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Brief Published: 15 Jan 2018

Art Meets Fashion: Miami Retail Latest

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New luxury flagships and mall expansions have opened at pace in recent months in Miami, which hosted the annual Design Miami/Art Basel event on December 5-10 2017, attracting more than 100,000 visitors. Here’s our pick of the best, with an emphasis on fashion-meets-design/art, residential-style spaces and concierge services such as VIP rooms.

Fashion Meets Design/Art

  • Design District Expansion: Positioned as Miami’s high-end retail, dining and art neighbourhood, 18-block Design District has opened a new phase. Included are new flagships from European luxury brands Gucci, Prada and Joseph, plus New York’s Rag & Bone and LA’s Oliver Peoples.

    The District is now also home to the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), opened in December 2017. Designed by Madrid architects Aranguren + Gallegos, it strengthens the District’s image as a mixed-use cultural destination.
  • Joseph: At 2,600 sq ft, this is the largest US store for European clothing and accessories brand Joseph. Designed by London architects Sybarite, the space is inspired by the curved, local architecture of the 1940s and 50s. Materials include concrete, marble, Corian and brass, with an epic black corkscrew staircase at its centre.
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  • Oliver Peoples: The LA eyewear brand Oliver Peoples hired Milanese architects Dimore Studio for its Design District ‘Spectacle Laboratory’. Occupying a one-level corner building, the 586 sq ft space features floor-to-ceiling shelving inspired by safety deposit boxes. Some of the numbered boxes open to reveal eyewear, while others remain locked. There is also a long, lab-style table with stools at the centre, and a faux-fur-lined shelf that adds warmth and dimension to the linear wall fixtures.
  • In-Sight: This is a first US concept store for Spanish fashion retailer In-Sight, located in the newly opened mid- to high-end Brickell City Centre mall. Designed by Palma-based architects Ohlab, the interior echoes the brand’s binocular glasses logo. This is achieved via 24 floor-to-ceiling white panels placed in parallel along the store’s walls, creating a curved tunnel that also doubles as shelving.
  • Aventura Mall Expansion: A new three-level, 315,000 sq ft wing marks the first phase in a $125m expansion for the long-established Aventura Mall. The clutch of new stores anchoring the wing includes European apparel and accessories chains Zara and Topshop/Topman, plus French luxury brands Chloe and Chanel.

    The mall aims to become an exciting destination for both retail and art. New pieces include sculptures by LA’s Hass Brothers, as well as German sculptor Carsten Höller and Miami-based Permuy Architecture’s Aventura Slide Tower. Visitors can slide down the playful 93ft interactive sculpture.

    For more on malls, see Digitally Immersive Malls and Modernising the Mall.
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Private VIP Rooms

  • Gucci: Creative director Alessandro Michele’s latest design concept for Gucci is played out via this 4,700 sq ft brand temple, laden with eclectic print and pattern. Displaying the full collection of apparel, accessories and home décor over two floors, the store has a dramatic red lacquered staircase that leads up to a selling space including a private VIP room.
  • Rag & Bone: Taking inspiration from its Manhattan roots, menswear and womenswear brand Rag & Bone has opened a two-floor store with a distinctly industrial loft aesthetic. Exposed piping and air-conditioning ducts hang from the ceiling, while the flooring is polished concrete. Simple plywood, reclaimed wood and metal piping are used for fixtures. The store also features a second-floor VIP room. 
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Retail Goes Residential

  • Prada: Original furnishings by Brazilian design practitioners of the Mobiliário Brasileiro movement (1945-1970) populate Prada’s new 7,000 sq ft flagship store. The Italian luxury brand’s two-storey corner location is conceived as an elegant domestic setting, with mint-green walls and checkered marble flooring contrasting with the iconic rosewood pieces – mostly from the personal collection of designer Miuccia Prada.

For more on residential-style spaces, see Retail Domiciles, John Lewis Live-In Concept and Rise of the Apartment Store.

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