Discreet luxury in Aventura
Aventura, a suburban city about twenty kilometres north of Miami, is a luxury residential neighbourhood with prestigious villas and condominiums set amongst lakes and lush tropical vegetation. One of these residences is what the designers have chosen to describe as a «contemporary moody home».
The all-female practice DKOR Interiors is one of the leading interior design firms in Miami.
Under the motto «Concept+Collaborate+Create», the nine associate professionals — some with managerial responsibilities and others more focused on design and decoration — pool their respective skills to create «an authentic style and home identity» tailored to clients’ individual needs.
The result in this case is a discreet, understated interior that combines quiet luxury with a sense of ample vertical and horizontal space, furnishings of formal purity, and bright, harmonious surface colours and materials.
One material in particular — Sunrock Travertino white matt series from Atlas Concorde — has been adopted as an interconnecting element running seamlessly through all the rooms on the two floors of the house, forming a pale stone-like carpet of large-format porcelain tiles.
«It was the owners themselves who wanted to use this tile throughout the house, including the private areas and bathrooms,» commented the interior designers. «No one can beat Italian quality and design,» they explained. The project exploits the appeal of stone, an age-old material that has always been used in architecture and for this reason is very popular amongst American homeowners.
But in this case it has been chosen in a modern, industrially-made version that offers clear advantages in terms of performance, particularly in a hot, humid climate like that of Florida.
The pale-coloured floor chosen for the living area enhances the visual sense of space created by the open-space layout, the strictly bare white walls and ceilings and the large windows that provide abundant natural light. The furnishings fit into this neutral container like a sober and elegantly functional presence, from the pearl and grey fabric upholstered sofas to the wooden dining table surrounded by upholstered chairs, likewise in white and grey fabric. A low white sideboard, glass coffee tables and a few textile accessories complement the essential decor.
The lighting design likewise maintains the utmost discretion, consisting of recessed spotlights hidden in the ceiling and shafts of light that filter down from strategically placed recesses.
The dark wood staircase, the only departure from the ceramic tiled floor, stands on one side of the living room to create an effective colour contrast.
The stairs lead to the upper storey with its four bedrooms and bathrooms.
Here too the rooms have an open, spacious layout, as can be seen in the master bedroom which is connected to the bathroom via a magnificent walk-through closet.
In keeping with the design brief, the ivory white ceramic tiles on the first floor also contribute to the neutral palette, contrasting here and there with individual grey walls, wood panelling that visually accentuates the headboard of the bed, and the dark wood interiors of the closets and the fronts of bathroom vanity units.
Atlas Concorde, Sunrock Travertino
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): 0,5%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): UA ULA UHA
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): ≤ 150 mm3
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): ≥ 40/N mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R9
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme