Inside Tommy Hilfiger's vibrant, Pop Art filled Miami mansion – decorated by Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard striked just the right note of disco decadence for Tommy Hilfiger's Miami mansion...
Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee Ocleppo, are selling their vibrant Miami mansion, offering us a glimpse around their stunningly designed home.
The 14,075-square-foot estate sits on Florida's ultra-exclusive Golden Beach shoreline, and comes with 100 feet of secluded beach frontage.
On the market for £20.6 million, the sprawling mansion comes with its own private beach and enviable pool areas, while inside there are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four powder loos, a home cinema, cool office, home bar, gym, dazzling living and dining areas and two guest apartments that can easily accommodate a large family or frequent houseguests.
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The interiors are just what you’d expect from the fashion mogul, who hired interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create a polychrome palace for the Hilfigers' vibrant art collection.
When the power couple bought the property in 2013, they wanted the property to house – and showcase – their impressive modern art collection. Size was crucial, as the couple coveted space for works from their extensive art collection that had long been held in storage.
Their Connecticut is very 'country', with lots of taxidermy, and their place in Mustique has a more British Colonial vibe, so they wanted somewhere to be able to showcase the colourful large-scale artworks that didn't make sense elsewhere, conceptually or size-wise.
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The Hillfigers felt inspired by Martyn Lawrence Bullard's interiors for Elton John's L.A. home, and asked him to create an interior as part art gallery and part 1960s–'70s disco madness.
The couple asked Bullard to design the property's interiors to match the colour schemes of some of their Pop Art collection. Their trove of Pop and post-Pop treasures include pieces by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and others.
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The interior designer started by replacing dark-wood paneling and expanses of travertine with clean white walls and new flooring of white-glass tiles, creating a blank canvas for the artworks to shine.
The double-height entrance features a striking black marble staircase, adorned with a 23-foot custom chandelier, made from hundreds of hand-blown pieces of glass.
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There's also a lift.
Dee asked that everything in this house be 'shagadelic or groovy'. Bullard obliged with a kaleidoscopic array of colours, materials, and furnishings, all deployed in vignettes that scream glamour. Each room in the house features wild, funky and oversized pattern, wallpaper and artwork.
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The dining room features mirrored Cityscape chairs by American furniture designer Paul Evans, upholstered by Bullard in cherry-red leather, all set atop a black-and-cream zigzag carpet.
The graphic rug in the dining room continues the flooring theme from the kitchen and breakfast area, which features a bold, black and white striped floor and matching kitchen island.
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The bold flooring continues into a handy utility and pantry space.
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Martyn Lawrence Bullard gave the rest of the home more colour, pouring a palette of orange and purple into the living room, and giving it a reflective ceiling.
Bullard extrapolated vivid hues of the Hilfigers' art and translated them into a hair-on-hide carpet featuring lavish swirls. Bullard also commissioned re-editions of classic sofas by Vladimir Kagan and side tables by Willy Rizzo.
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Next door there's a cool cocktail bar, crowned by a spinning vintage disco ball flown over from a club in Capri.
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Meanwhile, Hilfiger’s home office pays tribute to the Hilfiger brand, upholstered in his trademark red-and-blue hues. To underscore the effect, Bullard mounted a red, white, and blue work by Jean Dubuffet on one of the walls.
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The mansion’s home cinema is decked out in a psychedelic, bold, patterned wallpaper.
There's a home gym too, featuring Tommy Hilfiger's signature red, blue and white.
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The master bedroom boasts a gleaming four-poster designed by Paul Evans, which hides a TV that pops out from under the bed.
Bullard accented the bed with a platform covered in Mongolian sheepskins.
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Unsurprisingly, the his and hers dressing rooms are stylish and hyper organised.
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Dee Hilfiger's powder room leads through to the master bedroom, with sea views from the modern bath.
With seven children between them, the Hilfigers asked Bullard to create a series of luxe bedrooms in arresting colours and patterns.
Bedrooms are clad in giant yellow dots, red-and-white candy stripes, shimmering metallic swirls, and bold blue.
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But perhaps the most fun of all is thescratch-and-sniff fruity wallpaper (yes, with scent) in several of the guest bathrooms.
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Outside, a generous terrace leads through to a pool and hot tub, overlooking the property’s 100 feet of oceanfront.
While on the beach is a private surf lodge, for unwinding after catching some waves.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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