|Steven Matable, Florida Design, photo Robert Brantley|
hen Steven Matable renovated his ocean-view condominium, he took it as an opportunity to pay tribute to the Art Modeme designers who have influenced his style. "I have a strong interest in the history of interior design and tried to reference those things that are important to me," Matable says. "We're seeing a renewed interest in many of the materials that helped define 20th-century design — including stainless steel, lacquered wood, organic shapes and plastics — and I've tried to integrate them into my home."
Some pieces are originals, including an occasional table in the living area by John Dickinson, the San Francisco designer known for introducing organic shapes into classic settings. "I'm very influenced by designers who took pure forms and made them more geometric," Matable says. "With this design, I've taken a rninimalistic approach and emphasized such basic forms as circles, squares, rectangles and triangles."
Lavender-gray walls and carpet provide a monochromatic backdrop for Matable's geometric theme in the living area. Here, white lacquered, cylindrical tables complement sofas and a settee covered in squares of lavender-gray wool. Exclamation points of taxi-cab yellow and bright red punctuate the palette.