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FROM LATIN AMERICA TO THE GOLD COAST,  T DESIGN RELIES ON ADDISON HOUSE TO CREATE A HOMEY DESIGN.

By Virginia GIl  |  Photography by Kapture-photo

When your ideal vacation spot can be described as a “home away from home,” it’s best to put a call in to T Design before making travel arrangements. The design duo, made up of Eduardo Tawil and Mirian Tabasinic, is known for translating a client’s vision into glorious interiors, all tailored down to the smallest detail. “Our designs reflect who our clients are and I think that’s important,” explains Tawil, who was tasked with customizing this 12th-floor, two-bedroom apartment to function as a vacation home for a family of five. “We always try to interpret what the person likes.” 

The  dining set, from Addison House, exudes subdued elegance thanks to a sophisticated multi-layered wood design by renowned Italian company Emmemobili. The chairs with eco-sateen upholstering, customized by contemporary Italian company Bross, were complemented by  modern Flos lamps, also from Addison House.
The dining set, from Addison House, exudes subdued elegance thanks to a sophisticated multi-layered wood design by renowned Italian company Emmemobili. The chairs with eco-sateen upholstering, customized by contemporary Italian company Bross, were complemented by
modern Flos lamps, also from Addison House.

Tawil, both an architect and interior designer by trade, and his partner Mirian Tabasinic, an architect for more than 40 years, fashioned a vacation home for the family in just less than four months.  “We were to create a comfortable vacation home that was neither too ornate or elaborate yet still fun and eclectic,” explains Tawil of the project. The couple wanted the beachfront, Bal Harbour apartment to be unlike their home in Venezuela, but at the same time completely different than other homes they had visited in Miami. Their mission was clear from the onset but budget constrictions and the apartment’s irregular layout gave way to some trepidation.

“The original apartment had an open kitchen that gave way to the living area, which most Latin American people don’t necessarily like,” Tawil reveals of the collective concern shared among a number of his Latin American clients. Creating a partition between the kitchen and the living area that sealed off the kitchen mitigated the problem but created a new design setback—lighting. “We wanted to make sure the kitchen wasn’t visible but bringing in natural light was still very important,” explains Tawil. The solution: a glass partition with an enlarged photograph that acted as a two-ways mirror of sorts. Light could enter the kitchen and once could still see out into the living room. A guest sitting in the living room, however, could not see in. “I play a lot with transparency; finding a way to get natural light is always a good challenge,” reveals Tawil.

Bringing it natural light was a point of contention for the bedrooms as well—specifically the den. The small, confined space did not benefit from windows, an inherent setback of the overall lighting design. Thus, transforming the den into a third bedroom required serious ingenuity. “A window gives you light but it also creates the sensation that there’s something beyond the window—you see out so everything looks bigger, you can see your reflection,” says Tawil who attributes lighting as the most transformative feature in a space. In light of the issue, the designers opted for a large mirror framed by oversized drapes to create the illusion of an existing window. Strategic positioning of the mirror also helped elongate the otherwise cramped space.

T Design created a cozy yet chic master bedroom with a grand king-size bed and matching chest by Baker design house, known for its old-world elegance.
T Design created a cozy yet chic master bedroom with a grand king-size bed and matching chest by Baker design house, known for its old-world elegance.

Aesthetically, both the family and designers agreed on a more subdued color palette with slight dramatic accents. The common areas feature a calm palette of golds, beiges and other neutral shades. To customize both the overall look of the space and the individual furnishings, Tawil turned to Addison House, a staple in his showroom repertoire. “I tend to buy from Addison House because they always have a nice selection of very good quality furniture and fabrics,” he explains.

One of the signature pieces in the apartment are the set of Bros. chairs, also purchased from Addison House. These are tufted chairs that have been custom-upholstered in a funky, modern fabric as a way of combining the classic with the contemporary. The designers extended the same design principles throughout the space, light fixtures and a number of furniture pieces within the bedrooms. The children’s bedroom, for instance, features a classical bed frame finished with bright, bold colors. “We’re always playing around with fabrics and styles,” explains Tawil of his decision to juxtapose the seemingly different aesthetics. The same can be said for designers. Tawil mixed American-designed pieces with furniture from Italy and France. In merging different looks, the designers were able to achieve a singular appearance without further modifying each individual piece. It’s the family who has resolved to foster the uniqueness of their home now.  “Every time they travel they bring in more and more of their personal pieces and works of art,” Tawil reveals. “It’s 100 percent true to them.”

The otherwise classic bedroom gets a dose of glamour with American Leather’s Montecito sleigh bed from Addison House. Though still ornate, the bed remains true to the bedroom’s modern interpretation.


For information call Addison House at 800.426.2988 or visit www.addisonhouse.com   

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