News and Events » luxury houses http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Luxury Property: Miami Worldcenter http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/luxury-property-miami-worldcenter/ http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/luxury-property-miami-worldcenter/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 14:06:16 +0000 http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/?p=1454 The Miami Worldcenter will have upmarket malls, as well as restaurants, office space, private parks, galleries and trendy nightlife. Towering above all of this will be a seriously luxurious condo block: Paramount Miami.

If you have recently been to Miami, you will have heard of the billion-dollar Miami Worldcenter development. It’s enormous — the second-largest urban development in the US (after New York’s Hudson Yards) and will cover a stretch of nearly 30 acres in the heart of Miami’s Downtown district. (That’s the size of 17 football pitches.)

Due for completion in 2018, the Worldcenter will have upmarket malls, including Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, as well as restaurants, office space, private parks, galleries and trendy nightlife. Towering above all of this, Miami Worldcenter will be home to a seriously luxurious condo block: Paramount Miami.

The brainchild of super-developer Daniel Kodsi in conjunction with Miami Worldcenter’s developers Art Falcone and Nitin Motwani, the 60-storey tower will house 473 apartments, priced from just under a million dollars.

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Overlooking the city on one side and the bay on the other, apartments range in price from US$910,000 to US$1.6 million. Ten-foot-high ceilings, designer European kitchens and large entertaining spaces, as well as a 24-hour valet, come as standard. In addition to the apartments there will be 24 penthouses and 14 Balinese-style two-storey luxury villas.

Penthouses vary in size from between 3,500 square feet to 6,000 square feet, and range in price from US$3.5 million and US$6 million. Buyers can design their own units by buying two, either side-by-side or above and below as a duplex. There are only four penthouses on each level, compared to 12 condo residences on a standard floor, so they are very private and offer great value, says Peggy Fucci, CEO of OneWorld Properties, sole broker representing the developer. “At US$1,000 per square foot, values of penthouses are much lower than standard price per square foot of their equivalents in other nearby condo buildings,” said Fucci.

The Balinese-style villas will be even more exclusive, with prices starting from US$3.6 million or US$1,500 per square foot. The villas are located on the ninth floor of the six-acre upper deck and are surrounded by water with private pools and rooftop decks. The penthouses and villas are not yet officially released for sale. “They will be officially marketed after they break ground in the third quarter of this year,” said Fucci.

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The amenities are equally five-star. Not many Miami residents can say they have a private lift that connects them directly to the Mall, she added. “The amenities, location and quality of the product make this offering completely different and unique, in what is billed to be America’s city of the future,” said Fucci.

Residents will have access to the amenity deck on the ninth floor with lush gardens, infinity pools and a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa. On the upper deck is the summer kitchen and BBQ, a half-kilometre jogging path and a soccer field. At the very top, there will be a four-storey lounge with a firepit, tai chi area and infinity pool, designed to echo the curves of an Italian yacht. The tower’s design is a collaboration between renowned architect Elkus Manfredi and a team of Miami-based designers.

Miami’s new infrastructure, favourable taxes, connections with Latin America and attractive pricing have brought firms and international investors from China and around the world. According to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report this year, Miami ranked as the sixth-most-important city to the global ultra-high-net-worth community — above Paris, Dubai and Beijing. Come 2025, the estate agent expects Miami to still be in the top 10.

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However, it has been speculated that Nama indicated its knowledge of Mr Ronan’s interest in the boat as its negotiations with him came to the pivotal stages shortly before his exit from the bad bank on April 1 this year after a €300m settlement was agreed.

The Ronan Group exited Nama after five years as a result of a refinancing package rather than a loan sale.

The Ulysses was built by the internationally renowned Benetti shipyard and has accommodation for 12 guests in six staterooms.

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CAMERON DIAZ MANHATTAN HOUSE MAKEOVER BY KERRY WEARSTLER http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/cameron-diaz-manhattan-house-makeover-by-kerry-wearstler/ http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/interior-design/cameron-diaz-manhattan-house-makeover-by-kerry-wearstler/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:23:01 +0000 http://www.bocadolobo.com/en/news-and-events/?p=296

Cameron Diaz shares details about her Manhattan apartment in the October 2013 issue of ELLE DECOR, and you can see the full article here.

