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There is an amusing quote by Karl Lagerfeld: “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” We don’t deliberately follow trends. Rather, we like to think we are in the vanguard, influencing creative ideas. My work becomes increasingly reductive with a persistent desire to distill luxury. There is no question that contemporary rules at present. Asia, in particular China, is becoming more aware of its art and artists. It is gratifying to see the country embrace its modern cultural identity with more confidence.

Design rules you like to break: I have been breaking design rules for over 30 years. In the ’80s I used rusted iron for furniture and concrete floors in interiors; in the ’90s and early 2000s by designing dark, sexy rooms, and now building Blackbarn structures in the Hamptons.

News for 2016: A complete renovation and interior design of a magnificent landmarked townhouse on the Upper East Side; the design and interiors for a large villa in Oyster Bay, New York; a villa in Miami Beach; as well as (the design for) two very luxurious superyachts.

What trends have you noticed within the luxury-condo developments within the city? 

The room in your home you are happiest with: JD: My bedroom. I find sleeping in a dark room to be sexy.

We have always targeted the higher end of the market at CMC Group, and we find that our projects typically attract a more discerning buyer who is willing to pay a premium for higher-quality materials, attention to detail and unique amenities. We’ve seen this at Santa Maria, Bristol Tower, Porto Vita, Grovenor House and now at Brickell Flatiron.

Is there a New York look? When we move to New York City we choose our neighborhood for a reason. They all have strong identities. My work responds very much to each neighborhood, its architecture and lifestyle.

What trends do you foresee in condo developments within the city in the coming years? 

Our latest residential project, which is currently under construction, is Turnberry Ocean Club Residences in Sunny Isles Beach. This is going to be the crown jewel of all the residential towers that we have developed in our company’s history. The tower is designed by architects Carlos Zapata and Robert Swedroe, and we spared no expense and paid attention to every architectural detail. It truly caters to the high-end buyer of today’s market, offering larger floor plans ranging from three to six bedrooms including beautiful duplex and triplex penthouse units.

Design rules you like to break: Many of the projects we spearhead are based on specific planning strategies, so we tend to stick with a specific standard of design rules, based on the aesthetic we’re aiming to achieve.

Its international impact. Nowhere else in the U.S. can we argue this fact, but Miami has become a globally recognized city and a destination for international buyers. The city of Miami also offers something to fit everyone’s desired wish list, from design to location—Miami has it all.

Do your international clients want to decorate their properties in New York differently from their residences abroad? We find our international clients, with few exceptions, want to adopt a Western lifestyle while in New York. They are inclined to opt for a contemporary interior that embraces the skyline.

Design rules you like to break: I design intuitively. When we design spaces this way, we may or may not adhere to rules, but they function well.

Developers have been recognizing the importance of offering top-of-the-line unique amenities and experiences to their purchasers. It’s not enough to simply offer luxury within the individual units; now we must provide a well-rounded luxury lifestyle to provide ease of life that high-end buyers are looking for. Our goal has always been to provide that luxe life, or Turnberry lifestyle to our residents and set the bar really high for the quality and consistency people have come to expect from our brand.

Here, we take a look at the top condo kings of the city that reign in the field of luxury residential development. We get the scoop on industry trends, the Miami real estate market, what the future looks like and more. 

Over the last decade, Miami has undergone massive development and growth, and that trend is only moving forward as we continue on our path to becoming a major global city and destination.

Design rules you like to break: Although I appreciate proportions and overall harmony, I enjoy going beyond boundaries to achieve something extraordinary. For instance, a historic home need not be filled with antiques or period art. Instead, homes should be designed as a client’s personal paradise. Life is too short for everything to be ordinary!

Favorite room to design: Kitchens, pool cabanas, off-the-charts technology-driven media rooms and outdoor living spaces, where I get to create environments that have a real “wow” factor by integrating landscaping and outdoor lighting with the design of the room.

What do you find that Miami buyers value most when looking for a luxury condo?

From her New York studio, Alexandra Champalimaud, an Interior Design Hall of Famer and pioneer in hospitality deign, has worked on such iconic city properties as the The Pierre and the Carlyle, as well as new residential projects, like the refurbished luxury property 12 East 88th Street.

Château Group’s latest residential project is the FENDI Château Residences in Surfside. It is a unique property not only because it’s FENDI’s first residential branded project worldwide, but also because the concept blends fashion, luxury, exclusivity and service. The residences feature only 58 units, which were designed to over-exceed the expectations of a sophisticated buyer, who is used to getting the best of the best in terms of luxury around the world. The location, just steps away from the glamorous Bal Harbour Shops, is the best spot in town for an ultra-luxury residential building. FENDI Château Residences also exhibits organic design elements, like the waves in the façade that fit perfectly within the building’s natural surroundings.

