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The Outside World

Living in South Florida is synonymous with living outdoors. Step outside for the most compelling projects, products and expert advice.

Michael Scigliano

HUNT-ING GROUNDS
For a 6,000-square-foot canalside home in Fort Lauderdale, Michael Scigliano’s clients wanted a coastal and casual feel, nothing fussy or formal for the newly built spec home. So when it came to the outdoor spaces, the Miami-based founder of MS2 Design Studio selected pieces from the brand-new HOLLY HUNT outdoor furniture line—from the chaises to the Manta Ray daybed (shown). “The look is clean and minimal and ethereal,” Scigliano says, “just like the client wanted.” 

Michael Scigliano

WALKING ON WATER
Dripping with multiple infinity pools surfaced with glass mosaic tiles and featuring fun overwater catwalks, this La Gorce Island estate, the latest feather in the cap of architect Kobi Karp, is officially listed with The Jills for $38 million. Situated at the water’s edge, 34 La Gorce Circle is a newly constructed spec home designed in collaboration with renowned interior designer Boffi (plus Gaggenau appliances). The two-story house, which sprawls across 11,000 square feet—with seven bedrooms, eight full baths and two half baths—strives for maximum transparency. The home is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and glass-rail balconies so nothing obstructs the turquoise water views. When it’s time to venture outside (and that time is always), pocket doors open to the lush lawn and deck dotted with Artefacto furniture. The bayside poolhouse was inspired by the cabanas at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel: It’s a one-bedroom tropical hardwood and glass suite with an indoor/outdoor bathroom, an outdoor dining seating area, a lounge, and an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. To complete his vision of outdoor living, Karp created a rooftop terrace to offer the best views in the house, where multiple lounge areas overlook the sea and cityscape. 

Michael Scigliano

ASK THE EXPERT

Is the tropical modernism we’re seeing everywhere in new home builds a passing fad, or is it here to stay?

“For me, it’s here to stay. I think it integrates beautifully with our climate and geography, and aside from emphasizing aesthetics and rigorous geometry, tropical modernism here is also about materials that find a rich and local expression. My go-to material for the style is ipe wood. It gives you tons of textures and colors so you can play with it. You can reflect the owner’s character with it, and then use the same material for a different client for a completely different look. I’m just finishing a residence on Cocoplum Road in Coral Gables, and I used ipe for the barbecue and the flooring, and for a statement entrance. To make a connection to the exterior wood, I love using Dedon’s cocoon-like Nestrest hanging lounger, which is wrapped in a woven fiber that evokes bamboo. It’s a contemplative piece.” –Sandra Diaz-Velasco, principal, EOLO A+I Designs

Michael Scigliano

POOL PERFECT 
This isn’t your standard patio set—the Castelle Hermosa collection brings together both the linear and the curved for a playful, slender set including both lounge and dining options. Twenty items are available in five finishes—including a brilliant Luxe Gold—and are yours for the creating, thanks to Castelle’s custom design program, but there’s also a quick-ship option should you need it for urgent projects. Need a little inspiration? Head to their website to read design Q&A’s with everyone from Lori Paranjape to Atlanta’s own Steve McKenzie. From $1,200, Baer’s Furniture, 1025 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach

Michael Scigliano

CHIC SHADING
Durability and beauty have long been the dual keys to the success of TUUCI, a leader in outdoor shading. Initially developed for the marine industry, TUUCI has always delivered peerless performance, and the brand’s innovations keep coming.

TUUCI brings you from day to night with a new state-of-the-art ambient LED lighting feature. Soft, ambient lighting is directed upward into the expansive canopy for an even glow. The lighting is easy to operate with a touch control system that includes both on-off and romantic dimming.

TUUCI unveils an all-new shade option: the Single Cantilever with Tilt Option. Due to its exquisite balance and expert engineering, the cantilever with a tilt option blocks the sun and adds privacy at any angle, all with the convenience of an out-of-the-way cantilever design. 

Michael Scigliano

FLUID BORDERS
“Inside-out living has always been a lifestyle for Floridians, but now more than ever the lines are blurred due to the technological advances in fabrics and finishes,” says interior designer Wade Allyn Hallock, principal of Hallock Design Group. Because the Miami-based Hallock practices widely in the Caribbean as well as in South Florida, he has watched the boundary between in and out erode even further. “I am seeing outdoor fabrics constantly developing with a lush hand and fun patterns and colors usually reserved for indoor fabrics.” Hallock says this evolution is happening not only in fabrics, but in the construction of the outdoor pieces, which are now surprisingly suitable for inside: “The furniture manufactures are stepping up their game, producing furniture which is no longer reserved for just the backyard. When I design homes in the Caribbean, I often specify outdoor furniture in interior living spaces. I am not talking your mom and pop’s outdoor metal furniture—I am talking about fully upholstered sofas and chairs that are luscious and comfy to lounge in. Plus, the fabric and cushions can take split drinks and even wet pets without any damage and still look stylish and chic.” And no worries if your swimsuit—or even your business suit—gets wet. 

Michael Scigliano

GREEN PIECE
The new outdoor collection by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti is designed as a continuation of the brand’s indoor offerings to maintain the same level of luxury between indoors and out. The Colette armchair in particular combines innovative materials and unique colorways, making it a standout accent piece. As with all Minotti products, the latest technology in UV coating and weather-resistant finishes has been incorporated into the design so that it withstands the elements. The metal structure of the Colette is welded in more than 300 places and is wrapped in a polypropylene fiber cord. Available in two different heights and four different colors, it elevates any indoor or outdoor space. From $7,7651, 3801 NE Second Ave., Miami

Michael Scigliano

MATERIAL WORLD 
Although inspired by old Hollywood, Evitavonni is anything but black and white. The London-based fabric house has released Outdoor|Indoor, a new collection that harkens to the sophisticated, genteel aesthetic of three classic films: Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn; Summertime with Katherine Hepburn; and High Society with Grace Kelly. Simple, beautiful and made by expert weavers from around the world, the textiles are designed to withstand the elements, including light fade, stains, water and mold. To the trade

 

Michael Scigliano

BRIGHT EYES 
For his sculptural lighting collaboration with DEDON, award-winning designer Stephen Burks brings a whimsical element to the outdoors, combining handwoven bodies with Italian-milled marble bases and optional acrylic eyes to create an eccentric collection dubbed The Others. Alone, each personality-packed lamp makes a strong visual statement. But when stacked in totemlike formations, playful characters emerge. “I imagined a colorful community of dreamers, full of personality, gazing back at the rest of the world with ambition, sophistication and pride,” says Burks. “They appeared to me almost like ambassadors or guides into our imagination.” From $900, DCOTA, Dania Beach

 

Michael Scigliano

A NEW DAY 
“The Daybreak collection was developed around the idea of combining casual comfort with bold design,” says Marc Kurlander, Link Outdoor’s director of design. For the rectangular Daybreak dining table, which spans 120 inches and seats up to 10, Kurlander mixed teak and stainless steel to create a versatile piece that would be at home indoors or out. The table also comes in a variety of finish options. To the trade, Jeffrey Michaels, 3613 N. 29th Ave., Hollywood