Some of the best things come from collaboration, the intersection of creative minds to morph something particular, informed, unique. In the Miami area of Surfside, mere blocks from the luxury Bal Harbour Shops (where there is a Fendi boutique), is a pyramid-style building that though not yet completed, is already hard to miss: the Fendi Château Residences. It’s a large, stalwart example of two parts coming together in a new and exciting way, and marks the first time in Fendi’s history that the iconic handbag brand has lent its name and aesthetic to a residential property; fitting that it did so with the experienced Château Group.
“It’s very exclusive, very boutique,” says Eli Klinger, director of sales for Château, sitting in the immaculate sales centre for the residence, which overlooks the construction site across the street. “It’s the first of its kind in the world.” Indeed, each of the 58 units (the smallest of which is over 3,000 square-feet, the largest clocking in at more than 7,000) will feature furniture, accessories, kitchen cabinets, and more from Fendi, plus appliances from Gaggenau. Scheduled to open in June or July 2016, the beachfront project is already 85 per cent sold, says Klinger; and of the three penthouses, only one is still on the market.
It’s the epitome of private luxury, and those who buy in can look forward to a restaurant with chef’s kitchen; two swimming pools; beachside service; poolside cabanas; a library area; valet service; a spa; a gym overlooking the ocean; a business centre; and a cinema, to name, truly, just a few. Indeed, it is Miami’s own take on la dolce vita.