5,875 SF Restaurant, Hospitality
Architecture, Interior Design
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Housed within a classic, Mediterranean Revival-style building, originally constructed in 1938, Forte Dei Marmi is a new, elegant, two-story villa, Italian restaurant concept set to play a significant role in the renaissance of the swanky South of Fifth area. The 5,875 SF property, and former home of Cavalli Miami, required a complete interior redesign – one that would envisage an amalgam of the enduring spirit of classic Italian beach culture and a contemporary design aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Tuscan coast and the littoral Italian resort, Forte dei Marmi’s design reflects the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of its namesake Italian city, as well as the immutable modernist allure of South Beach. A palette of rich materials and textures combine to create a refined, yet comfortable interior – the perfect setting for enjoying the restaurant’s highly-crafted, culinary offerings. The concept for the lounge and bar on the second level was to create an intimate, finely- furnished environment that promotes a unique sensory dining experience, providing a flexible venue for art installations and intimate musical performances.
Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Kevin Heidorn
Project Contributors: Carla Lores, Olivier Montfort
Photographs: Karen Fuchs