James Bond-Inspired Design Theme at New Miami High Rise
Even David Beckham is talking about The Bond, a new luxury condo project in Miami. Part of an aesthetic intended to channel London’s legendary jet-set lifestyle, the design theme features iconic celebrity photos and a British-glam vibe.
Famed British photographer Terry O’Neill's photos, which have graced the covers of international magazines, currently hang in the sales center and will also be displayed throughout the public places inside the building, once complete.
The photos inspired the ultra-luxe design materials that compliment the project's British-glam vibe, like a stainless steel façade, hand-stitched red leather and suede walls, glass ceilings and pinstriped marble floors.
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Q: How did Terry O'Neill's photos influence your design of The Bond?
Alonso: It did in many ways -- first of all, the day Loguer was hired to develop the design concept for The Bond, Francisco Lopez Guerra and I coincidentally met Terry O'Neill at an exposition of his work last April in Wynwood. After looking at the candid shots of different off-screen Bond characters, we realized all these images had a common factor: a relaxed and simple, yet glamorous and sophisticated way of living. That day, The Bond design concept was born.
We then identified timeless design elements that where chic back then -- and still are today -- and incorporated them into the design of the spaces. Some examples are the tufted leathers, riveted fabrics, matte metals, pin striped textures and the soberness of the black-and-white tones. All these elements were incorporated into the finishes of the spaces and the furnishings selected. We also took an abstraction of Terry’s camera shutter and merged it with the pool’s tile pattern design.
Q: What was it about O'Neill's work that made you decide to purchase the nine prints?
Q: So was your intent to more or less create a living art exhibition of O'Neill's book, All About Bond?
Alonso: Not only about the book itself, but also about the jet-setter glamorous, sophisticated lifestyle of the people of that era -- most of them photographed by Terry at some point. The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Elton John. These are all outstanding people with outstanding lives and a unique style that inspired the design concepts for The Bond project.
Q: Where can we see the photos on display?
Alonso: The collection is being displayed at The Bond’s sales gallery in impressive full-size originals. I strongly encourage people to stop by and see Terry O’Neill’s amazing work. The images will become part of The Bond’s permanent art collection, displayed throughout the building’s public spaces. For instance, the image of Kate Moss will hang in the fitness center; Mick Jagger will overlook the bar and lounge area in the building’s living room; and Michael Caine on the set of the movie Deadfall in Majorca, Spain, with his arm around actress Gianni Ralli, will hang in the lobby.
Q: Which photograph particularly resonates with you?
Alonso: I have two favorites. The first is the photo of Kate Moss when she was 17 years old, from one of her first major modeling shoots in London, in 1991. The other is a photo of Mick Jagger in full makeup, for the Rolling Stones’ first television appearance in London, in 1963. Even though these images were taken decades ago, they are still relevant and iconic today -- they represent four words that were the key ingredients in designing The Bond: simple, sophisticated, modern and timeless.