You’re originally from Munich and spend most of your time in Toronto. What drove you to purchase a vacation home in Miami?
Glenn and George have had a place in Miami for quite some time, and I would go and visit them quite often—so I’m familiar with the city. When I bought the house, I was initially looking for a temporary space to show my furniture collection, but one day my realtor said, “You know, there’s this house going on the market tomorrow. It’s not a commercial space, but you should take a look anyway.” And I fell in love with it. A few weeks later, I owned the property. So coming to Miami was not really planned, per se. But all of a sudden, it just happened.
The space is beautifully styled. How does USM Modular Furniture fit into its design?
I have used USM for a long time—we had it growing up in my family in the ’80s. I like the functionality and durability of it, but also the timeless elegance. This is an Art Deco house, but I never wanted that to be the main feature. Instead, I wanted to incorporate different designs that would complement the Art Deco style. I have USM pieces in my office, and I use one for my shoe closet. My favorite piece is a fun orange unit in the gym for a nice pop of color. I’m showing so many different things in this house: design from the ’50s, contemporary design, little objects from my travels. It’s a mixed bag and I think USM fits perfectly with all of it.
What was your first piece?
When I started Avenue Road, the first shipment I received for the office was my USM units. I got the USM Haller desk, storage units, pedestals—nine or ten in total for me and eight staff members. Then, I kept reconfiguring everything as the team grew. Now we have just over 40 people. We keep reimagining, rearranging, adding different colors.