Courtesy Badgley Mischka.
Mark Badgley and James Mischka are known for designing evening wear, yet in creating an imperial suite for the Breakers Palm Beach, the duo found their creative process applied seamlessly to interior design. “The curtains could be taffeta ball gowns,” they mused. “A lamp is the ultimate accessory.”
Their 1,700-square-foot, one-bedroom suite is the historic property’s first designer collaboration, and the crown jewel of a recently completed $80 million room renovation. As frequent guests of the hotel, the designers said they aimed to highlight the property’s traditional grandeur while creating a modern space. “We started with the idea of a modern ship,” they said. “The bones were there. It just needed to be updated and decorated.” To do so, they chose an oyster, linen and terra-cotta palette, kept the marble floors clean and added variant textures such as burlap, silk and gold. The couture beveled–edge mirrors in the bedroom and bar and the Todd Hase custom-designed furniture throughout the suite add eye-catching elements. A particular highlight: the grosgrain-ribbon-trimmed linen sofa. We’ll take two.
The designers, who had a hand in every last detail, are justifiably proud of the treasures they hunted in antique stores and estate sales along the Dixie Highway. Surely, the native shopkeepers got a kick out of a personal visit from Badgley Mischka. “Considering the economy and the Breakers’ history, it was important for us to stay local,” they said. That decision brought with it a fair share of adventures. “The shell-encrusted console in the entryway weighs 1,500 pounds. It took five guys to get it up the stairs!” Like the designers’ imprint, it’s here to stay. From $2,300 per night; thebreakers.com.