With a thriving interior design firm and a burgeoning line of custom-designed furnishings, Tui Pranich has made quite an impact on luxury living. Though his client portfolio reaches around the world, Pranich’s most personal project—his own condominium in the urban waterside village Aqua—lies right here on Miami Beach’s private Allison Island.
With a traditionally designed house in Palm Beach, a modern loft in New York, and a Paris apartment filled with contemporary art, French antiques and transitional furnishings, Pranich kept the design of his Miami skyloft clean and simple. To respect the locale’s young, hip ambiance, he filled the condo with 1950s-inspired furniture and a palette of white, chocolate brown and chrome. “The architecture of a building and its location dictate what I do,” he says. “If a building is contemporary, it’s not right to use a traditional design. Everything has to work together; you can’t force it. Aqua has a New Age design, so I tried to do something different from the norm.”
Pranich’s first task was to convert the existing kitchen into a den and form a new kitchen that would open onto the living room, creating one 1 5 4 ? L U X Elarge great room conducive to entertaining. Because of the new open floor plan, he wanted each space to flow into the next. White limestone flooring connects the areas and offers a blank canvas for minimalist white furnishings with cool chrome accents, and juxtaposing splashes of chocolate brown and ebonized wood to warm the palette. Black-and-white photographs by Iran Issa-Khan speak to Pranich’s love of art, and cable lighting completes the chic loft look that recalls his New York pad. “The furniture is neutral so that nothing fights the view,” he says. “In a loft, you can’t use heavy furniture; everything has to blend together. The design is modern, but not trendy—it’s classic and long-lasting.”
Each room is visible from the terrace, which Pranich describes as “an outdoor garden in the sky.” Redesigning for entertaining, presented a challenge for the designer. “The beauty of this apartment is that it has 2,400 square feet of balcony, which I converted to an outdoor garden. So you have the look and feel of a New York loft with a great view; but it’s also like living in a house because you open the door and see a beautiful garden,” says Pranich, who regards this space for social gatherings with utmost importance. “I entertain a lot, and you can really live outside.”
A careful observer who examines everything in sight, Pranich adapts his vision based on each project’s style and situation when designing for homeowners. For this project in particular, Aqua’s modernist community and Miami’s city skyline proved to be the perfect setting for the designer’s most personal client: himself.