In this episode of SoFlo Home Project, Steven G gives Martin Amado and viewers a tour of this extravagant Privé residence.
Interior design in hospitality centers primarily on service industries including hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, fitness clubs, lounges, spas, and country clubs, among others. The scope of work, budgets, and space planning can be quite complex, so maimi interior designers who work in hospitality take on quite a bit of responsibilities and must be very thoughtful with their design choices.
Hospitality is one of biggest industries in the world…and it’s also one of the most important branches of commercial design. In today’s post, I explore booming hospitality industry and reveal why interior design plays a central role in service-driven businesses.
Commercial or hospitality designers have to elevate spaces with a specific style and mood in mind while also maximizing a space’s functionality for financial gain. When it comes to hospitality interiors, business comes first! Commercial interior designers in the hospitality field work in tandem with architects, contractors, and manufacturers to ensure all physical structures and architectural elements are aligned with the client’s vision and business requirements.
Fusing luxury with functionality
Hotels, spas, and other service ventures have some of the most beautiful and lavish interiors. A seasoned hospitality designer knows how to strike the balance between high-end luxury and top-notch functionality to create spaces that both business owners and customers will love. This is incredibly important for businesses looking to make a great first and lasting impression such as in hotel interior design where this balance plays a major role in customer experience.
Whether it’s an intimate lounge or a sophisticated Michelin Star restaurant, every hospitality enterprise needs a design to accommodate a specific amount of patrons if it wants to maximize earnings. However, service-driven businesses must also include certain features and amenities if they’re going to excite and inspire customers.
This is where a hospitality design firm comes in!
They are trained to conceptualize beautiful spaces that lend themselves to optimal customer service.
In restaurant interior design for example, a hospitality design consultant must: blueprint an industrial kitchen, prevent a restaurant from overcrowding, and select durable materials, all within a specific motif or style.
A hospitality designer is also responsible for helping business owners with:
- Window Placement
- Floor and Ceiling Design
- Smart Technology
- All Other Architectural Details.
They then must develop an aesthetic that meets the needs of the business through fabrics, artwork, color schemes, furniture, wall and window treatments, high-end finishes, and accessories, and must also make sure each space is safe and up to code.
The Turnberry Ocean Club Residences in Sunny Isles Beach are making a real splash in South Florida. With their breathtaking views and unprecedented catalogue of amenities (including the coveted Sky Club), these oceanfront residences are redefining luxurious living.
In this special interview, Jane Bond sits down with our fearless leader at the unit’s unveiling. They talk about Steven’s prolific career, what it means to have vision, the parallels between art and design, and much more.
Other highlights include:
- Why his favorite design word is “legs”
- Steven G’s design influences
- The importance of keepings things fresh
- The power of karma
Watch the entire video here!
Read the Full Transcript
|Jane Bond:||Hi everybody, I’m here with Steven G from Interiors by Steven G. I just wanted to ask you a few questions, Steven. What is like to be one of the most prolific interior designers of your time?|
|Steven G:||Well, tired. The day starts at 4:30 in the morning and it’s 8:00 at night and we’re in an amazing Sales Center at Turnberry and it keeps going. The only thing I could really say is it feels tired. We work really hard and we’re doing this sometimes six and seven days a week. I don’t look at it as a fame thing, I never have. It’s a passion. It’s a drive and it’s a drive to stay, as they would say-|
|Steven G:||On the top of the ladder.|
|Jane Bond:||You are that.|
|Steven G:||It’s tough to get there. It’s tougher to stay there. I’m blessed and fortunate to have an amazing team behind me. I’m blessed and fortunate to continue being successful and continue growth. At the end of the day you take all that and the word is “tired.”|
|Jane Bond:||Well, people don’t perceive you as being tired because the work you do is amazing. Of course me, as an agent and sitting here being a host with you today, I have been involved with that firsthand and I think the work is so on top, so present, so fresh and at this time everyone’s asking for what you’re delivering, which is wonderful. That must give you some type of relief.|
|Steven G:||Vision is really the word.|
|Jane Bond:||Future. Vision.|
|Steven G:||You need to think about design like an artist thinks about doing a great painting. It has to stand the test of time. We feel that we’re right where the market absolutely is. But it’s also a bit of a timeless thing. The favorite word that I use when designing for anything or any particular project is “legs.” The job must have legs. It must stand the test of time. It needs to be great not only when you do it, but it needs to be great five, six, eight, ten years from now.|
|Jane Bond:||Well, do you know what I see in your work, personally, I see a lot of French influence. I did a little research on you, I know you like quite a few French designers and you kind of go back to the 1950’s. You have a little bit of deco in there which is lovely. A lot of people do like that at this point. They’re transitioning. Actually, a lot of buyers that are looking for new homes now have transitioned into this fresh new look which is kind of a French, 1950’s, 40’s, deco style and you are delivering it.|
