There’s a lot to love about the holidays: family, turkey, and decked-out firs and evergreens. But, of course, The HighBoy’s list of favorites are a little different than most: great design, lit-up palm trees, and Art Basel. At this time of year, the whole world has eyes on our hometown of Miami as the art world’s elite arrive in throngs to hunt for the next big thing. It’s this chic migration that inspired designer Justin Shaulis to craft his room for New York’s Holiday House. The celebrated annual show house, founded to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, has given Shaulis the perfect venue to celebrate the magic of the subtropical hotspot in the middle of Manhattan.
Titled “Gallery Hopping in Miami,” the monochromatic white room located in the Holiday House’s fourth-floor ballroom is as transportive as a plane ticket. Just like Shaulis’ favorite Wynwood galleries, the all-white expanses allow the incredible art pieces he selected to shine—four of which he procured from an all-time HighBoy favorite, Carole Pinto. The result is a space that prompts the kind of quiet contemplation required of all the best works of art, and that’s exactly the kind of experience that Shaulis had in mind.
“Heading down to [Miami] during Miami Art Week is my idea of the ultimate ‘holiday,’” he says. “For those few days, everything—the hotels, the restaurants, the shops, the streets, the conversation—is all about art. Art that makes you think. Art that makes you feel. With this in mind, I ultimately wanted to create a space that elicits a response. My hope is that people’s shoulders relax upon crossing over the threshold into my room, that their breath comes easier, that their stress levels decrease and their soul is uplifted as they connect with each and every piece of art.”
We invited Shaulis to recreate his Miami-inspired space in HighBoy style:
1. Pair of Art Deco Club Chairs | 2. Brass and Chrome Peacock Sculpture
3. Brass Skyscraper Cocktail Table | 4. Pair of Mid-Century Lucite Lamps
5. Pair of French Opaline Glass Boxes | 6. Pair of Mid-Century Side Chests
7. Pair of Chrome Etageres 8. Cylindrical Pedestal
9. Rosewood and Leather Sofa
Photography by: Marco Ricca.
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