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The DESIGN Issue

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TRAVEL “HERE IN MIAMI THERE’S AN UNDERCURRENT OF EUROPEAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN SENSIBILITIES THAT PREVENT ANYTHING DECORATIVE BECOMING TOO OVER THE TOP” oversee the commissioning and curatorial direction for public art projects but also to put the current art trend into historical context. “It’s important to acknowledge that an art scene was blossoming in Miami prior to the arrival of the fair,” she adds. “Our public art programme was established in 1973 and is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Its collection consists of over 700 works sited throughout the County by internationally recognised and Miami-based artists.” It’s not just the visual arts that Miami is now celebrated for: Design Miami started in 2005 and the city has an excellent year-round calendar including an international book fair and film festival and the renowned Winter Music Conference for dance music and DJs. Miami’s proximity to Cuba and South America means you hear Spanish spoken everywhere, and the influx of money from the Latin countries has kickstarted a very visible property boom in residential towers, hotels and public art venues. Of the latter, Reddick acknowledges that there has been a far-sighted policy: “For more than a decade, cultural facilities such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Frost Museum of Science and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center were being planned as part of the County’s capital construction programme.” With these new arts venues, public buildings and landmarks, comes the opportunity to also turn Miami into the continent’s architectural hotspot. Already home to the world’s greatest collection of art deco buildings, this is a city bursting with new ‘starchitect’ projects including Herzog & de Meuron’s Pérez Art Museum Miami, Frank Gehry’s centre for the New World Symphony and works by Buckminster Fuller, Zaha Hadid, Isay Weinfeld, Bjarke Ingels and local firm Arquitectonica. It’s a city where even modern car parks have become arty. Witness the elegantly concrete multi-storey from Herzog & de Meuron – 1111 Lincoln Road – which features a fashion boutique slap bang in the middle of the 5th floor, plus penthouse apartments. Across town, you’ll find a massive John Baldessari art installation on a gleaming new metal-clad car park in the Design District, a large swathe of 18 blocks, which since 2007 has been the long-term vision of developer Craig Robins. 38 j THE DESIGN ISSUE

WHERE ART AND ARCHITECTURE MERGE The Wynwood neighbourhood (below & bottom right) is famed for its street art, cafes and galleries. Left: The car park at 1111 Lincoln Road designed by Herzog & de Meuron AMANDA FRAGA, BEVERAGE MANAGER, MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK “We’ve been here at the Design District since 2007 and have seen Miami follow our lead with a farm-to-table food culture. It’s because Florida has such a long growing season and we have so many international cuisine influences. Other places to check out include Brickell, which has a lot of new restaurants, and Wynwood to grab a beer or coffee.” It’s the height of urban commercial regeneration, turning undesirable warehouses into flagship stores for Hermès, Tom Ford and Bulgari with a liberal sprinkling of fantastic public art. By the time, the third and final phase will be fully realised next year, there’ll be 160 stores and art galleries open. Craig Robins has also insisted that the public art on view matches the retail options to provide a comprehensive cultural destination, and this is something he acknowledges is key to Miami’s visual legacy. “There have long been great collectors here – Ella Cisneros, Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and Norman and Irma Braman are great examples – who made Miami their home because of the quality of life the city offers or converging business interests,” he explains. “Those private collections, which have been amassed over many decades, have started to be shared very liberally in our local museums and with the creation of collecting buildings, like the de la Cruz Collection in the Miami Design District. This private leadership is part of what encouraged Art Basel’s Sam Keller to choose Miami as the venerable show’s second location. And as we know, the arrival of Art Basel catapulted Miami forward as a hub of art and design in the public consciousness.” If Miami is where North America meets South America, then the epicentre of it can be found in a brand new neighbourhood in the formerly unfashionable Mid-Beach. Encompassing six blocks adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, the Faena District is an ambitious undertaking, masterminded by Argentinian hotelier, Alan Faena. This new district comprises eight buildings: A fully-automated car park that works like a massive vending machine; an upscale shopping bazaar; the Faena Forum, a performance and arts centre designed by Rem Koolhaas and his OMA; three residential towers; a guesthouse called Casa Claridge’s, the only Spanish colonial building left in the area, and the landmark Faena Hotel, which has rejuvenated the former Saxony Hotel. Still very much an area under construction, the hotels and first residential tower THE DESIGN ISSUE j 39

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Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.


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