Exceeding Expectations

When I met with Hamilton Aguair and then did a little research for my post, I knew had to do a separate story on the home that now house's the giant balloon dog that is part of Hamilton's 99% series. ( See last post )

This home is so unique, so unbelievable, so Miami!  Built on spec by Barry Brodsky, a luxury home builder.  The over the top and oh so tasteful 18,679 square foot home features furniture by Artefacto, one of my favorite design stores here.

It is a completely indoor/outdoor experience with an emphasis on fun. An entertainer's dream, a buyer looking at a home of this caliber expects all kinds of bells and whistles!

I immediately noticed the calming quality of the neutral interior with high end finishes.

” Brodsky has studied kabbalah and meditation, which has helped him understand the need to “add warmth and soul to make a house a home,” he explains. “I try to visualize a buyer living in the home, and I design the home to be livable.”

AND  this is where the Hamilton Aguair balloon dog stands.   If I am being honest, I love it in more organic material.  The mylar creates a completely different look.  The owner loved it too. The dog found a permanent home with the new owners.

The piece de resistance is the water slide discreetly tucked into the corner of the property.  It cascades down from the second floor into the pool next to the stairs.  Fun for kids and adults alike!

Barry Brodsky gets me!

Hamilton Aguiar

If you follow me on Instagram you may have known that I posted a painting by artist Hamilton Aguiar.  He saw it and reached out to me.  It just so happened that I was near his studio in Miami, so I stopped by and we had a nice visit.  I have been an admirer of his work for some time.

I was introduced to Hamilton's work in a gallery in Aspen several years ago, but his moody landscapes never fail to captivate me.  What the computer monitor cannot capture is the way light shifts the perspective of the shadows as it moves across the canvas throughout the day in his Landscape series.  The Solitude series of a single leafless tree has an overall sheen that somehow makes more powerful the feeling of solitude.  There is a minimalist energy, yet interestingly, the tree sculptures were all seen in pairs.

Much of his career thus far sounds serendipitous, like our meeting.  Hamilton gained attention at an art fair where his Landscape series stood out above the other very colorful works.  The gallerist I bought my painting from told me he was immediately mesmerized and Hamilton confirmed that that fair was the turning point

Hamilton's use of spacial dimension along with the strength of horizontal and vertical planes help make his work speak to modernism.  The luminescence created by gold and silver leaf under the paint is a study in light.  It was not surprising to learn Hamilton's background in his hometown of Brazil was in art restoration.  Landmark properties that were being restored called for a master of gilding or fine painting.  He came to the United States and settled in the Hamptons where he ended up with a gallery for a time.  Hamptonite friends, does anyone remember this?

Metallics, plaster, lacquer, resin, sheen, matte, sculptures, paintings ~ his toolbox is vast, his vision singular.  Each of his series has the common thread of harmony and balance.  Changing seasons and changing locations brings a new complexity to the subject matter that in essence, is very simple.

The Aqua series is inspired by the seascapes he now spends time amongst in Miami.

Hamilton began working on his 99% series.  They are spoofs of other artists' very popular and very commercial works.  Hamilton changes it just enough to make them his own.  I anticipate that show in the coming years.

I can't wait to see the entire series!  I will be watching with bated breath, Hamilton.  Thank you for your warmth and your time.

photos: studio and on location via Hamilton Aguilar, remainder CLI

Design on a Dime Miami Style

After attending Design on a Dime in New York for the last several years I was excited to see how Miami does it.  One of the most fun events of the season went South ~ Design on a Dime Miami in the heart of the Design District is in its 3rd year.  The fundraiser benefits Housing Works, a healing community supporting those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

I have written about the NY event herehere and here.

Being greeted by a handsome guy in a towel at the Elle Decor booth is a crowd pleaser, no matter where the place!

B + G Design with Janet Patterson created a layered, lady boss lair

Amanda Lindroth and Serena and Lily help accent a perfect Palm Beach pad.

A. Keith Powell's booth was powerful in its visual geometry.

Fava Design Group features a strong woman front and center.

A hip, groovy music lounge by Nicole White Designs

The Moore building in Miami's design district is a busy event venue, especially during Art Basel.  The space was as beautiful as it was challenging for an event such as this.

I wish I had a better picture of Nicole Fuller's chic Parisian boutique hotel inspired vignette, featuring many John Pomp pieces.  I am assuming the art is by her artist husband Alexander Yulish.  I should have grabbed that!

Monica Arellano, Stephannie Benhamu and Miguel Lewis pooled their talents .

Endless possibilities inspired the Eolo A & I Design space.

It was fun to see the similarities and differences of the designer vignettes between the two cities. Miami does have a unique vibe, New York always "brings it."  I'm now thinking LA needs to get in on the act!