Tour a Trendy Penthouse on Bay Harbor Islands

Designer Juan Carlos Arcilla-Duque's home is the quintessence of cool.

Previously featured in the December 2015 issue of NYC&G. Read the full story here.


I think of my friend Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque as a cross between a chameleon and a Transformer. A native of Colombia, he has lived in New York and Miami, variously decorating houses, running hotels, and curating art collections. Now, living in this cool apartment on Bay Harbor Islands.

I’m never quite certain exactly what he’s up to, and I honestly don’t even remember when I met him, but he was crucial to my introduction to South Beach, back in the day when it was just this side of seedy and a whole lot more fun. The Design District was booming then, and there were dinners with early movers and shakers like Michele Oka Doner and Iran Issa-Khan, always outdoors and tinged with the fragrance of jasmine in the humid air.

I was surprised, sort of, when I learned that Juan Carlos took up residence in a somewhat nondescript 1960s building on Bay Harbor Islands, overlooking Indian Creek and far from Miami’s haut monde. But then again, he has always been one stylish step ahead, forever wise to the fact that home is what you make of it, no matter where you live.
— K. C.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Miami Nice.
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