Design Miami/Basel turns 10 years old this week.  Many will remember the fair in its nascent phases as a savvy marketplace in the Miami Design District – a destination event that drew a niche following from SoBe to mainland Miami.  Now a decade later, in partnership with Art Basel Miami Beach in December and Switzerland in June, the concept fair welcomes thousands of visitors and embraces industrial designers, bold brands, and leading creatives from around the world. More than a sales platform, Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel have fostered thought-leadership, successfully leveraging their position to attract some of the brightest architects and labels in building an evolved Miami Design District.

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If home is where the heart is, then we are lucky to call Miami home and even luckier that one of the world’s most renowned design and home shows, MAISON&OBJET, is taking up residence in the Magic City for MAISON&OBJET Americas beginning May 12 – May 15, 2015.

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In today’s fast-paced, always on-the-go, everything-and-everyone-uses-technology state that we live in, it is hard to believe that a company that exports to over 120 countries on the five continents is still creating every single item by hand from one, yes one, factory in Spain. That company is Lladró, the perfecters of porcelain, and the latest to join the Miami Design District’s esteemed assembly of luxury brands.

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TAGS luxury, Lladró

Brent Birnbaum created a mountain of eleven running treadmills, assembled with clamps, ropes and extension cords at the annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Week in New York.  Occupying a non-descript room in the Skylight at Moynihan Station (in the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building), the candy-colored conveyor belts of Birnbaum’s treadmills captured the non-stop pace of a weekend saturated with fairs, exhibitions and parties.  Curators Elizabeth Denny and Craig Poor Monteith described the treadmills as relics of a capitalist dream, in which the purchase of a product has the potential to transform one’s life and lead to self-improvement.  This was all the more poignant in the context of SPRING/BREAK, where form overrides function, and value is altered by framing the treadmill as an art object rather than a cardio machine.

Categories Art, Design, Events

Loewe’s first North American store is befitting of its Irish designer-cum-creative-director Jonathan Anderson—classic with a contemporary edge. The boutique, large and luminous, is also supremely nostalgic, as one can instantly tell from the massive 18th-century granary at the center of the space. The hórreo, as it’s called in Spanish, was retrieved from a town bordering northern Spain (Galicia) and Portugal and brought to the boutique as a symbol of Loewe’s cultural fluidity: Past and present, Europe and North America, existing harmoniously in the upscale Miami Design District.