Cool and Compact
Working with David Piscuskas of 1100 Architect, author and photographer Kelly Klein builds an intimate getaway that’s a perfect fit for her blissful new life. ” I’ve become more of a minimalist, and I’ve learned that from Calvin,” she says, referring to her marriage to fashion icon Calvin Klein as well as her years working in his design studio.
The home’s “main event,” Piscuskas explains, occurs when the series of sliding oiled-teak doors are opened, uniting the 40-foot living area with a shaded water-view terrace featuring an outdoor fireplace. In contrast, the street-facing side of the house is windowless, an idea Klein and the architect adapted from a church she’d spotted during a trip to Portugal. “I really tried to keep this modern house very cozy,” says the author, describing the generous use of wood throughout: cedar ceilings, teak doors, wide-plank limed oak for the bedroom floors. Radiant heat warms the cement and white limestone underfoot in the living area, where the kitchen is open for all to see. “Some people don’t like looking at their things,” Klein says. “I like seeing my glassware and dishes.”
Kelly Klein and her son, Lukas, in the living room of their Palm Beach, Florida, home, which was designed by David Piscuskas of the firm 1100 Architect. Photographs by Santiago Sierra (far left) and Anita Calero ornament the space, which also includes a Restoration Hardware sofa, vintage Hans J. Wegner chairs from Wyeth, and a 1970s Antonio Citterio cocktail table found on 1stdibs.com; the throw pillows are all by Calvin Klein Home.
The dining area is appointed with an oak table custom made by Lars Bolander and pine benches by 1100 Architect; the light fixture is by Workstead, and the seating near the fireplace is by Urban Zen.
Klein outfitted the kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf range, Dornbracht sink fittings, and a custom-made hood.
The terrace off the dining area is furnished with a simple wood table and James Perse chairs; the tumblers and dinnerware are by Calvin Klein Home.
The pool, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, was designed by 1100 Architect.
An evening view of the property. Klein, 1100 Architect, and landscape architect Steven Marc Dauber collaborated on the spare scheme, featuring palm trees placed like sculptures around the European-edge pool, which is framed by limestone coping.
In the master bath, the double sink is of Corian; the teak-framed glass doors lead to an outdoor shower.
The stainless-steel standing shower is by Marcel Wanders for Boffi, and the area is enclosed by cypress walls and gates.
A Fabricius & Kastholm chair from Suite New York occupies a corner of a guest room; on the bed is a Navajo chief’s blanket from Gloria List Antiques.
Another guest room sports a Flip Schulke photograph of Muhammad Ali and a bed dressed with Restoration Hardware linens; beneath the Sunbrella-fabric-clad umbrella by Santa Barabara Designs outside are folding beds by Tectona.
Photography by Nikolas Koenig. Arcticle featured in Architectural Digest.