Outside of Design Miami/, there’s a number of design and architectural landmarks, events and exhibitions to experience around town. Whether you’re a design connoisseur or novice, visiting Miami for the first time or a lifelong resident, here are the highlights of what you should definitely check out the week of the fair.
Charlotte Perriand/ La Maison au bord de l’eau – 1934, Louis Vuitton Tribute
The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Avenue, Beach Gate Entrance at 18th Street, Miami Beach
La Maison au bord de l’eau was designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1934. Internationally renowned for her pioneering designs, Charlotte Perriand also led the way in prefabricated holiday homes. Eighty years after La Maison au bord de l’eau was conceived, Charlotte Perriand’s daughter and Louis Vuitton have teamed up to build this house. Reflecting a generous 1930s utopia that links social needs with architecture, prefabrication technologies and home furnishings, it is a rare example of modern architecture where a house has been designed around the interior scheme and furniture.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
11935 Old Cutler Rd, Miami
Set on 83 acres of lush greenery, Fairchild is an internationally-renowned garden dedicated to the research and conservation of tropical plants (and educating the public about them too). Opened in 1938, the park contains the largest collection of tropical specimens in the world, and it regularly hosts unique art and design installations.
Design at Fairchild
December 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Fairchild will be showing the work of Brazilian woodworker Hugo França. França uses natural materials that are reclaimed from felled, burned, or dead trees, in an effort to create furniture that is sustainable as much as it is astounding.
Monumental seating made from giant Pequi trees from the Brazilian rainforest will be installed in the landscape of Fairchild tropical Garden, creating an awe-inspiring design experience of great scale, out in the open. Curated by Cristina Grajales Gallery in collaboration with R20th Century, the show will reflect that varied influences and rich topography of our tropical metropolis.
Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium
Coral Gables Museum, in the Robert and Marian Fewell Gallery
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
October 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The Miami Marine Stadium, first built in 1963 by a young Cuban architect named Hilario Candela, is a 6,566-seat stadium and gem of Miami’s architectural history. Taking its formal cues from Havana’s Tropicana Nightclub, the stadium hosted seaside concerts, speedboat races, religious services and political rallies. Since Hurricane Andrew, it’s been deemed unsafe and has become a haven of street art. Now with approved plans for a full restoration, there’s a renewed interest in the role the building has had in Miami. Coral Gables Museum presents the first exhibition of its history and artists inspired by the iconic structure.
Read the rest of this must-see list at Design Log/