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Wesley Kean Tells Indulge The Story Behind His Latest KoDA Design, Apizza Brooklyn

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Photo By: Nick Garcia

Award-winning architecture and design firm, KoDA, practices design with ambition for its clients  and optimism for the world. Led by Principal and Founder Wesley Kean, he uses analysis and research to inform create the design of distinctive buildings, landscapes, interiors and experiences.

One of KoDA’s recent projects, the new Apizza Brooklyn restaurant in Coral Gables, is perhaps a perfect illustration of the firm’s research-based design process. Kean and his associates took on quite a bit of in-depth analysis, diving deep into the company’s brand and figuring out how the firm could communicate that vision through spatial configurations, materials and menu design. KoDA even read the restaurant’s online reviews.

“This process allowed us to distill the brand down to its essence, and build and evolve it back into the space,” Kean said.

Their findings led them straight to a familiar icon.

“The brand is very tied to New York, so we spent a lot of time evaluating the city,” Kean said. “The instinct is to jump to subway tile or brick, but we took a step back and asked ourselves, ‘What’s truly synonymous with New York?’ And we just knew we had to go with a scaffolding concept.”

To read more on Kean and his process of design, visit INDULGE Miami.

Miami’s Italian Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Anniversary Gala

Laura Larsen, Bisazza's architectural promoter, and Josh Oberhausen of Oberhausen Marketing & PR

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Miami recently held their 20th Anniversary Gala at the Coral Gables Country Club.  The chamber recognized Bisazza, the top luxury producer of glass mosaic, and several other Italian businesses for their extraordinary impact on the South Florida Community, as well as the Southeastern US at large. Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations joined the lovely Laura Larsen, architectural promoter for Bisazza, in the celebration that included a delicious dinner, dancing and silent auction.