Florie’s charms with its relaxed beachfront interior.
When the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach needed a designer to transform its new signature restaurant, it had Martin Brudnizki on speed dial. The Swedish-born, internationally based wunderkind was tasked with imagining this new venture alongside Four Seasons and Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco. The result is an open-concept experience fluidly combining air conditioning and sea breeze dining, dreamy hues and mad cooking skills. “I wanted to embrace a narrative around an elegant, coastal experience,” says Brudnizki. The walls and ceilings at Florie’s are adorned in blush-faded patterns that “give it a sun-kissed quality,” while brass accents “provide a light, warm glow,” notes Brudinizki. Textures such as rattan, honed limestone, brass, wood, marble and heavy linens interplay along a palette of dusty rose, pistachio and milky whites. “Central to the design aesthetic is a strong geometric floor pattern that links the indoor and outdoor spaces,” says Brudnizki. And on the ceiling, an elegant repeat fabric of gold trellis embroidery against a cream background was handinstalled by European artisans. “Why keep interesting patterns to just walls and floors?” smiles Brudnizki.
Florie’s oceanfront terrace is a favorite for Sunday brunch, with beautiful landscapes by Fernando Wong on view
While the space once housed two restaurants, Florie’s now singularly runs the entire oceanfront edge of the resort’s main building. The new bar greets guests, enticing that first pour. The lounge beckons after-hour conversations with cozy sectionals and supple armchairs set around intimate, marble tabletops. Slim Aarons’ photographs line the walls. The dining room’s casual Drucker-style seating and plush pillow-backed banquettes are VIP seats for guests to gaze at the open kitchen’s culinary performance art. Finally, the inimitable backdrop includes a glistening pool, open skies and, in the distance, the ocean’s horizon. “The flow had to be just right,” says Brudnizki. “We were able to blend the hotel’s beachside location with the glamour of Palm Beach’s heritage. It’s elegant and chic, but in a quiet, understated way.”
Its grand bar features seasonally changing cocktails sourced from the resort’s on-site garden.