Miami Design District brings together design, fashion and performance art for 2012 fair week that starts today. There will be exhibitions and pop ups with luxury brands and internationally renowned designers that you cannot miss at all.
In conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2012, the Miami Design District will gather the best international talent as well as Miami-based artists and designers at the iconic Buena Vista Building as a central hub. Reflecting its status as a neighborhood that celebrates creativity in all its forms and a vibrant destination for luxury brands, the Miami Design District host a diverse array of events from a showcase for architectural structures for dogs by some of the biggest names in design, to Hermès’ collaboration with contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, to a provocative, burlesque-style circus for all the senses, adding a performance element to the District for the first time.
Architecture for Dogs presented by Kenya Hara
Buena Vista Building
180 NE 39 Street, Suite 115
Twelve leading architects from across the globe have each been assigned a dog breed for which to design an architectural structure. This dog-friendly exhibit brings together such stellar names in architecture and design as Konstantin Grcic, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, MVRDV, and Shigeru Ban , among others. Each piece will be on display and an interactive digital component created by Yugo Nakamura will round out this creative exhibition honoring man’s best friend.
Design Miami/ Designer of the Year
Buena Vista Building
180 NE 39 Street, Suite 110
Each December, the Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award recognize an internationally renowned designer or studio that has made a mark on design history, pushing the boundaries of the discipline through a singularly innovative and influential vision. This year’s winner is architecture and design collaborative Acconci Studio, founded by conceptual artist Vito Acconci. A special exhibition showcasing his work will take place in the Buena Vista Building from December 4th through the 9th .The Award also grants each winner a commission to create a large-scale work and over the years, Design Miami/ has seized opportunities to activate the award as a means to “give back” to the Miami community. For this year’s commission, Acconci Studio will produce Klein-Bottle Playground, a climbing-playing structure to be permanently installed in the Miami Design District by 2014.
Alessi Presents Metal Workshop
4141 N.E. 2nd Ave
Cranbrook for Alessi is an exhibition in material studies, product proposals and pre-production samples created by a mix of Cranbrook-based metal artists and designers working together on an open-ended material investigation. Four designs from the workshop are in production and will be shown along with original prototypes. All will be encased in a special display created by Cranbrook 3D Designer-in-Residence, Scott Klinker, also the co-director of the workshop. The exhibition will open December 4th and run through December 31st, 2012
155 NE 40th St.
Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon – First U. S. Exhibition Cassina, in collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation, is proud to present the first U.S. exhibition of Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon, Le Corbusier 1952 – Cassina Reconstruction 2006. This highly anticipated exhibit will take place at the Cassina Miami showroom during Design Miami 2012, running from December 6, 2012 until January 12, 2013.
New Collections and Pop Ups from Frashion Brands
Hermès Editeur 3 – Hiroshi Sugimoto
The Garden Building
175 NE 40th Street, Ground Floor
Hermes is launching their new temporary store in the Miami Design District’s Terry Riley-designed Garden Building showcasing their new collaboration with Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. The third in a series of collaborations between Hermès and contemporary artists, ‘Couleurs de l’Ombre’ (Colours of Shadow) an exhibition of a limited edition of silk scarves by Sugimoto which will be open to the public.
Harper’s Bazaar presents The Bazaar Miami
Buena Vista Building
180 NE 39 Street, Suite 107
Harper’s Bazaar Magazine will bring their newly launched e-commerce store, The Bazaar, to life in the Miami Design District. The pop-up retail shop will engage visitors with a unique electronic shopping experience on customized iPads and touch screen computers.
155 NE 40th Street
Christian Louboutin will host the latest work by Chinese artist Ye Hongxing in the purpose built gallery space, surrounding the jewel box boutique. One of China’s most unique artistic voices, Hongxing will present a solo exhibition, exploring the chaotic, isolating and often fragmentary effect of the rapid development of her homeland during fair week.
170 NE 40th St
Synonymous with Art of Travel, Louis Vuitton is equally known for its close relationship with the world of art and culture. Making its debut in the new Louis Vuitton temporary store in the Design District this December are the Objets Nomades – a collection of the 15 travel inspired objects designed in partnership with new and established designers. From a hammock in precious “Nomade” leather to a “Maracatu” cabinet de voyage, the Objets Nomades are a mixture of foldable furniture and travel accessories, crafted in the finest materials and made as unique pieces, limited editions or experimental prototypes. They pay homage to the House’s special orders of the past with a contemporary spirit continuing Louis Vuitton’s tradition of offering its customers new visions of how to travel.
About The Miami Design District
The Miami Design District is a unique, 18 square-block neighborhood just north of downtown Miami. A true neighborhood comprised of creative experiences and is committed to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture. The Miami Design District is the location of choice for exclusive retailers and fashion brands, including Cartier, Celine, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Louboutin and En Avance and forthcoming openings from Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Dior Homme, among others.
The Miami Design District also serves as a backdrop for top restaurateurs and chefs. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Crumb on Parchment, Harry’s Pizzeria and the Mandolin Aegean Bistro have transformed the District into Miami’s hot new restaurant row. The Miami Design District is also home to world-renowned furniture and design companies and art galleries, including: De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Vitra, Driade, Luminaire Lab, Kartell, Poltrona Frau, Baxter Made in Italy, Waterworks, Holly Hunt, BasFisher Invitational, Locust Projects, 101 Exhibit, Martin Oppel Studio, and Oliver Sanchez Studio.