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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/