A South Beach Apartment Goes Graphic


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Christopher Coleman and Angel Sanchez's South Beach apartment offers a graphic, black-and-white alternative to traditional Miami style.

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In the living room of their Miami Beach apartment, Christopher Coleman and Angel Sanchez created a triple coffee table setting with two stone-topped tables from Repop in Brooklyn and a vintage French perforated-metal table from one of their previous homes. Vintage pieces include a tufted armchair covered in Dedar's Tricot Cannete from Jerry Pair, a sideboard from 1stdibs and an armchair and ottoman from Repop upholstered in black terrycloth. The white sisal rug is from Aronson's in New York.

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In the kitchen, metal barstools from A+R in Los Angeles pull up to a custom island table with a Dekon top. A TruLine linear LED light by Pure Lighting partially frames the table; behind it is a 1950s-style pendant from Sit Down New York. Italian men's shirting fabric from B&J Fabrics in New York was artfully transformed into draperies.

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Twin beds fabricated by Spiaggia were upholstered in Perennials fabric and pushed together to form a deep sofa in the living room; seat cushions made of Pindler fabric add to the overall comfort. The artwork, Corner Cubeby Chris Engman, is from the Luis de Jesus Los Angeles Gallery and was purchased at an art fair in Miami Beach.

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Coleman discovered Alexis Hayere's artwork on panel in Paris two years ago; it provides a graphic punch above the kitchen counter.

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A black raffia wallcovering from Innovations contributes to the stairwell's darkly serene mood. A black metal bar chandelier, found at Michael Dawkins Home, illuminates the stairwell from above, while at the base sits a black metal bar cart from CB2 and a photograph depicting two nude males by an assistant to Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Spiaggia fabricated the master bedroom's custom bed using Romo fabrics, and Coleman chose a pair of Serge Mouille lamps to illuminate the space. Next to a Jane Creech Japanese paper collage is a vintage fiberglass reproduction Egg chair and an acrylic side table filled with red pigment from Twentieth in Los Angeles. Underneath the scene is a black velvet carpet from Aronson's; the overhead light fixtures are from Lunatika.

Interior designer Christopher Coleman and fashion designer Angel Sanchez see things in black and white — at least for the interiors of their South Beach duplex apartment.

“Angel likes Armani’s palette–black, white and gray–which is very soothing,” says Coleman, a designer known for bold use of ebullient color.

The apartment they designed breaks dramatically from the South Florida oasis dual traditions of Lily Pulitzer colors and white-on-white, explains Coleman.

The palette also anchors their largely monochromatic art and creates a stylish effect particularly suited to create a sense of relaxation during the evenings, when the pair are most often at home.

Ever resourceful, Coleman–who built his early career dumpster diving for finds he’d then refurbish and repurpose–drew from the couple’s existing possessions that were dispersed throughout various homes, their respective offices, storage lockers and The Christopher Coleman Collection, the men’s Hudson, New York, gallery.

Also unconventional were some materials. Coleman and Sanchez dressed windows in men’s shirting fabric and deployed Dekon on a kitchen island that doubles as dining table. All the black and white discipline, however, is tweaked by a Calderesque stabile downstairs and a red table upstairs.

Take a full home tour of the space, above.