July 29, 2016
Q&A With Paris Forino on Missoni Baia and Her Various Projects
Paris Forino, the New York-based globetrotting designer, updates us on her current projects and what is next for her!
by New York Spaces
NYS: You are so busy! What major projects are you working on now?
Paris Forino: We are very excited to be working on these amazing projects, these include: Missoni Baia a 50 story condominium building in Miami; 389 E 89 Street a beautiful development on the Upper East side featuring 156 residences; 610 Warren a new 7-story building that is part of the dramatic transformation taking place on Brooklyn's 4th Avenue.; as well as The Steiner, a ground up condominium building in the East Village with amazing indoor pools and gardens and a 6000-square-foot duplex on Park Avenue.
NYS: What is Missoni Baia and what will be unique about that particular commission?
Paris Forino: Missoni Baia is the first residential development from the famed Italian fashion house. It will be a
146-residence skyscraper in the Edgewater neighborhood of Miami. The developer, Vladislav Doronin, is also the owner of Aman Resorts, and has a true eye for luxury and design. The amenity spaces including the spa that he is creating are truly unparalleled in Miami and include a flow-through deck with cabanas, five swimming pools including an Olympic-sized lap pool, hot and cold plunge pools, a children's pool, an infinity-edge pool, elevated tennis courts, and an expansive fitness center and spa overlooking the bay.
NYS: How will you be incorporating Missoni? It seems like the perfect brand to establish residences near the beach!
Paris Forino: Missoni's trademark colorful design palette and Missoni Home furniture collection is being woven into the building in inventive ways, including in all public spaces and amenities. Rosita Missoni herself is curating the pieces from the Missoni Home Collection. The Missoni family has said that they felt Miami was the perfect place for their first building, and their brand and aesthetic blend perfectly with the building and the location.
NYS: What will you be working on in particular with 389 E 89 Street? What separates this project from others of the same nature?
Paris Forino: Developed by Magnum Real Estate Group, 389 E 89 is located in the Upper East Side and the 31-story tower offers spacious and light-filled interiors that capture classic uptown living with a modern touch. The building features 156 residences that range from one-bedrooms to three-bedrooms and measure up to 1,582 square feet. The location is fantastic, the building is within short walking distance to Central Park to the west and Carl Schultz Park to the east and surrounded by excellent local restaurants, cultural institutions, and notable primary schools. For 389 E 89, I chose to use light colored finishes, such as marbles and limestone, to reflect the natural light brought in through the floor to ceiling windows. 389 E 89 is a really distinctive development because it features accessible luxury pricing, buyers will receive the same high design interiors, full suite of amenities and large layouts at very attractive price points. Move-ins are expected to begin soon, which is gratifying as a designer to see our vision built out so quickly.
NYS: Tell us about your project in Boerum Hill! Who is 610 Warren Street geared to and how does the design play change?
Paris Forino: 610 Warren is a new 7-story building that will have 31 residences, and is part of the dramatic transformation taking place on Brooklyn's 4th Avenue. Once primarily an avenue filled with commercial spaces, it is not becoming a row of new, high design residential projects. 610 Warren is geared towards a wide array of buyers, from Manhattanites to Brooklynites, younger buyers to those with families. The development just launched sales and the feedback has been amazing, many are complimenting the interiors and design. The building measures 40,000 square feet and will feature spacious residences, averaging over 1,150 square feet. Select homes will include attached private outdoor spaces. The developer of 610 Warren, Adam America, was very interested in creating a building that really stands out and is attractive to buyers and I think we've achieved that.
NYS: Do you prefer to design residences or commercial spaces? Why?
Paris Forino: Residential seems to be our thing! We also do hotel and hospitality work, which is really fun too—many of the same principles of design apply.
NYS: What would your dream project be?
Paris Forino: An amazing boutique hotel in a gorgeous destination—perhaps a renovation of a remarkable old building into something modern and absolutely luxurious while keeping the beautiful bones of the building. Ett Hem in Stockholm is a great inspiration.
NYS: What amenities does each project you are working on have that are hard to come by?
Paris Forino: At 610 Warren a few cool amenities will include a rooftop terrace with and outdoor barbeque area, a pet grooming station, and electric car charging stations.
At Missoni Baia residents will have five pools to chose from, which is very unusual. This includes an Olympic-sized lap pool, hot and cold plunge pools, a children's pool, and an infinity-edge pool.
Residents at 389 E 89th Street will get to experience sought-after amenities such as a state-of-the art fitness center, children's playroom, resident's lounge, 24-hour concierge and landscaped rooftop terrace with prime views of the East River.
NYS: How do you approach the design differently based on location?
Paris Forino: The location informs who the people are that will be inhabiting the paces. We create our designs based on who will be using the spaces and what they want to get out of them—so location plays a BIG role.
NYS: We loved your room at Holiday house last year. Are you working on another show house or do you see yourself participating on one soon?
Paris Forino: We had a lot of fun doing holiday house and were very happy with the room. It is a lot of work so our rule is to do one every other year... so stay tuned in 2017!
NYS: Where can people see your work? We love the work you did at the bar at the GEM Hotel!
Paris Forino: Thank you, working on the GEM Hotel bar was such a great experience. I chose go with neutral finishes and lighting on the backsplash to create a bright, contemporary atmosphere. Some of my most recent residential designs can be seen in Corner House Stockholm, 389 E 89th Street, 610 Warren and others.
NYS: What is on the horizon for you?
Paris Forino: We are branching out of New York City, which is exciting with projects on the horizon in Toronto, Miami, and more in Sweden.
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