Buyers have come to expect the best of the best. We offer incomparable views, world-class dining, culture and the best overall lifestyle over any other city in the country with, of course, unsurpassed beaches. It’s all about the resort experience and feeling that you’re on vacation in your own home. Turnberry residents have high expectations from the Turnberry brand because Turnberry consistently delivers superior developments, lifestyle and amenities that meet the continuing and rising demands of a changing market.

Our buyers at One Thousand Museum have come from more than 15 countries, as well as within the United States. We continue to see buyers from Latin America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Middle East, New York and Chicago.

As Miami becomes increasingly urban and cosmopolitan, buyer preferences are shifting today—luxury isn’t necessarily synonymous with the waterfront. There is a large segment of buyers who value convenience, access to retail and restaurants, walkability, proximity to transit, etc. This is the new Miami.

Design rules you like to break: Sometimes designers feel that white is boring, but white can actually make a room pop. For example, painting a ceiling in a high gloss white can make the room feel bigger in size. My VW White by PPG is the perfect white because it has no tint.

We recently completed SLS Hotel and Residences Brickell and are confident that it has raised the bar for what people expect out of a luxury condominium. With a fully integrated sbe-managed hotel component, residents are able to request room service, reserve the spa, speak with the concierge or enjoy any of the other perks that have set the best hotels apart. There are also two world-class restaurants built directly into the tower, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz and Bazaar Mar by José Andrés. We have also finished a fantastic project in Hollywood: Hyde Resort. It’s the first phase of our Hyde projects in the area, which are a tremendous success, and are now selling the second phase called Hyde Beach House. We’re also set to deliver Brickell Heights and SLS Lux in Brickell and Paraiso Bay in Edgewater later this year, and will be delivering close to 3,000 units in different submarkets in South Florida.

Multi-award-winning designer Jamie Drake, famous for developing a new luxurious modernism, as well as for designing Mayor Bloomberg’s and Madonna’s homes, recently partnered with Caleb Anderson, a much-watched young talent, to form a new fifim, Drake/Anderson.

Uptown versus Downtown style: The buildings are different, the atmosphere is different, and thus the design is different.

What distinguishes your design: The real distinction is that I design everything; from the architectural components of a space, all the way through to the cast-door hinges or handles, and the custom furniture and accessories.

We believe that quality, as defined by architecture, design, art and a full level of amenities is what will make a building stand out from others. As an international developer we understand that Miami does not survive in a vacuum. It takes its place in comparison to such other great cities as London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Buyers of Miami’s condos come from all over the world, and to attract them you have to be the best! Our most recently completed [January 2017] project, 10000 Santa Monica in L.A., rises 40 stories above the Beverly Hills Golf Course with more than 67,000 feet of private amenities. It has set a new standard in America for residential towers, and thus will actually achieve rental rates double any comp set selected.

What’s trending now: A desire for unique, curated interiors that represent a (client’s) family and passions. Innovative uses of materials and exceptional lighting. We are always searching for up-and-coming contemporary furniture/lighting/textile/ rug designers to pair their work with classic and vintage pieces. Handcrafted items of the highest quality and finished with non-traditional textures are trending now.

News for 2016: I am working with my wife on developing a new brand: Blackbarn. It began with building our own home, and from there we started building other Blackbarn-style homes in the Hamptons. This was followed by the Black Barn restaurant in Manhattan. Our new home design and product shop opened in Dumbo in July of this year.

The room in your home you are happiest with: My studio in Litchfield. It’s bright, full of light and color, extremely comfortable and close to nature.

Downtown/Brickell, of course! Miami is, for the first time, a global city, and that evolution has come on the heels of the development of a vertical urban core in and around Brickell Avenue and Greater Downtown Miami. The urban appeal—the amenities, the entertainment options, the walkability, the access, the diverse international business community—that will continue to drive the Miami market in the foreseeable future.

Uptown versus Downtown styles: Uptown is the new Downtown, so projects have fewer limitations than they used to. Downtown is becoming more classical.

Can you imagine a room without your signature red, and if so, what color might replace it? Absolutely, yes! I love all colors and use them!

The Canadian designer offers clients a fresh take on classically styled interiors. He won raves for an innovative Kips Bay Show House room this spring.

Today’s buyers come from all over the world and are more sophisticated than ever before. They know what they want and they know value.

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News for 2016: We are immersed in interesting new client projects all over the country, writing the next book and creating wonderful product collaborations!

