Privé at Island Estates, Developer BH3’s newest exclusive residences, are built on an eight-acre private island set between Williams Island and Sunny Isles Beach in the middle of Dumfoundling Bay, believed to be the last private island in South Florida available for development. The twin iconic 16-story towers designed by renowned Architects Sieger Suarez is comprised of a total of 160 ultra-luxury homes. The design detail, millwork finishes, and artwork were cohesively curated by Interior Designer Julia Chi (Interior Designs by Steven G) creating a seamless flow from the elegant first impression of the grand lobby to the intimate opulence of the wine bar and cigar lounge. Textured Red Oak with Ceruse wash detailed wall paneling flow through all main common areas and Social Rooms. The Dining Rooms and Private Cigar/Wine Lounges feature Figurative Walnut wall and ceiling paneling and a custom illuminated onyx bar. Another great venture working with Suffolk Construction!
Holding the honor of being the first luxury condominium project to be completed post-recession in Miami, Brickell House achieved the developer’s goal of having a level of class and sophistication that sets the project apart from others in the market.
Plain Sliced Random Match American Black Walnut finished to provide the effect of Brazilian Rosewood is used through the lobby and elevator lobby areas. Quarter-Sawn Slip Match American Black Walnut is used in the Club Lounge kitchen area, differentiating it from the unique floor to ceiling screens used to set off the various areas of the Lounge.
The two screens, incorporating Black American Walnut veneer and solid wood with painted inset panels, each rise fifteen feet from the floor and span fourteen feet. They were engineered to be transported in sections from the fabrication plant to the site, up to the thirteenth floor and then assembled and secured in place.
The identical curved island units in the fourth floor Owner’s Lounge and the Club Lounge were fabricated by layering wood in order to highlight the joinery of the wood ribbons. The gloss finish accentuates the variations in the colors of the wood and the joints at the rounded ends of the units.
Having been a part of the original construction of the resort in 2003, and the massive effort to recover from Hurricane Ivan’s mid-completion interruption, it was our great pleasure to return to The Ritz–Carlton Grand Cayman for renovations to two of its restaurant venues.
Undertaking renovations in an exclusive venue with minimal interruptions to the clientele can be an ambitious proposition. The key is close communication with the design team, extreme attention to detail from production through installation, and comprehensive coordination.
The resort focuses on providing natural serenity and the restaurant venues reflect that value.
The design team at The Johnson Studio placed high priority on maintaining the design intent of the original designer, Frank Nicholson, with a new and modern approach.
The Taikun Lounge reflects the traditional Japanese architectural principles of amity with the environment and of tailoring to local conditions in ways that provide comfort with minimal energy consumption. This can be seen in the use of Plain Sawn Red Oak with a dark finish in the large ceiling beams, wall panels, and back bar area. The beauty of the wood in its primary function is allowed to be, in and of itself, the ornamentation in the room.
The Seven Restaurant dining area reflects the openness of the nearby ocean and white sand beaches with painted white millwork within the restaurant contrasted with the dark stained Plain Sawn White Oak suspended ceiling trellis. Large glass-door wine displays set apart the private dining area from the main dining area, allowing the displays to also function as beautiful décor.
How do you facilitate the artful transition of a historic hotel into an array of state-of-the-art public and private spaces, tailored to provide a private refuge for a discriminating clientele? It is accomplished by careful attention to detail and skilled workmanship.
Capturing the vision of the Soho brand, Hollywood Woodwork provided key finishes that created an immersion in British country living. From the patina’d bar in the circa-1946 Cuban inspired Club Bar to the weathered, distressed wood used throughout the acclaimed Cowshed Spa, guests experience a true step back into another time.
Coordinating the interior millwork for this world class hotel and convention center with an aggressive schedule was a Texas-sized job.
Plain sliced Red Oak, Plain Slicked Hickory and Plain Sliced Cypress are found throughout the facility. To meet local fire codes, the Main Entry Ceiling was changed to Cypress. The process of milling, treating, and drying the materials, spanned several months.
Detailed coordination with the General Contractor and other trades allowed for a seamless interface in this showcase property in Texas.
