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A new project on Fisher Island

An unusual project for MLI but we are enjoying the challenge and the gaining of knowledge.

We have been commissioned to provide our vision for the renovation of the exterior spaces of a 5-story condominium project on prestigious Fisher Island. The staircase and grand plaza currently have standard builders grade fixtures and materials lacking excitement and design appeal. Our goal is to honor the Mediterranean history of the island and the original mansion by Maurice Fatio with our overall vision.

To respect the Mediterranean style, we will be incorporating arches, lush flowing landscape that trails out of planters, wrought iron, hand painted tilework, pecky cypress ceilings. Elevator lobbies for all floors will be enclosed with iron framework and glass. Lobby furnishings will be sourced from Palm beach estate sales. Elevator cabs have been designed with painted cream boiserie panels and arched bronzed mirrors with classic black and white medallion marble floors.



Sanlorenzo 86′ about to deliver to a Mexican client

Organic materials, tactile stones, simply luxurious linens work harmoniously to offer the sleek refinement of a light filled yacht designed for a large active family. Special attention was given to exploit the exterior spaces to satisfy their requirement of large family meals that last hours, and comfortable lounging areas. Each area of the yacht was carefully analyzed to become a safe haven for small grandchildren resulting in richly serene environment for this special client.































Another 86′ Sanlorenzo completes to a US client

Sleek refinement of a light filled yacht emerges in a mix of smooth leather, stained wood, matte stainless metal interplayed with a minimal palette of grey cream and taupe.  “Give us an escape that provides serenity “was the mandate from these clients.  The unassuming simplicity of this yacht’s interior sought to achieve this mandate with each carefully appointed detail including a backlit niche for a hand carved Buddha statue.

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New 86′ Sanlorenzo in production

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Classic furniture shapes and timeless references are invigorated by carving, color and sheen creating a seafaring sanctuary that is light filled and bold.  The Sanlorenzo 86 is a modern, tranquil interpretation of the designers love of the sea. This décor features richly finished and stained oak woods with textured wide planked flooring interplayed with walls upholstered with a pattern of smooth and sueded leathers arranged in a dynamic pattern of padded and flat forms.

A forward salon bulkhead becomes an extraordinary focal point featuring a back lit stone panel that has been hand carved from Carrara marble from the mountains surrounding the shipyard.  Light penetrates and passes through the natural luminosity of the Carrara revealing its incredible beauty and displaying unexpected colors as it returns a soft and suffused light to the surrounding space.

Luxury Condo on Longboat Key

MLI is in the final stages of completion of a luxury contemporary vacation condo on pristine private beaches with breathtaking views of the Gulf. This project captures the raw beauty of natural materials and the sophistication of a beach house without the usual kitschy references. Clean and modern lines and a soothing palette were developed to be a complementary backdrop for the ever changing colors of the horizon and the sea. This modern, tranquil interpretation of MLI’s love of seaside living features rich wood, clean architectural lines and an elegant palette of crisp shades of beige and white.

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New Feadship 114′

This new Feadship, one of the newly launched triplets, has been designed for another veteran yachtsman who knows exactly what he wants and thoroughly enjoys every aspect of the design process which included shopping expeditions in Amsterdam, London and New York. The sleek refinement of a glass encased salon emerges in a mix of smooth leather, stained textural woods, bronze and a minimized palette of grey, cream and taupe.   Floor to ceiling salon windows were maximized by a carefully thought out furniture plan with a dramatic backlit onyx panel as the focal point of the dining space. Throughout the yacht, an interplay of smooth vs. rough, shiny vs. matte, creates a tactile experience that is very much appreciated by this client. The foyer staircase features a large laser etched pointillism panel executed from a photograph taken by the client, an accomplished photographer.  This truly innovative yacht is scheduled to complete this June 2017

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New 78′ Sanlorenzo

The sleek lines of the new 78 are enhanced by the minimalistic interior of this vessel. Midcentury modernism is evoked in this ship shape setting featuring a balanced mixture of contemporary styling. Subtly restrained stained oak woodwork and soft lacquers are juxtaposed against a dramatically imperfect and irregular plank flooring which shows the track of the saw cutting creating unique overlaps of color effects and texture.Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.57.32 AM

Fashioned with modern elegance and undertones of minimalism, this sophisticated décor features well-tailored furniture and fixtures by Minotti , RH modern, Flos, Zucchetti and Roda. The stone dining table is surrounded by the iconic, award winning DU 3 chair designed by Rinaldi in 1953 and recently reintroduced by Poltrana Frau. Supple leathers deftly layered with luxurious Italian embroidered linens and cashmere add yet another dimension to this rich décor schemeScreen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.57.41 AM

The deliberate and precise lines of this Sanlorenzo yacht heighten the alluring contrast of the tailored cabinetry combined with the abstract statement of loose watercolors and brushstroke fabrics and the drama of the flooring to form a warm understated ambience.




Miami Boat Show 2017

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“Let there be light”

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INTERNI Magazine write up

Here is a great write up in the recent issue of INTERNI magazine about the special event that was held in Miami for Art Basel. 

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