Today, I Lobo You will take on a tour inside a luxury penthouse in Miami, a breathtaking OMA-designed Building. The Design firm Meyer Davis was the name behind the outstanding interior design, which turns out to be the best living space to display the owner expansive and eclectic art collection! The Mega collection and real estate magnate, Jorge M. Pérez has a lifelong commitment to art, and his home is the ideal place to exhibit it!
When Jorge M. Pérez start earning money, by playing poker, in the early 1970s, he realized he had different priorities from most people. Instead of spending money on date nights or the keg fund, Pérez, who was born to Cuban parents in Buenos Aires and spent his formative years in Colombia, opted for something different:
A lot of my college mates bought posters of rock bands or of ladies, and every time I had a hundred bucks I’d go to New York City to look at lithographs.Jorge M. Pérez
Pérez turned his poker skills into serious business, founding the powerhouse real estate development company Related Group in Miami in 1979 (he remains chairman and CEO nowadays), and he channeled significant portions of his wealth into becoming one of America’s most prominent art collectors and museum patrons. Following Pérez’s donation of a large portion of his Latin American–centric art collection to the Miami Art Museum, along with a $20 million gift, the institution was renamed in his honor in 2013. The Pérez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM as it is more colloquially known, has played a critical role in the city’s growth as a worldwide art hub and a vital Latin American cultural nexus. Peréz has opened El Espacio 23, a 28,000-square-foot modern art venue in the neighborhood.
Early this year, Pérez and his wife, Darlene, decided they wanted to live in something more modern and minimal while having ample space for hosting their children and grandchildren. They had collected Abstract Expressionism and other postwar American works and were looking for a modern place to live surrounded by these modern artworks. They found what they were looking for in nearby Park Grove, a Related Group development featuring a trio of residential towers created by a design dream team: Shohei Shigematsu from the Rem Koolhaas–helmed firm of OMA was the lead architect, landscape designer Enzo Enea oversaw the gardens, and Will Meyer and Gray Davis of Meyer Davis handled the interiors.
The trick was letting art take an active role in defining the spaces, balancing art and interiors in a very luxurious, comfortable, and approachable wayWill Meyer
Art was built in from the start. Surrounded Islands, a 1983 project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude that encircled islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric, inspired the building’s undulating façade. The foyer is double-height and filled with paintings from the Pérez collection. And the Pérez residence, which spans two levels and features balconies overlooking an expanse of blue ocean dotted with boats from Dinner Key Marina and the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, is a model of how to live passionately with art.
Meyer says the trick with the penthouse was not simply hanging art on the walls but letting art take an active role in defining the spaces. He and Davis designed the foyer around a site-specific piece that Mexican artist Carlos Amorales executed in pencil directly on a wall, which in turn harmonizes with a charcoal-and-red-chalk Fernando Botero hanging nearby. In the living room, an outsize John Chamberlain sculpture of crumpled metal and a dazzling, 17-by-18-foot rug woven from copper wire by the Bogotá-based atelier Hechizoo helped dictate the choice and arrangement of furnishings, down to the slate-blue Marco Zanuso lounge chairs. (Pérez has recently caught the bug for collectible design, acquiring works by Ettore Sottsass, Marc Newson, and the Haas Brothers, and so on.)
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I just wanted the art to popJorge M. Pérez
Meyer and Davis tailored the custom shelving in Pérez’s office to display Yinka Shonibare’s installation The American Library Collection (Poets, Philosophers, and Physicians), comprising 675 volumes covered in his signature Dutch wax print textiles. And the dining area, sleek and calm, with stark white walls, was designed to let an expansive Kenneth Noland abstraction and a stunning, ink-black Louise Nevelson sculpture take center stage.
Darlene’s favorite pairing is big landscape-inspired abstractions by Joan Mitchell and Jennifer Bartlett on opposing walls in the couple’s bedroom—a discussion between two famous American women artists. Her spouse adores them as well. Maybe, the apartment’s most defining moment can be located in a corner of the dining room. A colorful Frank Stella painting is mirrored in a cracked mirror by the Campana Brothers, which twists the Stella’s calm geometry into an explosive visual jigsaw puzzle'”
That little corner is so special. Art is life to me – it’s a passion. I can sit there and just look at that corner and go, ‘Wow!’Jorge M. Pérez