TORONTO DESIGNER DAVID POWELL CREATES A TRANQUIL INTERIOR FOR A CANADIAN COUPLE'S MODERNIST PENTHOUSE
When Toronto real estate developer Alan Menkes and his wife, Patti, decided to create a conveniently situated Palm Beach getaway, they chose the landmark oceanfront condominium, 400 South Ocean Boulevard. A 1960s modernist gem, it was designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone and recently refurbished and enhanced by Stone's son, New York architect Hicks Stone.
"It's truly an iconic building, completely ahead of its time," Patti says. "And the location is marvelous, right at the end of Worth Avenue. We love to come down here and walk to the beach and into town and completely forget about cars for a few days."
The couple's two-bedroom penthouse features an immense wraparound terrace on two sides. When they first walked into the apartment, Patti says, "We were captivated by the view of the ocean. With the horizon of the water framed by the windows, plus the broad terraces, it gives you the feeling of being aboard an ocean liner."
Alan and Patti are avid art collectors, with a growing collection of 20th- and 21st-century pieces. "We wanted to fill the apartment with art without creating an overly formal environment," Patti says. The couple also liked the intimate scale of the layout, which has enough room to accommodate visits by family and friends, including their three grown children and two young grandchildren.