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THE RADAR HOME


By Christian Cipriani
Photography by Mario Alfonso

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.
A mansion remains just that until a skilled hand makes it a home, and it takes a special touch. From privacy issues to staying on a-huh?budget, working with boldface names on their most prized investment is an art unto itself.

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.
With the condo wrapping this month, Ciancetta says working with the superstar Dutchman was a designer's dream: "Tiesto's been my best client to date. He's down-to-earth and open-minded, always smiling." Tiesto came with ideas, but ultimately interfered with Ciancetta's

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.

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