A few months ago Architectural Digest featured revered architect Charles Gwathmey’s final project before his untimely death in 2010. Gwathmey had worked on a beautiful congregation of white pavilions on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Bart’s. The project, a collection of pristine villas on an island with a spectacular view, was a testament to his life’s work, boasting meticulously designed features from white-stucco concrete accented with polished concrete, to locally excavated volcanic stone incorporated into the walls and housing infrastructure.
The finished project is luxury at its finest. Inside, the bare walls direct attention to the custom upholstered white canvas furnishings, which take on the overall clean, pristine theme of the villas. Using the art of simplicity, Gwathmey emphasizes attention towards the large windows and out into the serene ocean.
It’s minimalistic, but Gwathmey makes a statement of luxury and style. How did he pull it all together? Undoubtedly, the hardwood floors make all the difference. The bare white walls harmonize against the deep Brazilian sucupira wood, and both work together to keep an air of plush simplicity. Gwathmey also utilizes sucupira throughout the rest of the pavilions for the millwork and cabinetry.
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