When a product lights my heart like a torch, it’s a special moment. I had one of these occurrences when I spotted Ornare’s Manhattan vanity in the Brazilian manufacturer’s July newsletter. Destined for the Fendi Chateâu Residences in Surf Side, Florida, in a classic blue lacquer finish, these stunning beauties were designed by Brazilian architect Patricia Anastassiadis.
The elegant cabinets will be included in each of the 58 residences that overlook the beach near Bal Harbour, a tony destination north of Miami Beach that draws the elite to South Florida’s shores. Given the caliber of the finishes, the extraordinary amenities and five-star white-glove service being created, Fendi will once again be raising the bar on oceanfront luxury, and it’s no surprise Ornare is in the thick of it.
I had the pleasure of noting the manufacturer’s entrée into the US market when Ornare debuted its first North American showroom in Miami when I was covering the design scene in South Beach, and I knew these Brazilians would change the way Americans think about design within the home’s most intimate spaces. Happily, my predictions were spot-on!
Fanny Haim is the interior designer for the Fendi Chateâu Residences—another name that was often included in my coverage for top publications such as Luxe and Miami magazines as a print journalist. She says of her design focus, “The vision for the project was to create a fusion of sophisticated oceanfront living with the legendary quality and craftsmanship associated with the Fendi brand globally. Our arsenal includes the juxtaposition of diverse elements , such as Roman travertine, which is iconic to the Fendi image, with hand stitched leather and precious materials—all to convey timeless elegance, and the luxury and quality that the both the Fendi and Chateâu group brands are famous for.” And I’d like to declare the tailored perfection of the lines of the Manhattan vanity fit this refined aesthetic to a tee.
And with fine metal detailing accenting the doors and drawers, and sexy metal feet—all in a sophisticated silver finish—the vanity is quite simply “on message” for any interior branded with Fendi’s renowned opulence. Cláudio Faria, the director of the Miami showroom since its opening, says of being tapped for inclusion, “This is a very important project for Ornare. To have our brand aligned with Fendi Chateau, Fanny Haim and Venegas International is fantastic.”
In a stealth move, the developer, Chateâu Group, is choosing not to construct a building that will dwarf its surroundings, a plus since the area nestled next to the Haulover Cut is hospitably scaled (and one of the few communities to remain so). The ship-like design by arquitectonica sits on three acres of land skirted by 300 linear feet of private oceanfront property. The residences range from 3,400- to 7,000-square-feet and the project will include Zen-like outdoor spaces holding lushly planted gardens.
Given the names attached and the classical beauty of this one interior element, I predict this will be one of the most sumptuous new properties to grace South Florida’s shoreline when it opens in June 2016. The interiors represent a trend I’m seeing lately—classicism paired with contemporary design. Have you noticed it as well?
Text of Bonfire of the Vanities © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.