Art Talks

The enviable collection of contemporary art and sculpture that grace this Palm Beach residence speaks volumes about the owners.

Classic Palm Beach with an edge is achieved in the living room, where splashy, synchronized fabrics in cobalt and navy blues pay homage to the Atlantic. They are grounded by a traditional love seat from Ferrell Mittman and a pair of curved sofas by The Bright Group that are upholstered in plush off-white velvet. Opulence is imparted by an Yves Klein cocktail table of gold leaf encased in Lucite. 

Working from home is a pleasure with the study’s palette, featuring soothing shades of cerulean blue. Phillip Jeffries’ basket-weave grass cloth adorns the walls, and a ribbed wool rug from Stark bottoms out the space. Above the cream love seat hangs a stirring rodeo scene by NYC-based painter and photographer Richard Prince. 

Decidedly bright and cheery, the breakfast area is furnished with an Ocean Foam Caesarstone slab tabletop and Artistic Frame’s Sabre chairs in yellow vinyl (for a retro vibe). 

The kitchen is luminous thanks to clean cabinetry, a white quartzite island and a textural backsplash of soft gray from Shelly Tile. Top-of-the-line stainless appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf bring functional flair, and a trio of spherical hanging pendants by Britain’s lighting aficionado Tom Dixon gleam in copper and silver. 

Femininity is the theme of the wife’s bath, where the walls are embellished by Venetian plaster in cameo pink. She can unwind in the deep Kohler tub and primp at the fluted lacquer vanity (fabricated by the builder).

It’s a rhapsody in blue in the master bedroom, where the custom-designed curved silk bed is smartly dressed in Matouk sky-toned bed linens, and a channel-tufted bench from The Bright Group is upholstered in a tactile, muted cadet blue velvet by Duralee.  

The dining room stuns with high-gloss mahogany starburst tables by Silkwood Furniture and luxe chairs wrapped in geometric aqua-cut velvet, both by Nancy Corzine. 

“We wanted to create a cozy retreat for the family,” says Alpert, who has accomplished just that with an inviting Baker sectional swathed in indulgent chocolate velvet by Pindler & Pindler. 

“The Kiss Was Beautiful.” It’s a simple statement on a work by neon artist and cultural phenomenon Tracey Emin that hangs in the hallway of this showstopping Palm Beach home. It is switched on to glow at all times, not just when company arrives. That fact in itself demonstrates that the owners’ curated assortment of art, obtained through globe-trotting, gallery-hopping and yearly visits to Art Basel in Miami, is meant to bring joy to themselves alone. When visitors admire it, that’s just an added bonus.

The residence, at just over 9,000 square feet with six bedrooms, was designed by Kenneth Alpert of KA Design Group, a firm based in New York City, from where the residents also hail. However, the wife is not one to sit back and just let it happen. She was fully immersed in the process and handselected every item down to the cocktail napkins. “I love shopping. It hits my fancy, and I can make a decision very definitively, so it came together rather quickly,” she recounts.

There is truly something to capture the eye and spark conversation in every room. The decor shows an appreciation for nature via shades of sand and sky, with a touch of elegance that’s inspiring without being overpowering—and, best of all, has an edge—most often as a result of the courageous art selections. “I’m not afraid of color,” says the wife, and, clearly, she is also fearless when it comes to what hangs on her walls—or in the case of groundbreaking sculptor Nick Cave’s “Soundsuit,” a faceless, life-size mannequin covered in thousands of metallic buttons that graces the dining room, standing near the home’s stairwell, masterly overseeing all who come and go on a daily basis.

Rich espresso finishes throughout, a sunny lemon-colored breakfast area, a sea of blues flowing through the living room to the study and even delicious soft pinks in the master-bedroom sitting area create a rainbow as breathtaking as any you’d see in a summery Palm Beach sky. At certain times, the room was designed around the art, while at others, the perfect piece was chosen to complement it. No matter which came first, the end result is a rousing design success.

The house was first built as a spec home, until the wife cleared the clutter of architectural wall details to make way for the couple’s abundant, ever-growing art collection. Nowhere will you find a chair rail or applied molding… just piece after piece of glorious modern artwork that speak eloquently in words, colors and textures—making this Palm Beach home one of the island’s standout gems.