INTERIOR AIRS Design maestros talk about creating living spaces for Miami's celebrities and high rollers
You might think that dodging cell phones and catering to absurd whims is part of the job, but high-end designers suggest that celebrity clientele
aren't much different than, well, other mega-wealthy people. Still, as
Miami lures more high-profile residents, designers face other challenges.
When Tiesto-the world's most successful OJ-bought a condo
last year at Craig Robins' artsy Aqua community, the Dacra head
referred him to Simona Ciancetta and her team at CreaUsa. A Milanborn
interior designer, Ciancetta broke onto the scene with her Via
Solferino showroom, introducing Miami to innovative furniture-makers
like Edra and the Campana Brothers.
vision no more than she would one of his OJ sets. Free reign, though a double-edged sword-bad designers can fall to indulging their own tastes. But Ciancetta zeroed in on Tiesto's needs and hit a homerun. It's bachelor's Candy Land-a blend of playhd forms, oversized pieces and splashes of color. The wall between the entrance and a ground-floor bedroom is a heroic concert photo of the owner, which slides away to reveal a part lounge complete with DJ gear, flat screen TVs and a pool table. Ciancetta created whimsical motion throughout the space. Before one sheer wich curtain stands a pair of sculpted armchairs by Ron Arad. Tord podlike 'Nest' chairs and an opaque, ovular glass table anchor the dining room, while in the living room, modular sofas from Patricia Urquiolla 'Highlands' series overlook a fluorescent-flecked pop painting. Ciancetta had success with Tiesto's house because he trusted his expertise as an artist, but formal training isn't the only way to a heavy hitter's heart. Take, for example, nightclub kingpin Michael Cappot who, at 35, is now into another kind of house with Capponi Properties a luxe-living one-stop that handles everything.