The sleek, austere living/dining room of this Miami home belies the playful pandemonium that goes on here. On the sofa: jumping and dancing. Bicycles, scooters and games of tag pass through here. And when a rainy day befell a toddler’s birthday party last year, the two ponies clomped inside for rides.
Chad Oppenheim, the home’s owner and architect, explains that while most of the furnishings are limited-edition, museum-quality pieces, the space, which he calls “the everything room,” revolves around family—himself, his wife, Ilona, son Hendrix, 6 and daughter Liloo, 3.
“You design around life and not around the architecture,” says Mr. Oppenheim, the 43-year-old founder of Oppenheim Architecture + Design.
Here’s a breakdown of the elements selected by Mr. Oppenheim and his wife over the course of about a year for the home, which they call Villa Allegra.
1. The “Esse Sofa” by Italian company Edra is covered in synthetic ostrich skin, perfect for a room with juice boxes and sticky fingers. “If something gets on it, you can wipe it off,” Mr. Oppenheim says. The piece came from the couple’s previous home and is a good fit with the room’s neutral palette.
2. The area rug comes from the Miami-based Stephanie Odegard Collection. Made from Himalayan wool and hand-spun silk, the rug offsets the naturally dark Brazilian chestnut floors, called sucupira wood.
3. The dining table was custom made in Indonesia using reclaimed teak. The family eats at the table, which also gets plenty of use with the kids’ activities.
Price: $55,000 for the table and two benches
4. Like many of the home’s furnishings, the small marble table was a serendipitous find. “We weren’t necessarily looking for it,” Mr. Oppenheim said. Rather, when the couple sees something they like, “we find a place for it.” The piece came from the Stephanie Odegard Collection.
5. “From the moment I saw it, I wanted it,” says Mr. Oppenheim of the “Blossom Chandelier” designed by Tord Boontje for Swarovski Crystal Palace. His wife purchased the cherry blossom-inspired fixture as a surprise. “I’m a fanatic about nature.” Still, the chandelier is seldom used. “In the daytime, we get a lot of natural light. At night we use candles everywhere, along with floor lights and dim ceiling lights,” he says. “The [chandelier’s] light is a bit cold—LED bulbs—and it has settings that, quite frankly, are a little hard to control.”
6. The white “Crochet Chair” comes from Marcel Wanders Studio, a quirky, contemporary firm based in Amsterdam. The surface is basically resin-impregnated lace—firm but with a little give to it, Mr. Oppenheim says. While nothing in the room is sacred, “I would not be too excited if the kids were jumping on it.”
ARTICLE PDF: WSJ_Minimalist_Home