|Steven G:||It’s really a little bit earlier, it’s more 1930’s.|
|Jane Bond:||Oh. Okay.|
|Steven G:||About … I’m going to say 12 or 14 years ago, I was asked to do an apartment in Trump in Manhattan, where our current president is sitting, and I had done three homes for the same client, Florida and then two, one in Mexico City and one in Cancun in Mexico. She had said to me, “How are going to do something different?” So I said, “Susanna, let me have a couple days to digest; think about it.” I said to her, “Why don’t we do something a little antiquish? Why don’t we do something maybe French?” She said, “You know, it sounds interesting.”|
|At that time I knew as much about the antique world as the man in the moon, so I really did a 60 day sort of self-education crash course. I flew to New York and I visited every authentic antique dealer in Manhattan from one block to the next. I walked til my feet were falling off. I got a handle on a direction, I presented it and she said, “Great.”|
|What transpired after that was I said, “You know, as a designer you always look to offer your client maybe something that nobody else could offer.” I actually went into the authentic antique business very heavily into art deco, art devo-|
|Steven G:||-and mid-century, which is where the 50-60’s. I got into this scenario where I now have about 600 pieces on display in our showroom.|
|Steven G:||Yeah. You always try to think a little bit ahead but it’s a lot of hard work.|
|Jane Bond:||Well, for you that don’t know, Steven G has a wonderful showroom. It’s 100,000 square feet, pretty much debt free.|
|Steven G:||We are debt free.|
|Jane Bond:||And it’s absolutely fabulous and you should all get a chance to go out there and see it. It’s in Pampano.|
|Jane Bond:||Pompano. I’m sorry.|
|Steven G:||Pompano Beach.|
|Jane Bond:||Pompano Beach. And I’ll let you finish.|
|Steven G:||We are right off of 95 and Copans Road. For those of you who live in Miami or the Palm Beaches and you don’t want to drive, we will have our courtesy car pick you up and bring you to the showroom. We are very proud of our facility. We are, right now, under a little bit of renovation because we continue to bring new things to the marketplace, new looks. I relate it to a woman’s finer clothing store. The window is always changing because you would like the clientele to keep coming back.|
|Steven G:||As a design firm we feel that we’re the same scenario, so we keep changing product. We keep bringing in new lines from all over the world. Our inventory, somebody could come in and probably furnish one hundred homes and we could-|
|Jane Bond:||Oh. It’s beautiful. I’ve been there.|
|Steven G:||Thank you. Thank you.|
|Jane Bond:||It’s beautiful. You’ve done well. And I just want to ask you one last question Steven. What is it like being a straight, charming, handsome man in an industry usually full of gay men? I just want to hear your thoughts on that.|
|Steven G:||For me it’s natural. I mean, I’m in the industry 43 years and I deal with all shapes, all sizes in my industry and I never give it thought. Occasionally, at an interview I’m asked by the lady of the house, they’ll sort of lean over the conference room table and they’ll say, “Can I ask you a personal question?” And I know what’s coming and I say, “Of course.” And they’ll say, “Are you gay?” And my answer is, “Do I have to be to get the job?”|
|Jane Bond:||If you would like me to be.|
|Steven G:||Yeah. At the end of the day it is something I don’t give thought to. It’s just part of the design world. I respect everybody-|
|Steven G:||-that is in the industry regardless of where they’re from and what their sexual preference is.|
|Steven G:||It makes no difference to me.|
|Steven G:||I embrace any professional for anything I can help them with. I’ve been blessed and very fortunate to be able to be in that position but I believe in karma. I think karma’s an amazing thing. And I believe that when you’re blessed and fortunate to be successful, you must give back-|
|Steven G:||-in a million different ways.|
|Jane Bond:||Absolutely. I agree with you.|
|Jane Bond:||Well, it was nice speaking within you today.|
|Steven G:||No. Thank you.|
|Jane Bond:||It’s always good to see you.|
|Steven G:||It was my pleasure.|
|Jane Bond:||You are as charming as they say you are.|
|Steven G:||Thank you.|
|Jane Bond:||I loved sitting here talking to you.|
|Steven G:||Thank you.|
|Jane Bond:||And I have to say you have knocked it out of the park again.|
|Steven G:||Thank you. This is such an important project for us Steven G’s because as I mentioned earlier in my speech in the Sales Center, 1979, I was an infant in the design world and so for family and Turnberry opened their first project here, it was such a huge success. It was … I don’t know, you might call it an introduction to Steven G at the age of 22. I’ve come a long way since that.|
|Jane Bond:||I would liked to have seen Steven G at the age of 22.|
|Steven G:||Yes. I can show you pictures. But at the end of the day it’s an honor to be here.|
There are so many beautiful cities in the world but nothing adds up to the city of Dubai. This city is always emerging architecturally and luxuriously. Dubai’s latest skyline update is today’s design inspiration!
Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, ranked 5th in 2015, according to a Brookings Institute Global Metro Monitor Report. Real Estate performance in Dubai still ranks among the top global cities.
Dubai’s rapid development and high-end housing market has attracted some start-studded architects, who’ve made their mark on the skyline.
