Today I would like to introduce to you two of the most important trends of minimalist style design.
- The Great Room
- The Open Kitchen Layout
How do we create a great room?
- Disposing of partitions separating different rooms and making one great Room.
- Minimizing or eliminating barriers between rooms
- Combining different functions in one space, such as seating, eating, cooking, watching TV, entertaining, working, doing homework, listening to music and so on
Which is the advantage of an open kitchen layout?
- It allows convenience, efficiency and a space that you can cook, entertain, pay bills, respond to an email, and check on your children’s homework or while they are playing, all at the same time and in the same space
The picture shows the before and after of a minimalist great room transformation in a Florida vacation home for a European young family. The mother wanted to supervise the kids when she was working in the kitchen. For this purpose we demolished the wall that divided the main area from the kitchen and decided for an open kitchen layout. I designed a home office hidden behind a double door in the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry area, with a roll-up shutter to hide clutter. To hide the appliances, we designed an appliance garage over the one level great island.
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For more than thirty years I have specialized in designing and building luxury interiors for affluent clients, mainly residential, new construction and remodeling. Most of my clients are busy people and world travelers who most of the times are out of town during the design and construction process, when many of the decisions are made.
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The brief of the project was to develop a 16,000 square foot Georgian Style residence in a country club community in Pilar, Buenos Aires, to suit our client, a couple who likes to entertain and that would use this residence during Buenos Aires winter weekends. The commission involved the architectural, interior architecture, and interior design projects, the selection of the art & antiques, the accessories and fine objects, the supervision of the landscape design, the project management and the construction supervision.
Plans for the 16,000 square foot winter residence were so large, that the Country Club ordered to divide the residence in two buildings- a main residence with the maids quarters and a facility for an indoor swimming pool, two locker rooms with hot tub saunas, a huge game room, a dining room, a kitchen, a large “Argentinean” barbecue area, and the residence’s caretakers apartment.
Our design respected Georgian style principles, recommending the use of mosaic tiles for the indoor swimming pool-England during the Georgian period had discovered Pompeii. Our project also added some French touches to please our client’s wife, such as the custom-made wrought iron staircase and front door, with gold accents, details that remind her of her condo in the XVI arrondissement in Paris. Our design also integrated the family’s important art and antiques collection.
The brief of this project was to redesign a 4,500 square foot lateral residence to suit a well traveled snow-bird couple, who had chosen Florida as a second home.
At the time of purchase, our client had bought the model home, which had been integrally decorated in a pastel palette, with built-in bed and night stands in the master bedroom, and an outdoor patio that was never used.
Combining classical luxury and comfort with contemporary modern twists and functionality, Korn Interior Design, Inc. transformed this residence into an eclectic sophisticated home, with an old-world charm hall entrance anda new enclosed winter garden replacing the outdated outdoor terrace. We modernized the pastel palette, choosing a dramatic red palette for our new luxurious fabrics, for the bar, dining room and living room areas. Our team designed a contemporary kitchen and family room, and chose a French style for the custom-built five-star master bedroom suite.
Korn Interior Design, Inc. redesigned this elegant 3,883 square foot apartment in Aventura, Florida. The apartment had to be comfortable for a family with five children while at the same time be suitable as an entertaining space. This project saw original architectural features restored and modernized to create a truly custom living space. The Interplay of subtle and dramatic tones and a rich palette of materials married with contemporary details and fittings saw this project achieve an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort
Korn Interior Design was hired to do the Interior Architecture, the Interior Design, the Construction and the Project Management for this exclusive 15,000 square foot penthouse on two floors plus rooftop in one of Buenos Aires’ best neighborhoods “Palermo”. This penthouse has stunning views of the River Plate, the Rosedal Park, the Palermo Racetrack, and the Palermo Polo Fields. Our vision for our client, Gabriela Sabatini, an Argentinean tennis champion and her family was to completely modify the floor plan, adding new rooms, and areas, modernizing and improving the flow and functionality of this penthouse triplex. This was achieved through an extensive exercise of stripping out and demolition work throughout 100% of the existent apartment, to ultimately create a sumptuous, sophisticated and luxurious apartment with Classical, Deco and Modernist influences.
