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Miami penthouse design: The ultimate bachelor pad


This penthouse interior design, part of an iconic Miami landmark, has been given a new look, blending sumptuous style with beach chic

This building became one of the landmark creations on Miami’s famous Ocean Drive. Designed by legendary architect and product designer Michael Graves in 1993, it’s often known simply as The Michael Graves Building and its shape and pastel shades make it one of the street’s renowned art deco delights.

In addition to designing it, the pioneer architect also resided in the building for 20 years, though it was reported he had to leave as he could no longer afford it. The building was in the news recently over a revamp of its public spaces, with this penthouse apartment receiving a makeover by glamorous American-based Swedish interior designer Sofia Joelsson, who runs SoJo Design.

Reportedly listed for sale for US$25 million (approximately AU$30 million) a few years ago, it’s now home to a mystery bachelor. Comprised of four penthouses combined to create an 8,400ft2 area, the apartment is a mammoth space. However, such an expansive area could also have been a hindrance when it came to creating a home encompassing five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

“Since we had to combine four penthouses, it was important to consider a layout that felt natural and had flow,” explains Sofia.

It’s no surprise the multi-million-dollar view was the starting point for the interior design. “My biggest inspiration was the penthouse’s stunning view of the ocean and downtown Miami, and I wanted to create an atmosphere as relaxed and luxurious as that of a high-end hotel,” reveals Sofia. “This was achieved by using a neutral colour palette coupled with textures and layers, and keeping the space open to receive a lot of natural light. I went for a soft grey palette, which works well with the Florida light and the sand tones from the beach.”

Even some of the artworks were inspired by the sea, with a driftwood sculpture given its own special display corner.

Of course, every bachelor pad needs a home theatre, and this apartment features the only private one on South Beach, as well as not one but two modern wine cellars, an expansive roof terrace, and iPad-controlled functions using the latest Savant home technology.

For Sofia, there were certain standout elements of this overly impressive project. “The space planning was very exciting, specifically the specialty features in the project such as the wine cellars, the two built-in credenzas
in the living room and the media room,” she recalls.

All fixtures and elements of this home are the best of the best. From Turkish marble flooring to stone baths, a gourmet chef’s kitchen and every girl’s dream walk-in closet, each way you turn, no expense has been spared. Much of the furniture is custom made by Vanguard Furniture, adding the finishing touches to this world-class home most will only ever dream of.

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Photography by Joey Accordino