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Miami: Guide to cultural districts

Artists flock to Miami for its low rents, wealthy collectors and fabulous light. Lucie Young offers a guide to the city's main cultural districts.

 

By Lucie Young
Published: 1:26PM GMT 03 Feb 2010

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Miami's cultural makeover
Art Basel chose South Beach, Miami, as its satellite venue in 2002 Photo: Corbis
Miami's cultural makeover
The refrain around town is that 'Wynwood is the new Chelsea' Photo: Corbis
Miami's cultural makeover
Now there is much more to do than just loll on Miami's beaches Photo: Corbis

 

WHERE TO STAY

Top end

The Betsy

 

The Betsy looks like a mini Raffles and has an idyllic location at the quiet end of Ocean Drive. Decor by Ralph Lauren's interior designer, Diamante Pedersoli, and Carmelina Santoro, who designs the Bulgari stores.

High season (December to mid April) from $325 to $4,000. 1440 Ocean Dr, South Beach, (305 531 6100; www.thebetsyhotel.com)

Canyon Ranch

America's most glamorous spa opened a Miami outpost in 2008. Room rates include a choice of 40 fitness classes daily, use of two outdoor pools and the Aquavana Experience in the 70,000 sq ft spa.

High season from $350 to $1,000. 6801 Collins Ave (at 71st St), Miami Beach (305 514 7000; www.canyonranch.com)

 

Mid range

Standard

Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the Standard features Scandinavian-inspired interiors by Shawn Hausman (responsible for the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles).

High season from $225 to $750. 40 Island Ave, South Beach (305 673 1717; www.standardhotels.com)

Affordable

Hotel St Augustine

A charming art deco hotel in the hip SoFi area (South of Fifth Street). Large modern rooms with blonde-wood platform beds.

High season from $149 to $249. 347 Washington Ave (at 4th St), South Beach (305 532 0570; www.hotelstaugustine.com)

Four for culture vultures

WYNWOOD

Artists began colonising the deserted fashion warehouses here in the early Nineties. The area gained momentum in 1996 with the opening of the Rubell Family Collection (the American equivalent of the Saatchi Gallery) in a former Drug Enforcement Agency centre. Now there are nearly 50 galleries in this 10-block area (20 minutes' drive from South Beach). Most galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday afternoons and for Art Walk, held on the second Saturday of every month from 7pm until 10pm.
See www.artcircuits.com for updates on openings.

Visit

Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th St, Wynwood (305 573 6090; www.rfc.museum). A 28-gallery space dedicated to A-list contemporary artists. Admission $10.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th St, Wynwood (305 576 1051;
www.margulieswarehouse.com). 4,500 works of 20th- and 21st-century art, from Miro to Olafur Eliasson. Admission $10.

Pick of the galleries

World Class Boxing, 170 NW 23rd St, Wynwood (305 438 9908; www.worldclassboxing.org)

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 194 NW 30th St (305 573 2130; www.galerieperrotin.com)

Dorsch 151 NW 24th St, (305 576 1278; www.dorschgallery.com)
 

Eat

Joeys

2506 NW 2nd Ave – at NW 25th St (305 438 0488; www.joeyswynwood.com)

The canteen "where billionaire art collectors sit next to mohawked artists". Specialises in handmade pasta and pizza. Entrees from $10.

 

THE DESIGN DISTRICT

The Design District, 10 blocks north of Wynwood, is a lively mixture of stylish fashion and design stores and great restaurants. The area also participates in Art Walk on the second Saturday of the month from 7pm to 10pm. Check www.miamidesigndistrict.net for updates.

Shop

Tomas Maier 170 NE 40th St (305 576 8383, www.tomasmaier.com). Bottega Veneta's creative director, Tomas Maier, curates this 6,000 sq ft gallery/store filled with the latest clothes, accessories, books and art.

Genius Jones, 49 NE 39th St (305 571 2000, www.geniusjones.com). Everything for the style-conscious child – from a gold throw cushion to Marc Jacobs clothes.

Eat

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink 130 NE 40th St (305 573 5550; www.michaelsgenuine.com). Michael Schwartz has a celebrity following (Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Aniston) for mouthwatering dishes such as wood-roasted sweet onion stuffed with ground lamb and apricots. Entrees from $18.

Fratelli Lyon, 4141 NE2nd (305 572 2901; www.fratellilyon.com). Delicious antipasti, handcrafted pastas and cured meats. Entrees from $16.

Buena Vista Bistro, 4582 NE 2nd Avenue – at NE46th St (305 456 5909; www.buenavistabistro.com). The chef, Claude Postel, won best late-night restaurant for this little French bistro. Entrees from $10. Open until Midnight.

