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Giorgio Armani is known for making some of the world's top fashions worn by the who's who in every industry. But he recently used his design skills for another project: a luxury condominium building in Miami.
Called Residences by Armani/Casa, the 56-story tower is home to apartments ranging from 1,800 to 6,000 square feet. They feature details like floor-to-ceiling windows, views of the Atlantic Ocean, expansive terraces with outdoor kitchen, and smart technology built-in throughout. Of course, the highlight is that Giorgio Armani himself designed all the interiors, a first for the designer.
"When developing bespoke design projects, the spaces and their intended functions always serve as my starting point," Armani told Departures. "Under my supervision, the studio develops specific creative solutions, which are always the result of scrupulous research into architecture, form, and materials, moreover, taking into account the cultural context, the geography of the place, and the building structure within which one operates."
He added, "This is not so much about branding a project with the name Armani as getting involved in a much deeper way where the research and the coherence that we apply to all aspects of interior design—the materials, aesthetics and overall lifestyle approach—will really benefit the proposed scheme."
The result is an elegant and sophisticated design scheme with details like a midnight bar with marble countertop and sink in the master suite, sleek kitchens with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and a neutral-toned palette.
Armani also oversaw the design of the 35,000-square-feet of common spaces and amenities, including a residents-only Privé lounge, private bar and restaurant, game room with billiards, gym, spa, children's room, cigar room, movie theatre, and temperature-controlled wine cellar. All are furnished by the Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio and feature sensual textiles in soft yet bold tones.
"This building has raised the bar for residential projects across the country as it's tied to some of the biggest names in fashion, architecture, interior design, and real estate," Jon Paul Perez, Executive Vice President The Related Group, told Departures. "In fact, a core reason why our team did not incorporate artworks within the property (a trademark quality for The Related Group) was that we felt that the entire building was an artwork in itself."