Art Miami (www.art-miami.com), Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the City of Miami has partnered with its official host hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Miami to engage interior designer Juan Montoya to design an incredible VIP Lounge at Art Miami’s 22nd edition, which will run November 29 – December 4, 2011.


Inspired by the modern and contemporary artwork showcased annually at Art Miami, Montoya will transform a 2,000-square-foot space that’s located in the epicenter of Art Miami’s state-of-the-art pavilion where VIP collectors, sponsors and art dealers connect to network, entertain and host client meetings.


Sponsored by Mandarin Oriental, one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in the city, the VIP lounge will combine the sophistication of Miami, with the cultural heritage of the Far East — filled with rich, yet muted tones and exotic furnishings from Indonesia.  The centerpiece bamboo sculpture will entice Art Miami VIPs into the interior private seating area for more intimate conversations. A specially created bar topped with custom Indonesian wood will provide the ideal social setting for networking, whilestriking cowhide rugs will blanket the floor, accenting the overall décor.


“Since Art Miami exhibitors display high quality art work, I felt that it was important to give the VIP audience an opportunity to have a place that’s equally as sophisticated so they can discuss art,” Juan Montoya said. “I wanted this space to be unique — something that had not been done before. The statement pieces, furnishings and fabrics all beautifully complement the artwork featured at Art Miami.”


With more than 110 prestigious international galleries participating, Art Miami is a “can’t miss” event for collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts to acquire some of the finest and most important works of art that the contemporary market has to offer.  The fair will include modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United States. Distinguished for its quality, depth, and diversity, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market.


“We are really looking forward to seeing Juan Montoya’s vision of the Art Miami VIP Lounge come to life, courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental, Miami,” said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami.  “Art Miami is truly a venue that inspires artists, collectors and interior designers alike and that’s evident in Juan Montoya’s elaborate design.”

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