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In The Round
Jen Karetnick | Photo: Barry Grossman | November 15, 2013
In a luxury Gulf Coast tower, a quasi-amphitheater—where the view is the star performer—takes shape.
The accomplished international attorneys who inhabit the sun-filled 10,000-square-foot residence in the Regent at Park Shore deal with a lot of clutter in their daily lives; consequently, they emphatically did not want clutter in their home. Kira Krümm, who, with her eponymous international design firm, specializes in quietly glamorous coastal designs, did not disappoint them when she went to work on their five-bedroom, six-and-two-half-bathroom home. The formidable commission was a complete design and build, with few preexisting elements. The ongoing project is now resplendent and minimalist in pale and natural tones.
“We interviewed a number of firms but the principals seemed intent on fulfilling their own visions instead of ours,” recalls the male half of this decisive legal-eagle couple. “Together, we developed and implemented an approach that excites us every time we walk through the door.”
“We wanted clean sight lines,” his wife says. “We wanted luminescence. And we wanted to bring the glorious outdoors—especially the fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico—into our home and see them echo throughout, with targeted works of art and accessories.”
The ultimate look, Krümm explains, evolved from key cues, including the purpose of the space, the seascape and the homeowners’ treasured materials. “Although designers contribute vision, guide the aesthetic decisions and make it happen, our clients drive the design direction,” Krümm says. “Interior design is quite selfless. Our objective is not to erect a monument to ourselves, but to create an environment that our clients will identify with and will make them happy.” To that end, Krümm’s team scoured the globe for the finest slabs of the couple’s favorite material—honey onyx—before eventually sourcing the gemstone from Walker Zanger.
The onyx became an important motif, incorporated into a majestic illuminated bar, the pilasters and a tufted table in the home’s great room; the stone helped this space become a showstopping, nearly monochromatic expanse edged by a curved, glass curtain wall with all-water views. The homeowners also favored a cream-colored natural stone for the flooring. This preference resulted in parchment limestone because “it is the most ‘pure stone’ with the least veining or movement,” Krümm explains. (By combining the two materials, the crew also created the mosaic floor inlays throughout the home.)
Today, the great room’s spare flooring and its bone, cream and white tones serve to emphasize shape and strong lines rather than color. Circles are ubiquitous, appearing in the sofa from Florida Leather Gallery and the glass cocktail table, in the dramatic dropped ceiling and the suspended light fixture from Fine Art Lamps. (As part of the submission that won her the project five years ago, Krümm included a sketch that eventually resulted in this exact grouping, which emerged as the great room’s focal point.) Accessories—such as accent pillows in sunset hues and earth-toned glassworks, including a Dale Chihuly piece—are minimal, and the home’s modern art collection continues to evolve.
The clean, circular simplicity of the arrangement in general, and the low-backed sofa in particular, lead the eye to the home’s main attribute: the ever-shifting skies and the endless Gulf of Mexico. Darker hues—courtesy of the barstools and the dining room set from Swaim, a North Carolina firm specializing in contemporary and transitional furniture—are deliberately set back from the windows so as not to interrupt the pale aesthetic.
Krümm, who is still considering and executing the residence’s final touches, specializes in precisely this kind of coastal sensitivity. “The contrast of light backgrounds and dark accents is augmented by colors inspired by the natural surroundings,” Krümm explains. “We avoid imposing loud, dominating colors, and, instead, allow nature’s vivid beauty to reign, whether it is the blues from the sky and water or the magnificent golden and violet hues of the sunset. The interior is in sync with its surroundings. After all, isn’t this why so many people flock to southwest Florida?”
Curves and circles recur throughout the home, for example, in the rotunda hall, in additional light fixtures from Fine Arts and in a spectacular open-style glass shower stall. Meanwhile, some final dictates arose as much from practical considerations as from aesthetics. Because the couple raises show dogs (the canines have even appeared on magazine covers), pet-friendliness was paramount. Rugs and fragile objects were avoided as much as possible, while in the master bedroom, Krümm incorporated washable elements into her Koastal Kollection custom bedding (the custom king-size bed was manufactured by Hyland Custom Cabinetry).
Thus, the hardworking homeowners appreciate both the residence’s serene beauty and its livability. “We wanted our Naples home to transport and elevate us, and it does,” the wife says. “In a word, we’re thrilled. And so is the steady stream of family members and friends who share the experience with us.”