Miami’s market is unique in that it appeals to everyone in a different way. South Florida’s extremely diverse population is leading to incredibly unique neighborhoods, each with their own personalities. Some buyers will be drawn to Brickell’s big-city feel, while a neighborhood like Coconut Grove will draw someone looking for more village-like surroundings. Another unique aspect is the speed at which Miami has changed. If you look back only 10 years ago, these neighborhoods that we now take for granted would be unrecognizable. The city has a huge amount of momentum behind it and we are all excited to see where it’s headed.

New color palettes: Earthy and white. Turquoise is a favorite now.

 Location is almost always the most important factor in making a real estate purchase decision. Miami has become a mecca for buyers as they can choose from beachfront to historic to urban living or cultural center. We are fortunate enough to be experiencing an amazing growth in our city in terms of residential and commercial real estate but also culturally. It’s very exciting! Miami buyers also value features and amenities. In today’s market, we’re constantly aiming to make our projects stand out, and in order to do so we’ve gotten very creative with our over-the-top offerings to woo buyers.

Definitely Brickell. It has the best in everything Miami has to offer: food, arts, shopping, nightlife, you name it. It’s a city unto itself that’s rapidly growing and becoming the go-to neighborhood for anyone looking for a place to live, work and play. It’s the perfect example of what so many of us are pushing for Miami to become.

What trends have you noticed within the luxury-condo developments in the city? 

You are working on a book for 2017. Will it continue the theme of New Classic Interiors, the title and subject of your first book? Actually, no. Life is an evolution. The book will feature new projects and a fresh point of view inspired by the experience of designing and building a house for our family in the Bahamas. This project freed us of many of the conventions of city life.

News for 2016: The design of several hotel projects, including Mr. C and the renovation of the Carlton Hotel in New York and condominium development projects in Miami, London and Dubai (spanning over 500,000 square feet). Our latest residential condominium tower, 50 West, in the Financial District, will be opening later this fall.

Our projects have attracted a wide range of buyers and international interest extending from Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Columbia, Peru, the United Kingdom, China, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil, as well as domestic buyers in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

You famously designed the interiors for One57, perhaps the most elite building in the city. What does the very top end of the market want now that is different from when you did One57?

What’s trending now? The request for elegant, beautiful and most of all exclusive items is really the “new” standard.

Buyers have an insatiable demand for amenities, quality design and the best of every feature available in a home.

What trends have you noticed within the luxury-condo developments in the city? 

What trends do you foresee in condo developments within the city in the coming years?

What trends have you noticed within the luxury-condo developments in the city?

Uptown versus Downtown style: I think both ends are starting to come together—more so with Uptown seeking a more Downtown look.

What’s your latest residential project and what makes it unique in the competitive Miami real estate market? 

What’s your latest residential project and what makes it unique in the competitive Miami real estate market?

We have buyers from all over the world including Latin America, Europe, Asia and even domestic buyers mostly hailing from the Northeast. We have more than 23 nationalities represented at Jade Signature.

Is there a New York look? Luxury buyers, regardless of the city they are investing in, all want the same primary features, such as top-of-the-line kitchens, well-appointed interior layouts and walk-in closets. However, New York design typically showcases clean lines and simple, functional floor plans.

The trend seems to be coming up with new and inventive ways to offer luxury amenities to residents, and we found a niche of offering wellness residences that has allowed us to stand out from the rest of the competition.

As a developer of luxury condominiums, I have noticed that Miami buyers want something special. You need to be able to deliver a complete package with impeccable architecture, interior design, unique branding and superior service. Château Group is committed to delivering all aspects of luxury-lifestyle living.

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It’s no mystery that Miami itself is what draws most buyers. The city has gone through a striking transformation over the past few years and that doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Of course, we still have the beautiful weather and beaches that made the city famous in the first place, but now we also have world-class cultural institutions, a thriving culinary scene and more Pritzker prize-winning architects than any other city in the country.

Infill, highly urbanized communities will continue to grow in Miami with only short periods of slowdowns. The city has done a tremendous job promoting the development and creation of a true urban fabric. Miami’s diversity and our continuing ability to recreate ourselves give Miami the uniqueness to survive all economic hardships.

We have a large pool of local buyers, whether they’re empty-nesters looking to trade in their standalone homes for expansive condo units, or even buyers looking to move inland from Miami Beach to a place that offers an urban feel and more greenspace. Another pool of buyers is domestic, like snowbirds in search of warm weather during the Northeast’s frigid winter season.

The real estate market in Miami offers aspects that no other city offers including a stunning beachfront and breathtaking views as well as a diversified and rich culture. Miami is known as the “Gateway to the Americas” and is quickly becoming a financial and business mecca, attracting new investors as well as global companies looking for an innovative and prosperous environment to set up offices and headquarters. In response to that, the market here is steady and strong with a stable influx of interest and demographics that consistently look to Miami for investment and growth.

