Felix Cohen’s UltraLuxe Dramatic Dreamscape
“I have worked with Italkraft since 2010 and feel extremely comfortable with Alex Xakoustis. When it comes to resourcing, knowledge of materiality, and precision of factory details, he is exact. From the beginning of construction, Alex tirelessly accompanied me in ensuring the “kitchen” was to become a centerpiece of art. Alex understood my vision and brought it to life.” – Felix Cohen
With his insatiable appetite for design, the sensual dolce of Felix Cohen’s architectural score sweeps through the tropical landscape of 3114 North Bay Road with a panoply of luxuriating home décor, custom- built furniture, and exotic finishes that combine in a colorful arrangement of the curated 11,500 square feet oasis.
From the moment one enters the property through a covered gate, the topographical vastness secludes you in and greets you with the warmth of lush greenery and topiary against the backdrop of Brazilian Ipe Wood paneling – sweeping you into an airy space among sleek interiors, illumination of natural light, and the use of shadow. Cohen’s composition of balance is the perfect sonata that gesticulates a sensual chord, open to interpretive views that drifts between the indoor and outdoor environs.
Designer of Italkraft, Isaac Bulnes individuates, “The interior design of this house achieves a style; rare in that it is at once fabulously opulent, indulgent, yet stoic, sober, and modern. It’s purely sublime and refreshingly new.”
One of the most compelling rooms is the library. Richly finished in a shimmering veneer-grey oak with a brushed silvery surface, the cantilever shelving throughout breaks the orthographic profile and elevates the beauty of the meridian line. The ambitious pairing of furniture in robust, steely tones and millwork create an understated elegance.
Felix shares, “The kitchen is the centerpiece of art that is the connector to the downstairs living spaces.” The priority of the design was to have it flow into the dining and living room and read as one-mega space, with each room having its own distinctive flair. Proportioned long and lean, the complexion is striking and nouveau in the regard that the millwork resembles furniture stylized pieces in Italkraft’s European aesthetic rather than conventional cabinetry with the flush of Miele and Sub-Zero appliances. Isaac adds, ” Finishes are in a segmented grey oak veneer that gives the surface character, with an elevation that is equally strong and stridently monochromatic.” The island accommodates seating for six without breaking up the shape.
“Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response.”
– April Greiman
The ensemble of haute style elements and awe-inspiring art marinate in an eccentrically seductive ambiance in the main room of where the dining room and media lounge meet, with direct access to an outdoor resort-inspired experience.
Manager of Superhive, Jason Smith reveals, “3114 was purely design driven by the large television in the main room. The idea was to avoid blockage of the exterior view and to keep out the glare from the sunlight. The solution was to consolidate by placing an Intelligent Home Automation System that allows the television to come down from the ceiling. A professional sound system, operational lighting, and shading are on the same switches giving you a true entertainment experience. As we say power up the popcorn.”
Outside the main room leads you to a pathway where you actually feel you are walking on water to the private spa and steam room, eloquently finished in Spanish tile.
The master bedroom boasts glass walls from floor to ceiling with unobstructed, Southwestern views of the Biscayne Bay. Walk-in closet spaces are wrapped in suede and are repeated as an embellishment to the drawer-fronts and plush handles. The structure of the closet interiors are finished in premium matte-lacquer, rarely seen in the closet business and even more rarely produced with this level of quality and softness to the touch that you can expect from Italkraft’s precision.
Internationally-acclaimed luxury furniture brands were hand selected by Felix Cohen to include: Hermes; Baccarat, Christofle, Henge, and Bvlgari to name a few.
Other amenities include an upstairs living room with Roches Bobois furniture, Rose Gold shower fixtures in every bathroom, wine cellar, and a 2,500 square-foot roof garden with a scenic backdrop of the Downtown Miami Skyline on the third floor. For the yacht connoisseur, there’s a boat slip that is easily accessible through a palm-flanked private beach path.
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