Since the late 2000s, interior design and architecture has taken a modern turn in Grand Cayman with a number of high-end developments breaking ground. Similarly, buyers and renters are increasingly requesting contemporary fixtures and finishes, as well as properties that feature the latest building techniques and green technologies. Two developments that represented this groundswell are Seaview Development, which sold out 75 percent before being completed in November 2009 and Oceana, another exclusive, boutique development from the same developer. With a number of modern homes and duplexes on my books, and more in the planning stages now to be announced formally later in the year, I believe the move to modern is here to stay. Michael Joseph, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, www.propertycayman.com
Part of the Permanent Collection, and on display in the Upper Gallery, Fish Skeleton was created specifically for the National Gallery of the Cayman Island‘s Art of Assemblage exhibition. Comprised of found objects collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, it illustrates the artist‘s love of working with recycled materials. Fish Skeleton by Rasita Sanjeewa, mixed media, 2013 www.nationalgallery.org.ky
With a focus on balancing simplicity with integrity, Martlet Designs‘ made-to-order furniture and fit-outs stand the test of time. From classic to contemporary, each bespoke design integrates superior design, material, craftsmanship and finish, to reflect our commitment to quality and innovation, whilst bringing our client‘s vision to life. John Bird, Martlet Design, www.johnbirddesigns.com
As a Chartered Architect living on Grand Cayman for decades, I have witnessed a major shift in the design style clients request. More are embracing a modern style that provides an open floor plan, oversized windows and green components, whilst still respecting regional character and style by incorporating traditional Caribbean elements such as overhangs for shade. Contemporary architecture provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace the lifestyle Cayman offers whilst creating stunning, functional homes designed for easy living. Robert Towell, Robert Towell Architecture, www.roberttowell.com
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