Light On White is an international architecture and interior design studio specializing in luxury residential projects for private clients and property developers around the world. As a turn-key service, they offer a cohesive vision of architecture and interior design, from initial space planning to bespoke finishing touches. Their Miami based design studio is led by French designer Alizee Brion; nature, global travel and a passion for art are constant influences in her creative design work. The LuxPad looks around one of their latest projects, a Miami home which is a true reflection of its unique client and context.
Project Name: South Beach Residence
Floor Area: 4,500 sqft
Project Time Taken: 6 Months
Completion of Project: November 2016
Light On White was commissioned to design the interiors of a 4 Bedroom residence in the heart of South Beach. As is often the case in the rapidly evolving Miami real-estate market, the client had purchased the house as a new-build, concrete shell from the developer. The modern structure with generous volumes was particularly in need of warmth and a touch of originality to make it the client’s own. As a French rap artist, the client approached Light On White seeking to bring European elegance to his family home while following the sleek lines of the modern architecture. The project features a number of bespoke pieces of furniture as well as turn-key styling and art.
Creation / planning process
As with all our projects, we started by considering the property’s context. In this case, the defining feature was its oversized glass sliding doors with views looking onto Miami Beach’s beautiful Golf Club. We chose to accentuate this sense of total immersion in nature by heavily landscaping the garden with lush tropical vegetation and configuring the furniture layout with indoor-outdoor living in mind.
The client shared Light On White’s appreciation for natural materials and clean lines. He gave us carte-blanche on the colour palette so we opted for masculine neutrals, accented with pops of copper and bronze metallics. When designing with a neutral colour palette, the key is to create a rich and unexpected layering of textures. We combined open-grain wood against high-gloss lacquer, dyed shagreen against hand-painted glass and embroidered linen against deliciously soft leather. The use of materials in their raw form celebrates their natural beauty, imperfections and all. The result is an immersive, sensory design with timeless appeal. Statement art and chic accessories give the home a polished feel.
We produced photo-realistic CG visuals of the key interior spaces so that the client could get a real sense of the finished look and feel of the design for complete assurance.
Our goal was to create an environment that serves the client and his family’s current needs, but also anticipate the aesthetic desires and functional needs of the family as it grows and changes. We used pops of bold colour in the children’s bedroom to create lively schemes to reflect each of their personalities but gravitated towards darker tones such as deep purple and navy that they can continue to enjoy as they grow into their teens. We stuck to loose furniture instead of built-ins so that they can easily switch pieces out over time as their needs change.
When budget is a consideration, we like to mix a few more affordable off-the-shelf furnishings with our usual custom designed pieces and luxurious fabrics. Not every single element needs to be a showstopper, rather it’s about finding a balance where the key pieces can take center stage and the overall design intention is never compromised.
How it went?
As a whole, the project ran remarkably smoothly despite the tight turnaround. We are fortunate to have a wonderful network of quality suppliers and tradesmen both local and international that we called upon to help us deliver this exceptional project.
From a design standpoint, the main challenge was how to make the house feel comfortable and cosy without visually overcrowding the oversized spaces with too much furniture. One way to overcome this challenge is by creating ‘spaces within spaces’. The living room is split into two areas: a more formal sitting area designed for entertaining and a more relaxed sitting area facing the TV by featuring back-to-back sofas. This way, the wow-factor of the space is retained, but you don’t feel lost in the space. Proportion plays a huge role in getting the space to feel right, in this case it was about balancing a few key pieces of oversized furniture with some smaller ones for a varied and dramatic visual landscape.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
The master bedroom has to be our favourite, which strikes the perfect balance of understated luxury. The feature piece is the round swivel chaise longue upholstered in a patterned velvet fabric with embossed leather cushions, both by Holly Hunt. We also love the joinery unit in the living room featuring a Tabu wood veneer finish and bronze mirror.
The client’s favourite room is the dressing room featuring custom LED-lit floating glass shelves to display his impressive collection of sneakers which he very proudly posted about on Instagram to his 2 million followers!
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
One of the toughest issues we faced was detailing the floating glass shelves in the dressing room. We built out a wood veneer wall cladding that the shelves slot into, just deep enough to serve as a cantilever and to conceal the LED strips that diffuse light through the glass. It was unlike any dressing room we had designed or even seen before but the client had a clear idea of what he wanted, so we had to find a solution. We’re very pleased with how it turned out!