Thursday, May 17, 2007
Style File: Moooi
If you just invested in a new place or want to spice up your old one, there's a new design store that's got some real conversation pieces. 7's Belkys Nerey shows us, furniture that mixes fun with fantasy in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- One look at our skyline and you see enough new condos to make rush hour traffic on Interstate 95 look bare.
So how does one decorate all these new party pads? Designer Marcel Wanders has some wonderful ideas.
He just opened his first U.S. boutique, Moooi in the Design District, with a party just as fun as the furniture.
Marcel Wanders: "We work on your house, we feel it's our responsibility to give you magic things, not just things."
You can create a wonderland of romance in your home with whimsical pieces like paper-mache armoires and chandeliers.
Or how about a naked couch -- where you choose the legs and the fabric, with the option of changing it again when you've out-grown it.
But the best way to brighten up a room:
Marcel Wanders: "The lights we make -- we don't need them for light anymore -- we need them to be sculptural. We need them to be a centerpiece in the room."
Like this black horse lamp or these spheres of light.
Robert Wennett: "Our whole office is about architecture and design, so we looked at this lamp like a piece of sculpture versus a functional lighting piece."
Marcel Wanders: "This is our magic chandelier. It's a silver, very minimal sculpture -- but there is a little secret in there." (light comes on).
But you can also live it up with Marcel's magic. He is designing the hot new Mondrian Residences on West Avenue.
One of the highlights in each condo is this sexy shower.
Marcel Wanders: "We thought, in this beautiful shower room, why not put up a beautiful chandelier and have your water come from that, so you have a light which gives you the water."
Wanders' idea for the entire property is to recreate the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Pietro Belmonte: "The landscaping is going to be lush and tropical. You'll be lost in the forest, then be able to see the open bay."
With Wanders you can always expect the unexpected.
Believe it or not, the furniture is fabulous and affordable. As for the Mondrian, there are still condos for sale if you want to buy into Wanders' designs.
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3438 N. Miami Ave., Miami.