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Gulfshore Life Home

Spring 2021
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Gulfshore Life HOME is the authority on Southwest Florida design and architecture, providing exclusive access to the best in decorating, art, shopping, collecting, building and outdoor living.

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2 min.

For more than 30 years, architect David Corban has set the standard for sustainable building in Southwest Florida. In the Tomorrowland feature (p. 262), he shares his vision for a future with greener home design. Ben and Matthew Riley take the reins at Thomas Riley Artisan’s Guild, which celebrates 30 years in 2021. On p. 140, the brothers tell how—by fostering camaraderie and quality workmanship—their father created one of the finest craftsmen groups in the state. Renowned for her custom approach to interiors (and her chic 12th Avenue South artisan-driven galleryshowroom), Judith Liegeois (p. 118), tells what it takes to design spaces that are entirely your own. Hint: Nothing should look like “it’s come off an assembly line.” In her Marco Island project (p. 226), Fort Myers designer Leili Fatemi cleverly blends rich…

2 min.
it’s personal

The well-designed life can take many forms. At the core, there’s the idea of being intentional with our surrounding spaces. Naples designer Richard Geary knows this well. His home (p. 154), serves as a livable showroom of the modernist’s globe-trotting life and curious mind. A handsome wood-and-glass display case in his living room speaks to his experimentations in crafting pared-down furnishings that directly reflect their purposes. Inside, drawers hold clusters of shells the avid collector has acquired from around the world. His reproduction of Gerrit Rietveld’s Red and Blue Chair (seen above) stands in a nearby room. Nearly every furnishing in the home was made by him in the workshop out back, near where his wife also creates the pottery that fills their home. Geary takes the notion of bespoke living to…

3 min.
made in southwest florida

5 min.
modern marvels

Can a building reinvigorate, or redefine, a city? That depends on who is designing it. In the age of “starchitects,” where architecture by the likes of Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron and Renzo Piano is as much of a status symbol as sporting an Hermès Birkin bag, selecting the right firm to envision a city’s new landmark may be the key to global recognition. Miami-based firm Arquitectonica knows the impact architecture can have on a destination. Since launching the company more than 40 years ago, founders and architects, husband-wife duo Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear (along with other partners), shook off their Miami Vice reputation (they were behind the Atlantis apartment building featured in the TV series). In the 1990s, they emerged as one of the more serious players on…

7 min.
a day in the life of the collective

It’s just before 7 a.m. when the Kurtz Homes Naples team begins to arrive at The Collective, the new luxury design center that Randy Kurtz recently debuted in the Naples Design District. Their day starts early. Elizabeth Kurtz trickles in first, today. By the time Randy arrives, his daughter is already at her desk coordinating for the day ahead. She doesn’t spend much time sitting, though. As the one who handles tenant and community relations—and anything else that may come up—she’s often jetting between the two dozen or so design businesses that now operate out of the building. The concept for The Collective is simple enough: Gather some of the greatest businesses in Southwest Florida construction, architecture, development, interior design and art under the same roof. Create an environment where the teams can…

4 min.
all in the details

Infinity Porcelain “Everyone wants the marble look, but not the maintenance,” Tricia Maloney, UMI Stone’s marketing liaison, says. “That is why porcelain is a great alternative.” The new frontier for sleek surfaces, a porcelain by Infinity mimics the intricate veining found in natural marble by using what the manufacturer calls Natura-Vein™ Tech, which gives slabs an organic stone look. “This special technology makes it possible to achieve the perfect consistency between the surface and the body by passing through the full thickness of the slab,” Maloney says. Infinity specializes in high quality, large porcelain slabs (we’re talking 50-square-foot pieces) that are remarkably durable. As UMI’s latest product offering, the Italian-made stone can be used for different purposes, from expansive kitchen islands to dramatic backdrops. It can be applied to walls, transformed…