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The design for a lower Penthouse at Oceana Key Biscayne, a second home for a young Brazilian family, reflects contemporary and minimalist design. The residence became the canvas for the owner’s artwork where at their request the design needed to enhance their ability to appreciate their vast collection rather than distract. In addition, sustainable living was an important factor to their lifestyle. Their engagement and awareness of the environment was valued through thoughtful and careful selection of materials. Jessica Jaegger opted for certified wood to water filter systems with zero fluoride or chlorine, VOC free paint to energy saving light bulbs. From the onset, Jaegger’s vision was a gallery style layout with clean lines and architectural elements both in the curation of furnishings and bespoke design.

One of the first elements Jessica transformed was the original front double door. Converting it into one six-foot wide pivot door in light oak, it reveals asymmetric panels on both sides making it appear larger. The floors are designed in French oak wood by Pianetta Legno. As you approach the art-filled corridor one encounters fiberglass white stones by Il Laboratorio del Imperfetto, a piece by Silke Schoener and Marcia de Moraes leading to Beethoven by Vik Muniz, the influential contemporary Brazilian artist. To maintain the appearance of clean lines, Jaegger designed recessed lighting, baseboards, and floor to ceiling frameless doors, a challenging but achievable task.

The client’s request was not a simple renovation. Considering the elements of designing a minimalist residence whilst still reflecting Brazilian taste required a study in the layout of the main spaces, the curation of the art, and balancing the style to feel inviting. Naturally, art is an element always present in Jessica’s design process. She was able to create the Miami gallery style home that shines through its impeccable finishes, furnishings, and desirable art collection.