Sofia Joelsson is well known for her meticulous design approach that perfectly fits into the lifestyles of her clients, understanding and translating it by creating living spaces that not only look magnificent but become extensions of the people that live in them. Her goal is to capture the essence of their dream home and deliver a complete environment that intersects luxury with comfort, indulgence with wellness, and technology with simplicity. Sofia’s visionary and highly detail-oriented approach to design drives her to be innovative. Are you ready to see her projects?
W Hotel South Beach Penthouse
After a flood at this spectacular Penthouse on South Beach, the family hired Sofia Joelsson Design not only to restore their unit but to reimagine it. The approach was to make the space more functional for the family keeping the grand views of the ocean all the way to downtown Miami. The SJD team opened up the kitchen creating double the size of what was there prior and connected it with a glass see-through wine cellar for the family’s own wine collections as they own several vineyards in North Fork, Long Island.
Sofia Joelsson has designed the interiors of a wide portfolio of private planes, creating spaces as comfortable as her clients’ homes while navigating complicated FAA regulations. Couches and club chairs are upholstered in a wide variety of materials, many not typically found on planes, like linen, mohair, cashmere, and alpaca, giving the main cabin the feel of a living room. Galleys paneled in rich, exotic woods, with glassed-in cabinetry and spacious countertops evoke intimate cocktail bars. The lavishly equipped bathrooms feel more like what one would find on a megayacht than the compact toilet facilities of most planes.
Fisher Island Residence
On exclusive Fisher Island off the coast of South Beach, Sofia designed a modern condominium within one of the island’s signature Mediterranean Revival residential buildings. The 6,000 square feet unit was fully gutted and reconfigured in an open-plan layout. The flow-through unit overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Downtown Miami and is surrounded by a deep wrap-around balcony with spaces for entertaining and other outdoor activities. Fully retractable pocket doors combine indoor and outdoor living into one vast living space that captures the ocean breezes. Inside, striped carpeting reflects the sleek, wood paneling and recessed interior light fixtures. The kitchen’s cabinets and hidden appliances disappear against a wall of wood paneling which in turn contrasts against an adjacent wall of marble. The unit also features a private movie theater and wine cellar.
Great Jones Penthouse
This 2 story penthouse was envisioned together with the developer of this new 2019 Noho exclusive project. Sofia and her team came in early to rearrange the developer’s floorplan to fit the client’s needs. In addition to specifying all details of the reflective ceiling to create ambiance as well as ample lighting for the client’s museum-quality art collection curated with Lisa Austin. The flow-through unit with spectacular lights was an opportunity to mix a blend of a natural base color palette with deep tones of furnishings such as a saddle-colored leather player piano by Fendi. The furnishings mostly from Italy is the perfect blend between Europe’s best materials and artisans’ craftsmanship from vendors such as Henge by Massimo Castagna, Minotti and Baxter.
57 Ocean Penthouse
When the developer Multiplan contracted Sofia for the vision of their Penthouse on the market for $40M they gave the criteria of the most spectacular penthouse on the ocean in the area with all the bells and whistles. Sofia and her team came up with several floor plans before deciding on the layout of 5 bedrooms 6,5 bath with special features such as wine wall, chefs kitchen, art gallery, sports with billiards, movie theatre, office of the Master Suite. Master Suite featuring a his and hers bathroom with a private gym, sliding doors to a private hot and cold plunge pool with infrared sauna connected to a trellis with a massage table. The living/dining/kitchen open concept room is flanked with 50-foot balcony facing the ocean and a 27 feet long swimming pool with acrylic glass facing the entry of this one-of-a-kind vision of Sofia Joelsson Design.
When tasked with the interiors of a rambling Sagaponack estate developed by Jay Bialsky, Sofia reinterpreted Jay’s vision of a custom home with entertaining in mind. The house is meant for extended family get-togethers and vacations. It is a family compound for the aristocracy of today. Even the in-home hair salon and gym have space for plenty. The estate features a sunken fire pit, tennis court, sculpture garden, pool house, movie theater, gym with yoga area, and wine cellar. The house has an expansive flagstone-lined pool, which welcoming daybeds and hammocks. Inside, Sofia softened her modernist touch with traditional details that reflected the exterior ‘shingle’ style of a typical cottage on Long Island’s South Shore.
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