Rising from the waters of Naples’ Venetian Bay like a glimmering jewel box, 4100 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. in Park Shore, is an ultramodern testament to design and engineering. Built on the waterfront former homesite of Park Shore mastermind Ray Lutgert, this Stofft Cooney-designed home is as close to waterfront living as you can get.
Coming in at 10,000 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths, the 2018-built home was designed for a longtime friend and client of firm partner John Cooney. The architect had designed the couple’s Captiva Island home 22 years ago (a classic Old Florida design with corbels and shutters), and they became fast friends. John also designed the couple’s Manhattan co-op. With their Naples home, they wanted to break away from the traditionalist inclinations of their other spaces. It was also a departure for the city’s architecture: “We’re doing a lot more modern homes [in Naples] now, but four years ago [when we began this project] not so much,” John says.
It took a year to draw and three more for BCB Homes to build the sculptural home, given the difficulty of the 1.02-acre lot, with half of the home hanging over the water and sitting on pilings.
The exterior is an architectural work of art—solid and with voids—featuring expansive walls of glass. “There is a view from every room,” John adds. “The one property line abuts the neighbors,’ and that got the garage.” The house unfolded according to the couple’s desired room count and what they were looking for: pool, hot tubs, shaded areas—most of which extend over the water. A large, monolithic sun shade covers the spa and offers a terrifically framed view of the sparkling turquoise bay as you enter the foyer and look straight out to the pool and beyond.
Inside, clean lines and a minimalist palette create the perfect backdrop for pops of color, such as the custom tulip swivel chairs in Cool Pool Blue indoor/outdoor velvet introduced by Miami-based artist and designer Eric Beare. He also created several artworks and custom rugs for the couple’s Captiva home. This time, he handled the entire interior design—his first large-scale project.
In Eric’s hands, the interiors strike a balance of color and light, texture and shine. “It’s maximalist in scale and color and minimalist in accessories,” he adds. The great room is a glistening diamond with 22-foot ceilings and a glass wall that looks onto the pool and the bay beyond. Eric created a 15-by-18-foot bamboo silk rug inspired by photographs the homeowners had taken during their travels. High above hang five Raimond Puts for Moooi reproduction pendants ranging from 35-inches-to-47-inches in diameter from LuxLuk Miami. The custom furniture—much of it inspired by Iranian-French architect India Mahdavi—was built by Artistic Frame in New York to scale appropriately within the space. Eric painted the 80-by-65-inch artwork—a reproduction of Picasso’s Jacqueline with Flowers—above the linear fireplace.
The dining room features a bamboo silk rug similar to the great room, along with a Roche Bobois Diapo dining table and Roche Bobois Celeste chairs in Baltic blue ultrasuede.
Turquoise is a theme that pops throughout the home but most aggressively in the main-floor den, where it adorns the walls in linen wall cloth and balances the high-luster nylon rug laid in alternating 14-inch strips of black and white. Turquoise also finds its way into the minimalist kitchen, where it is reverse-painted on a glass backsplash, which also houses a large-screen TV, installed to handle the range’s heat. Venetian glass pendants were brought from the Captiva home and found new life above the large kitchen island. But inevitably, eyes find their way to the view. “Normally, in every home, there is a place you gravitate to,” John says. “But here, you get blown away in every room in the house.” As of October, the home was listed through agent Michael G. Lawler of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Architect: Stofft Cooney Architects
Builder: BCB Homes
Interior Designer: Eric Beare
Photography: Lori Hamilton