 

NoMI

NoMi (short for North Miami) is a vibrant new arts district with more than a dozen new antique and design stores opposite MOCA on NE 125th St. See Gustavo Olivieri at No 750, Vermillion at No 765, Stripe at No 799, Thomas Brillet at No 817 ,THOMAS BRILLET AT No 817 www.thomasbrillet.com).


 

 
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
 

PLACE MIAMI; Street Smart 

 
 
Published: November 22, 2009

PHOTOS (PHOTOGRAPHS BY JEFFREY SALTER)
 

Chalk it up to rising rents in the Miami Design District, or the proximity to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), but the stretch of NE 125th Street between NE Seventh and Ninth Avenues has emerged as the latest hub for collectible midcentury design, earning it the nickname 20th-Century Row.

Gary Rubinstein Antiques Rubinstein looks for pieces with a sculptural quality for his European-focused shop (1). He especially goes for midcentury Italian design, and his collection of lighting from the likes of Stilnovo and FontanaArte is superb. Nos. 859-861;               (305) 891-7580         (305) 891-7580; garyrubinsteinantiques.com.

 

Vermillion Susan Cutler restores, reupholsters and polishes nearly every piece of vintage furniture in her store (2). Look for pristine pieces from the 1940s to the 1980s, like Paul Evans stools and consoles and a Tomasso Barbi backgammon table. No. 765;               (305) 893-7800         (305) 893-7800; galleryvermillion.com.

Stripe Never mind the name -- a neutral, beachy palette dominates this shop (3) specializing in items made from natural materials. Driftwood lamps from the '50s sit alongside goat-skin-covered bar carts by Aldo Tura and a kidney-bean-shaped coffee table by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. No. 799;               (305) 893-8085         (305) 893-8085; stripe.1stdibs.com.

Visiona This 2,000-square-foot furniture store showcases the blue-chip designers of the mid-20th century, with standout pieces like a dining room set by Paul Evans and a pair of Erwine & Estelle Laverne tulip chairs. No. 771;               (305) 926-2454         (305) 926-2454; visionamodern.com.

www.thomasbrillet Every three months, this shop receives a new shipment of pieces by midcentury French and Italian designers, including Gio Ponti, Jules Leleu and Jacques Adnet. Nos. 817-819;               305 981 3030         www.thomasbrillet.com.


 

 

The New York Times

Street Smart

Chalk it up to rising rents in the Miami Design District, or the proximity to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), but the stretch of NE 125th Street between NE Seventh and Ninth Avenues has emerged as the latest hub for collectible midcentury design, earning it the nickname 20th Century Row..
Thomas Brillet Every three months, this shop receives a new shipment of pieces by midcentury French and Italian designers, including Gio Ponti, Jules Leleu and Jacques Adnet. Nos. 817-819; 305 981 3030 ; www.thomasbrillet.com.

 

The New York times Style Magazine

Travel 2009 .

 November 23 2009


 

 DECEMBER 2007

 

 

Vera Wang at the Halekulani

 

© Roger Davies

The New York designer works her magic at Honolulu’s most fashionable address.

By Alex W. Barasch

The great hotels of the world are always evolving, always moving with time. But the very best, like Hawaii’s legendary Halekulani—where Clark Gable once lounged beneath the courtyard’s kiawe tree, gazing out on the impossibly blue waters—surprise us by staying a step ahead. Opened in 1907 and spread over five oceanfront acres in Waikiki, the Halekulani, or "house befitting heaven," evokes the glamour of old Hawaii yet consistently makes changes to keep its look fresh and modern.

The one-bedroom Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani combines the designer’s patented fusion of simplicity and elegance with striking head-on views of the island’s famous Diamond Head and the Pacific. The result is sensationally romantic. "In addition to being the halfway point between China and the United States, Hawaii holds a special place in my heart," explains Wang, whose parents fled to New York during China’s Communist revolution in the forties. "Almost twenty years ago my husband, Arthur, proposed to me in Hawaii, so what better place for me to create a suite?"

Best known as the woman who injected style into bridal wear, whose couture evening gowns grace the shoulders of statuesque beauties on Oscar night, and who, more recently, has garnered praise for her fine jewelry pieces and home, gift, and bath collections, Wang is no stranger to interior design; she has worked on more than 20 homes for her closest friends and family.

 

Mirrors

Wang placed mirrors strategically throughout the suite, including a large gold-framed version in the bedroom that faces the sweeping view of Diamond Head. She also opted for striking sunburst mirrors—both in the entrance and in the living room—that echo the suite’s sand, sea, and sun theme. Sourced from Vallauris, France, an artist town northeast of Cannes where Picasso once worked, these forties-era convex mirrors are called sorciers for their ability to transform reflections. The dramatic gold color and the unusual shape create a graphic—yet romantic—setting. Mirrors, $490-$980. At Thomas Brillet Antique Shop, 305- 981-3030.

