Here’s another look at our favorite winter resort: Bruce Bierman’s modern take on a classic Palm Beach pool house. The terrace and dining loggia sport Michael Taylor teak chairs and chaises upholstered in a weather-proofed Giati stripe, while the elegant bedroom features a dramatic canopy bed and antique mirrored nightstands by Lorin Marsh. Very cool.
Bruce Bierman’s Palm Beach
Of all of us, Bruce probably knows Palm Beach best. Here are a few of his favorite places.
Where to stay: The Breakers Hotel, built it in 1896 and still the Grande Dame of Palm Beach, the 140-acre beachfront resort is pure drama. The Omphoy on the south end oceanfront is a new boutique hotel: hip comes to Palm Beach! The lobby of Trump Plaza, a condominium in West Palm Beach, is worth a visit: it was one of the last projects designed by the late Angelo Donghia.
Where to shop: Antique Row, a stretch of antiques and vintage furniture shops along South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, is a great resource. My favorites include Mecox Gardens, Decorations of Palm Beach, and Gary Rubinstein; and there are great 60′s and 70′s pieces, from Lucite cocktail tables to Paul Evans chairs, at Objects in the Loft, Sabina Danenberg, C. Bell, and Shi & Erhard. For a fine roster of emerging and established artists, visit the Gavlak Gallery in its new location on Worth Avenue.
Where to eat: I like Bistrot Chez Jean-Pierre, which combines French rusticity with great people-watching. For something casual, there’s the wildly popular Palm Beach Grill. When I want breakfast at an old-fashioned Formica counter, there’s Green’s Pharmacy; for a classy weekend brunch, I head to Cafe Boulud in the landmark Brazilian Court Hotel.
What to read: Maurice Fatio: Palm Beach Architect, by Kim I. Mockler. Addison Mizner, designer of countless imposing prewar Spanish and Mediterranean Revival style houses, may have been the resort’s most celebrated architect, but thanks to a this new book, Maurice Fatio is getting his due as an equally interesting master of the grand Palm Beach style. (Here’s a review of the book from the September 2010 issue of Veranda magazine.) Cole Porter reportedly quipped, “I want to live on Maurice Fatio’s patio.” I’ll drink to that.