In conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2012, the Miami Design District will stage a program of events and exhibitions that mix design, culture, fashion and performance and 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.


Highlights of this year’s programming include:


  • Architecture for Dogs installation featuring 12 leading architects
  • ORCHID, a nomadic contemporary circus and entertainment experience with art direction by William Baker, installation design by Luis Pons and culinary program by chef Michelle Bernstein
  • Design Miami/ Designer of the Year exhibition dedicated to Acconci Studio
  • Hermès limited edition collection with contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Deflated Villa, an art installation and Miami real estate commentary by Miami designer Luis Pons


“I am delighted with the caliber of programming we will be bringing to the Miami Design District during Art Basel and Design Miami/. This year we are showcasing a truly diverse range of events in the Miami Design District with leading fashion brands exhibiting alongside creative installations from the worlds of design, performance and art – creating this mix and cultural dialogue is exactly what the neighborhood is all about,” says Craig Robins, President of Dacra.





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.   There will be a Press Preview from 12-2pm on Wednesday 5th December.




Design Miami/ Designer of the Year – Acconci Studio: Here/There, Now/Later

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 to December 31st.



155 NE 40th St.

Kartell will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the iconic Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck at its Miami showroom.


Poltrona Frau- Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon

3800 NE Miami Court

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.




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.


shopBazaar Presented by Harper’s Bazaar

Buena Vista Building

180 NE 39 Street, Suite 107

ShopBAZAAR is the first-ever content-to-commerce venture. Invented, operated, and edited by Harper’s BAZAAR, the brand-new site will come to life with a pop-up shop featuring private style consultations from BAZAAR editors, BAZAAR Bespoke, a day of luxurious custom fashion, cocktails and food and an unforgettable digital experience.


Louis Vuitton – Objets Nomades

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.



MarniL’ Arte Del Ritratto

3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 100

Marni will host a two-part exhibition linking the presentation of a limited edition collection of 125 chairs in addition to the collaboration with photographer and filmmaker, Francesco Jodice. The chairs were used as the backdrop for a series of portraits featuring the different teams and departments at Marni’s headquarters in Milan, Italy. The project is in homage to them and the process has been captured on film, depicting the photographer’s experience in creating the portraits.





Deflated Villa by Luis Pons

79th NE 41 St.

After presenting the 2005 Fabulous Floating Villa critiquing Miami’s aggressive real estate culture, Miami-based architect and designer Luis Pons has created a follow up art installation, Inflated Villa, in a vacant lot originally intended for development in the Miami Design District. A commentary society’s reaction to the aftermath of the bursting of the real estate bubble, it reflects the deflation of our egos that occurred along with the plummeting value of our homes. The fragile structure will resemble an organism that is breathing rhythmically in and out, in sharp contrast the unfinished tempered steel columns on the unused site which house it. The Private View is on Monday 3rd December.


Muñoz and Company Presents Mestizo City
81 NE 40th Street
Mestizo City, created by San Antonio-based designer and social activist, Henry R. Muñoz III, is a 6,700 square-foot site-specific installation representing the vibrant and varied Latino culture and its growing influence in the United States. The recent Presidential election marked the historic Latino impact on the election outcome. Mestizo City in a timely way explores this recent demographic shift. The installation incorporates and wittily reinterprets some of the most recognizable visual and social elements associated with the Latino culture: inflatable structures, a taco truck, Jarritos bottles, bright colors, informal concepts of space and street art. Muñoz envisions a Latino imprint on U.S. design culture and Mestizo City, born of Mestizo Regionalism, an emerging architectural sensibility, which encompasses the realities of daily life as it is lived along the Texas-Mexico border, will stimulate debate over the different modes of incorporating Latino culture in the design world. The Press Preview will take place Thursday, December 6 from 6:30-10 PM. Installation will be on view from December 7-8, 11:00AM – 6:00PM.



3800 Biscayne Blvd.

ORCHID is an exotic pop culture-infused cabaret and entertainment experience fusing design, high-fashion, performance art, music and food. Part Moulin Rouge and part Cabaret, ORCHID is contemporary throwback to the “pleasure gardens” of the 19th century organized by renowned director William Baker, who has worked with everyone from Rihanna to Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. Miami based architect and design Luis Pons has created the installation design and James Beard Award winner and celebrated Florida chef Michelle Bernstein will create a special culinary program inspired by old world circus fare, with a contemporary twist.






De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

23 NE 41st Street

The de la Cruz Collection space has been reimagined  with a series of installations. The walls and open space of the first floor with its massive volume will become the the perfect setting for monumental installations and the second floor is transformed into an indoor sculpture garden that brings to mind the public park. And on the third floor, the collection’s most intimate space, features a selection of works that through nature explore themes of fragility and temporality.


Locust Projects

3852 North Miami Avenue

Chicago-based Theaster Gates’ installation Soul Manufacturing Corporation is equal parts factory and art studio. “Skilled makers” occupy four pavilions in Locust Projects’ main gallery, producing “things” such as pottery and music, as the “makers” and audience alike are tended to by a yoga instructor, a DJ, and a lecturer. Wound, Bound, Tied and Knotted-Jacin Giordano presents his first installation incorporating painting and sculpture into the architecture of a space with Wound, Bound, Tied and Knotted. Inspired by the organic dimensionality of the tree branches that form his stretchers, Giorano wraps and weaves multicolored yarn with layers acrylic paint and dye to give the impression of bas-relief sculptures. Out of the Box, The Bus Shelter Project PUBLIC ART- New York-based artist Nicole Eisenman will create a new, site-specific work to be featured on over 30 bus shelters around Miami in November/December 2012.


Mr Andre Saraiva

Buena Vista Building

André gained notice in the late 1990’s with Mr. A, a cartoonish character with a round head, a cross and a circle for his eyes, a big smile and very long legs, which he used to draw all over the streets of Paris. He was part of the early Parisian graffiti scene, and appeared in the Banksy street art movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop. His distinctive style, poetic and joyful, and his use of pink color, has made him stand out among other street/graffiti artists. Andre will utilize the Buena Vista Building to create a special project for 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 owned and visioned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Craig Robins company Dacra, and L Real Estate, a real estate development and investment fund, sponsored by LVMH and Groupe Arnault.


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.

L Real Estate and Dacra are now working to focus the Miami Design District development towards a luxury retail precinct that was missing from Miami¹s shopping choices. The Miami Design District is set on a rapidly evolving into pedestrian-friendly community that will alter the way people shop for design, fashion and art by combining shops, showrooms and cultural exhibitions.

A renaissance of the streetscape and landscape of the District designed by Island Planning Corp is underway. New buildings have been commissioned from architects Aranda\Lasch, K|R, Suo Fujimoto, Moorhead and Moorhead, Iwatmoto Scott, Studio Gang, Leong and Leong, SB Architects and OAB.

L Real Estate
L Real Estate is an equity fund, dedicated to real estate investments with luxury retail components. The fund is managed by a team of real estate professionals specialized in creating and developing luxury retail destinations.  L Real Estate currently has large-scale projects underway in Miami’s Design District, as well as China and Japan.  LVMH is a minority investor in the fund, which also includes as investors a number of other luxury brands, corporates, family offices and institutional investors.


L Real Estate is a 50/50 joint venture partner with Craig Robins/DACRA in the redevelopment of the Miami Design District to create a unique, high-end commerce and culture center with a focus on art, design and fashion.

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