Owner/Developer: Dezer Development and The Related Group
Architectural design: Pelli Clarke Pelli, Sieger Suarez Architects
Interior design: Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio, Artefacto, Marisol Pinto, Steven G.
Landscape architecture: Enzo Enea
Furnishings: Armani/Casa, Armani/Dada, Armani/Roca
Art/Sculptures: Curated by Sandro Chia and Sinisa Kukec
Photo credits: Federica Bottoli
It is the first project for the U.S. and the largest designed and completed to date by the Armani/Casa interior design studio in the world: Armani Group launches The Residences, the 60-story tower at Sunny Isles Beach, in Miami, in a breathtaking oceanfront location just north of Bal Harbour, with 308 luxury residences, common areas and amenities.
“Armani/Casa was born from my desire to see my design aesthetic at work in interior spaces”, says Mr. Giorgio Armani. “On a project like this, where we have the benefit of partnering with a talented architect like César Pelli, we get the opportunity to create something really special, a remarkable living space, imbued with the spirit of modern elegance”. At the core of each project “there is always a great deal of research, and the location and context are the main factors taken into account in order to intervene in the most respectful and consistent way possible, while maintaining the brand identity”.
In this case, “Miami’s light and colours played a key role, as did the Art Deco style, part of the city’s cultural tradition. Many curved lines were added, both in the configuration of the rooms and in the furnishings. Soft lines and pure geometry connect all the spaces in a fluid and harmonious way”. Rounded parts often recur, as Mr Armani says, “and the curved volumes, alternating with purer and clearer geometries, are the elements that reappear most often.
These create a common thread that unites the various rooms and the furniture that is specially designed for the project. There is also the presence of coated linens and precious lacquers, an example of Italian craftsmanship and expertise, reminiscent of the sophisticated materials of Art Deco. And then the shagreen texture, typical of the period, re-imagined in a contemporary style, as well as the decorative metal details, which create flashes of light and mark out the volumes of the furnishings, such as the large sofa in the lounge, and the wall coverings”.
Residence by Armani/Casa is a partnership between the Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio, Dezer Development and The Related Group. “The building features private high-speed elevator access to most residences, expansive private balconies and summer kitchens in every home, an Armani Private Lounge, fine dining restaurant, cigar room, wine cellar, heated swimming pool, ocean-facing fitness center, two-story spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, movie theater and clubroom, exclusive beach amenities on a 300-foot stretch of private shore”, explains Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development.
“We love to join forces with like-minded brands and create exclusivity versus anything mainstream. Armani is a good example of this, as they’re a global brand with a specific, timeless style that does not go out of style and cannot be replicated. Partnering with them as a developer means that Residences by Armani/Casa will inevitably attract a buyer who is fashionable, luxurious and sophisticated, much like the Armani brand. The collaborations elicit creativity at its finest, and are a win/win for all”.