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LIVING LOUIS VUITTON
For Design Miami this year, French compatriot Louis Vuitton will bring the design sensibility of Le Corbusier to life! The compact ‘home’ they have created is known as ‘La Maison au bord de l’eau’ (“the house on the water”), and was designed by his protégée many decades ago, Charlotte Perriand, one of the few female architects of her day and a pivotal force in defining modern design. Meticulously crafted in a workshop outside Milan, La Maison au bord de l’eau was created in keeping with Perriand’s original plans, under the guidance of her daughter, Pernette, then deconstructed and shipped to Miami, where it was rebuilt and will be on display for design aficionados to enjoy—and available for a prospective collector to acquire from December 3 to 8 as a #DesignMiami satellite. Find out more, here.
ART MEETS LUXE
Could there be anything more magnifique than the world-class finds at Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach? With our favorite artists (the likes of Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Studio Guilherme Torres) at events by our favorite brands (such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Louis Vuitton), who could resist Miami in December? Click here to see some inspiration c/o #designmiami.
HALF MOON OF MIAMI
It is no surprise that snorkeling and South Florida have always been a perfect match. While there are no coral reefs near the popular Miami Beach area, there are some man-made ocean habitats that attract an abundance of marine life in the shallows near this busy tourist mecca. The Half Moon was a two-masted racing schooner that sank in 1930 off the shores of Key Biscayne. The ship remains in its watery grave, embedded in white sand in no more than 10 feet of water. The remains of the ship make a happy home for many reef fish, sponges and coral. At high or low tide, the ship makes a popular diving and snorkeling spot for visitors to the Miami area looking to get their flippers wet.
Discreetly placed on the edge of level 5 in a parking garage on Lincoln Road, Alchemist has prime real estate for seriously cool shopping. At Alchemist they stock a solid amount of your favorite designers from Martin Margiela to Genvenchy and Dries van Noten, all housed in a supercool car park—yes, there is such a thing—designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The 1,800-square-foot transparent box with 22-foot ceilings and walls that are either glass or mirrored is the perfect Miami find - a not to be missed super cool Miami experience!
THE WYNWOOD WALLS
Conceived by the renowned placemaker Tony Goldman in 2009 and co-curated by Jeffrey Deitch (now director of one of our favorite LA destinations, the MOCA Los Angeles), the Wynwood Walls turned a dreary warehouse district into a spectacular canvas for graffiti art. Indeed the venture has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami, to create a truly a museum of the streets. It has to be seen to be believed!
Talented singer/songwriter/musician Rob Allen has been photographed on location around Sofitel Miami this month - and as a result we’re a fan! Which is your favorite image from Rob’s Sofitel moments? Catch more of his musical style, here.
THE MIAMI PROJECT
The second edition of the Miami Project, a contemporary and modern art fair, will return December 3-8, 2013 in Miami’s Midtown Art District. Miami Project will again showcase 65 contemporary and modern art galleries in an exquisite setting. One of our favorite artists to watch is the photographer Katrin Korfmann. Katrin catches the similarities and patterns of her subjects by displaying them from a bird’s-eye view perspective taken at tremendous heights. It’s only when we get close enough to see the details can we truly admire the subject’s individuality beyond the collective. See more during the Miami Project, or via her representative the Kopeikin Gallery. Magnifique!
LUMINAIRE LAB MIAMI
Luminaire Lab is one of our favorite Miami finds. This wonderful ‘shop’ showcases contemporary furniture and lighting in magnificent, museum-like exhibitions. Since its 2002 inception, the 7,500-square foot space has hosted an array of differing exhibitions in addition to showcasing individual products in a unique environment. One of our favorite finds is this stunning work of ingenious industrial design, Rizoma’s Metropolitan Bike. Beyond the eye-catching silhouette, the Metropolitan Bike is a fusion of cutting edge materials and production methods. The sinuous frame is made from carbon fiber while compliments such as the handlebars and saddle are made of machined billet aluminum. This combination of material innovation allows for a stunning feature of the bike: its impressive weight of merely 17.5 pounds. Come explore this and more finds at Luminaire Lab when next in Miami.
In the last few years Miami has moved from one of the most interesting cities in the United States to a true global center for art and design. The Miami Design District is the social hub of this change. Apart from the wonderful public displays of art and architecture (including sculptures by Zaha Hadid and Marc Newsom), you will find some global leaders in fashion exercising creative license with their one-of-a-kind spaces - Valentino, Fendi, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Harry Winston, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Van Cleef & Arpels, to name just a few. One of our favorites is Louis Vuitton, featuring artwork and a facade by graffiti writer RETNA. The neighborhood continues to evolve, so come explore the district, just 10 minutes form Sofitel!
TASTE OF MIAMI
Dessert is served! Don’t you just love La Riviera’s little moments of unexpected delight on a Tuesday night?