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CASACOR Miami 2019

CASACOR, the most complete architecture, interior, and landscaping design exhibition in North America, returned to the Magic City launching during Miami Art Week at Brickell City Centre.

This year’s exhibition features an international mix of 20 established and emerging designers, all inspired by sustainability and Miami’s urban infrastructure. Landscape artists have also curated living spaces to allow guests to truly connect with nature while creating a sense of belonging and calmness in the epicenter of Miami’s famed financial district.

Designs showcased at the indoor-outdoor exhibition include the works of Moniomi Design, Allan Malouf, Pininfarina, Jesus Pacheco Studio, Edge Collections, Alberto Salaberri, and Léo Shehtman, who all returned to the event for the second time displaying new designs. Keeping things fresh, CASACOR Miami has added new top-tier designers to its roster. Among these are Ukraine’s rising design firm YODEZEEN, AD100’s 2017 best interior designers Sig Bergamin, and Michelle Haim from award-winning design firm Fanny Haim & Associates, and Cristiana Mascarenhas.

Local talent such as Mr. Alex Tate Design, Guimar Urbina Interiors, B+G Design, Tamara Feldman Design, IG Workshop, Light on White Design Studio, and Studio RODA in collaboration with Odabashian are also showcasing their work at the event.

The design-centric exhibit is open to the public until December 21st with student tickets starting at $20, and regular admission costing $30.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit casacormiami.com.

33rd annual Festival of the Trees

Each year South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for interior architecture education through their annual participation in Festival of the Trees, a fundraising event coordinated by Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department.

Over the past 32 years, this annual holiday event has raised over $350,000 in funds that benefit FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its students.

Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The “trees” are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening. Winning bidders take these extraordinary creations home and get to show them off throughout the year.

Our President, Josh Oberhausen was selected as a judge at this year’s event, along with Hilda Altimari, Art Director of Dacra Miami Design District; Martin Amado, TV Personality; Massimo Casagrande, Director of Education at Marangoni Miami; and Liana Guilarte, Group Publisher for Modern Luxury. The event took place Thursday, November 21st, at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District.

Congratulations to the winners of the 33rd annual Festival of the Trees:

Most Colorful: “Candela” by AECOM

Most Animated: “It’s All Relative” by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc.

Most Progressive: “Respirations” by FIU RDF Lab

Most Sustainable: “Cross-Cultural Headgear” by TSAO Design Group

Most Creative: “Layers Through Time” by G. Alvarez Studio, Inc.

Most Elegant: “Glitz” by HKS Architects, Inc.

Most Whimsical: “Hold My Memphis” by CallisonRTKL

Most Illuminating: “Depths of Deco” by Gresham, Smith, & Partners

Most Thematic: “Games Archiving Games” by OBM International

Honorable Mention (Creative): “Carousel Through Time” by Cube 3

Honorable Mention (Thematic): “Vessel” by Stantec

Honorable Mention (Colorful): “Copasetic” by Zyscovich Architects

ICA Miami & Stantec Presented Climate Change, Art, and Architecture Panel Discussion

On Thursday, October 10th, ICA Miami in collaboration with Stantec hosted a discussion panel on Climate Change, Art, and Architecture. The event took place at the Miami Design District Palm Court.

Continuing ICA Miami’s dedication to understanding urgent environmental issues, this panel explored how anthropogenic effects apply pressure to architectural design and cultural production. It was led by renowned architectural critic Beth Dunlop. Panelists included John Malueg, manager of Stantec’s resiliency program; David Rifkind, interim chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University; Elizabeth Wheaton, City of Miami Beach’s Director of the Environment & Sustainability Department; and Xavier Cortada, environmental artists and Professor of Practice at the University of Miami.  The panel also explored the concept of resiliency and the role of architects and artists in mitigating cultural, social, and environmental degradation.

Luxury Living’s First US Showhouse with Design Force Miami

Last week OBR was invited to celebrate the opening of Luxury Living Group’s first US showhouse, which they plan to replicate in Los Angeles and New York. Each showcase will include the work of local designers. The inaugural showhouse dubbed THE RESIDENCE featured interiors designed exclusively by Design Force Miami – a self-formed interior design group that is breaking new ground in a fiercely competitive industry.

