May 24, 2017
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub | October 31, 2016 | Home & Real Estate
South Beach residences are known for cutting-edge design, but these days, sharp edges are giving way to softer, more organic curves.
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“Sometimes curves imply feminine, but this lamp is very masculine. The mix of materials—leather, metal, and fabric—is interesting. A pair could bookend a large console.” The laser-carved GA logo on the Cherie lamp was created in black nickel over a round element covered in lizard skin. Armani/Casa Miami ($4,050). Miami Design District, 10 NE 39th St., 305-573-4331
“What a fun chair—brings a smile to my face. With the foam structure and removable covers, it doesn’t take itself so seriously. It’s great to mix up colors around a dining table.” Cedric Ragot’s Celeste armchair has a metallic structure and foam core and is completely customizable. Roche Bobois ($1,355). 450 Biltmore Way, Miami, 305-444-1017
“Bar carts have made a comeback, and this one in brass—a current favorite finish material—would be great nestled in the corner of a living room or dining room.” The Beverly bar cart combines acrylic elements with metallic accents for a super sleek look. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ($1,940). Miami Design District, 3800 N. Miami Ave., 786-609-9920
Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair, designed in 1948, has a bent tubular steel frame with a molded fiberglass seat and latex foam cushions. “The Womb chair is an enduring classic that looks great but is also one of the most comfortable chairs to sit in for hours reading a book.” Luminaire ($4,999 with ottoman). Miami Design District, 3901 NE Second Ave., 305-576-5788
“The scale of this substantial table—almost five feet across—is tempered by its soft curves as well as the void in the center. It’s furniture as functional sculpture!” Brazilian designer Jader Almeida’s Twist coffee table, in walnut or oak wood, is part of his first US collection exclusively for Artefacto. Available in 47 ¼- and 59-inch diameters. Artefacto ($5,321–$7,164). 4440 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 1600, Coral Gables, 305-774-0004
The Eero Saarinen Tulip table is experiencing a revival—from appearances in the last season of Mad Men to current design magazines. An original Tulip table also inspired the dining area of Miami designer Mike Stake’s former townhouse on the Venetian Causeway. His custom-designed curved banquette covered in mohair enhanced the circular theme.
“Curves are softer and more approachable,” Stake says, noting the trend has been building for the past few years. “Organic forms are more comfortable than sharp edges. Curved furniture makes you want to touch it.” His suggestion? Use a round rug in a square room to soften the look.
Stake is currently working on a 10,000-square-foot house in Coral Gables and a Boston penthouse in an eight-story glass and steel tower built on top of a gutted old church. Mike Stake Studio, 927 Lincoln Road, Ste. 212, Miami Beach, 305-433-8211
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIPPE ARRUDA (ARTEFACTO); FANJOY LABRENZ (MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS)