A Miami Beach Estate Inspired by Gio Ponti and Midcentury Magic City – SURFACE
The designer Achille Salvagni imagines the private property as a “free-standing sculpture” and combines contemporary architecture with European vintage furniture to create a unique property in South Florida.
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Photos by Kris Tamburello April 20, 2021
In the sign of the times, Italian architect Achille Salvagni completed his first basic project in the US without ever setting foot in the country: Covid travel restrictions forced the designer to monitor every detail of the Miami Beach residence from his apartment in Rome. Often times, he would work all night to match the east coast time zone and use remote video calling. He directed the exact placement for the interior installation, including the furniture, carpets, fabrics, lighting, cabinets, and artwork.
One look at the $ 21 million private lot along the Surprise Lake waterfront, whose arched, stark white architecture pays homage to retro 1950s Miami, and it’s clear that the distant orchestration didn’t get in the way Salvagnis vision a little. It’s a remarkable achievement, but not a surprising one. On his way to designing sumptuous yacht interiors and famous furniture collections, Salvagni became known for his ability to apply the materiality and precision of mid-century Italian masters to his modernist sensibility. Case in point: the contemporary shell of 810 Lakeview Drive contains a treasure trove of antique furniture by courageous names such as Paolo Buffa, Stilinovo, FontanaArte, Serge Mouille, Pierre Guariche, Angelo Lelli and Marco Zanuso.
Let’s take a closer look at the project.
Project description: This nifty, unique property in Miami Beach has just come on the market and is Achille Salvagnis’ first basic project in the USA. With this project, he has definitely introduced a superordinate turnkey luxury property unlike any other on the market today. This modern private estate is located in one of the most exclusive enclaves of Miami Beach overlooking Surprise Lake on Lakeview Drive. From top to bottom, Salvagnis touch is evident. For the interior, he used some of the most exquisite materials, including rare marbles, onyx, and woods to add bronze and gold accents. To complement Salvagnis own handcrafted furniture, wall lamps and chandeliers, he curated a selection of signed Italian and European furniture and antiques of the 20th century, including Paolo Buffa, Stilinowo, Fontana Arte, Serge Mouille, Pierre Guariche, Angelo Lelli and Marco Zanuso.
inspiration: Salvagni conceived the house as a free-standing sculpture, inspired by the work of Gio Ponti, paired with the unique historical character of classic Miami Beach of the 1950s. In many ways, the property reflects its entire design philosophy and conveys an overarching contemporary feel based on the finest traditional craftsmanship. The layout of the structure, with its large seagull walls, welcomes and reflects the sun around the infinity pool and takes advantage of Miami’s coveted outdoor lifestyle. The main living rooms have sensually curved walls that encourage conviviality around the floor-to-ceiling windows and enable a flowing dialogue with the outside world. The private areas have a personal impression, a calm atmosphere and sophisticated details that create a retreat from the rest of the house.
design: The waterfront home, with a total area of nearly 8,000 square feet, has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a powder room, as well as a 90-foot waterfront infinity pool. A cabana, a private boat dock and terraces are located on the manicured grounds. Built above the highest standards, the best craftsmen were employed to implement Salvagnis vision. A large entry gallery, double-height living room with fireplace, formal dining room, huge professional kitchen / kitchen with Wolf and Subzero appliances, sculptural, bespoke cabinets with 24-karat gold leaf details, sumptuous bronze staircase, and two lavish large bedroom suites are located on the ground floor . The master suite on the second floor has a private deck, full bathroom, and walk-in closets. On this level there are four additional guest suites, in which every living area is detailed down to the smallest detail, from sensual curvilinear walls to the use of extraordinary materials and processes.
Snack / Uniqueness: The depth and detail of the art and craftsmanship needs to be understood with handcrafted faucets, mills and floors, extensive use of unique marble in bathrooms, and custom made cabinets and cabinets throughout the space. This property is incomparable to any other home in Miami Beach. In order to ensure the highest level of quality beyond the furnishings, Salvagni had all the materials for the house obtained in Italy, from marble and wood to bronze and upholstery. Every last article was sent straight from Rome. Throughout the house he used brushed Negresco, Verde Alpi, Malyat limestone and Absolute Belgium Black marble, as well as French polished mahogany, brushed oak for wall cladding and cabinets, and natural oak floors.
The house with furniture is being offered for $ 22.2 million.
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