Uptown versus Downtown style? The variation stems from a difference in building style, as downtown lo s are able to accommodate larger art and therefore lead to more forward design. Downtown has a cool, zany, chic and modern vibe, which results in more eclectic and curated interiors. Uptown, the requests for interiors skew very glamorous and rather old-fashioned in terms of look and feel. The apartment buildings often dictate this aesthetic.

We get the same slice of buyers from all the different South American and European countries as most other developments. U.S. buyers are starting to come back now.

Most interesting room to design: Bathrooms. I find that the more confined a space is, the more potential there is to create an innovative solution.

Is there an Uptown versus Downtown style? JD and Caleb Anderson: No, not really. Stylistically, both parts of town demand a relaxed sense of luxe, with space that really function.

The room you find most interesting to design: One that has good architectural details, a sense of light and good scale.

News for 2016: JD/CA: Three apartments on the Upper East Side, a London townhouse, a large house in Malibu and a full-floor apartment in the new Herzog and de Meuron building.

There are many factors that make Miami’s real estate market unique; a few are the geographic location, climate, the political stability and clear regulations.

Color palettes: Currently, I have a collection of beautiful colors with PPG Pittsburgh Paints inspired by my travels and designs.

Our buyers come from different countries including Argentina, Brazil, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, France, Russia, Turkey, USA and Spain, among others.

Since we’ve established that I’m a trendsetter I can’t reveal what I see. I can’t have them copying me before I start. But I’ll give you a hint—micro units.

Favorite room to design: I don’t have a favorite room. What I do love is art, and whenever an interior needs to be related to a piece of art, I find it extremely challenging and intriguing to create the right mood or inspiration to complete the room that will house the work.

Most interesting rooms to design: I love creating dramatic dining rooms that become energetic and interesting spaces. At the same time, it is equally important to me to craft bedrooms that are peaceful and serene, and family rooms that are extremely inviting and comfortable!

Design rules you like to break: Every one of them! That’s what they’re there for!

A design star for more than three decades, Vincente Wolf creates more sumptuous modern rooms for private dwellings, hotels and restaurants, and brings his refined aesthetic to collaborations with luxury brands like Ralph Pucci and Baccarat.

Miami has traditionally been a magnet for Latin-American flight capital, but its reputation as a safe haven for investment is spreading in lockstep with its increasing accessibility, lifestyle and multicultural appeal. Equally important is the fact that Miami is still a significant bargain by comparison with other gateway cities like New York, London, even Sao Paolo. Go to New York and luxury product is trading for $2,500 per square foot, but there’s a heavier cash requirement, which protects the market.

My family and I live in Key Biscayne, and I love the area. It’s incredibly family-friendly, picturesque and is close to neighborhoods like the Grove, Brickell and Coral Gables. I also love Sunny Isles Beach because it has some of the best beaches and it’s less than 10 minutes from great shopping like Bal Harbour and Aventura malls.

Jamie Drake: Combining my modernity and fearless approach to color with Caleb’s polished sensibility and skillful juxtaposition of historical periods. It’s invigorating to have another editor by my side.

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Favorite color palettes: We are drawn to the cool or neutral palettes, which serve as great backdrops. However, we are not afraid of vibrant colors—a brilliant orange, a punchy red or a deep blue—but more often than not, as accents.

What is your latest residential project and what makes it unique in the competitive Miami real estate market?

Greatest influences for your design: Nature. A lot of our work involves the use of natural materials, resulting in a variety of textures, colors and experiences to draw from. Nature is never dated, so being inspired by it helps ensure a timeless design.

Sara Story attracts a roster of young, international who covet her cool take on modernism punctuated with global influences.

 What do you find that Miami buyers value most when looking for a luxury condo?

We have several residential projects in the works in South Florida including Sage Beach in Hollywood Beach; Echo Brickell with our joint venture partner JDS Development; Muse Sunny Isles co-developed by S2 Development; and 300 Biscayne Boulevard. In addition, we recently launched a new partnership with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Delos Living at our development in Sunny Isles-Muse Residences. As part of the partnership, Delos and Dr. Chopra will work with PMG to design scientifically validated wellness homes within our future developments in South Florida.

 Jamie, you are known for a vibrant use of color. What color palettes are you working with now? JD: Muted, cooler, steelier grays: charcoal, silver, gypsum, platinum and zinc accented with ethereal aquas, blues and lavenders.

Design rules you like to break. JD/CA: I believe there are no color combinations that won’t work; it all depends on fine-tuning the shade, tone and quantity.

