DELPHINE KRAKOFF CRAFTS A MAGICAL BEACHFRONT RETREAT IN MIAMI
The Surf Club opened its doors on New Year’s Eve, 1930,
and from the outset, the Mediterranean Revival-style estate on Miami’s
beachfront served as a celebratory oasis. Everyone
from the Duchess of Windsor and Noël Coward to Frank Sinatra
and Elizabeth Taylor could be found there lounging in the sun,
sipping the club’s signature Mangareva cocktails,
and enjoying poolside fashion shows, black-tie balls, and boxing matches.
Today, a new generation of sophisticated sybarites is jetting to that fabled stretch of sand,
which still retains the original clubhouse, thanks to a 21st-century vision
of beachside fabulousness: a pair of glittering residential
towers flanking a new Four Seasons hotel,
all designed by Pritzker Prize winner Richard Meier,
the virtuoso architect who is credited with conjuring some of the world’s most desirable contemporary high-rises devised for luxury living.
One cosmopolitan New York couple,
who had previously resisted the impulse to own a beach house,
came under the Meier-in-Miami spell.
Even before the project broke ground, t
hey purchased a unit on a lower floor and enlisted their longtime interior designer,
Delphine Krakoff, to start working on plans. สถาปนิก