Javier was trained as an engineer, and it shows. His projects feature pure lines, with proportions sharing center stage with light and texture.

We love the classic spindle arms and legs on this otherwise ultramodern chair from the Baltus Collection.

Open shelving with sculptural accents and a neutral scheme give this area a Zen quality. “Chicago is a working city, a city of traders, brokers, realtors, that sort of thing. So it was important to have a place to be with your family in your home and still get some work done,” says Paul on behalf of Javier.

Bookcase (Estanteria Pena Praga); desk (Escritorio Lyon); desk chair (“Silla Oz); area rug; urns on floor: Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.
Lamp on bookshelf (“Nelson Lantern Lamp”): Jonathan Adler, 800/963-0891, jonathanadler.com.

The variety of the art—collage, oil on canvas, digital prints —keeps the space crackling from room to room.

Daybed (“Pouf Acero”); round table (Mesa Auxiliar Esferas”); long cabinet (“Aparador Verona”); lamp; large silver chess pieces (by Forestier): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.
Daybed leather (“Grand Panama”): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar.com.

The handmade look of this rug, along with the oversized stitching, makes it an interesting accent.

A mesh table has a see-through look. Along with accents in sky colors, it subtly references the panoramic view.

Round end table between sofas (“Mesa Auxiliar Esferas”): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com

In the master suite, a quiet color scheme also focuses attention on the view. The airy chandelier is by Design Within Reach.

Headboard; 3-drawer cabinet (“Aparador Turin”); chair (“Mansion Arm Chair”); chair leather (“Croc-Print Leather”); art (Blindness, Woman, Clip 1): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.
Table lamp (“Miss K Table Lamp” #FU625500): Y Lighting, 866/428-9289, ylighting.com.
Chandelier (“Random Light” #6621): Design Within Reach, 800/944-2233, dwr.com.

The metallic-infused headboard has glints of silver for a touch of glam.

It’s a challenge to make a children’s room read sophisticated but youthful. Javier met the challenge with bright colors and simple lines. The “Miss Sissi” table lamps are by Phillipe Starck for Y Lighting.

Orange headboard (“Cabecero Icaro”/ Orange Glossy, by Baltus Kids): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.
Table lamps (“Miss Sissi” #FU625009): Y Lighting, 866/428-9289, ylighting.com.
Elephant art (#106197); hippo picture (#106359); talking animal alarm clock ; stuffed orange toy (“Suddy Ugly Doll”): stuffed blue toy (“Big Toe Ugly Doll”): Land of Nod, 800/933-9904, landofnod.com.

Javier designed this space to transition easily to a teen or adult room. The lemony chairs have a classic shape. Sassy stoneware animals are by Jonathan Adler.

Bookcase (“Red Atlanta Bookcase/Red Glossy, by Baltus Kids); blue case (“Blue Atlanta Bookcase”/Blue Glossy, by Baltus Kids); chairs (“Butaca Picasso/Yellow): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.
Tower of Babel boxes: Land of Nod, 800/933-9904, landofnod.com.
Giraffe and lion stoneware on blue bookcase: Jonathan Adler, 800/963-0891, jonathanadler.com.

Sure to bring a smile is this glossy orange headboard by Baltus Kids.

The most intimate space in the residence, the dining room, has tall ceilings and a smallish window. The pieces are large and rather grand in scale, underscoring the room’s importance. The “Big Bang Chandelier” is by Y Lighting.

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Chandelier (“Big Bang Chandelier”/White #151007-10): Y Lighting, 866/428-9289, ylighting.com.
Table; chairs; art (collage, digital and mixed on paper “New Old” No. 1-4): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com.

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Ritz-Carlton Showcase Apartment by Javier Martín Muriel

The mantra of Javier Martín Muriel's design was “modern, livable luxury”

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A mesh table has a see-through look. Along with accents in sky colors, it subtly references the panoramic view.

Round end table between sofas (“Mesa Auxiliar Esferas”): Baltus Collection, 305/575-2620, baltuscollection.com