Diaz found a kindred spirit in Wearstler. “I blame my love of sparkly, shiny things on my Cuban roots,” says the Southern California–born actress, who points to the formative years she spent on the beach for her tomboyish ways. “But I also wanted a place that felt very homey, very tactile. Kelly is unparalleled when it comes to striking that mix.”

In the living room of actress Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment, which was designed by Kelly Wearstler, the swivel armchair by the window is by Milo Baughman, and the Murano-glass chandelier, cocktail table, and stools are vintage; the armchair is upholstered in a Clarence House fabric, and the wallcovering by de Gournay and rug by Mansour Modern are custom designs.

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“The palette reflects Cameron herself—it’s innately sexy without being overly flashy,” says Wearstler, who considered Diaz more collaborator than client. “Cameron has excellent taste and understands how colors work together and why quality pieces make rooms special,” the designer adds. Indeed, there are few home cooks who would agree to the fearless combination of unsealed brass countertops and dramatic emerald-green cabinets in the kitchen.

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The custom-made parchment-and-brass dining table is flanked by Vladimir Kagan armchairs covered in Groundworks linen by Kelly Wearstler, and the circa-1960s chandelier is Spanish; paintings by Fabrice Penaux hang on a wall of mirror tiles.

The kitchen may be her favorite daylight lair, but at dusk it’s the living room, when the space is at its most seductive and the custom rose-petal–color wallpaper and mirrored walls throw off the kind of light that makes everyone look like a movie star. “It’s a bit like living in a silk-lined jewelry box,” Diaz adds.

The kitchen’s backsplash, counters, and sink fittings are unlacquered brass, the brass-trimmed cabinetry is lacquered in a custom color, and the range is by Viking.

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In fact, Wearstler loves fashion and jewelry references—she has recently revamped her clothing and accessories lines to include leather, denim, jewelry, and clutches—and makes sure they show up in every room. Light fixtures of mottled glass and hammered metal punctuate rooms with the élan of showstopping earrings. In the lavish bathroom, an artful grid of bronze knobs is strung across a stretch of storage like beads on a necklace.

A Pierre Chareau–designed lamp on a circa-1960 chest by Drexel in the living room; the fireplace screen is by Charles Edwads, and the painting is by Hunt Slonem.

Silk linens and a ruched skirt and headboard dress the bed in the master bedroom, where a snow-white chair upholstered in plush mohair recalls 1970s fashion. In the hallway, the onyx hand-troweled plaster wallcovering has the look of a wonderfully weathered leather bag. And like the finest couture, the rooms are luxe from the inside out. Drawers are lined in raw black silk, the back sides of doors are clad in hammered metal, and the interiors of closets are covered in custom wallpaper or in vivid paint.

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For both women, completing the project was bittersweet. “I learn new things with every client, but Cameron taught me to be more sensitive to the hand of fabrics and textiles,” Wearstler says. “She was so involved in every step, every choice, that I’m delighted by how well the place represents her.”

The master bath is sheathed in glass tiles by Ann Sacks, the parchment-covered vanity and mirrors are custom made, and the sink and fittings are by Waterworks.

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For Diaz’s part, if the acting thing doesn’t work out, she could see herself indulging her design passion professionally. “I’m really going to miss those four-hour-long meetings with Kelly. I got to look at, touch, and talk about beautiful things,” she says.

The guest room features a custom-made brass four-poster and parchment-covered nightstands, a 1960 Austrian ceiling fixture, and a vintage marble garden stool; the painting is by Riccardo Prosperi, and the silk rug is by the Rug Company.

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For now, however, she’s anticipating the release of her next film, The Other Woman, directed by Nick Cassavetes. And she’s happy to have a place to truly call home in New York: “I’m surrounded by things that mean something to me. That’s what a home is.”

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