The penthouse has expansive reception areas, a formal dining room,a family dining room, a bar, a double living room area, a winter garden with custom-built two-tone-marble arcades hiding the perimeter window frames, a media room, three master bedroom suites, two guest bedroom-en-suite, a gymnasium, a home office, a solarium-spa with custom-built marble arcades and a sliding transparent dome roof, a huge eat-in-kitchen,a laundry room, and double maid quarters.
The design scheme benefits from exclusive marble and granite floorings and walls, “Versailles” designed wooden parquet floors, custom designed “vitraux”, exotic wood paneling, all seamlessly integrated with custom designed furniture, special ceiling treatments, an intelligent lighting project, and cutting edge technology. Additional highlights include a gorgeous bespoke staircase with floating black granite steps and a bronze handrail, as well as custom painted “trompe-l’oeil” murals, and engraved glass walls.
The brief of this Sunny Isles Beach vacation residence for an international family was to transform a traditional condo layout into an open space plan, comfortable for a family with young children while at the same time suitable as an entertaining space. Our design also integrated the family’s growing art collection.
The wife wanted to see her small children while she worked in the kitchen and living/dining room area. The husband wanted to have a small work space connected to the kitchen. This was achieved through an extensive exercise of stripping out and demolition work to ultimately create a luxurious open space.
Neutral natural tones blend with rich glossy white surfaces and stainless steel accents to create a light, sophisticated open space. Combining classical luxury and comfort with contemporary modern twists and functionality, Korn Interior Design transformed this apartment into a modern and luxurious home
Korn Interior Design, Inc. worked with our client’s vision for this penthouse triplex rooftop. Our client was captivated by the essential simplicity of form and color of the iconic island of Santorini, with its white washed villas a top its volcanic cliffs, and wanted to create his own ‘Santorini in the Sky’ in Miami!
To capture the essence of Greek Island architecture, and to compliment rather than compete with the dazzling beauty of Miami’s azure skies and turquoise ocean views, Korn Interior Design, Inc. raised a large area of the roof to create a curved terrace area providing clear, spectacular views over the perimeter walls. The successful ‘formula’ of the Greeks’ color palette, consisting of roughcast white walls with accents of Cerulean blue and bright red – provided by flowers – was faithfully followed.
The rooftop includes a dining area, a bar area, a solarium, a Jacuzzi,a big fountain, a large bar, a full kitchen, a barbecue, a full bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers and various cushioned sitting areas.
With the risk of hurricanes always looming in Miami, most of the permanent ‘furniture’ on the roof terrace was constructed from lightweight concrete to obviate the need for constant removal during the Season. A storage room was created to store the few elements that are not attached to the structure.
Korn Interior Design, Inc. welcomed our client’s dreams to create this unparallel rooftop.
Korn Interior Design, Inc. was inspired by our client’s Euro-minimalist aesthetic for this 7,000-square-foot penthouse triplex in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, with 270 degrees wrap-around balconies in two levels, and a 1,500-square-foot rooftop, with views of the ocean, the Intracoastal waterways, and downtown Miami & Ft. Lauderdale. Our team worked from the pre-construction stages with the building architects andthe developer to ultimately create a luxurious open floor plan layout, very different to the original developer’s proposal.
The large main living floor seamlessly blends several ‘functional areas’; a large open kitchen, a bar/entertainment station, dining area and a lounge/TV theater – each ‘delineated’ by direct or indirect lighting and/or architectural elements such as the barrel ceiling in the theater and various wall and ceiling soffits. The design is ultra contemporary with clean lines, sleek surfaces and lack of clutter.
Using an exceptional selection of materials, architectural elements,dramatic lighting effects, and the latest technology, our team created a magnificent space which reflects an understated minimalist luxury aesthetic, in an interplay of comfort, modernity and elegance.