Some examples include the gleaming Opus, by Zaha Hadid, the forklike Index Tower by Norman Foster, and the new Super Potato and SOMA Architects development, One at Palm Jumeirah. These buildings have served as a magnet for luxury buyers worldwide. Unlike London or New York, architects and developers in Dubai are not just building single buildings, but entire communities.
Most of the latest developments to the Dubai skyline are very modern and contemporary. Attention to tradition is very important when is comes to the developers concepts when building in Dubai. Many buildings pay homage to Islamic culture and design motifs. You can find this in the new Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor, the cornerstone of this development and the new Dubai skyline.
Incorporating a beautiful floral arrangement into any design a plan instantly brightens the environment. When looking to accessorize a room look no further then flowers. Flowers add color and create softness to any space.
Take a look around your kitchen or entry hall and you will find the right space for that perfect floral arrangement.
Here are some of the best flower shops in Miami to grab some inspiration!
Then, in 2002, Art Basel put the city into the global art and design limelight. It brought the most renowned designers to this coastal city. This huge association of design and art helped bring sophistication and class to Miami Beach.
Now, the second annual Maison&Objet Americas solidifies Miami as the city of design in the United States. This decorative arts trade fair returns to Miami Beach this month making it yet again, a destination for design aficionados.
Since the spawn of Art Basel more and more galleries have opened up in Miami and new condo towers started popping up all over the place. Homegrown artists have plenty of outlets to share their work with locals and tourists down Lincoln Road!
The Wynwood Walls took street art to the next level, by dedicating a space to this special art style. The Design District furthered Miami’s luxury level with some of the most fabulous shopping you can find in Florida! These booming neighborhoods brought all of the fashionistas and other urbanites to settle in Miami.
More and more private collectors are building showcases and sharing more wonderful art everyday. We are happy to call this glorious design filled city home! Miami is truly the place to come to find design inspiration.
Who: For all of you design fanatics our there who happen to be in New York City this month here is your opportunity to get inspired at this wonderful event! If you’re not in NYC than this event is definitely worth the trip!
What: This four day fair has over 33,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. More than 750 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC
When: For Trade – Sunday, May 21st and Monday, May 22nd 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23rd 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
For Trade and General Public – Wednesday, May 24th 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Why: This extraordinary multitude of exhibitors creates an incomparable chance to view a remarkable selection of the world’s finest, most innovative, and original avant-garde home and contract products side-by-side, under one roof.
Read even more event details here.
Drawing inspiration from the founders original works, crystal maker Lalique brings us the perfect springtime interior accents with its newest crystal collection, Anemone. The new collection’s 20 new piece include vases, perfume bottles, bowls, decanters, and paperweights. The products have the contoured and geometric lines of the original vase as well as the Deco spirit of Miami.
Starting at $125, many of the items are available in gold luster, green, or black crystal, and the largest, the Anemones vases, come in midnight blue or white enamel ($26,000 for limited-edition pieces).
If you happen to be traveling to California any time soon and are in need of some design inspiration, check these places out!
Petersen Automotive Museum
This museum originally opened in 1962 as Seibu, a Japanese store. Today the only Japanese things you’ll find in here are some of the cars, including 2001 Honda S2000 driven in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. This museum recently underwent a huge renovation and is now bright red with 300-plus steel ribbon sections wrapping around the building. Inside you’ll find rotating displays organized by history, industry, and artistry. They have some beautiful cars in storage.
This boutique hotel brand really knows how to preserve old spaces when creating a lodging. The LA outpost is located in the Gothic-influenced, nearly century-old United Artists building. They’ve even restored a theater from the 1920s that looks like a Moroccan cave; its vaulted ceiling is covered in thousands of tiny mirrors that make it truly shine!
Walt Disney Concert Hall
While being almost acoustically perfect, the hall itself is an impressive sight to see. Architect Frank Gehr designed this Concert Hall. The warm fir-and-cedar auditorium contrasts with the concert hall’s gravity-defying metallic exterior. The 3.6-acre complex includes a community garden on the third level that you can visit for free.
2. We bring trained expertise to your project… Interior Design is a delicate balance between art and science. A well-trained eye can easily make selections. Your designer will have a strong understanding of the relationship between color and pattern, size and scale, quality and craftsmanship, price and value.
3. We have exclusive resources… We give you access to vendors who create pieces of higher quality than the average store. We receive state of the art furniture and accessories that are exclusive to the trade. We can help you find truly unique home items at a discounted rate.
4. We refine your ideas and bring innovative solutions and perspective to your project… Whether you would rather collaborate with us or let us handle the whole project from start to finish we will hear out your needs. We can translate your ideas into the big picture. Our out of the box concepts will help revamp your home.
5. We stop you from making costly mistakes…
Spending your time online shopping for home accessories may not always turn out the way they looked on your computer in your home. Or maybe you’ve spent time and money searching for that perfect paint color! These mistakes can be costly and time consuming. We have tricks to the trade and the experience and knowledge to guide you to the correct choice. We will help create your atmosphere to reflect the uniqueness of your own personality.