Miami designers Todd Davis and Robert Brown show why bright colors and age of Aquarius accents are a sizzling-hot trend in home design.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A Mod-inspired penthouse at the Pelican Hotel on South Beach.
The Savoy chandelier, influenced by 1970s space-race design, “reemphasizes the ’70s globe and Sputnik for use in the dining room or over the kitchen island.” Made of polished nickel and clear glass. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ($1,750). Miami Design District, 3800 N. Miami Ave., 786-609-9920
“We connected to our love of color with this bedside chest from our furniture line in unique purple-dyed wood.” Made in Indiana; also available in other styles from consoles to sideboards and tall cabinets. Brown Davis Exclusively for Keith Fritz ($18,950 each). John Rosselli & Associates, Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Road, Ste. A-128, Dania Beach, 954-920-1700
These ball pillows feel playful and are reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s. They can be used in bright colors with a ’60s or ’70s design or in neutral that matches a sofa to give the room a more hip look.” The 13-inch-diameter spherical art pillows are handmade in New York. Andrew Yes ($485).
The Manhattan sofa is a “classic ’60s shape covered in a fun fabric to make it pop in your living room.” The eight-foot-long sofa features textured old-gold linen and walnut cone legs. Mod Shop ($2,418). 6101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-3148
“A cross between ’70s and ’80s design, the Atoll swivel chair is all about turning for conversation and gathering for parties.” Updated with Omega technological fabrics in bright orange. Roche Bobois (from $2,730). 450 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, 305-444-1017
“The graphic shapes and colors of this rug are very ’70s. It’s like a traditional room with a contemporary painting because it infuses new energy into the design.” Homegrown Green is hand-knotted of Tibetan wool. The Rug Company ($114 per square foot). Miami Design District, 4040 NE Second Ave., Ste. 104, 305-576-9868
“The Large Morph bottles, reminiscent of the ’60s, are best to use in odd numbers.” Niba Home ($495 each for the large). Miami Design District, 39 NE 39th St., 305-573-1939
Short for “modernist,” Mod style can encapsulate anything from bright colors and streamlined furniture to Sputnik-inspired accessories and bold graphic art. “Design is cyclical,” says Robert Brown, who runs Brown Davis Interiors with Todd Davis. “The edited, clean-line look is a reaction to the recent past of extravagant design.” Brown and Davis’s best-known interior projects include the British Embassy in Washington, DC, and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s homes in Washington and Chappaqua, New York. Others include a racehorse farm in Kentucky and a penthouse in Miami Beach’s Villa del Mare. Recently, the duo introduced Brown Davis Exclusively for Keith Fritz, a custom furniture line made in America.
Davis says the Mod aesthetic especially appeals to those looking for something new and unconventional. “We are simply reestablishing that look of the ’60s and ’70s as a legitimate style,” says Brown, who expects the trend to have staying power because it also can be used as an accent. Brown Davis interprets the look more like the late ’70s, using neutral tones and softer colors, then adding chandeliers and rugs from the period. Brown Davis Interiors, 665 Alton Road, #1, Miami Beach, 305-401-7565