All About Interior Design

It’s not often that a model residence looks as cool as a contemporary design fair, but at 100 Franklin, the historic Tribeca mixed-use project developed by DDG, fashionable flair is on full display in a design concept that’s as personal as it is stylish. Seeking to set the interior apart, the DDG team sought out the expertise of The Future Perfect, the renowned New York design gallery established in 2003 by David Alhadeff. The Future Perfect is widely known for its vibrant international roster of boundary-pushing designers, particularly Lindsay Adelman, who pioneered the now-ubiquitous look of chandeliers with hand-blown glass globes perched on branching metal stems. DDG also approached De La Espada, a Portuguese firm specializing in handcrafted solid-wood furniture with timeless appeal. One always expects showrooms and model residences to be polished and elegant, but the interior at 100 Franklin shows that they can be creative and even a bit quirky, inviting prospective residents to imagine how distinctive their own homes there could be.

The triangular living area with light-colored wooden floors and white walls is a jewel box of creativity, full of pieces by designers from around the world. In the main living space, highlights include Brooklyn-based Chris Wolston’s Luxor chairs, which he makes by sand-casting aluminum, and a geometric wooden display cabinet called “Mitch” by the designer Luca Nichetto, whose studio is in Venice, Italy. Adding a wash of color, a dramatic ombre curtain by Calico Wallpaper from their new textile line, Cope, diffuses light from a large window. There are curvy ceramic sculptures by Russian-born, New York-based Lana Kova and hand-tufted rugs by the Swedish firm Kasthall. And to display small treasures, there are sumptuous black walnut bookcases by Autoban, a Turkish design studio.

Perfectly chosen (and sometimes unusual) details are a hallmark of designer Alexandra Champalimaud, and she’s brought her signature aesthetic to the light-filled interiors throughout 3550 South Ocean. Also developed by DDG, these luxury Palm Beach condos are perched right on the shoreline and sit nestled within a rectilinear glass-clad building with ocean and intercoastal views. Montreal native Champalimaud has worked on major hospitality and residential projects all over the world, from China, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur to New York, Aspen, Los Angeles, and beyond. Her designs have classical roots and demonstrate a love for 18th-century European grandeur, art-deco style, and rich, exotic materials.

Champalimaud excels at bringing her cosmopolitan point of view to tropical and resort settings. Her interiors for 3550 South Ocean are no exception: inspired by classic 20th-century South Florida architecture and the work of Carlo Scarpa, she chose light colors in the form of materials like white oak, limestone, travertine, and coral to complement the glass walls framing sky and ocean views. Retaining a serene look throughout, Champalimaud introduced idiosyncratic charm in the form of asymmetrical lighting fixtures, like the chandelier composed of overlapping bent-wood circles that illuminates the dining area, and the minimalist, six-sided fixture in the master bedrooms that takes classic chandelier proportions and remixes them for the 21st century.

And when it comes to classical luxury reimagined, the new Grand Penthouse at 181 Fremont is in a class by itself. Designed by MASS Beverly, this four-bedroom residence in Downtown San Francisco spans the entire top floor of the 800-foot-tall building. In keeping with the spectacular views and unique proportions, MASS Beverly designers Mary Ta and Lars Hypko went bold, choosing contemporary decor in saturated colors and dramatic lighting fixtures. Custom interior details like a soft gray glass partition, subtle recessed lighting, and a dramatic modern fireplace give the main living area a cutting-edge look even as it offers beautifully tailored, low-key comfort. The pair also partnered with Anthony Meier Fine Arts and curator Holly Baxter to select distinctive works for the penthouse—a fitting collaboration for a unique residence that could fairly be called a work of art.

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