One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects; the 62-story, ultra-lux tower was Zaha Hadid’s first private residential skyscraper to be constructed in the Western Hemisphere, and since her untimely passing last year it will unfortunately be her last.

I might be biased, but Coconut Grove. In fact, I’m building a home for my family right up the street from Park Grove, so I am obviously a huge fan of this neighborhood.

How has your interior design has evolved? In the last ve years, drastically. My work has grown in terms of scale and responsibility, giving the firm more involvement from the start of a project. The hospitality sector of our business has become a major part of our workload, too.

What distinguishes your design: My style is streamlined classic. It’s neither too modern nor too traditional. I find spaces that are too contemporary though beautiful are better as art galleries rather than personal residences. I mix a lot of color into my work, and I always tell the client to “layer it, layer it, layer it.” Otherwise the space is too sparse and too at, and doesn’t have a sense of home.

News for 2016: We are in the development stages for furniture and lighting lines, and have exciting projects from Bridgehampton to California.

Favorite color palettes: I love playing with a wide array of colors from cool tones of blues and greens to lilacs and pinks.

You just published a book, The Four Elements of Design. Which of the four elements inspires you most? Water.

We have been setting the trends that are happening in Miami with our branded buildings. Our first success with Trump led to our success with Porsche Design, which in turn led us to build Residences by Armani/Casa. Other developers have tried to imitate the idea of branding buildings using second-rate brands. Plagiarism is the best form of flattery and confirms that I am a forward-thinking trendsetter.

Favorite room in your own home: I absolutely love our master bedroom overlooking Gramercy Park. It is enveloped by the tree tops, and the views of nature are a wonderful respite from the craze of New York City.

Greatest influences on your work: Travel has always been my biggest inspiration outside the design world. Sourcing textiles and ceramics from all over the globe has given me the opportunity to experience the culture and witness rsthand the craftsmanship of these amazing artisans.

 The real estate market in South Florida is strong and property values continue to rise, indicating a healthy and stable market. Miami has really raised the bar on luxury-lifestyle standards and has truly become an ideal location for investors, families and businesses. As a regional, national and international center, the influx of investors and businesses keep the economy going strong.

What your clients want now: I often tell my clients to stay away from things that are “of the moment” and remind them that design should be sustainable. Many people today want the “hotel” look. I often have to argue to include some personal effects as we develop the spaces. Most people only want gray, and that’s another battle for me, because I like color.

What distinguishes your interior design: I take chances on all fronts: in my choice of materials, furniture concepts and the proprietary designs for almost every aspect of the project. Inventing new ideas is how I enjoy this profession.

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What do your clients want now? Pattern-on-pattern style, which makes a room feel comfortable and chic. We’re also mixing natural elements like wicker and raffia in every room. Blending high and low in projects is always more interesting and, of course, color always comes into play, as it defines the room!

The designer heads up his international multi-disciplinary agency, MARKZEFF, known for its innovative ability to fuse interior and environmental design in everything from high-end residential properties (clients have included Hillary Swank and Annie Leibovitz) to luxury yachts.

While we are still seeing a saturated market of uber-luxury inventory priced above $20 million, the steady increase in the cost of construction and land is encouraging developers to create more efficient floor plans at a higher price per square foot, allowing designers to maintain the integrity of layouts, finishes and amenities. The impeccable design we see at One57 is still apparent in many other developments, but as the market shifts, the parameters developers are operating within continues to shift as well.

What’s trending among your top New York and overseas clients?

Favorite color palettes: I’m particularly drawn to light tones. I feel the so ness of lighter shades is more elegant. I try to avoid being too monochromatic and like to include an accent color to offset beige and gray.

Favorite room to design: JD/CA: Living rooms are our favorite, as we always envision them filled with people, ready for a party!

 More personalization. Buyers are always looking for the latest and greatest, so as a developer we have to cater to these needs. A perfect example of this is how some developments are now offering furniture or design-upgrade packages, or the ability to combine two units into one. We will continue to offer new ways for buyers to add their personal touch.

You have described your style as modern with references to the past. Has that changed in recent years? I’m always evolving and trying to give my work a sense of the present, adjusted to client needs. My style has a lighter point of reference to the past.

How do client needs differ in New York and Rome? I would not connect high-end taste with any one location. For very affluent clients the taste level today is quite international. Geography no longer significantly impacts or limits what they want to achieve.

The room in your home you are happiest with: Definitely my living room. Because people typically spend most of their time in the living room, I always prioritize this space, whether for my own home or other residential projects I’m designing.

You’ve been described as the go-to designer for the billionaire set. What’s trending now for ultimate one-percenters? JD: They request things that are unique and intriguing but insist upon comfort and function. The interest in commissioned pieces by great contemporary artisans has grown and grown.

