From the outside, the Palm Beach, Florida, house that Maxine Granovsky Gluskin shares with her husband, Ira Gluskin, is a throwback to the oceanfront enclave’s old-school opulence. Built in the 1920s by renowned American architect Addison Mizner, the landmark has a Mediterranean Revival style that perfectly preserves the glamour of an era when Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Astors flocked to the area for sun and fun. Inside, however, the transformation that took nearly two years to complete is an awe-inspiring blend of conservation and contemporary chutzpah.
Maxime — former president and current honorary chair of the Art Gallery of Ontario board of trustees — interviewed five designers before committing to the New York firm Haynes-Roberts, who understood how to translate her vision: “relaxed formality.”
“There’s an urbanity to some of the pieces because you’re in a place where it’s about sophistication and elegance — the old Palm Beach,” say the designers. But, then, this is new Palm Beach. A slightly later mid-century influence — think 1960s and ’70s — comes through, particularly in the lighting, which expresses personality and modernity in equal measure. “It’s a little more playful-chic, an almost Italian inspiration in terms of interiors,” say the designers.
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