Design Lover’s Guide to Miami Design District
The Miami Design District is one of the most diverse design districts in the world, displaying everything from alluring traditional architecture to modern Miami street art. In constant expansion and evolution, the Miami Design District is in full bloom this week as Miami Art Week (Dec. 3rd – 9th) takes over giving everyone a perfect excuse to explore new additions to this contemporary neighborhood. This week the Miami Design District shows an extra layer of the best of art and craftsmanship with exhibits featuring Louis Vuitton leather as well as it’s permanent stunning contemporary art museums. Be sure to check out the best of other arts too such as the art of cuisine at Estefan Kitchen and the art of cocktail making at The Mayhaw.
The limits are endless for the creative soul in the Miami Design District. Read on to check out some of Lh’s favorites!
Enjoy Designer Cocktails
The Mayhaw is a spirit bar that recreates drinks dating all the way back to the prohibition of alcohol and places its own bit of identity in the new and popular drinks of today. It also has a 55-label wine list specialized in Rose and Bubbles. A must after a long day of viewing art!
Dine in Style
Extending his success with classic Cuban music into the culinary world, Estefan Kitchen is renowned for having the best Cuban cuisine and music in Miami and for genuinely bringing a piece of Cuba to the famous Miami Beach.
Head to Estefan’s Friday, Dec. 7th for happy hour and stay for this season’s Palm Court Performance Series featuring Emily Estefan (daughter of Emilio and Gloria Estefan). Her smooth vocals and jazzy/R&B arrangements are a must see!
If you won’t be in the Miami Design District on the 7th not to worry, the Palm Court Performance Series is free every Friday offering live musical performances produced by 19-time Grammy© Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan in collaboration with the Miami Symphony Orchestra presented by the Knight Foundation with special thanks to American Airlines.
Dance the Night Away
With the goal of taking you on a spiritual journey away from all responsibilities and concerns, Baronesh has developed delicious cocktails, with mesmerizing visuals, and spectacular service, so that, as they say, “you can drink, dance, and pursuit happiness.”
Indulge Your Sweetooth
Pasticceria Marchesi is an Italian wonder and for the first time, straight from the streets of Milan, Pasticceria Marchesi will be showing all residents and tourists of Miami what traditional Italian ice cream truly is in there very first pop-up installation on the streets of Miami Design District!
Explore the Events
Bringing together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world, Design Miami is the premier event to view, collect, discuss, and create museum-worthy pieces of furniture.
A must see at Design Miami/ 2018:
Fendi Marks 10 Years of Design Miami/ and Peekaboo
This year during Miami Art Week Fendi is celebrating two 10-year milestones: their participation in Design Miami/, and the anniversary of its Peekaboo bag. During the fair, Fendi will present “The Shapes of Water” by Sabine Marcelis, a project dedicated to rediscovering one of the elements the luxury brand cherishes most: water. Marcelis has created ten cast resin fountains inspired by iconic symbols of craftsmanship and the brand’s logo. The artist has also designed a podium for Fendi, which will hold the special 10th-anniversary Peekaboo bag designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The bag will be for sale in a limited edition throughout the week.
Christian Louboutin & Eboni G. Patterson Window Installation Unveiling
Christian Louboutin & Eboni G. Patterson will unveil a new stunning window installation inspired by Eboni G. Patterson’s PAMM exhibition.
December 6th 6-8pm, RSVP to email@example.com.
Dior Lady Art
For the third year, Dior will exhibit Dior Lady Art. An exhibit which commissions artists to collaborate on the house’s famed Lady Dior bag. This year, for the first time, the 11 artists are all women – this is a must see!
Louis Vuitton: Discover Rare & Unique Pieces
In a celebration of leather and craftsmanship Louis Vuitton: Discover Rare & Unique Pieces is the optimal opportunity to gain access to the rare leather pieces that were handcrafted at the Louis Vuitton workshops in France.
November 29th – December 9th, Louis Vuitton 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Givenchy & National YoungArts Foundation Cocktails
Hosted by Sarah Arison, Asha Elias, Oxana Marks, Danielle Storch, Sandra Tamer, and Ellie Taub, Givenchy Women’s Spring Collection will display an exclusive art installation by Naomi Fisher, the 1994 Youngarts winner in visual arts.
December 4th 6-8pm, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instagram Shot Spots
If you’ve entered the 21st century and the world of social media and Instagram we recommend visiting these two spots to snap the perfect pic for the ‘gram!
The southwest corner of 39th and 1st provides the perfect background to strut your swagger as you cross the street in front of a Tom Ford boutique with an ultra modern exterior.
The Pink Striped Wall
The Pink Striped Wall right next to Oliver Peoples makes the perfect background to catch you cheesin’ or to just show off your outfit.
Exclusive Miami Design District Luxuries
Aubi & Ramsa
Whoever said ice cream was just for kids has never had Aubi & Ramsa, where you can get your hands on a chocolate ice cream with not only chocolate chunks but two shots of Macallan.
Experience Sevan Biçaçki’s exquisite jewelry at his first ever showroom on the American continents! At this stunning space, you will find his ever-expansive imagination and incredible creativity on display and can see what many are calling the most beautiful ceiling designs in Miami!
New to The Miami Design District in 2018
Balenciaga will be opening a new store in the Miami Design District, which will have two spacious floors; working solar panels; and a huge illuminated BALENCIAGA sign.
The luxury brand Art Angels’ wide success in LA has led them to expand their mission of providing the most creative and innovative art for art lovers everywhere to the sunny streets of Miami with their gallery space.
Swan & Bar Bevy
Birthed by Pharrell Williams, executive chef Jean Imbert and David Grutman of Groot Hospitality Swan & Bar Bevy makes modern cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.
Shop for Fashion
The Miami Design District is unlike any other mall or boutique because it is in itself a work of art. The landscaping, art, sculptures, and architecture make this center for luxury shopping unlike any other you’ve seen before.
Shop for Design
The Luxury Living Showroom is a one-stop shop for luxury furniture! From Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, and Paul Mathieu you are guaranteed to find luxury galore here!
Admire Art, Museum Style
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art, and to the exchange of art and ideas.
The de la Cruz Collection is a privately owned 30,000 square foot museum which opened to coincide with Art Basel Miami.
The Rubell Family Collection is another privately owned museum with over 45,000 square feet of art consisting of pieces from the likes of Cady Noland, Yuri Kusama, and Kara Walker.
Take an Art Tour
The Miami Design District is filled with public art displays by world-renowned artists and designers! If you are looking for an inspiring and informative tour of them join art critic, journalist and educator Margery Gordon on a free public artwork and architectural highlights tour of the neighborhood!
Words by Dylan Fanico