 

 




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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

My Latest Obsession (Vol. 1)

 
Lately I am just obsessed with pineapples! Maybe it is because I miss the Gulf Coast, who knows? Whatever the reason, I am obsessed with some obsession sauce on the side! So here are a couple of things that have struck my fancy. To the left are a pair of simply, and ridiculously gorgeous Maison Jansen table lamps, available at Thomas Brillet Inc www.thomasbrillet.com
. Added interest: Used by Miles Redd in Shyama Patel's Manhattan flat, featured in the November 2006 Elle Decor. Although, now that I've told you where to find this pair don't sneak off and steal them from underneath me because I am saving up for them, I swear!

 

 for more information or details ...Please co on page : LIGHTING / TABLE LAMPS


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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ballroom Bling

 




One of my all time favorite chairs is the ballroom chair. They have such grace and style, and most importantly, they can be moved around quite easily. These little gems are the perfect size and shape for all rooms- in the hall, against a wall in a living room, or in a dressing room especially. I am lucky enough to have a generous friend who gave me the classic, bamboo-style wooden ballroom chair with green and gold paint; it's perfect for my dressing table. The beauty of a wooden ballroom chair is that you can paint it to match your room. That said, if you really want to turn up the glamour, you might want to consider a vintage brass one- these are really quite elegant. And are you wondering why so many of these chairs are called "Chiavari" chairs? Well, I did too, and from what I have been able to determine, this style chair first originated in a town in Italy called Chiavari, where they are still manufactured today. (If anyone knows any additional information about this, please let us know!)

 


More brass ballroom chairs at Thomas Brillet

For more information or details Please go on Page : SEATING / SET OF CHAIRS / PAIR OF CHAIRS



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Photo Credits »

TFTM And Dragonette: Jim Mchugh; Anticlopedia: Courtesy www.Anticlopedia.Com; Gallery Alain Marcelpoil: Courtesy Gallery Alain Marcelpoil; Modest Designs And Phyllis Morris: Billy Cunningham; Thomas Brillet: Courtesy Thomas Brillet Inc.; Hi + Lo Modern: Courtesy Hi + Lo Modern; Secolo 20: Billy Cunningham; Schumacher: Billy Cunningham; Bebop Antik: Courtesy Bebop Antik; Lerebours Antiques: Alec Marshall
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 # 7 : Set of 4 chairs by Charlotte PERRIAND / THOMAS BRILLET Inc.

 



 

 

 

 

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Resort Ware

For Les Arcs, a vast ski resort in the French Alps, Charlotte Perriand conceived the interiors and the furnishings. In the latter category were a host of pieces—from lighting to seating—that reflect her career-long interest in designing objects of simple materials and pared-down shape. Four chairs, $4,500, from the resort are at Miami’s Thomas Brillet. Thomas Brillet Inc., 817 NE 125th St. North Miami, FL 33161; 305-981-3030 www.thomasbrillet.com





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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Maison Charles Lamps

 




Today I'm writing about something that I know very little about- Maison Charles lamps. What I am certain about, though, is that they are some of the most stylish and witty lamps I've ever seen. In fact, I've included photos of Maison Charles lamps in some of my previous posts on lamps.

From what I have read on the web, La Maison Charles was founded in 1908 by Frenchman Ernest Charles. Working primarily with bronze, the Maison Charles artisans were known early on for their reproduction antique lighting and later, in the 1950s, for their fanciful lamps (like those below.) Based on what I've found on 1st dibs, I believe Maison Charles also created mirrors and small pieces of furniture.

The firm is still in existence today, and while their current offerings are quite glamorous, they don't compare to the lamps I've featured here. And if anybody has any additional information on Maison Charles (or needs to correct any information I have here), please do comment. I would very much like to know more about this illustrious design house.

For more informatiom or details  Please go on Page : LIGHTING / TABLE LAMPS



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Discoveries by Designers

Architectural Digest’s Editors Present Designers’ Sources

 
 
Resort Ware

For Les Arcs, a vast ski resort in the French Alps, Charlotte Perriand conceived the interiors and the furnishings. In the latter category were a host of pieces—from lighting to seating—that reflect her career-long interest in designing objects of simple materials and pared-down shape. Four chairs, $4,500, from the resort are at Miami’s Thomas Brillet. Thomas Brillet Inc., 817 NE 125th St. North Miami, FL 33161; 305-981-3030 www.thomasbrillet.com

 



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By Beth Dunlop

Special to The Miami Herald

The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami is celebrating a 15th anniversary. It’s been that many years — though it really does it seem like just yesterday — since the museum moved into its low-slung, understated, purposeful building on Northeast 125th Street. Then this profound and quietly elegant building seemed like an outpost; now it is a destination not just for Miami or the region but also for the larger art-loving world.