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In Miami, the city that’s perfected the art of sleek, modern residential living, the $25-million Miami Beach home recently designed by Brazilian powerhouse furnishings company Artefacto feels chic yet refreshingly cozy. “Just because something is contemporary doesn’t mean it can’t have warmth,” said Willman Ramos, the manager at Artefacto’s Coral Gables store who lead the design of the 12,000-square-foot waterfront mansion built by Barry Brodsky, the highly respected luxury retail developer behind Harry Winston’s and Louis Vuitton’s Bal Harbour outposts. Soon after Brodsky asked Artefacto CEO Paulo Bacchi to furnish every room of the stunning two-story residence, which sold just weeks after the design was completed, Ramos and the rest of his team got to work. “We walked in and it was this fabulous white canvas,” he said, adding the goal was clear from the beginning: “With all the beauty just outside the house, we wanted to create a perfect indoor to outdoor transition.” Here, Ramos explains exactly how they designed the home’s dramatic yet comfortable living room.

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