The interior design practice’s latest project for the Four Seasons brand is an ode to the classic yacht club lifestyle.
Situated in a prime location on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale is Tara Bernerd & Partners’ latest work for the Four Seasons brand, comprising 189 accommodations including suites and hotel residences, ballrooms, an expansive pool terrace, oceanfront dining, and a lobby cafe and champagne bar and a spa.
Appointed to design the hotel’s public spaces, rooms, suite and spa, Tara Bernerd & Partners sought inspiration from Fort Lauderdale’s yachting heritage, an era where Chris Craft yachts and Capri pants flourished. Encapsulating the freshness and elegance of mid-century modernist design, the result seamlessly blends a Riviera lifestyle with a luxury Florida/Bahamas feel to create an approachable luxury with timeless quality.
“Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale is set to usher Fort Lauderdale into a new era of luxury. The natural beauty of its location, along the Beach Boulevard immediately reminded me of La Croisette in Cannes. Taking inspiration from Fort Lauderdale’s yachting heritage, we brought the space to life, with an effortless flow throughout the public spaces, pairing fresh palettes with statement mid-century furniture to create a luxurious yet welcoming atmosphere that reflects the city’s youthful and vibrant spirit.” - Tara Bernerd, Tara Bernerd & Partners
Entrance Lobby & Reception
The main lobby is the heart of the building; an elegant oasis designed to capture the warm, welcoming Florida feel upon entry at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale. The double-height space walls have been clad in white washed oak and silver travertine to invoke a feeling of the Bahamas. Striking Gio-Ponti inspired patterns bring boldness to the floor, formed of triangular cuts of four contrasting colored travertine and other stones.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows framed in antique brass and the extensive use of planters blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, allowing light to flood through the lush greenery outside into the lobby, promoting a feeling of well-being.
The furniture selection for the space is a mixture of both mid-Century and contemporary pieces grouped with bespoke designs by Tara Bernerd & Partners for the concierge desk, bookcases, rugs, and jute chandeliers.
Honey Fitz Cafe and Terrace
A seamless continuation of the reception, the Honey Fitz cafe is an inviting all-day lounge that took its name from the Presidential yacht made famous by John F.Kennedy.
Echoing the lobby, the cafe is adorned with pale linens, with the addition of warm ambers and mossy greens and a playful palm fabric as a contrast to create a cozy atmosphere. The area’s yachting heritage can be seen through the use of brass wall sconces and wood/metal wall lights that bring life to the space.
To the center of the room, a marble topped table is on display for pastries and cakes during the day and champagne in the evening. Playing to the symmetry of the room, on each side of the table are groups of feature armchairs finished in a classic mid-century yellow fabric, facing a custom-made rattan sofa with pale linen cushions, set on bespoke designed rugs with a bold pattern similar to the lobby. Feature rattan and polished walnut-coloured wood screens frame the windows adding an additional layer of chic.
Double antique-brass framed glass doors lead immediately from the café out onto the café terrace. The space is open on two sides, with the pool deck above providing welcome shade from the sun, with sumptuous planting throughout allowing glimpses to the ocean beyond.
Guest Rooms & Suites
The guest rooms and suites within Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale portray a distinct mid-century inspiration, with a connection to the sea and nature. The use of pale linen to create a light and fresh palette is seen throughout the walls of the rooms, consistent with the lobby and cafe downstairs. A circular, bespoke, Tara Bernerd & Partners striped rug in cream and navy blue/oyster gray with pink bordering brings a playful touch to the room on top of the silver roman travertine-finished floors.
An elegant, architectural-inspired wrap-round shelf winds its way round one side of the room. Taking inspiration from Chris-Craft yachts, it is finished in a highly polished walnut colored. The spacious bedrooms also feature brass reading light inset into the bespoke designed rattan and wood headboard, polished wood side tables, a deep green ottoman, a desk chair, wardrobe, a mini bar, and all that have been carefully selected to create that signature luxury look that Tara Bernerd & Partners is renowned for.
Double sliding doors lead out onto the terrace, where guests can enjoy the breathtaking view of the North Fort Lauderdale beach and scenery to one side, or the Intracoastal Waterway to the other.
As with all Tara Bernerd & Partners’ properties, the suites at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale have been designed to achieve that home-from-home feel. Each comprises a master bedroom and a separate sitting room where cream tones, polished walnut wood, and mid-century inspired furniture are seen throughout.
The spacious balconies feature an outdoor sofa and coffee table, as well as a round dining table with four chairs, designed to be an outdoor sitting room with stunning views.
The condo residences at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale feature a double bedroom and separate open-plan living room. To achieve a luxurious residential feel, Tara Bernerd & Partners have opted for open shelving on a travertine-floor space completed by a mid-century inspired wooden table & dining chairs, an abstract bespoke-designed rug, a curved soda, twin armchairs, teardrop shaped glass topped coffee table, a foot stool, shelve-turned-desk, and striking lighting.
Inspired by the infinite waterways that weave through Fort Lauderdale, the spa at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale is a wellness sanctuary composed of lounges, salt-wall saunas, aroma steam rooms, ice fountains, and a fitness center. The interplay of marble, natural woods, antique brass and pale linens in the design imbue a feeling of soothing luxury.
About Tara Bernerd & Partners
Globally renowned designer Tara Bernerd is the founder of the interior architectural practice, Tara Bernerd & Partners. Since opening her studio in 2002, Bernerd has earned a reputation as one of the world’s foremost interior architectural designers. Tara Bernerd & Partners’ inhouse team of architects, designers, product designers and CGI artists has an innate understanding of luxury, with projects ranging from Hotels and Restaurants, to Commercial Residential Developments, Yachts and the occasional Private Residence. The international portfolio comprises properties from London to New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Munich, Vienna, Marbella, Hong Kong and beyond. Key clients include Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons, Fort Partners, Harilela Hotels, Conrad Hotels, Related, Thompson Hotels, The SIGNA Group, the Berkeley Group, Couture Homes, Asia Standard, Palace Hotel Group and more.
About Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale
With an atmosphere of a private yacht club and attentive Four Seasons service, the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale brings expertise, exceptional cuisine, and personality to weddings, milestone celebrations and gala events. Meeting planners can also consider the benefits of sun-lit spaces offering inspiring ocean views along with an outdoor beachfront terrace, and plenty of ways for attendees to spend down time, just moments away from the city's best shops, restaurants, marinas and entertainment.
Furthermore, with a prime beachfront address, travelers can expect to experience the best of Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale. Celebrate life’s most momentous occasions in an atmosphere reminiscent of a private yacht club; indulge in an expansive third floor pool terrace that overlooks the ocean; enjoy extensive spa & wellness offerings; encounter Mediterranean flavors at Evelyn’s Table; lounge with a coffee or wine in hand at Honey Fitz; and, finally, anticipate the Fall 2022 debut of a third restaurant concept that overlooks Beach Boulevard.