Let This Cool South Beach Condo Transport You To Different Eras


balcony with city view, chairs,...

A daybed upholstered in Holly Hunt’s Great Outdoors textile occupies part of the terrace of a South Beach high-rise by designer Mike Stake. The rug from Sutherland and fabric on Summer Classics’ Avondale chairs are Perennials. Mr. Brown London stools, a Serena & Lily lantern and a Four Hands side table round out the scene.

living area with curvy sofa,...

A Bright Chair sectional and chair rest near Alison Berger Glassworks’ Surveyor’s floor lamp in a South Beach living area by designer Mike Stake. A Jessie Nelson Studio side table, Gentner Design’s T tables and a DLP Designs coffee table gather on the Erik Lindström rug. Laberinto by Marco Lorenzetto hangs next to Apparatus’ Lariat sconce above Asplund’s Vass cabinet.

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The dining area’s banquette sports Schumacher’s Regal mohair and Holly Hunt leather; the dining chairs and base of the marble table top from Opustone are Consort. Urbanik Surfaces flooring complements the walls, painted Benjamin Moore Pure White. Included in the mixed-media gallery wall are 1970s Kalmar sconces Stake sourced through Remains Lighting. Asplund’s Otto mirror hangs in the

kitchen with blue cabinetry, wood...

Fredericia barstools sit beneath Lindsey Adelman Studio’s Clamp light in the kitchen. A white oak wall counters Wood-Mode cabinetry, featuring Waterworks’ R.W. Atlas hardware and a backsplash of Ann Sacks’ Savoy mosaic. Dornbracht’s Sync faucet from Decorator’s Plumbing pours into Blanco’s Precis sink.

bar shelving with terrazzo backdrop

Carved from what was once the main bedroom’s closet, the living area bar nods to the home’s Miami roots with a custom mix of Concrete Collaborative’s alabaster Venice terrazzo, a lively backdrop for the shelving’s vintage wares. Integrated lighting on each shelf provides dramatic atmosphere at night.

primary bathroom with freestanding tub,...

Aquatica’s Lullaby tub and a Consort stool occupy the main bathroom. The Carrara marble flooring from Marble Systems climbs up Schumacher’s Anodized raffia wallcovering, which displays Half Angels, Half Demons by Mauricio Velez. Waterworks’ Formwork handles cue Kohler’s Laminar overhead tub filler from Decorator’s Plumbing.

primary bedroom with blue wallcovering,...

A 1950s Stilnovo chandelier presides over a 1960s A.J. Iverson settee in the main bedroom. The Grafton Furniture bed and all the pillows wear Holly Hunt fabrics. Sklo pendants hang in front of Bower Studios mirrors against Holland & Sherry’s Traquair wallcovering. Astro wall sconces perch above Carbonell Design Studio nightstands. A Woven rug grounds the space.

guest bedroom with bench and...

Against a guest bedroom wall, a trio of 1970s Charlotte Perriand wall sconces from Gallery L7 in Los Angeles line up next to Sugar by Michael Moebius from Art Angels. The leather Florence Knoll bench is from Mostly Modern.

guest bedroom with rattan headboard,...

Missoni pillows from Nest Casa decorate the guest bedroom’s custom bed, featuring a vintage rattan Knoll headboard with a Holly Hunt leather frame. The 1960s wood-and-lacquer Italian nightstands from Stripe Vintage Modern support 1970s Lucite lamps from Mostly Modern. Calico’s Aurora wallcovering and Mokum’s Lino linen draperies complete the look.

Designer Mike Stake’s clients knew the South Beach condo unit they purchased would need a renovation at some point. At first, the couple figured, a simple redesign would do. But after living there for a month, they realized their vision for the waterfront vacation home required more than making minor upgrades throughout the space.

Rather, it entailed renovating walls, acquiring unique pieces from around the world and incorporating elements that span decades. The only part of the project that could remain unchanged was the eight-month deadline: Stake had to finish the residence in time for a 60th birthday party for one of the owners. “It was pretty incredible,” he recalls of the challenge, able to laugh about it now. “The project scope more than doubled in size. And we made the date.”

However, Stake wasn’t as confident at the start. When the project kicked off, the homeowners’ vision was a bit in flux. “We knew we wanted a sophisticated look but not stuffy, with some Miami appeal,” one owner says. “But we were uncertain where to go from there.” The designer guided them toward the idea of a masculine, Miami feel— without being too much of either. “This sent me in a direction of more urban chic than beachy,” he explains. Stake’s first move was to stain the oak flooring black, a departure from traditional sand tones seen in the area. He then balanced the dramatic look with more endemic selections, such as a terrazzo kitchen island and a sunrise-inspired mural in the guest bedroom. “Lively Miami undertones provide a sense of place and take the edge off the home’s urban-chic modernism,” the designer says.

Another transformation occurred when the clients made an ambitious request: to find a home for a 65-inch television in the modest living area. Stake created space by relocating the door to the main bedroom next to the bar, expanding a prime wall for the television. He clad the wall in oak paneling for a masculine feel and installed hidden hinges that allow the door to integrate fully, appearing seamlessly flush when closed. In a similar spirit, the designer commissioned a diptyque that conceals the television when not in use, parting via a custom lift when needed.

Such decisions point to the creative flexibility the owners gave Stake for the design. Because this isn’t their primary residence, the couple was open to sensitive materials and items, as opposed to strictly performance fabrics and pieces fit for daily use. Permission granted, the designer incorporated special touches like a cotton-velvet sofa in the living area and a silver raffia wallcovering in the main bathroom. “There are many substantial luxurious things, but it’s not heavy handed,” he says. “Hues of pink and jewel tones, mingled with vintage finds, further soften the tone.”

The furnishings, too, represent varying eras and origins so as not to give the high-rise a look that is too Miami modern. “We both have a clean, contemporary taste, so Mike did a good job pulling in vintage pieces but keeping with the overall contemporary look,” one of the owners says. In the guest bedroom, 1970s Lucite lamps on midcentury Italian nightstands bookend a vintage rattan headboard. The main bedroom’s 1950s Italian chandelier plays off contemporary oxidized-metal pendants above a 1960s settee from Denmark. The living area cabinet is from Sweden, the kitchen barstools are from Copenhagen and the barware is midcentury. “This home could be in New York, London or São Paulo and is by far the most globally sourced project I’ve worked on,” Stake says.

Outside, the designer organized the generous-size terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay into an enticing alfresco dining area and lounge. Among the seating options, he included a waterproof queen-size bed, a playful piece offering additional lounging. “A little whimsy brings luxury down a notch,” Stake says.

The multipurpose space proved valuable during the client’s birthday party, when dozens of guests from across the country gathered, pre-pandemic, to celebrate. It was the ideal reveal of the residence, received to much approval. “We love the attention to detail,” one of the owners says. “It’s a beautiful unit.”