Elegant, minimal and monochromatic – Parisian interior design is so chic and, well, Parisian that it’s difficult to imagine how it might be transplanted and translated for an entirely different environment. Like, say, directly across from the beach in Miami’s Surfside district. Because surely if there was a stylistic opposite to Paris, it would be Miami, with its flash and gilt, and its love of gelato-like art-deco colours.
And yet, The Surf Club in Miami has managed to achieve the seeming impossible: bringing a piece of Parisian flair to the beach. The resort’s recent interior refurbishment is the work of French architect (and Lumira favourite) Joseph Dirand, who is known for his signature “warm minimalism”. His undertaking was a sizeable one: a 77-room Four Seasons Hotel, 40 seaside cabanas and two towers of private apartments for those fortunate enough to call the place home – not to mention assorted restaurants, bars and public foyers.
Throughout the interiors, Dirand has remained loyal to many of the fabrications and tones that populate his work – the honeyed wood, marble and brass; the plush, neutral-coloured furnishings; and the pops of muted olive and seafoam – but he’s also introduced a distinctly beachside vibe. This is felt most keenly in The Surf Club’s beachfront cabanas, with their terrazzo floors, wicker furniture and even the occasional palm-inspired print. There are emerald-green wall panels and natural rattan atop the tables. It’s all deeply glamorous, of course, with liberal doses of Dirand’s beloved brass flashing from the 1970s-style wall sconces. The rooms in the Four Seasons are more urban, with muted and mostly neutral hues complementing the ocean views from the balconies.
Oftentimes, Dirand relies on the smallest of details to make the stylistic shift from Paris to Miami: his usual darker grey marble is replaced with white and sand-coloured versions; the blush pink that looks so pretty in the grey light of Paris becomes more wheat-coloured to complement the harder Miami sunlight; a single slightly wild-looking palm frond in a vase is favoured over a perfectly manicured shrub. It’s a delightful lesson in interpretation that gives The Surf Club a style that’s unabashedly its own.