TIMELESS DE­SIGN

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Where Miami - - FRONT PAGE - BY SUSAN FRIED­MAN

Chic de­sign per­me­ates South Florida from Mi­ami to Palm Beach. Vis­i­tors seek­ing fun in the sun and cu­rated fur­nish­ings and un­ex­pected trea­sures can— and do— have it all. What makes the de­sign scene so thrilling is that it isn’t lim­ited to one era or style. Depend­ing on your taste— whether it’s mid- cen­tury mod­ern, 17th- to 20th- cen­tury an­tiques or retro Palm Beach or more—you are sure to find high- cal­iber in­te­rior and out­door fur­nish­ings, stun­ning wall­pa­per, light­ing or some­thing you never knew you needed.

DE­SIGN EX­CEL­LENCE

If you’re in town and want a com­bi­na­tion de­sign-shop­ping fix, head to Mi­ami’s De­sign Dis­trict. En­gulfed in what ap­pears as never-end­ing con­struc­tion by In­ter­state 195, the his­toric Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict (mi­amidesigndis­trict.net), lo­cated less than three miles from Down­town Mi­ami and a few blocks north from the hip­ster Wyn­wood Art Dis­trict, has been un­der­go­ing a $1.4 bil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of its four-block-plus ra­dius, bring­ing with it the glit­terati and haute cou­ture into the mix of what was once a sea of über-up­scale de­sign and fur­ni­ture show­rooms. Craig Robins, pres­i­dent and CEO of Mi­ami’s Dacra and the dis­trict’s de­vel­oper, is forg­ing an ur­ban re­nais­sance of even more fash­ion, lux­ury, art and ar­chi­tec­ture to the dis­trict in the com­ing year.

True to its de­sign-fo­cused origins, an ar­ray of elite fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sory show­rooms still claim a stake lur­ing de­sign devo­tees.

Among the show­rooms you can visit is Lu­mi­naire Lab, which has been in the Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict since 2002. It oc­cu­pies an im­pres­sive 15,000-square-foot ex­hi­bi­tion space in­spir­ing re­search and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. It show­cases new and ex­clu­sive pieces from top man­u­fac­tur­ers. “It’s a play­ground that en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to think out­side the box,” says Fabiola Velez of Lu­mi­naire, which of­fers Da­vide Groppi light­ing. “Groppi ex­em­pli­fies a min­i­mal­ist de­sign phi­los­o­phy,” says Velez.

In the De­sign Dis­trict for 11 years, Lux­ury Liv­ing of USA has opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion show­cas­ing Fendi Casa Am­bi­ente Cucina—the first col­lec­tion ded­i­cated to the kitchen— along with Fendi Out­door and Bent­ley Home. In May, they will ex­hibit new pieces from Fendi Casa and Paul Mathieu at the an­nual in­te­rior de­sign tradeshow, MAISON&OBJET AMER­I­CAS in Mi­ami Beach. In early 2017, the flag­ship lo­ca­tion at 90 NE 39th Street will move to a new 25,000-square-foot show­room within the area.

This vi­brant des­ti­na­tion is also home to other stand­out de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Adri­ana Hoyos, De­sign Within Reach, Jonathan Adler and The Rug Com­pany. Be­sides de­sign, this must-visit spot also boasts world-class restau­rants, de­signer bou­tiques and art gal­leries.

SIM­PLY EL­E­GANT

For an in­sider’s hot spot in West Palm Beach, visit An­tique Row (west­palm­beachan­tiques.com), a charm­ing dis­trict on South Dixie High­way be­tween Belvedere Road and South­ern Boule­vard. Stroll along the row to find over 40 shops filled with 17th- through 20th-cen­tury an­tiques, fine and dec­o­ra­tive arts, pe­riod deco, vin­tage and mod­erne fur­nish­ings, as well as light­ing and accessories. The wide ar­ray of items found here ap­peal to in­te­rior de­sign­ers, style-mak­ers and col­lec­tors alike.

”[Lu­mi­naire Lab] is a [de­sign] play­ground that en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to think out­side the box.“–FABIOLA VELEZ, SPOKESPER­SON, LU­MI­NAIRE LAB

Sloane sofa for Fendi Casa Con­tem­po­rary Col­lec­tion by Toan Nguyen.

The MI­AMI DE­SIGN DIS­TRICT is a neigh­bor­hood ded­i­cated to in­no­va­tive fash­ion, de­sign and art.

Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict

Lu­mi­naire Lab

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