Pop Art and Panoramic Views Stun in Miami Vacation Getaway

An uptempo condo becomes Steven G’s blank canvas upon which his signature styles strike a balance with bold bolts of art honoring classic 20th-century idols

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this Aventura landmark, sited on a slipper of land, towers above the Intracoastal Waterway and frames views of the Atlantic Ocean that stretch as far as the eye may see to the horizon line. “Privé at Island Estates has two faces, a day face and a night face,” interior designer Steven G says. “At night you see the lights of the other condos, the lights of passing boats.” The allure of twinkling night lights notwithstanding, once a month, the spectacle of the full moon arcs across the sky. From one balcony to another, the homeowners may follow its rise above the ocean. When the moon sets over the waterway, the sun also rises. “That’s why Privé is so successful,” the designer says.

A marriage of storied architecture and the surrounding natural environment set the stage for this luxuriously comfortable 5,800-square-foot vacation getaway for an international family that spends three-to-four months of the year in Florida. “It’s a big family and they come with friends,” Steven G says.

Specializing in only 100 percent completely designed projects — with no two alike — Steven G, with his 110,000-square-foot showroom and a dedicated team of 18 designers working on 60 to 80 projects simultaneously, was up for the challenge. The designer’s signature styles are embedded in reflective ceilings studded with custom light panels mirrored in lustrous flooring. “The key for us is lighting,” the designer says. Dropping the high ceiling a mere five inches cushions the airy great room creating a more intimate human scale. “It’s a jewelry box,” he says, massaging the metaphor. “In a jewelry store, the cases are lit with LED — clear, crisp, white and sharp — each piece of jewelry shines brighter than the next.”

Inside this Privé Island jewel box, works of art resonate like precious gems. Selected by the designer and his clients, who visited numerous galleries during a one-day spree, the search for “a little bit of pop” connotes a double entendre. Once chosen, purchased, delivered and installed, the Pop Art pieces, and the iconic idols represented in flat and sculptural photorealistic plexiglass, painted aluminum and canvas, begin the conversation. “They do talk to each other because they’re life; they’re color,” Steven G says.

Curating a custom lifestyle vibe, the rooms flow seamlessly from foyer to dining and living areas. Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway are seen from every corner of the space. The interior palette surrenders in shades of white and creamy tones. Supple velvet, chenille, ultrasuede and leather are at home with fine Italian cottons, while subtle hints of lacquer, glass and silver are grounded with mahogany details.

Shimmering like alabaster, Italian Porcelanato tiles flow from the foyer through to the great room furnished with Italian upholstered seating on its way to the Caesarstone waterfall-edge island — a highly trafficked transitional area that bridges the great room and kitchen. The palette turns to smoky taupe tones in the adjacent family room, a favorite gathering spot for the children.   

Nurturing the three tweens-to-teen’s individual aesthetics, the youthful trio were actively engaged in the appointment of their bedrooms. “The parents want the kids to be as happy in their private spaces as they are in their own master suite,” the designer says.

One architectural feature unifying all of Privé ‘s condos are ceiling-to-floor, full-length glazed doors, a transparent veneer linking enclosed living spaces with breathable balconies inviting the indoors out. Opening from the center, the doors glide into position, engaging each balcony as part of the interior. “The master, facing the ocean and the Intracoastal, is so big there’s a whole seating area … and a morning bar because the kitchen is halfway around the other side of the home,” Steven G says. “At the end of the day, we gave them exactly what they wanted.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Steven G (Gurowitz) with Eddie Balaban and Eva Inglera, Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Text by Marimar McNaughton

Photography by Barry Grossman, Weston, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Dining Area

Table, chairs and buffet – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Vases – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Living Area

Sofas, cocktail table, armchairs occasional tables, sofa tables and counter stools – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Figurines on sofa tables and grand piano – Owners’ Collection

White planters and area rug – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Foyer

Buddha on console and artwork – Owners’ Collection

Console – Custom designed by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Mirror above console – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Family Room

Sectional sofa, wall sconces, cocktail table and lounge chairs – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Accent pillows, colorful glass pieces and area rug – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Round ottoman and bench – Custom designed by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Master Suite

Bedside chests, mirror and bench – Custom designed by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Bed – Upholstery by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Pendants and sofa – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Round stools, floor lamp and area rug – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Sitting Area

Cabinetry – Custom designed by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Armchair – Owners’ Collection

Occasional table and floor lamp – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Daughter’s Bedroom

Bed and blue sculpture – Owners’ Collection

Bedside chests, armchair and occasional table – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Table lamps and area rug – Accessories by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Cabinetry – Custom designed by Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

Throughout 

Artwork – Owners’ Collection

Drapery fabrics – Romo, Inc., Chagrin Falls, OH

Recessed lighting – Interiors by Steven G, Pompano Beach, FL

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