Inside Jorge M. Pérez’s Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection

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!

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Paul Jenkins canvas occupies a wall in the sitting room, where Forest & Giaconia sofas clad in a Holly Hunt velvet face a modular P. Tendercool table topped by Gaetano Pesce vases and a sculptural platter by Viola Frey; an Elio Monesi floor lamp stands between Vladimir Kagan armchairs, and a Kara Walker wagon sculpture rests on one of the Elan Atelier side tables.
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Larry Poons painting and a Marisol Escobar sculpture. Haas Brothers furry “Beast” stands at the edge of the sitting room.

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
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Ettore Sottsass ceramic sculpture, a Katherine Bernhardt painting of fruit, and an Alex Katz portrait over the TV and a floating shelf by Arthur Casas; a sectional sofa custom made by Louis Interiors wraps around nestling tables by Christian Woo, and an Apparatus light fixture is mounted above an Angelo Mangiarotti table and William Gray chairs.
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A crumpled-metal sculpture by John Chamberlain at the living room Sofas and swivel chairs by Minotti with vintage Marco Zanuso lounge chairs around glass-top Amorph tables, arranging everything on a copper-wire rug by Hechizoo. One of Sol LeWitt’s open-cube sculptures stands near the window, which is framed by Donghia fabric curtains.

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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.

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A multipart Polly Apfelbaum work beckons at the end of a hallway with abstract paintings by Elaine de Kooning (left) and Günther Förg.
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
In the office, figures of soccer players by Johannes Mashego Segogela line the bespoke shelves, while a John Wigmore light sculpture is installed over a custom-made KGBL table and Marc Newson chairs; on the far wall, a Helen Frankenthaler canvas hangs above a cabinet by Orfeo Quagliata.

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.

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
With Kenneth Noland’s bold canvases, featuring abstracted forms like targets, chevrons, and stripes. Presiding over the dining area is his 1970 canvas Sea Rise, which illustrates the power of a single hue.
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Artwork by Louise Nevelson. Profiles table and Minotti chairs.

The trick was letting art take an active role in defining the spaces, balancing art and interiors in a very luxurious, comfortable, and approachable way

Will Meyer
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A cluster of Verner Panton pendants enlivens the high-contrast kitchen, which includes Wolf ovens, Rohl sink fittings, and glossy cabinetry by Italkraft. Nearby is a 2006 canvas by Dana Schutz.

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.

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A vibrant Katherine Bernhardt painting in Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez’s Miami penthouse.

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Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
In the primary bath, lined with Gray Savoie stone, Apparatus lights frame the mirrors, one of which is an artwork by Michelangelo Pistoletto; an Andrianna Shamaris stool perches next to the Stone Forest tub, the sink and tub fittings are by Rohl, the ceramic urn is by Dan Baldwin, and the framed three-part work hanging in the hallway is by Günther Förg.

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.)

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Painterly marble clads the powder room, which features an Apparatus light and Rohl sink fittings; the artwork reflected in the mirror is by Fernando Botero.

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I just wanted the art to pop

Jorge 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.

Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A Joan Mitchell triptych commands one wall of the primary bedroom, which is furnished with a bed custom made by KGBL and dressed in Yves Delorme bedding; Losh Design lamps top the Lawson-Fenning nightstands, and the sofa is by Philippe Malouin for SCP.

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
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
Paintings by Herbert Brandl (left) and Rosa Loy add visual punch to a guest bedroom with a CB2 bed, Arteriors sconces and side tables, and a Stua chair covered in a Maharam fabric designed by artist Sarah Morris.
Inside Jorge M. Pérez's Luxury Miami Penthouse Hosting A Major Art Collection
A wall hanging by Spanish artist Teresa Lanceta (left) and a sensual canvas by Philip Pearlstein are an uncanny match in a guest bedroom.

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