Project: Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
Befitting its inclusion in the Forbes magazine “America’s Top Colleges List” and top five ranking degree programs in the nation, the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management set about to renovate its hospitality facility.
Quarter-sawn Walnut Veneer wall paneling and ceiling panels were chosen to create an elegant ambience in the dining areas. The metal allusion-paneled bar is complemented by a 30 ft tall tile, wood, and metal back bar and feature wall.
The centerpiece of the dining area is the circular Wine Room. The very complex walls are constructed of quarter-sawn walnut posts and acrylic panels with imbedded silver thread. The mullions are all helixes, meaning they are curves on a curve. Detailed engineering, precise milling, and impeccable assembly resulted in a flawless installation.
Project: FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality Renovation
Creating a restaurant atmosphere reminiscent of the Old West in the tropical environs of the Bahamas held three creative challenges.
An extremely tight schedule, was met through maintaining close communication with the design team as we worked together from the beginning of the project through completion. Coordination was key, including utilizing custom metalwork provided by three different metal fabrication shops.
A feature wood structure in the lobby was to appear to hold fire. To achieve this effect, flat cut pine lumber was finished on the interior side with metallic powders to achieve a fluorescent look. Strobe lighting placed inside the cylinder reflects off the finish to give the appearance of flames.
The design intent for the bar was that it have bullet holes that would allow light to shine through from the back. In order to be as authentic as possible, the Hollywood team went as far as to take boards to a local gun range where the owners proceeded to use a wide array of firearms to create the holes. After taking them back to the shop, we saw that the bullet holes would not be large enough to emit the light as needed. Consequently, various sized drill bits were used to make holes in a random pattern.
Plain sliced Red Oak and Old World European Oak with a dull rubbed finish, field painted rough sawn Cedar, and flat cut Teak hardwoods were utilized throughout the space
Currently one of only two in the world, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico is a secluded sanctuary that blends masterfully into the natural surroundings. The Spa Botanico takes the visitor even further into a sense of timelessness. The challenge for Hollywood Woodwork was to capture that sense of timelessness with the wood used throughout the Spa.
The entrance to the spa, the Apothecary Portal building, is filled with the scents of dried herbs and flowers. Wood Shelving and the beamed ceiling are distressed Andiroba Mahognay with a dull rubbed finish, blended to complement the aged stone walls and floor. The centerpiece of the Portal is a custom aged apothecary table, made from plain sawn, distressed Andiroba Mahogany, with a dull rubbed finish.
The exotic Andiroba is a natural element that anchors the spa design. It is used throughout the spa locations, giving visual continuity.
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Project: The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach, Spa Botanico
Anyone can put together a little shack on the beach, but creating a casual, elegant ambience on the beach is another matter. Dealing with the effects of the extreme humidity of the ocean air and the intense heat of the tropical sun is a true challenge when the woods utilized are beautiful tropical species.
The engineering of the components and application of exterior finishes had to accommodate excessive expansion and contraction of the wood. Flat Cut Cumaru and Flat Cut Teak were finished with exterior penetrating oil to preserve their natural beauty.
The ceiling panels were made from StarBoard, a marine-grade polymer material, that was custom machined with the CNC router. This produced a variety of starfish cut-outs in the ceiling, casting starfish shadows that dance off the walls and floors. Accent elements in the bar included 16- gauge aluminum finished with a green patina acid treatment to mimic old boat parts.
Project: The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Positivo Sand Bar
Nestled within a community of estate homes, this country club needed a renovation that would be stylish while continuing the club’s ambience of casual sophistication.
This was achieved with the use of flat cut Cypress solid wood exterior louvers and trim, and quarter sliced Sapele, slip-matched veneer panels throughout the interior spaces. Certain ceiling areas received flat cut Cypress tongue and groove with a wire brushed finish to achieve a rustic look, as an accent to the Sapele wall panels.
Attention to detail, from drafting through fabrication, finish, and installation, as well as careful coordination in-house and with other trades on the project enabled us to complete our work on time, within budget.