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Bea Pernia founded BEA Interiors Design in 2012, and the internationally recognized firm based in the Miami Design District has since grown into a family of creative and innovative interior designers dedicated to excellence and unparalleled design. Blurring the lines between sculpture and functional design, Bea Pernia is known for her ability to push the boundaries of materials in unique and thought-provoking ways while developing organic forms. Her recent projects include residential, commercial and product design, including hospitality concepts such as hotels and restaurants in Miami, Mexico and the Caribbean. Drawing upon her multidisciplinary background and global experiences, Bea is known for creating spaces that stimulate the eye, stir the soul, and meet client needs well into the future. Bea skillfully uses her artistic sensibilities to craft novel, harmonious esthetics that follow her passion for interior and product design. She views each project as a unique opportunity to explore fabrics, leather textures, contrasts, shapes and materials to bring her clients’ visions to life. She often experiments with natural woods, lush textiles, leather, metal and reflective surfaces. The result is a fusion of natural elements with timeless elegance for a look that is both clean and modern. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Venezuela, Bea says her exposure to Caracas’ diverse natural environment and timeless architecture inspired her approach as a designer. “Growing up in Venezuela gives you the feeling of getting to know the whole country, from the beach to the country to the city,” Bea says. “I’m very inspired by natural materials, especially when you start combining them. I like to play with a fine line of juxtaposition that makes things work. All types of stone, porcelain, marble, fabrics, metal, a lot of different types of woods. Then, you begin to incorporate color. It’s the combination that completes the creation.” Her experiences in South America have also honed her appreciation for a spectacular view, a hallmark of many of her projects. “In Venezuela, whether you are on the beach, in the mountains or in the city, you are always surrounded by great views. That has become very important to me. If you do not have a great view, I will create one with my designs.” Such was the case with a multimillion-dollar luxury residence on Venetian Island in Miami Beach. “It was a beautiful home with a simple street view,” Bea says. “When my clients expressed that natural elements were important to them, I created a vertical garden encased in glass that rose two stories so they could see a lush garden throughout the house rather than the street. Since 2012, Bea has been designing and furnishing multi-million dollar private homes and condominiums, boutique hotels, commercial spaces and hospitality concepts, and has additionally executed select high-profile design collaborations with renowned artists such as Federico Uribe and graffiti artist Kobra. A designer whose work can be described as classic yet modern, Pernia is determined to use the latest technologies in her designs and believes that these new methods are the future of design. The slats of wood used to create the wave-like ceiling of Miami’s Hiyakawa restaurant were made with precision cut using laser technology, which allowed her to achieve a look of perfection. Her debut collection, “Circle of Trust,” was also created using 3D technology.

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