WHEN IT COMES TO INTERIOR DESIGN, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. AT THE HELM OF THE SPRAWLING, 20TH FLOOR CONDOMINIUM IN SUNNY ISLES’ TRUMP TOWERS IS MASTERMIND ROGER ZWICKEL, PRINCIPLE DESIGNER OF R DESIGN STUDIO IN MIAMI. THE ARCHITECT APPROACHED THIS PROJECT MUCH LIKE ALL THE OTHERS IN HIS DECADES-LONG CAREER—LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE.
By Virginia Gil | Photography by Sergio Cervantes
“We choose all of the little details that make this apartment fun so that when the client arrives, they’re ready to enjoy themselves,” he says. From the strategic assortment of ashtrays—a nod to the apartment’s patriarch who favors a daily cigar—to the floral wallpaper in the children’s room, every corner of the unit speaks to the family. Zwickel and a small team of contractors and assistants selected everything from bed linens to toothbrush holders, including all of the artwork. “Art is such a personal thing—it’s subjective—so I show it to my clients before purchasing it for them,” explains Zwickel of the various pieces and sculptures he personally handpicked and commissioned from Art Nouveau Gallery, Gurevich Fine Art and Structures at Kelley Roy Gallery to complement the concept. The landscapes seen throughout the space, including the light blue piece in one of the bathrooms and the panoramic painting that hangs above the bed in the second bedroom, were chosen for both their color scheme and ambiguity. “The paintings are abstract in such a way that you can actually envision the landscapes,” explains Zwickel. “The colors are reminiscent of the ocean and the sun.”
The building’s backdrop unit had much to do with the concept, too. Elevation not withstanding, much of Zwickel’s inspiration came from the building’s location and exquisite scenery. “We kept the palette neutral because of the apartment’s breathtaking beautiful views—sun, sand, sky, beach—and natural colors from the outside in,” he says. Various elements of the ocean found their way to the interior, such as the glittering walls of the powder room, which Zwickel created by covering the walls in Mother of Pearl imported from the Philippines. “The pearl just has a beautiful sheen that’s almost like bringing the ocean and putting it in the walls,” he explains. The large, octagon mirror that hangs in the bathroom beaming with resplendent light is much like the sun shining in on the room, too, he adds.
The abstract pieces selected by R Design complement the natural textures of the wall coverings and furniture by Anima Domus.
To bring the outside in even further, Zwickel and his team extended the use of wall coverings beyond the powder room and into the living room. Beginning with the living room’s hemp wallcovering and the ostrich-like covering used in the bedrooms, to the granite-like material used in the elevator lobby, a combination of light and heavy textures was juxtaposed throughout. And with so many new wall coverings on the market, many more textural than what was available in the past, Zwickel opted to exclusively use natural textures as a way to balance the space and views.