Complete gut renovation and furnishing of a penthouse apartment in Miami Florida. The Kitchen is conceived as an open landscape and treated as a sculptural element in the design of the space. Pale aqua and grey lacquer finishes along with satin etched pale grey glass are the custom kitchen cabinet finishes. Honed white marble and stainless steel were featured on the countertops and Kitchen island. White leather stools grace the two-level island on the counter side. An artwork printed on silk chiffon is a bold visible counterpoint to the pale, beachy palette of the Kitchen cabinets.
Gaggenau, Miele and Sub Zero appliances are incorporated into the design with matching lacquer face panels. A lacquered light soffit hangs over the island and is finished to match the cabinets. Views of the water are incorporated into the apartment which exterior walls are all glass and a wrap around terrace extends the interior space to the exterior. The large mirror in the Dining Area brings the water view further into the space. The custom designed freestanding etched acrylic under-lit bar in the Living Room extends out onto the terrace unifying the interior and exterior spaces. The honed white marble floor also extends from the interior space out onto the terrace creating an extension of the space of the apartment. Honed white marble is also used for wall and floor finishes in both the Master Bath and the Guest Bath. The custom desk built into the Master Bedroom wall juts into the Dining Area and receives a mirrored finish treatment. The size of the large structural column in the Living Room / Dining Area is minimized with special finishes such as satin etched mirror and matte lacquer. The integration of two geometries - rectilinear and angular - is the design solution to the floor plan.
Envisioning and creating special art locations within an architectural space to complement the space and to create dramatic focal points, and incorporating art directly into architectural features are themes often repeated - with many variations - in Ms. Restaino's built work. In this Miami penthouse apartment, artwork was specially commissioned by the architect - from the Entry Hall 12 foot long print on silk chiffon to the diptych paintings over the sofa in the Living Room and the cast acrylic sculpture set on a custom pedestal designed by the architect, also in the Living Room. Through explorations of architectural form and function, structure and details, materials and color, light and space, this project was developed with a strong commitment to the art of architecture.
CHRISTINE A.L. RESTAINO ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN headed by principal Christine Restaino and headquartered in NYC, is an architecture and design firm with unique projects located worldwide.
The firm was established in 1986 by Ms. Restaino, a registered architect in the state of NY and an honor graduate of the prestigious Cooper Union School of Architecture. The firm's technically and aesthetically accomplished work is a celebration of the firm’s philosophy to explore the art of architecture via interactions of structure, form, materials, light and space.
Areas of expertise include contemporary high-end residential and commercial architecture and interior design including singular architectural detailing in wood, metal and glass, finishes and materials development, lighting design, landscape design as well as artwork placement / selection and display.
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