Starting with a raw, unfinished 5,500 square foot space, Phyllis and William Taylor of Florida-based
Taylor & Taylor created a warm and free flowing design that celebrates this 25th floor penthouse apartment's stunning views, which stretch from Key Biscayne all the way down to Key Largo, and its journalist owner's exotic collection African and Japanese pieces. 74
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In the living room, a neutral palette is accented by a rich, Chinese cinnabar hue and energzied with bold tribal influences. A pair of Donghia sofas and two low-slung armchairs from Holly Hunt are paired with artifacts from the owner’s collection, including an African Senufo bed, which delineates the two seating areas, and a Gourounba antelope mask.
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The television in the living room is concealed by a pair of African Dogon doors from Jalan Jalan, hand-carved by the Mali tribe of West Africa, which are attached to sliding panels. Two ladder-back armchairs clad in an
African Kuba cloth from Lee Jofa complete the space.
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Snaidero cabinetry in a dark wenge finish defines the kitchen. The backsplash from Ann Sacks has an African rhythm and imparts
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The breakfast area pairs a custom banquette covered in Manuel Canovas fabric with a Tucker Robbins table.
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In the dining room, a 9-foot-long Bumbinga wood and metal console provides a showcase for two African masks under black and white
photography by Carlos Domenech. Dining chairs from Q Collection, made of wood
from sustainable forests and environmentally friendly fabric, surround a
table from RakovaBrecker.
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To enhance the skyline views in the master bedroom, the bed is perched atop an Asian inspired platform. Donghia’s “Story Stones”
fabric on the duvet brings a splash color to the space. A paper archer and four small
African masks add an artistic flair to the master bedroom along with Asian
artifacts, such as a Chinese elm-wood wedding basket and a wooden chair.
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A white-onyx backlit tub with a Sapelli-wood frame centers the master bathroom. “The Peasant,” by Zimbabwe sculptor
Sabotsi Kanyeredza, watches over the space, and a pair of vintage Tonsue
cabinets function as His and Hers vanities.
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The Taylors custom designed the doors of white oak and glass that open to a hallway that leads to the guest rooms. The espresso wall color
provides a dramatic backdrop for a painted wood chest by furniture designer
Richard Warholic. The orange feather celebration hat originates from the
African Bamileke tribe.
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The entrance to the home office is flanked by bookcases brimming with objects from around the world.
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Wood-beamed ceilings in the gallery hall impart an Asian feel, while floor-to-ceiling shelving provides display space for the owner’s
vast book collection. Wall niches exhibit masks and sculptures from Africa,
Bali and Indonesia.
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The home features three wide terraces, including this one located just off the dining room that overlooks the Miami skyline. Wide-armed,
deep-cushioned Dedon sofas in a faux-wicker finish feature Sunbrella cushions
with accent pillows covered in fabric by Donghia. Follow Taylor & Taylor to be kept up to date on their latest products, projects and announcements.