Sire Design Uses Pieces From Art Basel For This Home

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Editor’s Note: Eilyn Cueto of Sire Design explains to Haute Design how some of the pieces that are displayed in this project were purchased in last year’s Art Basel. See below how the process of a design project starts and how it comes to fruition. 

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Project Background:

Our client’s vacation home was renowned Michael Graves’s private residence, which was in its original state from when he owned it. It had wild colors on the walls, all the original finishes and some furnishings from when he lived in the unit.

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As with many of our previous and existing projects, they were a referral from a client who we had previously worked with on numerous properties. They were interested in purchasing a larger unit, which resulted in a conversation with our previous client who suggested they keep the residence and invest in renovating it instead. They gave us a call, we scheduled a meeting a day later and the chemistry was instant –  an aspect of taking on projects that is very important to me. A great working relationship is fundamental for projects to flow with ease. We submitted a proposal and three days after meeting we signed the contract and began to work.

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Project Goals 

The project goals consisted of taking into consideration several aspects that were important to our clients: their love of art, color & maintaining a timeless look that can evolve with time. We also had some space planning issues that were a concern, one being a “Jack & Jill” shower that connected the guest bathroom shower to the master bathroom shower. This left no privacy if both bathrooms were occupied at the same time. Another concern was the number of doors that were visible from the main living room. Four doors, leading to the pantry, guest bathroom, master bedroom & linen closet, provided the space with little wall space for a TV area. Given the space plan of the residence, they did not have a dining room, which they so eagerly wanted and needed to incorporate someway.

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Final Product:

We accomplished all their requests by making their love of art and color the main focus in our design concept while providing a timeless space plan and design. 

We addressed their space planning concerns by separating the guest bathroom and master bathroom shower. We converted the master bathroom tub into a two-person walk-in shower, leaving the previous shower exclusively for use of the guest bathroom. We also worked on the main living area by designing a custom wall unit with “hidden” push open doors that lead to the spaces previously mentioned with a custom wall unit with slider louver doors that displays their art sculptures & TV. We converted the extended kitchen island into a dining room with custom bench seating.

A monotone color palette that consisted of shades of white, natural oak, and a mixture of textures drove the selected interior finishes. This allows the residence to reflect the clean aesthetic we are known for without compromising the clients’ love for color, which we included in all the furnishings and wallpaper selections throughout the unit. Using their art pieces by Bauçan & Mr. Brainwash, we incorporated their art collection full of color as a focal point in different areas. 

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Some of the materials/brands that can be found in the project are: 


  • Flooring: Porcelanosa
  • Master Bath Tile: Ann Sacks 
  • Guest Bath Tile: Opustone


  • Twill & Texture 

Custom Millwork: 

  • GAM Woodwork 


  • The Lighting Studio – featuring products from Flos, Vibia & Artemide 


  • BB Italia
  • Roche Bobois 
  • Minotti 
  • Michael Dawkins

Plumbing Fixtures:

  • Designer Plumbing

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