Friday 11 May 2012 - Filed under Palm Beach
This should not come as a surprise. Dan Ponton, owner of Club Colette, has four building projects underway simultaneously. “I create backdrops for celebrations for people and we are constantly transforming Club Colette,” he explains. “So my work, which I really love, continues into my private life.”
Current ventures include his new condo at Trump Plaza, a whaling captain’s house in Cape Cod, a mid-century renovation in the Caribbean and a green building project in Rwanda. And in the past 20 years, he’s transformed seven properties in the area. “When I finish a project, I just need to keep recreating,” he says.
This means that his two-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment, No. 2-B in the Dunster House at 360 S. Ocean, with 3,200 square feet inside and out and designed by Geoffrey Bradfield, is currently up for sale through Barrett Wells Property Group for $3.49 million.
“After an illness five years ago, I created a bucket list, and the No. 1 thing on it was to simplify, so I wanted to move from my big house on Golfview to an apartment and I wanted to have Jeffrey Bradfield, a dear friend, design a fanciful, luxurious and intimate environment that was a conglomeration of different cultures centered around the Middle East,” Ponton says.
The end result was a design inspired by Morocco, a multicultural oasis known as the “Land of a Thousand Kasbahs.”
The condo, which he bought in 2007, with its high ceilings and white-with-blue color palette, could be a Kasbah. However, far from being a traditional “citadel” or “stronghold,” this gorgeous condominium with its many windows offers pleasant views and ocean breezes.
“The fun thing about this apartment is that everything was created for it,” Ponton says, referring to, well, everything – the Venetian plaster walls, the custom moldings, hand-painted tile, Stark carpeting, lighting, window coverings and furnishings.
Even the ceiling in the entry is an experience – it’s white gold leaf. And over the white Caesarstone floor is a decorative area rug shaped like a palm of a hand holding fish and eye motifs – it welcomes visitors in, while setting the overall design tone. A contemporary painting of a face is almost entirely blue and appears to blend in with the wall. Opposite is a mirrored alcove.
Door openings to the living room and bedroom wing are ogee-archways.
The ceiling in the living room is edged with a custom molding that mimics the design in the carpet as well as the blue edging on the white chenille chairs.
In the seating area are those chairs, with two white couches and Lucite tables. Artwork includes a reverse image of the entry painting. Glass doors, draped with cream curtains edged in blue, open to the terrace that overlooks the pool.
On the north wall are two mirrors framed in ogee arches that echo openings with blue lattice doors to the dining and media rooms. “The doors are an interlocking lattice in French blue,” Ponton points out, “and the white Caesarstone floors will not scratch.”
The media room, fashioned as a Moroccan salon, features tufted wall panels, a bar in a mirrored alcove and banquettes with ottomans in creamy leather.
“The walls are all acoustically done,” Ponton says. “Behind the leather panels are soundproofing and speakers, so it’s all surround sound and then some.”
In addition to the banquette there are two blue-and-white swivel armchairs and antique Moroccan tables and a table stand holding a large Moroccan tray. Covering the windows are wood sliders with open fretwork. “I don’t like curtains,” Ponton explains. “The sliders diffuse the light, but don’t obscure views.”
The rug is in cream with shades of blue in interlocking-pattern repeats.
The dining room features hand-painted tiles designed by Bradfield as wainscot and frames for mirror insets. Again, at the windows are lattice-like sliding screens. The table and chairs are Lucite, a Bradfield trademark, Ponton says.
The white lacquer cabinets in the kitchen were imported from Venice. Other details here include blue Caesarstone countertops, white tile backsplash and white patent leather walls. The appliances include SubZero refrigerator and freezer drawers, Miele range, Gagganeau stainless oven and two Fisher Paykal dishwashing drawers. The laundry and pantry are off the kitchen.
To the north of the foyer are the powder room and bedroom suite. The sitting room has two built-ins, lattice screens covering the windows, and a blue rug with white trim covered with moon and star motifs. It’s furnished with a sofa and Indian chest of drawers. There are also built-in storage-and-display units and a desk behind closet doors.
The bedroom features a white rug with a central blue moon and star motifs. Decorative columns delineate the sleeping area. Integrated into the bed unit are two side tables and a blue mirror above the headboard adds color and depth.
One of the master closets is lined in cedar and in one bathroom, there’s a steam shower with blue-and-white-striped mosaic tiles. The other bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub.
For information, call John Pickett at 301-5266 or KC Pickett at 676-2874.
2012-05-11 » Christine