Luxury Home + Design
The Art of Living
Strike it rich
Typical beach-front high-rise this is not. Located in Naples’ Admiralty Point bordering Doctors Pass, this 3,200-square-foot unit underwent a complete remodel in 2009. “We took everything out, started with a blank concrete shell and went from scratch,” says David Ostrander of Iluminus Design Group. What resulted was a home that is more metropolitan than tropical; more French Art Deco than Tommy Bahama.
Designed to highlight a serious art collection and its sleek, sophisticated materials, the condominium is saturated with deep blues, rich chocolate brown, reds and oranges—drawn from a Dale Chihuly sculpture on the coffee table and a screen print by Andy Warhol of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark over the console—that manifest in the custom carpets and furnishings.
In the clear
A glass wall gives way to a study, finished with black automotive lacquer cabinetry, goatskin parchment doors and custom-forged bronze poles, and walls upholstered in chocolate brown saddle leather. “The driving force was achieving more of a curated interior, from the sense of picking materials you don’t often see in a beachfront environment,” Ostrander explains.
Ray of light
A striking sunburst door of Macassar ebony offers entry into this distinctive home. To the right, a vintage Venetian mirror hangs over a console table by Holly Hunt.
The bright side
An electric blue enamel range by Molteni forms the centerpiece of the kitchen. Even here, unique materials abound—Azul Macauba quartzite from Brazil, oversized slabs of Calacatta gold marble for the floor, and walls done in waxed Venetian plaster with an authentic silver fleck.
On that note
A different Chihuly piece in shades of blue hangs over the dining room table, which is flanked by a console crafted by strands of welded stainless steel and verre églomisé (a French technique in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold leaf), and a custom piano by Bösendorfer, an essential for a family of pianists.
State of the art
Even the hallway forms a showcase for art. This single-panel canvas mural by Fromental was painted in Paris, a recreation of an original that hung in the first-class dining room of the 1930s ocean liner the SS Normandie. Across the hall, a sliding barn door provides a dash of bright color and an opportunity to showcase a Lalique crystal face.
Cognac saddle leather covers the walls in the master bedroom. A custom bed of Macassar ebony with inlaid, pre-banned elephant ivory sits between two lamps crafted from ancient jade totems from Japan, the finishing touches on a room that exudes one-of-a-kind exotic appeal.
Hand-painted cherry blossoms on silk present a sense of the surreal in the master bathroom. The bathtub and sinks are custom milled of white Carrera marble, and the flooring was crafted from Brunello quartzite from Brazil—the only slabs remaining in the United States.
Interior design and project management
David Ostrander, Iluminus Design Group
Cabinetry design and millwork
Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild