custom ultra-matte black cooking/dining area that plays a significant role in the design narrative. In the adjacent living area, a wall of custom cabinetry highlights the sweeping double-height space that mesmerizes at night as the city lights glow in the distance. 

“A common issue people face when downsizing is where to store seasonal items,” says Brett. “We knew that building vertically would accommodate our needs.”

At the top of the glass-paneled staircase, the couple’s bedroom sanctuary is the crown jewel of the residence. A massive black four-poster bed takes center stage, and comforting amenities resonate with a luxurious resort-style vibe.

“Our favorite memories about creating this new space are getting to plan it together,” says Giselle. “We design as partners, but designing together for ourselves as husband and wife is even more rewarding.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Giselle Loor Sugerman & Brett Sugerman, B+G Design, Miami, FL

Text by Jeanne Delathouder

Photography by Kris Tamburello, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Living Area

Sofa – Minotti, Italy

Pillow fabric – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL

Knoll womb chairs – Clima Home, Miami, FL

Cocktail table – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL

Drink table – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL

Wall cabinetry designed by B+G Design, Inc., Miami, FL, and fabricated by Grafton Furniture, Miami, FL

Marble – Opustone, Miami, FL

Chandelier – Vibia, The Lighting Studio, Miami, FL

Drapery fabric – S & S Decorative Fabrics, Miami Gardens, FL

Area rug – Twill & Texture, Miami, FL

Kitchen & Dining Area

Cabinetry and island designed by B+G Design, Inc., Miami, FL, and fabricated by MandiCasa, Hollywood, FL

Countertop – Opustone, Miami, FL

Stools – Mater, materusa.com

Lighting – Kreon, kreon.com

Dining table – B&B Italia, Italy

Chairs – Wishbone, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL

Mural – Massimo Listri, Venaria Reale XIV Torino, 1st Dibs, 1stdibs.com

Terrace

Lounge chairs – Clima Home, Miami, FL

Side table – Blue Dot, bluedot.com

Round table – B&B Italia, Italy

Panton chairs – Design Within Reach, Miami, FL

Primary Bedroom

Bed designed by B+G Design, Inc., Miami, FL, and fabricated by Grafton Furniture, Miami, FL

Cabinetry designed by B+G Design, Inc., Miami, FL, and fabricated by Giovanni Art & Custom Furniture, Deerfield Beach, FL

Bedding – Privilegio Milano, Miami, FL

Vanity chair – Mater, materusa.com 

Greta Garbo photograph – Rupert Smith

Music Room

Daybed lounge designed by B+G Design, Miami, FL 

Fabric – Holly Hunt, Miami, FL

Desk – Giovanni Art & Custom Furniture, Deerfield Beach, FL

Desk chair – Herman Miller, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL 

Wall covering – Fuji Weave, Phillip Jeffries, Hollywood, FL

Lighting – Kuzco, The Lighting Studio, Miami, FL

Throughout

Stairs designed by B+G Design, Inc., Miami, FL, and fabricated by LA Glass & Mirror, Miami, FL

Contractor – CH Construction Group, Miami, FL

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