// POOL­SIDE PARADISE

Ocean Drive - - September 2017 - BY JEAN NAYAR

The founders of haute fur­ni­ture com­pany Mo­rada cre­ate an en­er­getic and easy-on-the-eyes poolscape for a mid­cen­tury bun­ga­low on Mi­ami Beach.

THE FOUNDERS OF HAUTE FUR­NI­TURE COM­PANY MO­RADA CRE­ATE AN EN­ER­GETIC AND EASY-ON-THE-EYES POOLSCAPE FOR A MID­CEN­TURY BUN­GA­LOW ON MI­AMI BEACH.

Ef­fort­less beauty is not al­ways ef­fort­less. In fact, it takes a keen eye and just the right touch to cre­ate this charm, par­tic­u­larly in the back­yards of some of Mi­ami’s most lux­u­ri­ous homes. For Fer­nan Her­nan­dez, a per­fec­tion­ist ar­chi­tect and fur­ni­ture de­signer, it’s a mat­ter of mix­ing a cu­rios­ity for life and de­sign in­no­va­tion with his unique artis­tic sense—a com­bi­na­tion that landed him sev­eral Fur­ni­ture De­signer of the Year awards for his global col­lec­tions as the cre­ative head be­hind Mo­rada-haute Fur­ni­ture Bou­tique. Work­ing with Mo­rada co­founder Hol­ger Oden­stein, the duo pro­duced their lat­est masterpiec­e, a back­yard setup to com­ple­ment some 8,000 square feet of out­door space at a three­bed­room bun­ga­low-style Mid-beach home erected in 1951.

“It was com­pletely re­done with all walls opened so you can en­joy the gar­den from every room,” says Her­nan­dez. The own­ers were keen on mak­ing use of the out­side sur­round­ing lush gar­den by in­te­grat­ing it with the liv­ing space. “Aes­thet­i­cally, they wanted it to look like a bou­tique villa in­spired by trop­i­cal and South­east Asian el­e­ments by adding pieces like hand­crafted co­conut palm tree planters to feel fresh, el­e­gant, invit­ing— but still cool and hip.”

In the pool area, Fer­nan­dez and Oden­stein es­tab­lished a lounge-like feel, per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing dur­ing the day and at night. “Out­side, you have the Mo­rada out­door so­fas with flex­i­ble boost­ers that al­low you to con­vert the so­fas to sun beds, lounge so­fas, or chaise lounge/ daybeds,” says Oden­stein. The Mo­rada sun beds, made of wood with in­te­grated um­brel­las, all face to­ward the stun­ning Me­dusa-in­spired sculp­ture at the end of the swim­ming pool. “[It’s made from the] roots of a Suar tree and part of the trunk, from which the artists carved the face. The hair is sim­u­lated by the dense root net­ting,” ex­plains Her­nan­dez. The re­sult­ing at­mos­phere, Her­nan­dez says, is “con­tem­po­rary, but with some eth­nic el­e­ments that make it cozy and com­fort­able. [It’s] the per­fect ex­ten­sion of the liv­ing room: in­side-out­side liv­ing.” 3701 Biscayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 305-501-2768; morada­fur­ni­ture.com

The lounge-like pool area fea­tures an ipe hard­wood deck, white­washed co­conut­palm planters, Sun­brella fab­rics in gray and turquoise, and striped ac­cent pil­lows along with a wo­ven out­door rug. The pool was com­pletely re­done with nat­u­ral dark green stone...

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