Miami is a huge international hub, with a lot more than good weather and beautiful beaches. The city has grown in arts and culture, venues and events. Seasoned travelers make for highly sophisticated buyers. Developers have gotten creative in order to cater to them, which is why we’re seeing buildings with over-the-top amenities and star architects.   Additionally Miami is still a great value if you compare it with other major capital cities both in the U.S. and internationally.

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Is there a New York style? The movie industry of the ’40s established an indelible image of Manhattan style for all time, the ultimate statement in sophistication. But the city has never been kind to the past; there’s a tireless hunger for the “new.” Today’s palaces might just as frequently take the form of sprawling, high-rise penthouses surrounded by a moat of security: The gatekeeper is the concierge; surveillance cameras are the new sentries.

News for 2016: I am working on a Fifth Avenue apartment, on two restaurants in Macau and a jewelry collection.

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Miami buyers value space, both indoor and outdoor, and ocean views, but above all they value the lifestyle the building will offer. At Jade Signature, the amenities like a restaurant and a kids club were a big part of the design plans. We put the parking garage underground (no easy feat steps away from the ocean) so that residents and guests can experience the connectivity between the public areas, the pool and the beaches. These elements were woven into the fabric of the building.

Design rules you like to break: I like to create interiors that contain a bit of whimsy. Mixing significant pieces with fresh, new creations that when juxtaposed properly produce excitement and tension.

Consistently ranked as one of the country’s top designers, Alessandra Branca developed a smart “classics with a twist” aesthetic that draws a stylish international clientele to her always-buzzing studios in New York, Chicago and Rome.

The design rules you like to break: I am not slavish about scale. I love the drama of over-scaled elements in a room, particularly art.

I think we’ll see a trend towards larger oversized units that are more conducive to buyers with families who are looking for full-time or part-time living in Miami. These kinds of units are also more likely to appeal to end-user residents [vs. renters] who are attracted to buildings in neighborhoods with good walkability and elements that add to their quality of life, such as access to parks, schools, restaurants, shopping, etc.

The Miami market is so unique because of our worldwide audience. This is one of the very few markets in the world that has such a worldwide reach. It compares to cities like New York and London with respect to the amount of nationalities that own real estate here in South Florida. But people are buying here because they want to, versus cities where they may have to for their professional life. For our second, home buyers are coming to Miami for the leisure life. Another thing that makes the Miami market unique is the language. Latin Americans feel extremely comfortable being attended to in their own language, from anywhere from the restaurant to the shopping mall to the car dealership to the condo sale. That wouldn’t happen to an Argentinian in London.

You have an exciting new partnership. Describe how your design sensibilities complement and contrast with each other’s work.

Most interesting and challenging rooms to design: Restaurants are the most interesting. The most challenging are those with timelines that compress the creative process and execution.

Particularly, what makes Miami so unique is our diversity of people, language and cultures mixing together in one spot. Only in Miami can a single building have owners from more than 50 foreign countries.

It all depends on the project. In Brickell and Edgewater, we continue to see a wide spread of buyers from Latin America, whereas at our Auberge Fort Lauderdale project it’s been mostly domestic and local buyers.

What’s trending in high-end city design? New materials in the home, for example, using bronze instead of silver or nickel, or using painted brick in kitchen areas instead of painted sheet-rock or tile, which provides a so er look. Also, kitchens are becoming larger and more eclectic in terms of style. Currently, there is a trend of mixing a modern vernacular with classic designs.

 We’ve noticed a recent uptick in partnering with internationally renowned architects. These “star architects” bring a different perspective to the table with their wealth of international experience. At Park Grove, we’ve tapped Rem Koolhaas/OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu, who recently completed Miami’s hot new Faena District. Similarly, we’ve noticed a trend in combining the best of the best in each industry to create a luxurious product and lifestyle. Beyond Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Park Grove will feature interiors by New York-based design firm Meyer Davis Studio; kitchens and bathrooms by William Sofield; landscape architecture by famed Enzo Enea; an onsite restaurant and bar from nationally acclaimed chef Michael Schwartz; and world-class services curated by Colin Cowie.

Buyers in Miami value quality and a return on their investment overall. In addition, they seek the unique components that only Miami can offer—beautiful beaches, the best weather in the country and the financial stability and prosperity growing by the day.

Buildings will become a lot more tech-savvy. We’re already seeing the rise of home automation and condos with their own apps, but this will become a lot more popular in the coming years.

News for 2016: We’re working on projects all over the world—Japan, London and a new life-style hotel in Dutchess County, called Troutbeck.

