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Lumens presents

THE MODERN LIFE CONCEPT HOUSE

By ELLE DECOR

Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

Lumens has partnered with ELLE DECOR Magazine on the custom designed 2015 ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House: A 3-bedroom, 6,000 square foot condominium in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Four top design firms were selected by ELLE DECOR to put their mark on the urban penthouse, and as the exclusive lighting sponsor, Lumens and our brand partners helped them choose the just-right lighting for their one-of-kind spaces.

  • The great room, designed by Beth Martin of Martin Group. “I choose the FontanaArte 2-Tier Chandelier in the great room because it is classic in shape, is interesting from both above and below and disappears in the room,” Beth says. “I purposely wanted this light to meld into the background so one could ‘read through’ the fixture in order to better see mural at the staircase.”
  • The great room, designed by Beth Martin.
  • A sitting area in the great room featured Moooi’s Brave New World Floor Lamp, which Beth chose for its unique form. “This fixture is perfect in the space because it solves the lighting needed between the lounge chairs while also acting as sculpture. I like that we see the inter-workings of how this fixture is put together.”
  • A close-up look at the Brave New World Floor Lamp by Moooi.
  • Beth Martin custom-designed the screen that separated the great room from the living space.
  • “The Rich Brilliant Willing Gala 3-Light LED chandelier is hung in the dining space because of its asymmetry,” designer Beth Martin says. The straps that hold the glass globes in place was one of her favorite features on the fixture’s design.
  • Designer Beth Martin added a sculptural, visual element in the great room corner under the staircase with Terzani’s Zig and Zag Lamps. “I wanted to throw some light into this area while also creating some fun,” she says. “Individually these lights are clean and simple with the light source at the tops though I have them strewn together in a casual way…so as not to take ‘themselves’ so seriously.”
  • Matt MacDonald’s downstairs sitting room.
  • An ensuite bath to the sitting room, also designed by Matt MacDonald, beautifully showcases the Capsula LED Pendant by Brokis.
  • Designer Matt MacDonald paired Foscarini's Allegretto Ritmico Suspension with a quirky art piece in the penthouse's guest bath.
  • The dynamic shape of the Allegretto Ritmico Suspension by Foscarini was perfectly framed at the end of the downstairs hallway.
  • Designer Matt MacDonald flanked the bed in the downstairs bedroom with two Deadstock Catherine Table Lamps by Canadian design studio Castor.
  • Mismatched side tables are unified with matching table lamps in Matt MacDonald’s bedroom design.
  • Mismatched side tables are unified with matching table lamps in Matt MacDonald’s bedroom design.
  • The ensuite bath featured the Airis Mini pendant by Hubbardton Forge as a new take on bathroom task lighting.
  • Step lights line the open staircase under the mural by artist Linda Horning.
  • Sam Robin’s master bedroom design featured two pairs of Muffin Lamps by Brokis, creating symmetry on each side of the bed.
  • The Muffin Lamps by Brokis are made in the Czech Republic using traditional bohemian glass-blowing techniques.
  • Across from the bedroom space is a sitting area and office. Both spaces featured a set of Aim Multi-Light Pendants by Flos.
  • A green and monochromatic color palette brings both sides of the master suite together. Artemide’s Tizio Classic Table Lamp provides bright task light on the desktop.
  • Rich Brilliant Willing’s Quart Floor Lamp sits behind the sofa, while Contardi’s Manilla Table Lamp adorns the bookcase.
  • Designer Fernando Wong turned the 2,000 square foot terrace into an outdoor living space, highlighted by the statement-making Soho Outdoor Pendant by Marset over a table.
  • The 2015 Modern Life Concept House is part of 250 Wynwood, a new condo development in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The undersides of each balcony at the front of the building feature vibrant murals that can be seen from the street.

Take a virtual tour

Three bedrooms, 3,000 square feet of penthouse outdoor space and the hippest 'hood in Miami—there's plenty to see in this year's showhouse. Get a room-by-room look in this video tour from ELLE DECOR.

