Villa des Cygnes - CODAworx

Villa des Cygnes

Submitted by John Rais Studios

Client: anonymous client

Location: Palm Beach, FL, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $710,000

Project Team

designer/ maker

John Rais

John Rais Studios LLC

interior designer

Lili Kyle


I designed and made all of the metalwork for a significant historical home designed by mediterranean revival architect, Addison Mizner. The project comprised of 8 balcony rails, 2 window grilles, a driveway and pedestrian gates, lighting, doors and door grills, and interior rails. All exterior work was designed for historic landmarks approvals while the interior work was more free form. All exterior works were forged marine grade stainless steel to be maintenance free in coastal south Florida.


To make a body of work on one property that met historical design needs with maintenance free functionality while adding something nee to the stylistic conversation. Meeting construction deadlines and all local and national standard approvals.


The project began with a great deal of research and design work. I worked with the client, the builders, engineers, and Landmarks Committee for approvals.

Additional Information

Nearly all of this work was created in a 7 month span of time. I managed production and design of several other studios.