“Inspiration can come at any moment. I am most inspired by situations- The energy that comes from new encounters or an evening chat.”- Silvia Venturini Fendi
Miami is a source of inspiration overflowing with colors from the tropical sights, the fashionable accessories worn by its inhabitants and the art that lines its streets. The city is also the muse for numerous architects and designers who have decided to merge their work with the vibrant landscape that displays the perfect combination between modernity, tradition and nature. Companies and design houses like Fendi are making history everyday as they incorporate their products into the lifestyle of Miami’s citizens. One of such creations are the FENDI Château residences rising 12 stories above Collins Avenue, only steps away from the luxuries of Bal Harbor.
The oceanfront development incorporates the ideas and skills of Arquitectonica, Fendi interior design, and the Château Group. As a result the overall product displays boutique residences with flow-through floor plans, exclusive amenities and elegant interiors embellished by contemporary furnishings. Additionally, the structure is further enhanced by its verdant gardens which have been carefully tended to follow a Zen design flow that places functionality and peace of mind above excessiveness. This towering glass structure and abundant gardens have as a backdrop the color contrast between the sea’s intense blue and the ever-changing colors of Miami’s sky. Fendi Château represents yet another feat of the Château Group, one of the leading real estate development companies in southern Florida with numerous projects across the United States and South America. Likewise, the stunning trapezoid design reflects the singularity of Arquitectonica’s work which has influenced Miami’s image since the studio’s beginnings in 1977. The team and its leading principals, Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, have incorporated the founding principles of efficiency, reliability and originality to Fendi’s legendary interior design plans.
Most of us recognize Fendi’s signature style in the clothes that have accompanied generations of people and its influential role in the world of fashion; however, there is more to this brand than clothing and accessories. As of 1988 the FENDI Casa collection was launched by Alberto Vignatelli and Anna Fendi who aimed to extend the luxuries of portable fashion to the environments inhabited by its customers. Today the furnishings envisioned by the design house promise elegance, exclusivity and comfort. The creations, themselves are inspired by the glamour of ancient Greek and Roman palaces while adhering to the demands of the cosmopolitan population and the contemporary aesthetics of urban cities like Miami. In retaining the classical values of the past and incorporating innovative aesthetics, FENDI Casa transforms spaces into artistic expressions that reflect years of experience and advancement.
Upon entering Fendi Château’s lobby visitors will be greeted by the sight of lavish surfaces that extend from the glistening marble floors, past the geometric panels and wooden themed walls towards the 24 ft high ceilings. There are no hanging chandeliers or foot lamps to take up unnecessary space; instead, common areas feature accent lighting that cast a warm, indirect glow, thus, creating a sense of comfort and privacy. The same attention to detail and exclusivity is present in the outdoor spaces decorated with cypress trees, a gazebo equipped with a summer kitchen overlooking the ocean, pool-side cabanas and two swimming pools with side service. Other amenities also include a fitness center with beach views, a children’s club, private cinema, a library, business center, and the indispensable 24 hours security, valet service and multilingual personnel.
From outside the imposing glass tower shows uniformity and a balance with its surroundings; not only does it complement the modern cityscape but it also ads a pleasant contrast with the natural green and turquoise tonalities of Miami’s ecosystem. Meanwhile, inside it hosts a myriad of surprises that can be attributed to the unparalleled work of Fendi Casa. Each of the 58 residences display innovative kitchens with custom Fendi cabinets, induction cooktops, and modern Gaggenau appliances such as the refrigerator and freezer, a vertical wine climate cabinet and warming drawers. At the same time, bathrooms feature Italian marble flooring and countertops, faucets belonging to Franz Viegener’s Skyline collection, and hydro-massage bathtubs by Kohler. The remaining space is dedicated to the sliding glass doors reaching 10 ft. high ceilings and leading to expansive wrap-around terraces with summer kitchens and full view of the bay and ocean.
As the first Fendi branded residential building in the world the tower represents one of the few global examples of the outcomes from the union between fashion and interior design. Not only did this combination proved to be successful; it also contributed to changing the public’s vision of architecture and its purpose. Rather than having buildings dedicated solely to functionality, more and more architects and designers are integrating other factors such as aesthetics, originality, sustainability and a feeling of harmony with the surroundings. The number of residents who wish to be part of this contemporary movements is long and it includes locals as well as people from all over the world such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, France and the United Kingdom. Upon looking at the variety of customers one can also realize the power that lies within such monumental works in bringing people from different backgrounds together. Although located in Miami and inspired by the city’s tropical landscape, Fendi Château is a project that belongs to all- its stunning glass structure can be admired by anyone who gazes upon it and its brand-designed interiors can become the topic of numerous conversations that spark a wave of interest across any part of the world.