January / February 2014VIEW
THE MODERN LIFE CONCEPT HOUSE
By ELLE DECOR
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.
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
Great room/Living Room
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!
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.
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.
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.