W South Beach E-WOW Suite — Miami, USA

Handmade shag rug in the living room
(Image credit: W South Beach Hotel)

Having worked a couple of high-profile properties for the Starwood Group – the W Maldives, and the W Montreal spring to mind – it seemed only natural that the designer Anna Busta would be tapped for the job of sprucing up the upper category rooms at the W South Beach in Miami.

Sensibly, the Tappan-based Busta allows the views of the Atlantic Ocean to dominate her mood board for the E-WOW suite, with each of the three bedrooms leading onto a balcony that offers an uninterrupted sweep of sky and sea.

Inside, monochromatic hues are set off by dark hardwood floors, black marble, and mid-century leather lounge chairs. Potential monotony is held at bay by bold slashes of white, including a handmade shag rug in the living room, mother of pearl wallpaper in the guest bathroom, and a glossy lacquered dining table flanked by white leather chairs.

Busta, however, isn’t quite done, tempering the largesse of the suite with quieter moments, such as when she installed a Japanese soaking tub in the master bathroom, and dressed the walls with photographs of the ocean that were curated by property magnate and art collector Aby Rosen, alongside a triptych by the Los Angeles-based photographer, Jordan Sullivan. 

The three bedrooms leading onto a balcony

(Image credit: W South Beach Hotel)

The master bathroom, and dressed the walls with photographs of the ocean

(Image credit: W South Beach Hotel)

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.