While still living in her native New Zealand in the 1980s, Sandra Nunnerley was entranced by certain colors of America. “I remember wonderful greens and blues, hot pinks, the phosphorescent glow of neon signs and on clothing—all from the TV show Miami Vice,” she says from her namesake interior design studio in New York. “For so many people around the world, and in America, that TV show revealed Florida in a glamorous light, a place with its own style and palette of colors.” Indeed, since the run of that show, from 1984 to 1990, South Florida’s allure, aesthetically and culturally, has never waned.
So when Nunnerley was planning the interiors for a spacious three-bedroom apartment in Palm Beach for clients, a family with two active teenage children, she kept seeing in her mind’s eye some of those same vibrant hues, especially the blues, pinks, reds. “It’s all well for a designer to come up with ideas for custom colors,” she explains, “but whatever paint gets mixed in New York is going to look very different in the light of Palm Beach.”
When she began to conceive the palette for this apartment, she and her team were careful to mix their colors in the actual light of the region. “Cerulean Blue and Misty Sea Blue were two of the shades that we devised down there and that now fill the rooms of this apartment. These blues fold into each other. We like to characterize the finished rooms as envelopes of color.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SANDRA NUNNERLEY
ARCHITECTURE BY FERGUSON & SHAMAMIAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD POWERS
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of MILIEU.