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True Colors

Given South Florida’s golden light rushing in and resplendent views to contemplate, colors are typically used sparingly—but that doesn’t mean they don’t pop.

Purple Reign

Rob Brown (left) and Todd Davis, principals of the Miami Beach-based Brown Davis Interiors, in a penthouse project

 

Purple Reign

Brown Davis’ Barry bedside chest is a signature piece from the firm’s BD Home furniture line ($13,971).

 

Purple Reign

Floe Insel sofa by Cassina ($9,261, luminaire.‌com)

 

Purple Reign

The Pantone Light Deneb in ultraviolet, a collaboration between Pantone and e3Light ($60, ‌lightcolorlive.‌‌com) 5 Morada Haute Furniture

 

Tangerine Dreams

Gil Walsh of Gil Walsh Interiors devised a conversational seating arrangement to contrast with the sea view.

 

Tangerine Dreams

Treillage garden stool ($395, scenariohome.com)

 

Tangerine Dreams

Skram Furniture’s Lineground Lowdown media unit, in cherry wood ($7,615)

 

Tangerine Dreams

The belted Bond ottoman from Morada ($2,950)

 

Lady in Red

Miami-based designer Phyllis Taylor in the home of Donna Shalala, where Tibetan musical instruments sourced from Jalan Jalan are placed throughout.

Lady in Red

Shiro Kuramata’s 20-drawer revolving cabinet dates from 1970 ($3,029, luminaire.com).

 

Lady in Red

Artefacto’s Constantin bedside table, with drawers lined in Suede Madri Paprika ($6,500)

 

Lady in Red

Embryo chair from Cappellini ($4,394, luminaire.com)  

Purple Reign
When the owners of this Miami Beach penthouse homed in on a plush 1970s style, Brown Davis Interiors went to work. Shades of raspberry and purple are dominant, as exemplified by the bold contemporary art, custom barstools and the 10 custom-designed dining chairs, which boast Holland & Sherry Raspberry Riot fabric tucked around wide channels. (The chairs flank a custom gray bird’s-eye wood table with brass inlay.) A peek inside the master bedroom reveals a pair of Barry bedside tables in purple; Rob Brown and Todd Davis created the piece as part of their inaugural furniture line in partnership with Keith Fritz.

Tangerine Dreams
Palm Beach designer Gil Walsh created the ultimate seaside getaway using classical beach and nautical motifs in fresh, modern applications. While the envelope is overwhelmingly crisp and white for maximum airiness, punches of strong color abound, creating bold, graphic statements. The inspiration for this scheme started with the orange accent chairs that Walsh’s client discovered in a flea market. Both client and designer found the color refreshing and energizing, so a lamp from Mecox, a bowl from Home Goods and accent pillows created by Walsh swiftly followed. A dog sculpture, from the client’s private collection, oversees the citrusy room.

Lady in Red
Donna Shalala’s love of red is on full display in her Coral Gables condo, and her color preference harks back to her stint in the Peace Corps, where her appreciation for the crafts of indigenous tribes was born. The former United States secretary of health and human services and president of the University of Miami worked with Phyllis Taylor, principal of Taylor & Taylor, to create a multilayered space to house mementos of a storied career—and new finds to complement those rosy artifacts. A Peter Poulin chair, Japanese wood stacking seats and an Italian midcentury glass vase—all red—nod to the variety of primitive pieces Shalala has acquired throughout her life.