20 Year Flashback: Interior Designer Kevin Gray’s Miami Beach Penthouse

20 years ago, interior designer Kevin Gray’s Miami Beach penthouse apartment was featured in two design publications,  Vogue Apartment  Living Australia, as well as Metropolitan Home which in the cover story described its  “sophisticated sense of history, texture and style” and Kevin’s penthouse was featured on two HGTV special (below). Kevin came across an unpublished photo of him laying on his daybed that brought back memories of his Bayfront penthouse that he had in the late 90s. Kevin found this barren Miami Beach 1960s apartment, and instinctively knew he could do something with the concrete boxes and massive terrace. As this was a rental building Kevin had to play with texture to define the rooms and make them more unique. Unsurprisingly, while his designs have evolved, his timeless design aesthetic and principles have not changed in the last 20 years.

For me, it’s all about the mix! I’ve lived, traveled and worked in Europe and the East Coast of the United States throughout my career, and traveled the world for the last 40 years, so I have developed an eye for the unexpected. I’m known for my eclectic design and my ability to make it work. When my clients come to me and ask if something ‘will work,’ usually it’s a, ‘Yes – we’ll make it work!’

To keep it interesting I like to mix antiques with modern, expensive with not so expensive. The contrast pleases the eye and the senses. Not just in my clients’ homes, but in my home too!
– Interior Designer Kevin Gray
                    Vogue Apartment Living Australia        Interior Designer Kevin Gray featured on the cover of Metropolitan Home Magazine

 

Kevin shared some of his design tips and secrets:
  • Kevin ripped up the wall-to-wall carpeting and polished the concrete floors until they with a marble-like finish.
  • Kevin found the wool shag rug on a roll at Home Depot, and had it bound.
  • The rug was sized to match the travertine wall behind his custom white faux leather couch. The 18″ travertine squares are the same width as the couch.
  • The apartment’s entry doubles as a dining room. He covered the walls with 18″ square picture frames covered in chenille to add texture and make the front door disappear.
  • No construction was needed to redesign the 40-year-old apartment. Kevin reimagined the space by changing textures, styles and periods, and adding views by seamlessly merging indoor and outdoor living to take advantage of the unobstructed views. He built a Chattahoochee waterfall fountain using 18″ cobblestone squares.
  • Personalization is important to make a house a home, and Kevin made his home using the pieces he’d collected in his years of travel for work and pleasure.

Photographer Dan Forer

In the feature photo, Kevin Gray was photographed by Dan forer in a Joop delft-blue suit on two daybeds of his own design repurposed as a living room couch.

cork walls in Kevin Gray's bedroom
The bedroom wall features 18″ square cork tiles to add texture and contrast.
travertine wall in Kevin Gray's living room
The 18″ square travertine stone tiles are the same width as the couch, cantilevered with the end tables topped by matching Italian lamps.
Kevin Gray's living room featuring daybeds he designed
The shag rug purchased off the roll at Home Depot was chosen to match the color of the travertine and is the same width as the travertine and the daybeds.
wall hanging in Kevin Gray's Miami penthouse
1940s Gobelins tapestry depicting Poseidon.
Night time views from Kevin Gray's terrace
Nighttime views over the bay from Kevin’s terrace showcase the fountain and cactus from Kevin’s native Texas. 
Night time views from Kevin Gray's terrace
The entry hall / dining room features padded walls that absorb sound and add depth and texture – and hide the front door. Kevin grounded his dining room table with 2 intersecting Breuton bases, a set of vintage dining room chairs and an original Calder painting (Le Discs). The ceiling fixture is a Serge Mouille that Kevin found at the Paris Flea Market. To the right is a custom KGD console design of black steel and a travertine top in the same manner as the custom daybed in the living room.  

 

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated Lighting and Interior Designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, Washington D.C. and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straight-forward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials, are Kevin Gray Design staples. Kevin is known for his sensibility of style by mixing the unexpected with unique vintage pieces and fabrics. Clients say that Kevin’s key to his success is his trusted history of collaborations with the best architects, craftsmen and builders.
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720 Northeast 69th Street
Palm Bay Towers – Suite 11W
Miami, FL 33138

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated interior designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and well-crafted but straightforward furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials, are Kevin Gray Design staples. Clients say that the key to Kevin's success is his collaboration with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. While beautiful rooms are Kevin’s first consideration, client service, project management, and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.

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Kevin Gray is an internationally celebrated interior designer, known for transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for the most discerning clients in Miami, New York, and Europe. His interiors showcase signature designs that are understated yet sophisticated, straight-forward, elegant and functional. Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials are Kevin Gray Design staples. Clients say that the key to Kevin’s success is his collaboration with the best architects, craftsmen, and builders. and, while beautiful rooms are Kevin’s first consideration, client service, project management, and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.