Bryan Graybill credits the decor of his Miami Beach apartment to a potent cocktail with two ingredients: tequila and late-night “Dynasty” reruns.
The 46-year-old interior designer and real estate developer was watching the florid 1980s soap opera with a friend — drinks in hand — when inspiration struck. He channeled that era into a mauve, cream and teal color scheme punctuated by curvaceous custom furniture, zesty metallic touches and bold artwork.
“You take more risks down here,” Graybill says, gesturing out the serpentine windows of the Faena House condo he shares with his husband, lawyer Daniel Dokos, 60 (the couple also has a place in Manhattan). “It’s definitely more buttoned up in New York. Here, because it was a second home and because it was Miami, I didn’t hold back. You get to be whimsical.”
Faena House also has its own Floridian flourishes. The first condo tower in the Mid-Beach arts district masterminded by Argentinian property mogul Alan Faena, it was designed by Foster + Partners to emulate a ship, with sweeping balconies and serene ocean views from all of its 41 apartments.
Graybill and Dokos moved into their two-bedroom on the sixth floor in 2015, just as the building opened. They spent a full year outfitting the space, partnering with furniture and interiors guru Alex Harris, whom Graybill met while working for the London-based shop of late architect David Collins.
The result: a bright, flexible space perfect for parties. Faena House’s model apartment floor plan included a 12-seater dining table, but the couple dismissed that setup as too formal.
“Who’s going to entertain like that?” asked Graybill, a well-kempt South Carolina native whose twang becomes audible when he’s excited. “I had a vision: We would have cocktail parties all the time!”
Indeed, on the other side of a luscious daybed made from ivory and pink microsuede rests an arched banquette that wraps around a table. In a crook between the two sits a well-stocked bar. Serge Mouille’s three-armed chandelier hangs overhead; it’s adjustable, so furniture can be easily rearranged.
Guests float between that custom piece and an L-shaped sofa upholstered…