190 // ROOMS WITH A VIEW

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY JEAN NA­YAR

De­sign im­pre­sario Paulo Bac­chi set­tles into a stun­ning pent­house over­look­ing crys­talline Bis­cayne Bay.

With his cov­eted mod­ern fur­nish­ings—distin­guished by an earthy South Amer­i­can sen­si­bil­ity— Brazil­ian-born Paulo Bac­chi has been putting his stamp on some of the most lux­u­ri­ous dwellings in South Florida for al­most 15 years. Since launch­ing the US branch of Arte­facto, the com­pany his fa­ther founded in São Paolo in 1976, Bac­chi’s nextgen­er­a­tion take on the re­tailer’s stylish eco-friendly fur­nish­ings has cap­tured the at­ten­tion of Amer­i­can de­sign lovers hun­gry for a warmer, more com­fort­able ap­proach to con­tem­po­rary liv­ing. We met Bac­chi at his own ex­tra­or­di­nary pent­house in the Grove at Grand Bay, the spec­tac­u­lar new torquing tow­ers in Co­conut Grove, where the fur­nish­ings vir­tu­oso en­light­ened us about his views on de­sign—and how it shapes his laid-back and lux­u­ri­ous life­style.

What ap­peals to you about the Grove at Grand Bay and Co­conut Grove as a place to live? Co­conut Grove is ac­tu­ally the old­est neigh­bor­hood in Mi­ami. It has a color­ful past that’s now be­ing re­dis­cov­ered. There are new parks, restau­rants, and re­tail. I love the idea of some­thing old be­com­ing new again.

AS HE CON­TIN­UES TO EX­PAND HIS FAM­ILY’S FUR­NI­TURE EM­PIRE IN THE US, ARTE­FACTO’S DE­SIGN IM­PRE­SARIO, PAULO BAC­CHI, SET­TLES INTO A NEW LIFE IN A STUN­NING PENT­HOUSE OVER­LOOK­ING THE CRYS­TALLINE WA­TERS OF BIS­CAYNE BAY.

The ar­chi­tect on Grove at Grand Bay is an in­cred­i­ble ta­lent named Bjarke In­gels. His con­tem­po­rary vi­sion re­spects the neigh­bor­hood’s his­tory yet beau­ti­fully chan­nels a new en­ergy and style. He in­te­grates and con­nects na­ture, green­ery, and wa­ter­front through­out, which res­onates well with my per­sonal style. Tell me a lit­tle about the apart­ment. Grove at Grand Bay has two tow­ers that look like they’re twist­ing. It’s a very in­ter­est­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion, like a work of art. This res­i­dence is in the North tower and di­rectly faces the wa­ter and endless green space from al­most ev­ery an­gle. It is a mul­ti­sto­ried pent­house spread out over 5,000 square feet with five be­d­rooms and six bath­rooms. The rooftop deck has a plunge pool and great spa­ces to en­ter­tain—all con­nected with na­ture. We used a lot of mir­rors to re­flect light and views. It’s in­cred­i­ble. How about the out­door ar­eas?

The ter­races are in­cred­i­ble. They face Bis­cayne Bay, which is al­ways pop­u­lated with sail­boats. There are more than 100 species of green­ery in the grounds, se­lected by Ray­mond Jun­gles, the land­scape de­signer. It looks like Cen­tral Park from cer­tain an­gles be­cause there are so many tree­tops cre­at­ing a can­vas of green ev­ery­where you look. Truly beau­ti­ful.

Tell me about your life­style in the home.

This home is grand but feels warm and in­ti­mate. I can imag­ine a large fam­ily en­joy­ing this life­style with a lot of en­ter­tain­ing and din­ner par­ties. The liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas are de­signed for this. We used calm, nat­u­ral pal­ettes that wel­come you in with a com­fort­able sense of for­mal­ity. It’s ex­tremely im­pres­sive be­cause wide-open spa­ces and glass walls over­look­ing endless views sur­round you. This is a float­ing res­i­dence in the sky that re­flects warmth, beauty, and na­ture.