Developers have put more of an emphasis on the architecture and design talent that goes into their projects. This is contributing to Miami’s design renaissance; the city has become very sophisticated and very colorful.

White is a “color” you use in key elements of a room. Why? I think white creates a canvas that allows forms, styles and color to play against one another.

Miami continues to mature into a global city that is multicultural, attracting people from around the world to live, work and play.

In the downtown market, I believe we will begin to see an increase in smaller infill developments as well as more mixed-use projects that include a condominium, hotel and office.

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The room in your own apartment you are happiest with: My living room because it’s where I keep my plants and it has great natural light. It’s also the room from which I experience the most.

The Rome-based architect is perhaps best known for his award-winning superyacht design, but his high-end residential work, defined by the use of ultra-luxe materials, has earned him a glittery client base reaching from Italy to New York and Palm Beach.

What’s your latest residential project and what makes it unique in the competitive Miami real estate market?  

What trends have you noticed within the luxury-condo developments in the city?

News for 2016: Apart from our ongoing expansion into the Asian market, we recently formed B&T Global, a partnership with company vice president Roric Tobin, to focus on our international projects.

Porsche Design Tower. Its uniqueness is no doubt derived from the Dezervator, which is the patented car-elevator system that takes a passenger with their car directly to their garage within their apartment. There is simply nothing like it in the world.

The Danish designer is known for his ultra-high-end work for the famous “Billionaire Building,” One57, and his soon-to-open 50 West Street in the Financial District.

My favorite neighborhood in Miami is South Beach! Nothing like it in the world!

Design rules you like to break: I never repeat any fabric in a room. Too many spaces today look as though they were just decorated and every piece was color-matched with the walls and

It is a combination of three elements: location, brand and service. Oceanfront properties are always the most appealing, brands are synonymous with prestige and design that buyers identify with, and of course service and amenities are really what make your property a home.

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Developers continue to push skyscrapers higher, adding more unique amenities; One Thousand Museum will be the first residential tower to include a private helipad.

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Jade Signature is my latest residential project, and one near and dear to my heart because of the world-class team we assembled to bring the building to life. Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, Parisian design firm PYR led by Pierre-Yves Rochon and landscape architect Raymond Jungles are producing a building of the utmost quality. This speaks to buyers who want to be surrounded by luxury, not to mention the services and amenities that Jade Signature offers.

What distinguishes your design? Our company shares a vision of what it means to design for the 21st century. I have a fondness for texture contrasts, rich exotic woods, burnished metals and lush textiles. We exploit these contrasts as a foil, highlighting the elements of fine design from many centuries. As much of our portfolio is predicated on the use of contemporary art, our clients tend to be major art collectors and seek our professional hand in this regard.

The trend that I foresee is offering buyers a lifestyle, not only a development. We need to make sure that our designs, finishes and details fulfill the expectations that the buyer is looking for.

Trending today in the luxury condominium space is a desire for larger unit sizes and better finishes with art and amenities in abundant supply.

We’ve seen a great demand for mixed-use projects as the city urbanizes and increases in density. For example, SLS Brickell and SLS LUX’s street-level restaurants and Brickell Heights houses state-of-the-art Equinox and Soul Cycle Gyms speak to those buyers drawn to the urban lifestyle. They are able to live, work and play without having to drive or worry about parking. Meanwhile, the buyers at our Paraiso projects are looking for a more laid-back style, and so the beach club from chef Michael Schwartz speaks to that. They are still just a short drive from areas like Wynwood and Brickell, so they can have the best of both worlds.

Favorite rooms to design: Rooms that are shared with family and friends–living rooms and dining rooms, for example. They are used to their fullest.

We have purchasers from all over the United States, particularly the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. Cities like New York, D.C., Boston and Chicago, among others, are all big markets for us. We have Latin-American buyers from countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Other markets include Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

Favorite room in your New York home: My bedroom is fun because it’s bold and a complete departure from anything I’ve ever done.

Long known for a daring sense of luxe, Geoffrey Bradfield, joined by partner Rorie Tobin, is defining a new contemporary global style that resonates with an international roster of A-listers, mega-moguls and celebrities.

Favorite room to design: Nothing stimulates my creative instincts more than designing a room around great art. Art can introduce pure theater.

What do you find that Miami buyers value most when looking for a luxury condo? 

Is there a New York look? No. New York has an international sense (of style) that can be elegant, modern, traditional or luxurious with a global, shabby-chic appeal.

Favorite room in your New York home: I have always loved a library.

What distinguishes your design: I strive to bring a global perspective to all of my projects. Perhaps that comes from growing up abroad. My work reflects many eras and cultural influences, which sets it apart from my contemporaries.

