321 OCEAN DRIVE
The interiors of this two-story beachfront condominium, in a quiet corner of South Beach, were designed to provide a home for the clients’ collection of contemporary art. Wide spaces, clean lines, and a muted color palette draw attention to the two best features of the apartment, the art and the sweeping ocean views. Sofia’s design gracefully lets these two features take center stage while still providing an exceedingly comfortable and cohesive interior. Subtle but luxurious materials, lighting, and furnishings enhance the ease and warmth of the environment. The restraint of Sofia’s interiors reflect the minimalist contemporary design of the entire building itself, by the internationally acclaimed architect, Enrique Norten. The flow-through unit also features an aquarium, billiard room, and wine cellar.
Sofia Joelsson has designed the interiors of a wide portfolio of private planes, creating spaces as comfortable as her clients’ homes while navigating complicated FAA regulations. Couches and club chairs are upholstered in a wide variety of materials, many not typically found on planes, like linen, mohair, cashmere, and alpaca, giving the main cabin the feel of a living room. Galleys paneled in rich, exotic woods, with glassed-in cabinetry and spacious countertops evoke intimate cocktail bars. The lavishly equipped bathrooms feel more like what one would find on a megayacht than the compact toilet facilities of most planes. Every custom element goes through a specialized testing and FAA approvals process, ensuring a high-performance and exceedingly luxurious environment. Sofia has designed interiors for a wide range of private aircrafts, including Gulfstreams, Falcons, Hawks, and Lear Jets.
FISHER ISLAND RESIDENCE
On exclusive Fisher Island off the coast of South Beach, Sofia designed a modern condominium within one of the island’s signature Mediterranean Revival residential buildings. The 6,000 square feet unit was fully gutted and reconfigured in an open plan layout. The flow-through unit overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Downtown Miami and is surrounded by a deep wrap-around balcony with spaces for entertaining and other outdoor activities. Fully retractable pocket doors combine indoor and outdoor living into one vast living space that captures the ocean breezes. Inside, striped carpeting reflects the sleek, wood paneling and recessed interior light fixtures. The kitchen’s cabinets and hidden appliances disappear against a wall of wood paneling which in turn contrasts against an adjacent wall of marble. The unit also features a private movie theater, and wine cellar.
GLASS MIAMI BEACH
Within a tall and extremely slender residential tower designed by renowned Miami architect Rene Gonzalez, Sofia was given the opportunity to design the interiors for a unit that spans an entire floor. Sofia’s interior reflects the ethereal, crystalline aesthetic of the rest of the tower, combining the design elements of light, transparency, reflection, and negative space to create an extremely light interior.
The interior color pallet showcases veiny white marbles and mirrored surfaces, with contrasting clusters of furniture in light and dark tones of wood and fabrics that visually divide the open plan living space into zones for entertaining, dining, and other uses, making the views out to the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach cityscape front and center. The colors complement the elements of the building and ocean side environment, from water, to sand, to sky.
When tasked with the interiors of a rambling Sagaponack estate developed by Jay Bialsky, Sofia reinterpreted Jay’s vision of a custom home with entertaining in mind. The house is meant for extended family get-togethers and vacations. It is a family compound for the aristocracy of today. Even the in-home hair salon and gym have space for plenty.
The estate features sunken fire pit, tennis court, sculpture garden, pool house, movie theater, gym with yoga area, and wine cellar. The house has an expansive flagstone-lined pool, which welcoming daybeds and hammocks.
Inside, Sofia softened her modernist touch with traditional details that reflected the exterior ‘shingle’ style of a typical cottage on Long Island’s South Shore. The kitchen is composed of subdued woods with stainless steel and heavily veined marble detailing. The two story great room was designed with modernist touches like a floating, halo-like lighting fixture and low-backed couches that accentuate the space, and a classic ship-style bunk room brings luxury to sleepovers.