The iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach recently renovated four of its luxury suites located in the Chateau tower: La Baie, Le Sable, La Mer, and La Ciel. Janice Clausen, founder and principal of CCID, was asked to do the design refresh. Although each suite has its own distinctive style and room plan, they all feature soft neutral tones, polished woods, and shimmering fabrics that provide an airy background against the blue ocean views. “In contrast to the other suites, however, the design scheme of Le Ciel and Le Sable incorporates stronger patterns and shapes typically characterized by Miami style,” Clausen explains. The 1,600-square-foot Le Sable presidential suite offers two full bedrooms with private bath and oceanfront balconies. The parlor houses a large living and dining area with an oversized L-shaped sofa, a dining table, a half bath, and an additional ocean-view balcony.
Line in the Sand
Neutral sand tones are layered with over-sheers, providing hints of sand patterns drawn in the decorative drapery fabric beneath. “Textures of sand and sea are recurrent through the patterns, colors, and the incorporation of metallic elements in fabrics and hand-tufted rugs,” Clausen says.
A large, 8-by-8-foot blue abstract in acrylic on stretched canvas by Florida artist and environmentalist Margaret Ross Tolbert presides in the suite’s dining and living areas. “It’s inspired by Florida’s natural fresh water springs,” Clausen notes.
A substantial chandelier by contemporary design house Moooi floats above the living room and recalls coral reef life. “This composition is balanced by the light sculptures by Aqua Creations, appearing as sea anemones before entering the main suite with its views to the ocean beyond,” she says.