It's the perfect blend of urban and beachy.
Thom Filicia has certainly scratched a lot of impressive firsts off of his bucket list: starring in a hit TV show, designing homes for A-listers, and (most importantly, of course) earning a spot on Coastal Living’s first-ever list of design trendsetters in 2013.
But designing a 52-story luxury condominium building wasn’t on that list. Until now.
Feast your eyes on the swanky Biscayne Beach, a residential tower in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, which happens to be the designer’s first-ever project of the sort.
Related: Thom Filicia's 2013 Trendsetter Q&A
Filicia, who rose to fame as the interior design guru on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, worked his magic on the building’s common areas and amenity spaces, which include mainland Miami’s first private bayfront Beach Club.
From the building’s stately entrance, sophisticated details like travertine floors and hand-painted silver-leaf wallcoverings join artistic lighting and rugged driftwood accents. Greenery in the form of large-scale palm fronds lines the hallways and hints at the tropical landscape outside.
“I was inspired by the sand, the sea and most of all – the city,” said Filicia. “By mixing natural elements with raw and refined materials, we created common areas that are bold and sophisticated, yet inviting and approachable. We wanted residents and their guests to feel comfortable in a sarong and sandals or dressed up for a New Year’s party.”
Diving deeper into the public spaces, interesting textures play well with a palette that resembles the Miami skyline at sunrise: stunning turquoise and sandy hues with shots of pink and coral.
The palette extends to the alfresco lounge spaces, including an incredibly chic cabana with powder-blue striped walls and woven furniture.
If all of this sounds like paradise, you’re not alone in thinking that. Approximately 99 percent of the building’s units have already been sold, with the exception of two premium penthouses and one beachhouse unit ranging in price from $1.6 to $9.4 million. Wallets out.