Meet our Design Partners

Beth Martin

Beth Martin

Rooms designed:
Great room/Living Room
Kitchen/Dining Room
Balcony

My aesthetic is: I love modernism, however I also love the history and patina of using antiques within my interiors. The mix of the two, bring meaning and excitement when combined…it's a kind of dance.

I found inspiration in? The location of the Showcase House, called Wynwood in South Florida. The place draws a lot of artists and alternative thinking…lets just say it’s on the edgy side. I love the open concept of the main living floor.

Why did you choose the lighting you did? As a backdrop, the penthouse skews more toward the industrial or “raw” side… with an exposed concrete balcony and steel staircase at the back of the room. I wanted the lighting in the space to feel as though it belonged while also being somewhat arresting.

My favorite part of this project was? Oh gosh, how about everything…I love design! Designing for all the elements of room, from space planning, furniture, lighting… each brings a different cadence to the project. It was super fun working with the height of the room. The ceilings start at 9 feet 6 inches at the entry, and go to over 22 feet in the living area.

The thing I love most about Miami is: The energy for sure... Miami is evolving… there is so much going on down here –Art Basel alone has changed the face of South Florida. A very exciting time!

Matthew MacDonald

Matthew MacDonald

Room designed:
Downstairs bedrooms/bathroom/closets

My aesthetic is: Fresh, refined, modern with a classical touch

Where did you find inspiration for this space? the Wynwood neighborhood, and the vivid colors graffiti artists use on the buildings. I wanted to incorporate color in a sophisticated way, with natural elements, to give the space a mid-century feel.

Why did you choose the lighting you did? We chose modern lighting with clean lines to make a strong visual impact in the space.

What’s was your favorite part of this project? That the city that seems to rise out of the ocean. Water is a huge inspiration for me. I’m blessed that I see water and the majestic Miami skyline everyday on my way to work and on my way home. It has become the pallet for many of my interiors. I’m always in awe of it.


Sam Robin Inc

Sam Robin, Inc.

Room designed: Master bedroom/bathroom/Closet

My aesthetic is: I'm a modernist at heart and I like a timeless aesthetic, but have a secret passion for intellectual clutter...

I found inspiration in: The architecture and client profile from ELLE DECOR.

My favorite part of this project was: Creating a space I would really enjoy spending time in.

The thing I love most about Miami is: I love the light and its casually elegant energy.


Fernando Wong

Fernando Wong

Rooms designed:
Outdoor terrace

My aesthetic is: Restrained luxury that draws its beauty from simplicity, clean lines, symmetry, scale and proportion.

I found inspiration in: The houses I visited on a trip to St. Bart’s earlier in the year provided inspiration for the look and feel that I wanted to give this spectacular outdoor space.

Why did you choose the lighting you did? I am a huge fan of Joan Gasper’s designs for Marset lighting so I knew from the start that I wanted to use the Aria Pendants in Buckley Bronze above the bar. They truly look as if they were custom made for the space. I also immediately fell in love with the lines of the wonderfully oversized sleek black Soho Pendant lamp. Lighting is 80% of life and these fixtures show us why.

My favorite part of this project was: Working with wonderful partners like Lumens. Designers can have all the brilliant ideas in the world for rooms but if you do not have partners who can help make those ideas reality you have nothing.

The thing I love most about Miami is: Most people who visit Miami say it seems like they are visiting another country. I love that because the city is truly a melting pot with people from all over the world and an art and design scene that is one of the best on the planet. Add sunshine 99% of the time, phenomenal restaurants and the Atlantic Ocean and you have a recipe for paradise.

Our brand partners:

Artemide Lighting Brokis Calligaris Castor Design Contardi Lighting Flos Fontana Arte Foscarini Hinkley Lighting Hubbardton Forge Marset Modern Forms Moooi Lighting Rich Brilliant Willing Tom Dixon
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