Art Takes The Spotlight In A South Beach Condo


contemporary gray living room fur...

In the living room, a Mongolian lamb-fur pillow by Cudesso accents Minotti's Jensen wingback bergere. Nearby, the sleek kitchen is by Poggenpohl.

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Working with general contractor Alan Vaisberg, who coordinated with Aria Development Group, Joelsson opened up the kitchen and added a glass partition to bring more light to the stair hallway. Lining the wall is an installation of glazed and unglazed ceramic forms by Jennifer Prichard.

contemporary dining room fish tank...

etting the dining room's wall of gray-washed-oak veneer to surround the fish tank was tricky. "Plumbing, exhaust ventilation and cabinetry needed to be exact," Vaisberg says. "There was little room to maneuver."

contemporary dining room fish tank...

Custom chairs fabricated by Fede Furniture surround the dining room table made with a top crafted by Bon Vivant Custom Woodworking and columns that were once part of the hidden wine and champagne vaults that ran under the Brooklyn Bridge. The Le Petite Pentagone chandelier is by Jonathan Browning.

contemporary family room royal blue...

Joelsson ramped up the color quotient in the family room with a royal blue velvet sofa of her own design fabricated by Fede Furniture. She also designed the wall of cabinetry, which was fabricated by Bon Vivant Custom Woodworking, as well as the white crocodile-leather Steam Trunk coffee table that is available through Cudesso.

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Cecile Plaisance's Burka Barbie (foreground) and Dganit Blechner's Breakfast at Tiffany's and Marilyn Butterfly (on the back wall) grace the hallway, which also serves as a gallery space. The floors are Vena Grigio marble from Italy with lined veins in sandy shades of taupe.

contemporary gray living room sectional...

Designer Sofia Joelsson created a custom sectional for the living room, covering the body in a Holly Hunt cream leather and the cushions in a plusher Holly Hunt woven fabric. Joining the sofa is a Serge de Troyer coffee table with a parchment-and-walnut finish. Hanging next to the marble fireplace is Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels by Alejandro Vigilante.

contemporary powder room blue walls

In the powder room, artist Jonathan Paul's image of singer Amy Winehouse pops against the deep blue walls. The sink by Idea Group was original to the condo.

contemporary bedroom purple swoosh wallpaper

A door fabricated by Bon Vivant Custom Woodworking opens to a guest bedroom, where Joelsson covered an entire wall with Black Crow Studios' Purple Swoosh wallpaper in a tie-dye pattern.

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The guest bedroom's button-tufted bed, bedding and bamboo-and-silk rug are all from Cudesso; the sculptural creature standing sentinel is by Ray Mantella.

contemporary bathroom marble

The master bathroom is lined almost entirely in marble and includes an extra-wide shower and cabinetry by Idea Group, which were both original to the home.

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Joelsson placed Global View's ceramic Open Hands stool from Cudesso in the master bathroom to add a whimsical note to the more geometric soaking tub.

It was all about finding balance.

Homeowner Stephen Macricostas wanted a design that would place focus on his museum-worthy art collection without making his South Beach condo feel stuffy.

So, to execute his vision, the philanthropist hired designer Sofia Joelsson, whose past Miami condo projects combined a certain wow factor with a sense of ease. She had a lot to work with: iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Michael Jackson–all part of the client’s extensive Pop and contemporary art collection–plus, a jaw-dropping oceanfront view.

Art placement and, therefore, lighting became all-important, while the sandy palette, reflecting the oceanfront setting, receded into the background.

“What was really important was to make a comfortable home without taking away from the artwork or the location,” Joelsson says.

The overall look–elegant, contemporary and “very South Beach”–was just what Stephen had envisioned. “People can come in and put their feet up,” he says. “They don’t feel like they’re in a museum, and people aren’t afraid to touch anything.”