Sunny Isles Beach Condo is Awash in Art-Filled Elegance

In Sunny Isles Beach, a husband-and-wife design team craft a livable-gallery getaway for two New Yorkers and their impressive art collection

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To achieve their desire for a family getaway that could brilliantly showcase a modern art collection, two New York City homeowners gravitated to the sleek gallery allure of the Residences by Armani/Casa tower in Sunny Isles Beach. Perched on a peninsula between the southern Atlantic and Dumfoundling Bay, their enviable apartment offers dramatic ocean vistas from the living area and primary suite. In contrast, the opposite three bedrooms enjoy sweeping views of the bay and city. With 3,200 square feet of interior space that includes five-and-a-half bathrooms and a den/office, the condominium proved to be the ideal spot for the New Yorkers’ second home. 

When it came to interior design matters, the clients turned to the tailored approach of international interior designers Satomi Yoshida-Katz and her husband and partner, Todd Katz, to lead the charge and create the ultimate retreat and gallery for their art collection. Owners of Yoshida + Zanon Design Atrium (YZDA),  which has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Japan, Satomi and Todd’s primary challenge was maintaining maximum ceiling heights throughout while also integrating a dynamic lighting system with the range to illuminate the art accurately—and set the mood for fine dining with friends.  

“In collaboration with Acoustic Architects and Apure Architectural Lighting, we were able to design an almost invisible lighting array all within a total ceiling drop of only seven inches,” says Satomi. “Based on the clients’ request to showcase their art and layer in pops of color, we curated the design around several calm and soothing whites, which allow the furniture, decorative lighting, and artwork to shine.”  

The YZDA team chose a textured off-white wallcovering for the gallery entry to soften the space and show off the artwork. They also selected a lively yet laid-back large-format marble floor tile to create an element of luxury and ground the bright colors. “When stepping out of the elevator into the private foyer, three words came to mind: provocative, coral-reef, and VIP,” says Todd. “Provocative for the high-gloss black-red entry doors, coral-reef for the Papillon console by Tom Faulkner, and VIP for the grand Ara chair by Missana. These elements add up to create a welcoming vibe along with a sense of curiosity.”  

Upon entering the home, custom color-blocked sliding doors by Glas Italia integrate with the art collection, enclosing a private den and office. In the living room, Frank Stella’s abstract color-field lithograph Bonne Bay hangs majestically above a massive sectional poised to take in the ocean views. The adjacent dining area dazzles with lacquered glass, mirror finishes, hot pink chairs, and a bold artwork by Toni Sanchez titled Mad Men. Overhead, a Spectre chandelier by Quasar manages to achieve balance through asymmetry.  

“We like to enter this space with the Apure lighting system set to gallery mode,” says Satomi, “which dims the main overhead lighting and washes the artwork in ultra-high CRI light. Stealthy, invisible Sonance speakers were skim-coated and painted into the walls, allowing the artwork to take center stage.” 

The homeowners have found their Sunny Isles Beach retreat offers a soothing respite from their metro-NYC lifestyle. They visit frequently with their boys, and just as they’d wished, their beachside haven has become the most fantastic family getaway.  

“We always endeavor to create spaces that reflect our clients’ tastes and lifestyles while remaining inviting, comfortable, and functional to live in,” notes Todd. “The homeowners’ unwavering trust in us was paramount to realizing this successful project—and for that, we are most grateful.”  

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Satomi Yoshida-Katz & Todd katz, Yoshida + Zanon Design Atrium, New York, New Jersey & Japan

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder

Photography by Troy Campbell, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Office/Den

Sliding doors – Glas Italia, glasitalia.com

Daybed – Poltrona Frau, New York, NY

Elevator Foyer

Armchair – Missana, missana.es

Upholstery – Europost, Gabriel, gabriel.dk

Console – Papillon, Tom Faulkner, tomfaulkner.co.uk

Mirror – Tom Faulkner, tomfaulkner.co.uk 

Table lamps – Karboxx, karboxx.com

Living Room

Sofa – Flexform, New York, NY 

Pillows and throws – Jonathan Adler, Miami, FL

Cocktail table – Sovet Italia, sovet.com

Side table – Flexform, New York, NY

Armchair – Flexform, New York, NY

Area rug – The Rug Company, therugcompany.com

Dining Area

Console – Sovet Italia, sovet.com

Table – Sovet Italia, sovet.com

Chairs – Roche Bobois, Miami, FL

Chandelier – Quasar, quasarholland.com

Boys’ Bedroom

Convertible bunk beds and sofa – Clei, clei.it

Chair – Herman Miller, 

storehermanmiller.com

Area rug – The Rug Company, therugcompany.com

Guest Bedroom

Bed – Sovet Italia, sovet.com

Throw – Armani/Casa, Miami, FL

Side table – Sovet Italia, sovet.com

Jude table lamp – Vistosi, vistosi.it

Chair – Tom Faulkner, tomfaulkner.co.uk

Area rug – Ingio Elizalda Rugs, New York, NY

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Poltrona Frau, New York, NY

Bench – Poltrana Frau, New York, NY

Bedside table – Era Comodino, Living Divani, livingdivanti.it

Ceiling lighting – Tantus, Apure Architectural Lighting, Miami, FL

Wallcovering – Brett Design, New York, NY

Area rug – Kush Rugs, kushrugs.com

Throughout 

Construction – MV Group, Miami, FL

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