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Contemporary Cool

BY Margaret Kearns | August 28, 2018 | Feature Features

Designer Eric Henderson utilizes contemporary lines and a muted color palette to decorate a Park Lane condominium.
Ample seating in the large open-air lanai

A sleek urban vibe defines this Park Lane luxury condominium in Honolulu, with nearly 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, including four bedrooms and 4 ½ baths. The uberluxe Park Lane project, a team effort by O‘ahu-based developers The MacNaughton Group and Kobayashi Group, and the noted architectural firms of Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Ben Woo Architects, comprises more than 7 acres of pristine gardens and terraces that encompass eight buildings (situated among verdant green courtyards and a large grassy lawn area). Seeking to create a true community, the development and design teams took the concept of a high-rise and turned it on its side with just five terraced levels in Ala Moana.

This fifth floor condominium features interiors designed by Eric Henderson, principal and creative director at Henderson Design Group, and the sophisticated space reflects his signature elegant style that is also extremely inviting and comfortable.

One of five Park Lane condominium models the design group has been commissioned to create to date, Henderson says three words led to this project’s vision: modern, beach and elegance. With studios in San Francisco, Honolulu and on Hawai‘i island’s toney Kohala Coast, Henderson says his design sensibility is inspired by nature and honed by the lifestyle specific to each client.

“When they enter the home, it’s important that they see themselves, that it’s clearly the place where they will create cherished memories shared with family and friends,” he says.

For this model, clean, crisp, contemporary lines and a muted color palette are a counterpoint to the lush tropical landscape and ever-changing ocean views. Elegant natural tones dominate among furnishings, rugs, decorative accessories and wallcoverings, while restrained splashes of color—primarily sky blue, celadon, soft orange and yellow—pop up occasionally in accessories and throws.

“By merging the subtle colors, textures and materials unique to Hawai‘i, we have created a casual yet elegant island living experience. The floor plan itself provided a beautiful canvas for our interiors to complement the overall design,” Henderson says.

Abstract modern art, including tabletop sculptures and wall art, carry out the contemporary theme, along with ultramod light fixtures. A touch of glam is introduced with subtle chrome trim and feet on select furnishings, as well as with clear glass bubbles that form the two whimsical chandeliers hanging above the massive dining table created from one solid plank of native wood. Additional unique features include built-in, custom cabinets and furniture created by respected O‘ahu wood-maker Mauricio Braunthal.

Henderson says his work is meant to be felt as much as it is to be seen. “Design expands, uplifts and changes people’s hearts. It is an opportunity to align with what is authentic for each of us,” he says. Park Lane Residence #8505 is listed at $10 million fully furnished; contact Heyer & Associates, LLC at 692.0060, or

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