Water Views Inspire Design Of A South Florida Home


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Landscape architect Juan Pacheco added Bismarck and foxtail palm fringe to a Golden Beach home's east-facing entry, which features an exaggerated angled column and a carved-stone curve. Black granite steps float above two large water features.

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A kinetic artwork by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez hangs behind the nearly 12-foot-long bar in the open-plan living room. Clad in Himalaya quartzite from Brazil, the bar has a glass shadow box top housing a small collection of vintage and modern Peruvian silver and is fronted by Opla leather armchairs by Pianca. A custom bookshelf spotlights a display of Latin American vases, while the vivid artwork behind it is by Anish Kapoor.

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The Kadir glass-and-mirror table by Cattelan Italia reflects the canted window wall in the living room designed by residential designer John Lasry. Interior designer Debbie Flicki deliberately mismatched a quartet of Bohème armchairs by Cierre Imbottiti--one set is clad in white leather, while the other is in a taupe heavy linen; the minimal boxy leather Millau sofa is by Bonaldo. An antique piano purchased in Germany and a 50-year-old wooden chest, studded with clavos, from the husband's native Peru add warmth.

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In the dining room, Bec Brittain brass pendant lamps from Brittain's Shy series read like trapezoid sculptures with thin LED tubes to define the edges. The live-edge table was crafted from guanacaste--a tropical hardwood from Mexico--and seats 24; the curvy ostrich leather Voglauer Spirit chairs are from Anima Domus.

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The 30-by-45-foot pool is lined in polished marble mosaic in shades of blue. Overlooking the pool is the White Aspen dining table from Scan Design, which is teamed with Philippe Starck's Egg chairs from Driade.

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In the kitchen's eating area, an organic branched LED chandelier, Heracleum II by Moooi, suspends above a white pedestal table from Luminaire and Husk chairs by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia.

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Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances appoint the Euro-style kitchen, which is grounded by dark-stained cabinetry from Abitare Italia with matte-white laminate upper cabinets. Barstools from Anima Domus pull up to the quartz counters.

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To add visual punch to the walnut core at the center of the house, architect Samuel Eskenazi created a dimensional effect with square and rectangular panels. Glass keeps the space transparent, with stainless steel used to cap the rails. Silestone paves the stairs, and the wood-plank-looking floor is in actuality porcelain tile by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.

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BBH Design Studio created a striking wall of laser-cut stained-wood fretwork, which lends an Asian note, to anchor an oversize bed in the master bedroom. Open shelving breaks up the expanse, while the geometry is mimicked in a cantilevered custom night table.

Walk into this South Florida home, and you’re greeted with vistas of the Intracoastal Waterway.

It’s a view that homeowners Alberto Galsky and Jannette Zafrani don’t take for granted — and one their build team only worked to enhance by constructing a unique three-story structure complete with a wraparound terrace.

Drawing inspiration from the sight line of the Golden Beach home, the entry features black granite steps that lead visitors over a dual water feature, creating the illusion the estate is floating on water.

“The house is very open in front,” landscape architect Juan Pacheco says. “I wanted to create an oasis between the street and the front door.”

Inside, the white, light-filled living space is peppered with clean-lined furnishings, a selection of antique pieces, and contemporary works from Israeli, Venezuelan and Peruvian artists.

Keeping in mind their clients’ large family, designers Debbie Flicki, Hani Flicki and Sete Bassan worked to create intimate spaces — such as a dining room that fits 24 — where their children and grandchildren could gather.

The couple’s favorite spot, however, is the 1,600-square-foot master bedroom on the top level of the property.

“There are no buildings or trees to obstruct the views,” Alberto says. “So you just see the canal.” Adds Jannette: “It’s amazing.”