Herbert Brito, principal of Brito Design Studio, has history on his side. He arrived in Miami as a youngster from his native Cuba, via Operation Pedro Pan, and holds a Master of Arts in Architecture degree, with a specialty in architectural preservation, from the University of Florida. Brito has worked as an architectural historian for the National Register of Historic Places. At his Miami-based design firm, he specializes in high-end residences and historic preservation projects throughout the United States and abroad and has been named a Design Excellence Peer in Historic Preservation and Interior Design by the U.S. General Services Administration.
In addition to his work for clients, Brito is restoring his new home, a landmark house built by Coral Gables founder George Merrick, which includes a complete kitchen renovation that was showcased in the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 6th annual Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens.
South Florida Luxury Guide: From where do you get your inspiration?
Herbert Brito: My inspiration for the design of a luxury residence comes directly from the client. A successful interior designer is one who does not dictate to his clients, but enhances their lifestyle. The success of my practice is based upon listening to what my clients desire and arriving at design solutions through effective and continued communication.
SFLG: What are some design trends you are seeing?
Brito: The most obvious trend I am seeing is the elimination of visual clutter and uncomfortable furnishings. I see the elimination of dozens of pillows on sofas and beds as well as the appearance of more surface area on coffee tables. Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you have to fill it up!
SFLG: What are some color trends you are seeing?
Brito: I think it is important that color relate to the environment and geographic location. For instance, I am seeing more sun-drenched colors in South Florida, wood hues in the Carolinas, and shades of gray in New York City. White ceilings have disappeared and dark flooring is gone.
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