The renowned collector George Lindemann, also known as the man who chairs the board of the Bass art museum in Miami Beach, has created a modern home in Miami Beach for his family and featuring his particularly provocative combination of world-class art and design.
The soft glow of his pastel two-story waterfront home in Florida was inspired by George Lindemann’s two young daughters whose favourite colour is pink, and since they live with two dads and two brothers, he’s always looking for ways to empower them.
After local architect Allan T. Shulman completed the 7,000-square-foot tropical-modern home on one of Miami Beach’s Sunset Islands, Lindemann, the son of entrepreneur George Lindemann, turned to his neighbour and close friend Susan Bell Richard, who advises an impressive list of artists and designers, to zero in on the precise shade of pink. Together they spent two years reviewing exactly 74 samples of pink paint. The resulting hue is pretty similar to the sand on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
That dedication to process is also evident in the homeowner’s greatest passion, one he has been honing since he was a child: collecting.
Now, 20 years later, the New York–born father of four lives enveloped in a trove of contemporary art and design spectacular in its scope, including dozens of abstract ceramics by Peter Voulkos and Ken Price, iconic works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne and Damien Hirst, and significant pieces by designers Mattia Bonetti and Ron Arad.
Lindemann has also commissioned a remarkable array of works, some of which were created especially for his new home—or are even, as in the case of the Martin Creed–designed staircase, integral to it. The Turner Prize winner’s design, consisting of no less than 37 kinds of marble, is one of the most stunning features of the house.
Other commissions include a pair of side tables by Jean-Michel Othoniel, whose work Lindemann has collected for many years, and a flamboyant silver dining service by the Los Angeles–based Haas Brothers that, housed in its own four-foot-tall display case, is a sculpture unto itself.
Not lacking for material, his interior designer, New York-based Frank de Biasi, was charged with re-packaging Lindemann’s vast collection. Lindemann first met De Biasi 20 years ago, when the designer was working for Peter Marino, who had completed a few projects for the collector’s parents.
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