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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.

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

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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 Hospitality Design Awards Announces 2019 Call for Entries

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The American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association and Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations has announced its call for entries for the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards. Project owners and licensed architects and designers with hospitality projects in Miami-Dade County are invited to register through Jan. 25, 2019, but please note that a license architect must be a part of the team. Submission uploads will be due by Feb. 22, 2019.

Categories for the 2019 awards include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and bars, and for the first time this year, food halls are welcome to submit and be recognized as well.

The awards will take place on April 3, 2019 at The Miami EDITION hotel. To enter, and for more information on the award categories and criteria, please visit www.miamidesignawards.com

Miami Center for Architecture & Design Moves into New Space

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The Miami Center of Architecture & Design recently celebrated the grand opening of its new space. Located at 310 SE 1st St., it is in the heart of Downtown Miami, bringing visibility to the organization, and the design and build of the environment.

With community meeting space and educational programs, MCAD is the place for anyone who is interested in enhancing their appreciation for the city’s vibrant and unique architecture and design. MCAD is home to AIA Miami as well as the Downtown Miami Welcome Center, in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Welcome Center is everything Miami – cultural events, attractions, maps, history and more.  MCAD educates the public through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series and other programs that aim to reveal the richness of design in Miami.

To stay up to date with MCAD’s events. Visit https://miamicad.org/.

Miami’s Inaugural Hospitality Design Awards

Call for entries!

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, alongside AIA Miami and the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), is now accepting entries for the inaugural Miami Hospitality Design Awards. Project owners and licensed architects and designers from anywhere in the world with hospitality projects located in Miami-Dade County completed between January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016, are invited to enter through January 20, 2017.

In recent years, Miami has experienced unprecedented growth in the hospitality sector. Supported by some of the world’s leading brands and through the work of their architecture and design partners, they have unleashed the most significant, visionary hospitality built environments in the country.

“The awards will showcase excellence in architecture, elevate public consciousness of great design, and recognize those architects, designers, construction partners and hospitality venues whose work enriches our built environment,” said Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Vice President, AIA Miami.

“With our support and that of AIA Miami, Oberhausen Marketing & PR and Hospitality Design magazine, the awards will recognize the wonderful diversity and design excellence that continues to put Miami’s hospitality industry on the world map,” said Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO, GMBHA.

Hospitality projects include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and bars.

Winners will be announced during a grand event on March 6, 2017, at the world-renowned Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Hospitality Design magazine.

To enter, and for more information on the award categories and criteria, please visit miamidesignawards.com.

Josh Oberhausen Featured in Wolfsonian Museum’s ePropaganda

Josh Oberhausen, Partner, Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum Visionaries member, is featured in The Wolfsonian’s latest ePropaganda e-newsletter.

The Wolfsonian Visionaries, formed nine months ago, is a group brought together by their shared enthusiasm for The Wolfsonian collections and for design generally in its diverse manifestations. As ambassadors to the greater community, the group will develop exciting events, create networks of enthusiasts, and help raise funds to support Wolfsonian exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions. www.wolfsonian.org

To view entire interview, click this link: http://tinyurl.com/3fb675z