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A MODERN AFFAIR - Echenike

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DESIGN Kenneth Crawford, Kenneth
Crawford Interiors, Hollywood, FL
ARCHITECTURE George Brewer,
George Brewer Architecture,
Delray Beach, FL
BUILDER Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
PHOTO SHOOT PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
Javier Echenike, Fort Lauderdale, FL
TEXT Marina Brown
PHOTOGRAPHY Jerry Lang,
Boynton Beach, FL
The very simplicity of the chromatic
choice highlights each splash of color
in the family room. Like dashes of red
cherries on soft ice cream, a red “cup”
chair from Anima Domus pairs with
Roche Bobois’ white leather sofas to
form a social grouping atop a retro
area rug from Carpet Source.
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Love Is A Funny Thing … You Don’t Know
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To Something Beautiful
In perfect complement to the pristine white
interiors and linear geometry of the dining area,
Philippe Starck’s “Long & Hard” light fixture
from Capitol Lighting suspends above the sleek
Italian setting that looks out onto a manicured
lawn and the Intracoastal Waterway beyond.
IN THE CASE OF THIS 7,000-SQUARE-FOOT FORT LAUDERDALE,
Fla., home created by designer Ken Crawford for his Tennessee client, excitement grew
with each new color, texture and finish. The result — homeowners head-over-heels in
love with their new house.
Crawford designed the home for the young family as a second residence and every
facet is a departure from the traditional luxury of the their northern home. On a corner
lot facing both the Intracoastal Waterway and a side canal, the three levels of gleaming
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white geometry set a new direction for the neighborhood. But one that has Holiday
Boat Parade vessels halting in awe to gaze at the luminous structure.
Given carte blanche, Crawford came aboard to design the home with the owners’
concept first and foremost in his mind. “My client said it should be contemporary,
relaxed and that his favorite color was red,” Crawford says. “After that he was absolutely
fearless.” And yes, it was the husband who became fully engaged in the design process.
“We’re both from the South,” the designer says. “We understood each other.”
“The owner told me he’s slept in every room ... on the poolside lounges,
and even on the plush family room area rug,” designer Kenneth
Crawford says. “And he can say for sure, he �loves every inch!’”
Hugging the corner with biaxial water views, the family room proves that
simplicity contains the ingredients of sheer drama. In pure white, Roche
Bobois’ leather sofas transform into reclining chaises and back to sculpturally
elegant seating. Stealing a scene from the era of modern classics, a custom red
“cup” chair designed by Jai Jalan joins Domus Design’s glass and chrome
cocktail table atop a plush, retro area rug. Yet, the most dramatic aspect is the
ever-changing view. To keep it pristine, Crawford designed a nearly structural
console from which a television ascends.
With the formal living room jettisoned, an atrial entry takes its place with
a message: “Have fun and relax!” A contemporary blue felt and nickel billiard
table bids welcome surrounded by Intracoastal Waterway views that open to
a cantilevered stairway and a sleek Italian-influenced dining area to the right.
Wrapped in glass, the walnut-clad stairway appears to float in space. Escher-like,
it seems to both come and go. A custom sculpture is in the works for the small
dais beneath the risers.
ABOVE: Even the kitchen has managed unrestricted views to the water. With streamlined, whitelacquered cabinetry set back and a stainless steel hood by Wolf elevated, the vista remains open
from the grilling station on the lanai straight through the breakfast area to the Intracoastal Waterway.
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The uniquely blue and walnut-trimmed
table from Mitchell Exclusive Billiards
takes prominence in the entry, where
Brueton’s angular, white leather bench
from E.G. Cody provides a scenic spot
to sit and wait for the next turn at play.
The formal dining area, like the
other first level spaces, is given a
uniquely Italian sensibility with
marble flooring polished to a high
sheen. An Andrea Lucatello glasstop table dominates surrounded by
slim-backed, white leather chairs
base-edged in stainless steel. Shades
of blue mimic the sky and waterway
as the custom glass centerpiece and
a shiny stainless steel tower by
artist Martin Schreiber pick up all
of the reflected hues.
Facing the less active canal, a
breakfast area, kitchen and intimate
lanai align to form the favorite
gathering place for family and
friends. In the kitchen, subtle gray
leather counter stools by Cattelan
Italia sit like quotation marks beside
Innovative’s warm wood cabinetry
topped with glistening tiger marble,
while the breakfast area serves up
both bounty and fun … a place for
board games and kibitzing with
the cook.
Refusing to be taken all too
seriously, the media room’s massive
walnut door slides fully open to
reveal the billiard table’s fun.
Stainless steel accents carry into
the space, where Bonaldo’s sleek,
squeeze-waisted table sits in perfect
complement to the sofa’s pumpkincolored coverings from Romo.
Crawford suggested the bold
orange viewing sofa for family or
friends to gather in a brotherly
heap as they watch the full-wall
screening of a favorite film.
RIGHT: Leaving hard work behind, one can play
at will in the media room. Here, a bold-striped
bolster pillow from Nessen Showroom adds a
punch of colorful comfort on the viewing sofa.
Beyond the wall of glass, Inside Out’s fiberglass
platform sofa is topped with durable Sunbrella
cushions … just perfect for a twilight nap.
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LINED WITH WALLS OF LUSH AMERICAN WALNUT,
THE MASTER BATH — WITH ITS MIRABELLE SOAKING TUB,
WHITE-LACQUERED VANITIES TOPPED IN
MARBLE OF THE WORLD’S CALACATTA GOLD, AND
A MEGALITHIC CLOSET AND DRESSING ROOM
BEYOND — IS ITSELF A DESTINATION VENUE.
