HOUSE TOUR: A PALM BEACH APARTMENT FULL
New York architect Lee Mindel is a confirmed modernist,
but he’s also a humanist. The homes designed by his firm, SheltonMindel, are precise and understated but
also richly layered and comfortable, subverting Le Corbusier’s classic description of a house as “a machine for living.”
Mindel looks to 20th-century masters like the Finnish architect
Alvar Aalto — who integrated the environment, local materials and craft techniques into his buildings — to create
a more sensual strain of modern design.
Such is the case with this apartment,
overlooking the ocean in Palm Beach, Florida. Mindel had already designed an apartment in New York for the clients,
a mature, well-traveled and sophisticated couple who wholeheartedly share his aesthetic. The first time they hired him,
they’d interviewed several architects but took to Mindel right away.
“We love minimalism,”
says the wife — particularly Mindel’s version,
which, as the architect explains, “is based in minimalism, but very enriched.” Eleven years later, when the couple purchased this apartment,
they didn’t hesitate. “The first person we called was Lee,” she says. สถาปนิก