Behind the Closet Doors

Miami’s Design District is chockfull of sumptuous showrooms offering innovative solutions that create unique spaces within the home. A six-year veteran of the chic South Florida neighborhood of architecture and décor is AM Profile. The Argentinean-based firm is devoted to creating the most unique designs in upscale custom closets, floor-to-ceiling shelving structures, and superior home office furniture.

“We offer high-level solutions using high quality materials,” explains AM Profile co-owner Gabriel Starobinsky “However, those two qualities alone would not seem sufficient to warrant recognition from many designers. It is the time and attention we give to every minute detail that sets us apart from our competition.”

AM Profile has been on the forefront of tackling home organizational challenges with a signature style and panache since 1982. Starobinsky and business partner Pablo Smulevich officially debuted their single line of custom closets under the Arquimadera moniker in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout the decades, word of their intense attention to detail spread and demand for their services and products increased to such a degree that allowed for expansion of the line. After years of only focusing on manufacturing customized closets for the client, Starobinsky and Smulevich began to notice a pattern in the basic desires governing closet design and organization. “We personally worked with each client, determining their needs, and the requirements for each of their garments,” Smulevich says. “Even though every detail was personalized for the individual customer, it soon became apparent that certain details should always be considered and respected when considering closet aesthetics, such as the measure of a folded shirt, the measure of a pair of shoes, and the measure of a suit coat.” Smulevich goes on to explain how this realization, along with their innate out-of-the-box creativity, led to a unique brand creation based on common desires for closet organization. “We integrated all of the data that we collected throughout the years into a standardization of concepts based on functionality and ergonomic design called Armabile System.” Recently that initiative expanded, and today clients strolling into AM Profile’s showroom can choose a basic model of closet, wall unit, or entertainment center from the Armabile, Alumina, and Anima systems, and customize it to fit their unique needs.

Offering classic, floating, or pole-style options of distinctive product lines, Starobinsky detailed the benefits of each of the three collections, describing the classic line as a traditional response to the design of a walk-in closest. “The classic collection makes excellent use of space by maximizing storage capability, but with the aesthetic always in mind. It is complemented by the use of doors that can be sliding, bi-folds, or collapsible, in a variety of finishes,” he says.

AM Profile’s floating line, created in 2002, employs the use of invisible metal structures supporting the system from behind a back panel, thereby delivering the illusion that the shelves and drawers are independent. Material options for the back panels and shelving include polished wood veneers, lacquered board, melamine, high-quality fabric, and aluminum.

Lastly, the pole system from AM Profile is an ideal solution for loft- or contemporary-style spaces. The model was designed with haute dressing rooms in mind. Shelves, drawers, and sliding trays are attached to aluminum columns that can be anchored by attachments to the floor and ceiling.

Starobinsky explains that all three customizable models were designed for a demanding client who cares about design, quality, and a strict commitment to perfection. The length of time that it takes AM Profile to deliver on such perfection is based on the project and the needs of the client. “We have installed a project in three months or in three weeks, depending on the time availability and the complexity of the work. Overall we adapt the project around the client’s expectations,” he says.

Because of AM Profile’s elite location in Miami’s Design District, the duo behind the divine closet designs enjoys special relationships with some of South Florida’s most revered architects, designers, developers, and VIP homeowners. They worked with the revered titan of residential development, Todd Glaser, on a 12,000 square-foot estate on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road, as well as a 20,000-square-foot mansion on one of Miami Beach’s most exclusive private islands at 88 La Gorce. Glaser—a known perfectionist as well—has been so enthralled with their work ethic and high quality products that he called on them again to collaborate on another North Bay Road property that will surely not fail to impress. “Pablo and Gabriel are the best in the business,” Glaser told Haute Living. “There is no denying their passion for their work and their attention to detail is absolutely unparalleled.”

Their closets can be found in the most sought after luxury towers across South Florida, including many of Trump’s, the Setai, Jade Brickell, Continuum, and Il Villagio.

Regardless of the request, Starobinsky and Smulevich have proven AM Profile’s dedication to innovative designs and their commitment to make the closet an integral part of the house denoting its own personality and appeal.

AM Profile
40 NE 40th St.
Miami, Florida 33137