Just upstairs, a glass balustrade keeps the view into the soaring central
atrium unimpeded as it seems to jut outward toward the pool. This floating
catwalk connects the second floor’s two wings — one given to the guest
and children’s rooms, the other to the master suite.
With his eye now educated to contemporary aesthetics, the owner wished
to remain “architectural” even in the master suite. “We chose a stainless and
lacquer bed, and wide bedside tables for their elegance and stark simplicity,”
the designer says. “The hanging pendants also reflect the minimalist
approach … which in the end gives each piece heightened interest.”
LEFT: On stainless steel tracks, the
master bedroom’s walnut panels
slide closed for privacy and open to
the spa-like master bath or a morning
kitchen with everything needed for
nighttime refreshments too. Dandy’s
draped chaise lounge from Ensemble
Collection and Sklar’s stainless accent
table shape a serene sitting area.
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The home’s waterside footprint shifts
forward and back, capturing space for
balconies above and terraces below.
Brown Jordan chaises recline poolside,
while “Nemo,” a curious chair, looks on
from the gardens. A rooftop terrace holds
a full summer kitchen and space for
dining al fresco beneath the stars.
In the master bath, Crawford used every inch to insinuate something luxurious.
A freestanding island of polished walnut strips and white lacquered cabinetry
holds his-and-her vanities — each with its own built-in television. A ladies
make-up space sits beside a cube-shaped soaking tub seemingly perched along
the skyline to take in the view along the waterway. Artist William Braemer’s
red-toned paintings, Spring Bouquet 2 in the bath and Lady Rothko above the bed
in the master suite, were commissioned especially for these spaces.
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Though each of the dozens of glass openings can be closed with electric
shades, it is the relationship of the home to its setting which sets it apart. In this
house, the difference between indoors and out is only a perception. Considering
himself to live in a home of enchantment where even a sculpture looks as if it
has come to life, it is understandable why from time to time the owner still sends
messages to his designer saying: “I love my house … thank you. I really, really
love my house.”
SOURCES
Family Room
Sofas - Roche Bobois, Miami, FL
Lounge chair - Domus Design Collection, Anima
Domus, Aventura, FL
Pink accent pillow fabric - Casamance,
Bill Nessen Showroom,
Dania Beach, FL
Purple accent pillow fabric - Romo, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Cocktail table - Domus Design Collection,
D&D Building, New York, NY
Console cabinetry - Custom designed
by Kenneth Crawford Interiors,
Hollywood, FL
Console cabinetry fabricated by
Euro International Manufacturing,
Hallandale Beach, FL
Recessed lighting - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
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Area rug - Unique Carpets,
Carpet Source, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Flooring - Marble of the World,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Millwork and molding - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Dining Area
Dining table and console - Cattelan Italia,
Anima Domus, Aventura, FL
Chairs - Bonaldo, Anima Domus,
Aventura, FL
Sculpture - Art Fusion Gallery,
Miami, FL
Centerpieces on dining
table - Kenneth Crawford Interiors,
Hollywood, FL
Light fixture - Philppe Starck,
Capitol Lighitng,
Boca Raton, FL
Stairway and recessed
lighting - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Recessed lighting - Bomar
Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Flooring - Marble of the World,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Millwork and molding - Bomar
Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Kitchen/Breakfast Area
Cabinetry and island - Creative
Concepts, Boca Raton, FL
Countertops - Marble of the World,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Barstools, breakfast area table
and side chairs - Cattelan Italia,
Anima Domus, Aventura, FL
Hood - Wolf, Ferguson Enterprises,
Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Centerpiece bowl - E.G. Cody,
DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Recessed lighting, millwork and
molding - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Entry
Billiard table - Mitchell
Exclusive Billiard Designs,
Clearwater, FL
Bench and accent tables - Brueton
Industries, E.G. Cody, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Millwork, molding and recessed
lighting - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Media Room
Sliding wood door, recessed
lighting, millwork, molding and
flooring - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Viewing sofa - Bonaldo, Anima
Domus, Aventura, FL
Bolster pillow fabric - Camengo,
Bill Nessen Showroom,
Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillow fabric - Casamance,
Bill Nessen Showroom,
Dania Beach, FL
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Accent table - Brueton Industries, E.G. Cody,
DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Recessed lighting - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Millwork and molding - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Master Bath
White cabinetry - Creative Concepts,
Boca Raton, FL
Vanity chair - Bonaldo, Anima Domus,
Aventura, FL
Artwork - Art Fusion Galleries,
Miami, FL
Master Bedroom
Bed and bedside tables - Brueton Inustries, E.G.
Cody, DCOTA Dania Beach, FL
Bed covering and accent pillow fabrics - Romo,
DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cabinetry - Custom designed by Kenneth
Crawford Interiors,
Hollywood, FL
Cabinetry fabricated by Euro
International Manufacturing,
Hallandale Beach, FL
Accent table - DIA, Sklar Showroom,
Boca Raton, FL
Chaise lounge - Dandy,
Ensemble Collection, DCOTA,
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Dania Beach, FL
Throw - Casamance,
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Artwork - Art Fusion Galleries,
Miami, FL
Sliding wood doors and recessed
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lighting - Bomar Builders, Inc.,
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Deerfield Beach, FL
Carpet - Masland Carpets,
Exclusive Carpet Collection, Inc.,
Boca Raton, FL
Millwork and molding - Bomar
Builders, Inc.,
Deerfield Beach, FL
Pool/Patio
Pool fabricated by Bomar Builders,
Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL
Lounge chairs and occasional
tables - Brown Jordan, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillow fabric - Designers
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DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Nemo chair - Anima Domus,
Aventura, FL
Poolside lanterns - Kenneth
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Hollywood, FL
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Dania Beach, FL
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