Is there a phi­los­o­phy that in­forms your point of view on in­te­rior de­sign?

Warm con­tem­po­rary is what de­fines Arte­facto. The sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ments in­flu­ence us. The wa­ter, views, and en­ergy in­form our en­tire de­sign ap­proach.

Which spe­cific Arte­facto fur­nish­ings were used here?

Many pieces are from Arte­facto,

along with ex­clu­sive pieces from Jader Almeida and Ale­jan­dro Estrada. From Jader, there are the Wed side ta­bles, the Mi­rah arm­chairs, and the Jardim side ta­bles. From Ale­jan­dro, there are the Pipo lounge chairs in a gray-white­washed color. From Arte­facto, we in­cor­po­rated the Pure bench and the Vul­can coffee table in the liv­ing spa­ces and many pieces from our new col­lec­tion, such as the Trevi ta­bles, the Foster coffee ta­bles, and more. On the out­door ter­race, there are the Vene­tian chaise lounges that line the pool area and the Natura coffee table. We like func­tional pieces that act as a plat­form for cus­tomiza­tion through time. What are your thoughts on bring­ing pat­tern or tex­ture into the mix? We se­lected wall­pa­per that in­tro­duces un­ex­pected sub­tle tex­tures. Light grays, syn­thetic st­ingray, and fibers cover the walls. An off-white mar­ble floor­ing from Greece adds to the float­ing feel­ing and pro­vides a gor­geous sur­face for Arte­facto fur­nish­ings with plush linens, steel, and wood. Every­thing is nat­u­ral. We in­stalled a stun­ning Bac­carat chandelier over the din­ing room. It punc­tu­ates the room, and at night it’s mag­i­cal.

What drives your at­ti­tude to­ward art? What do you col­lect?

I’ve been at­tend­ing Art Basel for many years and have pur­chased many pieces, with some blue-chip art­works by Koons, Hirst, and Botero, as well as some more con­tem­po­rary pieces, largely from South Amer­ica. Art is an important as­pect for Arte­facto. In this res­i­dence, there’s a na­ture-cen­tered work by a Cuban artist named Jorge Mayet en­ti­tled Mi Tierra. The artist cre­ated it with the mind-set of bring­ing along a part from his home­land that hangs on the walls. It’s al­most as if art func­tions as an ex­ten­sion of the res­i­dence.

Are there ar­chi­tects or de­sign­ers in Brazil—or other parts of the world—whose ideas in­spire your ap­proach to de­sign?

I love the Mod­ernist mas­ters, such as Os­car Niemeyer and Lina Bo Bardi, who re­ally show­case the best of de­sign com­ing from South Amer­ica. In re­cent years, their pieces com­mand high prices and are cov­eted by col­lec­tors of mid­cen­tury de­sign.

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“THIS IS A FLOAT­ING

RES­I­DENCE IN THE SKY

RE­FLECT­ING WARMTH, ART,

BEAUTY, AND NA­TURE.”

—paulo bac­chi

Fur­nish­ings made ex­clu­sively for Arte­facto by Jader Almeida and Ale­jan­dro Estrada, such as the Wed side table (above), fill Paulo Bac­chi’s stylish Grove at Grand Bay home, along with Arte­facto’s own pieces, like the Pure bench (above and be­low). In­spired by Co­conut Grove, Bac­chi (top right) in­cor­po­rated plant ac­cents to bring na­ture in­doors (left). bot­tom right: Almeida’s Pipo chairs.

Pro­vid­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of the bay, the glass walls in the mas­ter bed­room and kitchen (be­low), as well as a pal­ette of off-white and light gray, cre­ate an airy, wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. left: The rooftop deck has a plunge pool, green­ery, and plenty of space for en­ter­tain­ing.

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