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Private house - Miami Beach, FL (USA)

Black and White in the blue of Miami Beach

A loft converted into a bright, minimalist apartment in which the interior design is dominated by a combination of mosaic and materials with a glass soul.
Author
Laura Ragazzola
Photos
Arnaldo Dal Bosco
Surfaces
Trend
Year of completion
2009

Situated in the most glamorous location on the US East Coast, overlooking the palm trees that follow the long profile of the sandy coastline, this bright apartment is the holiday home of an Italian couple who decided to carry through a radical refurbishment project. But rather than knocking down walls, the project focused on a harmonious use of materials and finishes to create a colour code with a strong personality.
The hundred and fifty square metre floor space is enclosed by large panoramic windows draped with ethereal white curtains.
The high-ceilinged living room opens onto a terrace that allows the living space to expand outwards. And while the modestly sized kitchen is a kind of annex to the dining area and serves solely for food preparation, the interiors open out again in the master bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom.
The apartment also has a TV room that can be converted into a guest room and a second bathroom.
Strictly avoiding superfluity, the interior design project features a small number of extremely modern items of furniture dotted around the rooms according to a simple and rigorous style. The colour scheme is also very discreet, based solely on black and white with a few exceptions in the bathrooms.
But it is above all the systematic use of mosaic and glass-based surface coverings that lends identity and character to the rooms, and not just in the bathrooms and kitchen. Running seamlessly from the living room to the bedroom, the floor is paved with large-format terrazzo tiles made from a mixture of crushed glass, quartz and granite and produced by the Veneto-based company Trend in a wide range of colours and finishes. The Rocksolid matte black series punctuated by bright white inserts from the Cristallino series was chosen for this specific project, creating a visually striking floor covering in which bright lines emerge from the slate-effect floor. But the uniformity of the spaces is also accentuated by the use of the same material for the kitchen countertop.
To brighten up the fairly small kitchen, Karma series mosaics – also from Trend – were chosen for the walls.
Inspired by the sophisticated stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, Karma combines tradition and technology. A silver lamina applied to the glass mosaics reflects light, increasing the brightness of the surface.
The night quarters maintain the same colours as the living room and the kitchen. The only spaces that depart from the strict colour scheme adopted in the rest of the apartment are the two bathrooms. The master bathroom features an original wall covering reminiscent of giraffe skin, chosen from the Wallpaper collection from Trend. Inspired by the typical modular design of wallpaper, this series recreates arabesques, geometric and floral motifs, mineral veins, as well as magical reflections of water and light.
The guest bathroom instead returns to the Karma mosaic with its light reflections, in this case accentuated by a mixture of pink and purple shades. As in the master bathroom, the furnishings are chosen with the utmost rigour, although the washbasin eschews the classic white in favour of an unusual choice of black.

Tiles
Trend - Rock Solid, Cristallino, Wallpaper and Karma series
Type
other
Sizes
mix
Colours
mix
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): conforme
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): conforme
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R9
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme
Certifications and awards
ISO 14001
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