MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT INAUGURATES PARADISE PLAZA
During Art Basel week 2017, the Miami Design District debuted the much anticipated Paradise Plaza, which doubled the Miami Design District’s retail and culinary offerings via the new open air piazza and extension of Paseo Ponti connecting Paradise Plaza to the existing Palm Court. Paradise Plaza is Miami Design District’s latest multi-level urban park and retail plaza anchored by an iconic architectural structure designed by Johnston Marklee, as well as with works by renowned architectural firms FreelandBuck, Tolila+Gilliland, and MOS. Hosted by Craig Robins, guests of the celebration included Jeffrey Deitch, Curator; Sharon Johnston, Principal Architect and co-founder of Johnston Marklee; Sarah Arison, President of Arison Arts Foundation; Ronan Bouroullec, Designer; Urs Fischer, Artist; Nicholas Gilliland, Principal Architect and cofounder of Tolila + Gilliland; Gaston Tolila, Principal Architect and co-founder of Tolila + Gilliland; Daniel Toole, Architect; Andre Herrero, Principal, Architect of Charlap Hyman & Herrero; Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, Founder of Luminaire; Chad Oppenheim, Owner of Oppenheim Architecture and Design.
In addition to the debut of a number of pop-up exhibitions and art installations throughout the neighborhood, Paradise Plaza also hosted a number of pop-up Art Week pop-ups exhibitions including WWD, goop GIFT and Social Studies. Also housed in the plaza are recent retail openings including Creed, which opened their third U.S. boutique in Miami Design District alongside seventh generation perfumer, Erwin Creed, and Gucci whose Miami Design District location offers two location exclusive bags as part of the brand’s collaboration with artist Coco Capitan: a drawstring backpack and belt bag.
SOCIAL STUDIES AT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
On Wednesday, December 6, Baque Creative and the Miami Design District celebrated the launch of Social Studies Miami, a four day retail pop-up experience exclusively developed by Angelo Baque. Concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Social Studies featured an eclectic mix of innovative brands and collaborators including Virgil Abloh of Off White TM, Nike, Union Los Angeles, 032c Magazine, No Vacancy Inn, Some Ware, ELECTION REFORM!, Odwalla1221 and Awake NY, with a pop-up retail component and a series of education programs and curatorial workshops led by the creatives behind participating brands. Focusing on themes of tangibility and accessibility, the space was open to the public as a social and creative meeting place during Art Week.
To launch the event, renowned photographer and Social Studies collaborator, Shaniqwa Jarvis, was on hand to debut her eponymous publication, while close friend Zuri Marley treated guests to an extraordinary live performance. The self-titled book, the first published by Baque Creative Press, is designed by Stephen Serrato and includes a forward by Ryan McGinley.
CHROME HEARTS + BACCARAT, MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT CELEBRATE ART WEEK WITH THE MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT PALM COURT
Laurie Lynn Stark of Chrome Hearts + Craig Robins of DACRA hosted friends & family for an evening of music helmed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet with performances by Jesse Jo Stark and pianist Mary Anne Huntsman alongside the Symphony Orchestra. Starting the evening with a champagne reception at Chrome Hearts Miami to celebrate the opening of the exhibition this time, this place curated by Theo Niarchos with Laurie Lynn Stark & Matt DiGiacomo, guests including Jordan Barrett, Presley Gerber, Virgil Abloh, Elle Macpherson, Gloria Estefan, Theo Niarchos and David Adjaye progressed down to the nearby Palm Court for a live musical program ranging from Classical to Broadway to Rock ‘n Roll.