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Blank Canvas

By Karine MoniĆ© | Photography by Douglas Friedman

In Miami, Mexican designer Tamara Feldman designed the interiors of an art collecting couple’s oceanfront home.

In this apartment, which spans 400 square meters, the dreamlike panorama towards the coast and golf courses is appreciated from the three terraces and in all living spaces. But the stunning view is not the only impressive element. The pieces housed in the interior spaces are true treasures that the owners acquired over more than two decades.

From the terraces of this 400-meter apartment through the living spaces, the dreamlike panorama is appreciated extending towards the coast and golf courses. But the stunning view is not the only impressive element. The pieces housed in the interior spaces are true treasures that the owners acquired over more than two decades.

This home, located in a sophisticated building, belongs to Alan and Janice Lipton, two well-known art collectors in the United States who founded the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Miami.

“The biggest challenge was to create a house that was an extension of the owners’ personality and that the works were part of every space, as if they had always been there. The design is sophisticated but discreet so that the art stands out,” commented Tamara Feldman, who was in charge of this complex design challenge. Born in Mexico City and based in Miami, where she heads her firm Tamara Feldman Design, she studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York before graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. The Mexican designer loved sharing her common passion with the owners.”As an art lover, I am always inspired to create spaces where there is a personal collection, as is the case in this project,” said Tamara Feldman. The designer also lived in Tokyo, an experience that gave her the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Japanese architecture, which is reflected today through her taste for clean lines that characterize her namesake designs.

This apartment, which has a master bedroom, a guest room, and two offices (one for each of the inhabitants), became a blank canvas to display impressive pieces by renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein in the entrance, Donald Judd and Ugo Rondinone in the dining room, and Frank Stella and Anish Kapoor in the living room. Worthy of a gallery, the collection, which also includes works by Dan Flavin, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, and Robert Motherwell, among others, was undoubtedly the biggest source of inspiration. 

Tamara Feldman gave importance to all the design details such as recessed lighting, custom carpentry, the selection of sculptural furniture, vibrant colors, and luxury finishes, never forgetting that art should be the main protagonist. Each element (such as the onyx bar, for example) complements in a subtle way and dialogues with the works that adorn the different areas of the apartment, which stands out for its contemporary look. “No space is the same as another; all possess a unique essence that coexists in harmony with the next,” highlighted Tamara Feldman

In it, the materials are fine, and the textures are natural, such as marble, terrazzo in the kitchen, and mother-of-pearl in the bathroom mosaics of the office to create a feminine and refined aesthetic.In every corner, the sophisticated atmosphere exudes both a sense of peace and a good vibe that honors the energy of Miami. “I work every day to exceed my own expectations of what a space can be, providing a new perspective on design. I challenge myself to break the mold, even my own,” concluded Tamara Feldman

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