That answer can land anywhere on the map, but in real estate everybody knows: location, location, location. We focused primarily on only the best locations. The good news is that buyers have a wide range of desires, and therefore buildings have the opportunity to reach all different types of buyers.

I think the standards for development rise with every new building that enhances our skyline. Miami is at the doorstep of becoming a prime global destination, and we are growing into this status with every architectural addition. I believe that developers will continue to raise the bar in response to the expectations of the world—that means building iconic landmarks with timeless architecture.

We keep reinventing ourselves as a company in each project we tackle. We’re bringing to South Florida the most attractive projects designed by innovative designers and integrating museum-quality art into their outdoors, interiors and façades. I believe we are cementing each neighborhood in South Florida, and bringing life to new neighborhoods such as Edgewater and Hollywood/Hallandale where our projects have had an immensely positive impact. Just in 2016, Related’s projects have created close to $100 million per year in new property taxes for the different counties in South Florida. When we say we are building cities, there is no better proof than that.

Since we built Bristol Tower and Santa Maria in the 1990s, CMC Group has been raising the bar for luxury real estate development in Miami. We are synonymous with patient development, the highest quality design and construction, and the closest attention to detail possible. Today, we are perfecting this formula with Brickell Flatiron, a condominium that personifies the new urban Miami. I like to think a real estate development is a reflection of a moment in time. That has been the case with all of our projects, and I believe Brickell Flatiron is a reflection of Miami’s coming of age as a cosmopolitan city with a thriving downtown at its heart. With its distinct flatiron shape and prominent position in the heart of downtown Miami’s Brickell Financial District, the 64-story Brickell Flatiron tower will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the U.S. upon its completion in 2019.

Your work often involves interior design for hotels. How has that experience impacted your residential design? Actually, it’s the other way around. My residential interiors influence how I design for hotels. We draw parallels between a five-star hospitality experience and an authentic lifestyle experience.

Buyers have primary hailed from the United States—mostly domestic buyers from Miami and the Northeast—as well as European and Latin-American countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. We’ve also seen buyers hail from Italy, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Spain and the Netherlands.

Park Grove is a 5.2-acre development comprised of three residential towers with architecture by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, interiors by Meyer Davis Studio, an onsite restaurant concept by Michael Schwartz and an abundance of green space landscaped by the famed Enzo Enea. The first-class amenities include an onsite art curator and a resident-only art gallery, a wine tasting room with private wine storage for residents, an outdoor amphitheater, a nautical concierge and state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities. Eighty Seven Park is one of the most unique developments in all of Florida — situated directly on the ocean alongside a 35-acre public park. Our plans call for a low-density high rise that will appeal to residents who value exquisite design, the outdoors and life on the water. We’ve committed $10 million to the city to overhaul the North Shore Open Space Park in tandem with a master plan created by West 8. Once finished, it will be one of the premier public parks in the country.

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Make use of what you already have got to decorate. Most of us have got items in our control , probably packed up throughout boxes somewhere and don`t have given them a 2nd glance. Your property needs several accessories. Rather than running to be able to the store, take the good look at whatever you already have. Trays, solid wood , acrylic, metal or metallic can be on top rated of luggage racks, teas carts, trunks, bedside dining tables and coffee tables with regard to extra texture and sizing . Arrange candles on these people , frames or pile publications on top of all of them . Plates can be strung to create wonderful wall membrane art. Art from little one`s books can be presented and hung in nurseries, children`s rooms or their very own bathrooms. You will end up being amazed at your ability with what you currently have!

Work with decorative mirrors to include immediate light to your livable space . As seen above, showcases may also be used to make the small space feel much larger . For larger rooms, or perhaps any room with a new more limited amount regarding natural light, mirrors located directly across from your glass windows , will add instant lighting . Decorative mirrors could also be used inside lieu of art to be able to fill empty wall area . Large or small, mirror add light and dimensions to your living area.

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Make use of area rugs to make softer hardwood floors. Throw area rugs give warmth and could add great texture, coloring and personality to your current living space. Hardwood flooring are beautiful and effortless to keep up but they be lacking the comfort that carpeted floors offer, particularly throughout the cooler months. Region rugs can also put fun and functionality to be able to your liveable space . Use various of varying patterns and even fabrics together to highlight your character. Or include several rugs of typically the identical pattern and cloth , or different textures yet the same color. Typically the possibilities are endless. An individual can change your region rugs to reflect the particular seasons using warmer shades and fabrics for much cooler months and lighter types for the warmer instances of the year. Generally there are many lovely 100 % cotton , washable area rugs which usually are suitable for those residences with children. There definitely is no reason precisely why a residence with young kids cannot become a trendy one.

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