all images © Ryan Troy, World Red Eye
Design Miami 2015 has kicked off on 2th December and will continue till 6 December with pominent architects, artists, talks, exhibitions and installations. Yesterday, Craig Robins, together with Mathieu Le Bozec– on behalf of Dacra and L Real Estate– kickstarted the 2015 Miami Art Week with a tour of the neighborhood's latest luxury flagships and a preview of 2015 art, design and fashion exhibitions. Special guest speakers included curator Jeffrey Deitch and architect and Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Mohsen Mostafavi.
The afternoon began at Dacra offices, where guests surveyed the Craig Robins Collection, a private contemporary art and design collection, before departing on a tour of the neighborhood, which meandered through Paseo Ponti
and Palm Court
. Points of interest included: the recently opened Hermès and Fendi flagships; Snarkitecture's holiday installation; Lenny Kravitz's Flash exhibition; the active installation of Valentino's Mirabilia Romae, an installation by artist Pietro Ruffo, Xavier Veilhan's Le Corbusier bust and the Buckminster Fuller designed Fly's Eye Dome.
Xavier Veilhan's Le Corbusierbust. image courtesy of Miami Design District
The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations.
the Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome installed in Miami District. image courtesy of Miami Design District
Together Dacra and L Real Estate have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context.
Craig Robins speaking in Miami Design District
The vision for a rejuvenated Design District — responsive to its historic, urban and tropical context – was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood comprised of creative experiences.
from left to right: Craig Robins, Mohsen Mostafavi and Jeffrey Dei