In Miami for the Art Basel or the other fairs in ealy December? My Design Week gives you a tour around Miami for you who are savvy for design. Check out Miami’s hottest new hotels, shops, restaurants, and more.
Inside this copper-color cement building—formerly a woodworker’s shop— Venezuelan chef Gabriela Machado stages a communal dinner party on Thursday and Saturday evenings, dubbed “Atelier Nights.” Cell phones and cameras are banned during the cocktail reception and seven-course dinner—whose menu changes every two months—in an effort to encourage guests to converse and enjoy the moment.
The new italian in town. An outdoor terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the water views, which inspired its nautical palette. Florentine architect Michele Bönan employed striped Venetian flooring, luxe sofas upholstered in cobalt velvet, white leather chairs, and rich walnut accents for a handsome look.
This parisian bakery (the first in Miami) is the paradise for those with a sweet tooth. Filled with macaron, the shop has partnered with New York City artist Will Cotton, who cites Ladurée’s packaging and macarons as inspiration. A new ginger-infused whipped cream flavor of the delectable confection will be sold in boxes decorated with Cotton’s painting of singer Hannah Cohen donning a dress made of whipped cream.
Christian Louboutin, New York-based architecture firm, devised a new Miami outpost dedicated to men’s shoes, accessories, and leather goods across the street from its home base. The petite space makes a big impact with double-height ceilings, herringbone-patterned walls, and a central leather-clad room that showcases the brand’s latest collections.
The 138-year-old watchmaker recently moved to a new contemporary space within Bal Harbour Shops. Grab a cocktail or an espresso at the boutique’s bar while you peruse the impressive display of over 100 timepieces.
Hermès has opened a 5,000-square-foot shop offering women’s and men’s fashions, jewelry, shoes, home furnishings, and handbags. The space serves as a preview of the forthcoming boutique which has conceived several of the luxury retailer’s locations around the world. (The permanent structure is due to open in spring 2015.)
Having just reopened after an overhaul of all 91 guest rooms, the lobby, and the pool area, the airy waterfront haven commands a picturesque spot along Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive. The owners of the hotel plan to transform the newly acquired Versace Mansion, which is located next door, into a boutique hotel—an exciting prospect for future fairs.
GALE SOUTH BEACH & REGENT HOTEL
Unveiled during last year’s Art Basel, the Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel is a historic property that’s been given a recent refresh. Architecture firm ADD Inc Miami chose a crisp palette of blue and white for the rooms, which feature marble baths and sumptuous fabrics. The hotel’s 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace and pool provide the perfect perch from which to take in the ocean and surrounding South Beach.
Source: Arquitectural Digest