The Capri bar was the first piece of furniture that caught my eye as I walked into the Bellagio Home showroom in Boynton Beach during the recent grand opening party.
Like the island off Italy it is named for, the bar cabinet is unforgettable in style and beauty. It is made of morado, an exotic hardwood with well-defined grain; and sits on a solid bronze base. Owner Pieter A. Weyts opened the doors to reveal a mirrored back and light blue lacquer, perhaps an ode to Capri’s famous Blue Grotto. Inside was a bottle of non-vintage Krug, the kind of champagne someone who could afford this high-end cabinet would drink.
“This cabinet was full yesterday,” he joked.
The party in the 1,000 square foot showroom with a view of the marina attracted interior designers and Chamber of Commerce representatives from Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. It is the second Bellagio Home in South Florida.
Weyts opened his first showroom on Miami Beach just off Lincoln Road. Why did he choose Boynton Beach for the second and not Boca Raton or Delray Beach? Call it his centrist philosophy.
“It is the same market,” he says. “We thought people would come from Boca and Palm Beach.”
The collection of wood and upholstered pieces, designed by Alessandro Vinci, is premium furniture handmade on the borders of Lake Como in Italy. It combines exquisite workmanship with clean Italian design.
A few other standout pieces include:
The Milano coffee table, a 14.5 inch high and 74.8 inch long oval, made of ebony wood on a bronze base, would be perfect in an art deco designed home.
The 115-inch long Balthazar chest is a stunner for a living or dining room. It is fashioned of gold-brushed antique oak with linen inserts. Inside are shelves and full extension drawers covered in leather from Tuscany.
The Como small table (20.5 inches wide by 14.1 inches deep by 18.9 inches high) is the perfect solution for an end table in the bedroom or living room. It combines morado wood and Tuscan leather.
The showroom, managed by Alana Hatfield, shows about one-third of the 30-piece collection. The rest can be seen in the catalog. Prices upon request. Delivery takes about 12 weeks.
—Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
Bellagio Home Showroom (by appointment only) 100 NE Sixth Street, Suite 106, Boynton Beach, 561-777-4915; 1680 Michigan Ave., Suite 819, Miami Beach, 305-921-9006, Bellagio-home.com.