These eight talented professionals featured selections from the latest collections from Luxury Living’s full roster of exquisite brands – including FENDI Casa, Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa, Heritage and Paul Mathieu. The group of designers who are defying industry standards have joined forces and developed a support network to share their expertise, industry knowledge, and favorite trends.

“We are honored and excited to have been chosen by Luxury Living to create such a unique environment showcasing the finest design brands the market has to offer. Design Force Miami has envisioned a stylish, luxurious vacation home for a well-traveled, international family that will be ideal for their casual lifestyle, as well as for formal entertaining,” says Giselle Loor Sugerman.

Luxury Living also invited Miami Design District partners to collaborate on the project: Orlean has provided the wallcoverings, Emilio Robba designed the permanent florals, and Opera Gallery curated the fine art.

The event took place on Wednesday, July 17th, at THE RESIDENCE in the Design District. The showhouse will be open through December 2019 to both designers and end-users alike. The space represents a rare opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the true Luxury Living experience.

OBR Marketing Gains McKenzie as New Client

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is proud to announce the addition of McKenzie to its premier client list. McKenzie is a boutique Miami-based design, construction and custom fabrication firm that works with some of the most recognizable brands and high-end residences throughout the South Florida area. Their work reflects their passion for creating beautiful projects and spaces that improve the quality of life for those who utilize and inhabit them. They provide high-quality construction and craft fabrication services while implementing sustainable building practices whenever possible.

Whether working with an outside architect’s design or constructing an in-house design-build project created by one of their architects, McKenzie strives to make the built product as beautiful as its original concept. Their projects in construction and craft showcase their love for working with wood, metal and concrete.

McKenzie’s most recent works include the design and construction of Michael Schwartz’s latest concept, Genuine Pizza. Part of Genuine Hospitality, Genuine Pizza was formerly known as Harry’s Pizzeria. The new outpost officially opened its door inside Aventura Mall’s new expansion wing early December and is part of a multi-city expansion to 18 new locations – all of which are scheduled to be designed by McKenzie.

McKenzie also worked with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to install a modular sun shade and seating system made from steel and colored glass in Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017. The permanent cloud-like canopy connects Paradise Plaza and Palm Court.

Additionally, McKenzie is serving as the executive architect and general contractor for Central Fare, a 50,000 square-foot food hall located at MiamiCentral. McKenzie is coordinating the design, construction and millwork of the project, and construction on Central Fare is slated to be completed by spring 2018.

Stay tuned to learn more about McKenzie’s upcoming projects.

Amicon Construction: Building the New Miami Design District

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The Miami Design District is undergoing a complete renaissance that will bring together some of the world’s most upscale retailers. Construction teams are working at a rapid pace seven days a week and by 2016, the district is expected to include over 120 luxury brand stores, some of which, will be the first Miami location.

One local construction firm is at the forefront of the Miami Design District’s transformation, Amicon Construction.

Amicon, a leading boutique construction firm in South Florida that specializes in upscale commercial interiors, is currently working on several exciting new projects in the Miami Design District – including Brown Jordan, an iconic leisure furniture brand, Miu Miu, part of the Prada Group, Chrome Hearts, a luxury lifestyle brand, Jason of Beverly Hills, celebrity jewelers and a new retail space on 3711 N.E. 2nd Avenue.

These retailers specifically chose Amicon because of its understanding of the neighborhood, relationships, and local resources that help them save time and money.

For more information on Amicon Construction visit www.amicon.us

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The Wolfsonian Visionaries 3rd Annual Fundraiser, The Art of Illumination


The Wolfsonian Visionaries hosted their 3rd annual fundraising event, The Art of Illumination, to benefit TheWolfsonian–Florida International University. LED light installations from local artists and designers were featured throughout the historic Moore Building in Miami’s Design District and auctioned off at the event. Guests enjoy tastings from Bianca at the Delano, Meat Market, Petit Pois, Pepe Nero, Sweet & Tipsy Cupcakes and Milani Gelateria; dance performance by Dance NOW!; and pop up museum shop designed by Bloom Interior Architecture.  To view photos of the event click here http://worldredeye.com/2012/11/the-art-of-illumination/