High End Shopping Meets Funky Galleries In Design District
Designed by Craig Robins, Miami Florida Design District originally called Buena Vista, has some exquisite little shops in its creative neighborhood. Way back in the 1920s, this area was a pineapple plantation sold by T.V. Moore, who then began building the neighborhood in the 1930s. He had help from Richard Plummer, an interior designer who worked for a wealthy clientele. Buena Vista became a mecca for home furnishings until the 1980s when the economy hit it hard and other developments pulled away the customers.
It was at this point that Craig Robins saw great potential for the neighborhood, so he joined the original pair of entrepreneurs and began buying up warehouse properties in the 1990s. The Design District is an 18 square block, which was started by Robins when he began trying to revitalize the Design District for design and home furnishings. Robins did not want to cater to the trades’ people, for he wanted the area open to the public.
Design brands and art collections were the beginning. Dacra was soon joined by Holly Hunt, Waterworks, Ann Sacks, and Poltrana Frau. Art galleries and exhibitions such as Art Fusion, Etra Fine Art, and The Moore Space were built. Architects followed the creative glow of the Design Center. Soon studios were opened by Alison Spears, Chad Oppenheim, and Matthew McDonald. Restaurants and retailers jumped on board. Just a few of the retailers are Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Prada.
The Miami Design District is still growing and still bringing the famous names to shop, to play, and to do business. It is 2.8 miles south of downtown Miami and 5 miles from the Miami International Airport. Loewe Foundation is doing a solo exhibition of photographer Tina Modotti, 1896 – 1942, who was regarded as a muse, actress, or femme fatale. The fourth annual Sunbrella Future of Shade exhibition is in full swing. They are partnered with Architizer, on online community of architects and designers. The categories for the competition are Building Shade, Humanitarian, and Wellness Garden. There is a $10,000 prize for each category. The Building Shade Competition will be creating a new public shaded place for Paradise Plaza