Kors Residence Gulf Coast, Florida

10,000 Square Feet

This decidedly bold, yet simultaneously restrained, home was tailor-made for the jet-setting fashion designer Michael Kors and his partner.

Situated on a copious site steps from the ocean, the long, low slung house is set parallel to the water’s edge, taking advantage of the breathtaking panorama and providing spectacular views from every room of the house. Lushly landscaped to provide both privacy and an almost sub-tropic, primitive bent, the setting is both calm and opulent.

The two-level structure provides abundant entertaining spaces on the ground floor, including a great outdoor living area complete with fireplace, redolent chain-suspended daybeds and large dining table suited for sophisticated entertaining. Other indulgent areas—massage room, mediation area, and spacious gym—open to the oversized pool, hot tub and ample thicket of greenery spilling out to the sand and sea.

The upper floor is dedicated to a gracious open plan that effortlessly segues from public to private areas through the use of large doors and hidden partitions. A mix of warm rich woods and natural travertine mix with cool smooth concrete and natural textures of white cotton, natural linen, hemp, and sumptuous suede.

The large kitchen-breakfast room underscores the overall theme of crisp white offset with warmth: the rattan sided credenzas, wicker globe lamp and thick teak table counterbalance the otherwise spartan setting. A pair of oversized bespoke Nakashimaya solid walnut doors provide a strong visual and sculpture form; these oversized panels glide soundly on hidden tracks to separate this working area from the formal entry.

The plenteous dining-living room allows for relaxed luxury while enjoying the stellar views. A large fireplace anchors the room centered on a generously proportioned seating group. Comfort is underscored by a keep and highly curated design aesthetic: clean lines are offset by handmade exotic pottery, richly textures woven baskets and a collection of massive coral pieces that provide dramatic sculptural punctuation.

Hidden pivoting panels, tucked within the fireplace wall, discretely mitigate the desired privacy: when the design couple are alone, the entire house is open for easy flow. When guests are entertained, these panels close with no hint of what lies beyond.

The master bedroom is a soothing mix of Asian influenced millwork and important Danish furnishings, combined with rattan and straw. Additional large openings link the suite to the bathroom—replete with both a large glass-walled indoor shower and teak-clad outdoor shower that is open the sky.

The house is a magnificent retreat for an erudite sophisticated couple that desires the best of tranquil ease and elegant living.

Kors Residence Gulf Coast, Florida