By: THE EDITORS
Your friendly guide to the best of autumn.
MAGIC CITY IN CITY OF LIGHTS
This October a Miami-born idea will celebrate a significant milestone when it debuts its first Parisian edition. Design Miami/ Paris will inaugurate its efforts in the French capital to coincide with Paris+ par Art Basel. The fair will take place at L’hôtel de Maisons, located in SaintGermain-des-Prés, a cultural hub that is home to many of the world’s leading collectible design galleries. The program will showcase an international lineup of galleries presenting the very best of historic and contemporary design. “We are committed to the city’s vibrant and multifaceted creative landscape,” explains Jen Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/. “And we hope that the new Paris fair will continue Design Miami’s ongoing mission to bring together our influential community of designers and gallerists, curators and collectors, in celebration of design culture.”
This fall The Shops at Merrick Park welcomes a new and swanky tenant. Louis Vuitton has set up a new Maison which offers a suite of its métiers, including men’s and women’s leather goods, accessories, objects, ready-to-wear, shoes, watches and jewelry, as well as selections from its most exclusive categories like the iconic hard-sided pieces.
Designed to resonate with its verdant surroundings, Louis Vuitton at Coral Gables features an expansive façade with macrame-inspired sliding panels. Inside, a harmonious blend of wood, natural fibers, and refined decorative elements contributes to the resort’s aesthetic.
Fine art and design pieces are a focus throughout the store, with highlights including a commissioned 12ft custom surfboard by LA-based Joshua Martin, a creator of handcrafted fine surfboards, a giclee titled Lemonade by Hawaiian artist Taylor Binda, notable wooden pieces by New York-based designer Andrianna Shamaris, as well as accents from Iranian-French architect and designer India Mahdavi.
BRUNCH OR BUST
Major Food Group and Kith, the cult streetwear label and retail mecca, have partnered once more for the first-ever U.S.-based outpost of Kith for Sadelle’s in Miami Design District. Enduringly popular all-day dining spot, Sadelle’s is serving the best bites (brunch is legendary) on the second floor of Kith’s new-ish Miami Design District flagship. Among its many accolades, Sadelle’s was named an essential brunch destination by Harper’s BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan, and its sticky buns were ranked one of the Best Dishes of 2015 by The New York Times. This being the Centennial of Merch, the two brands have collaborated on a limited-edition Capsule Collection that includes a trucker hat and a range of crew necks, hoodies, and t-shirts exclusive to the Miami Design District location. Judging by their popularity, you should grab the branded goods before they are gone.
Palm Beach style is an expression of sophistication epitomized in the lives and work of architect John Volk and artist-preservationist Jane Volk, who together, conjured up much of the magic that makes this exclusive enclave so vivid. Palm Beach Style: The Architecture and Advocacy of John and Jane Volk by Jane S. Day explores their unique chemistry and the dazzling homes that ensued. As one of the “big five” architects of Palm Beach, John Volk was commissioned during his sixty years of practice to design over 2,000 projects, among them the Royal Poinciana Plaza as well as additions and renovations to the Everglades Club. Jane Volk was an influential voice largely through her service on the commission and as an accomplished artist. Their collaborative effort illustrated in this beautiful tome from Rizzoli sheds light on the role they both played in conjuring the spell with which Palm Beach continues to enchant.
ROCK THAT BOAT
It was only a matter of time before one of Miami’s most bodacious waterfront spots got into the maritime shenanigans. Alas, over the summer Kiki on the River has launched its newest amenity, Kiki at Sea, a luxury yacht experience available for private charters. The stunning, and staffed, 70-foot Kiki motor yacht features four staterooms, three dining areas, marble bathrooms and a super flybridge with a retractable roof. There are three levels to spread out on, with a forward deck for sunbathing and sightseeing.
The team tailors the charter for every occasion, from food and beverage to entertainment and watersports. Departing from its Miami River location, Kiki at Sea’s curated itineraries highlight Miami’s most iconic spots like Marine Stadium, Star Island, Monument Island, Millionaire’s Row, Stiltsville and Fisher Island. As all waterways lead back to Kiki on the River, the journey’s final toast may take place at Miami River’s most legendary destination.
PAMM’s Coming to Fruition is an intriguing journey into the world of Jason Seife, a Miamian of Cuban and Syrian descent, whose art practice centers on his Middle Eastern heritage, referencing Persian carpets and the intricate details found in mosques and traditional Islamic art. Seife digitally designs these compositions, which play with his Syrian and Cuban pedigree, mirroring weavers’ practice of associating patterns or colors with specific locations and communities. Seife subsequently hand-paints these intricate patterns onto a concrete slab or canvas. The overall effect recalls a phenomenon common to both Cuba and Syria: beautifully painted buildings that have been reduced by war or neglect to their wood and concrete shells.
Be sure to confront Seife’s secular meditation on desecration, community and identity on view until August 2024.