Over fifteen years ago, entrepreneur and Miami native Craig Robins recognized the potential of the Miami Design District, and started acquiring and redefining properties in the area. Through careful stewardship. the Design District began to juxtapose design brands with internationally important art collections, phenomenal temporary and permanent art and design installations, and great restaurants. L Real Estate and the LVMH brands recognized the unique importance of the community, centrally located in Miami and culturally at the vanguard of global creative industry, and joined Dacra to bring in the unique retail development vision and luxury retail experiences that discerning consumers crave – all north of downtown and less than 10 minutes away from South Beach in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
As new buildings were erected and historic structures were transformed, design showrooms flocked to the area, led by Holly Hunt, Knoll, Poliform, Luminaire Contract, Waterworks, bulthaup, Ann Sacks, Campaniello/Cassina, British Khaki, Kartell, and Poltrona Frau. Art galleries and exhibition spaces followed including Art Fusion, Artformz, Diaspora Vibe, Etra Fine Art, Galeria AQUA, Solange Rabello Art Gallery, and The Moore Space. And because creative talents gravitate to neighborhoods defined by art and design it was logical that architects Alison Spear, Chad Oppenheim, HOK, Matthew McDonald, NuHouse, and photographer Iran Issa-Khan opened studios in the Design District. Restaurants naturally followed, creating even greater connective tissue.
Like all authentic neighborhoods, the Miami Design District continues to evolve: public art installations including the Buckminster Fuller Fly¹s Eye Dome, more amazing shops, restaurants and galleries, and a boutique hotel and residences are all planned. A renaissance of the streetscape and landscape of the District designed by Island Planning Corp is underway. New buildings have been commissioned from architects Aranda\Lasch, K|R, Moorhead and Moorhead, Iwatmoto Scott, Studio Gang, Leong and Leong, SB Architects and OAB (Office of Architecture Barcelona). Recently, the neighborhood became the first LEED ND Gold Certified project in Miami Dade County and only the 33rd in the entire United States.