With Maison&Objet Americas returning to Miami May 10-13, all eyes are swiftly turning to the Magic City for inspiration, beauty, and the best in design. Today 9 Designers describes their Miami Inspirations. We find on Dering Hall nine Florida-based designers telling about their take on what makes the city so special and where they go to find their creative muses.Miami Design Agenda is happy to share with you.
Bil Taylor of Taylor&Taylor
Miami-based architects and designers have always had the good fortune of being able to wander through the grounds and gloriously detailed rooms of one of the most exuberant homes ever built in America, and arguably the entire world.Villa Vizcaya, John Deering and F.Burrall Hoffman’s extraordinary tribute to European design as well as their own influences, has been open to the public now for almost 50 years and has literally served as a fountain of inspiration to all who have visited it.
For me, Miami is a constant reminder of the importance of combining the old and the new, along with the essential elements of multiculturalism. I gather inspiration from Villa Vizcaya to the most humble Art Deco buildings of South Beach to the heady theatricality of Morris Lapidu’s Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels to the cutting edge art galleries and artful shops in the Miami Design District.
I love going to the Pérez Museum. To me it is the epitome of Miami – the architecture is modern, yet warm and zen. The outdoors is incoporated into the interior with the rows of hanging plants. And sitting on the swings looking at the water is totally inspitational – it’s part of what makes Miami so special.
Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis
I admire the fames graffiti park at The Wynwood Walls fot the raw and vibrant creativity you can see there. On the other extreme, I adore The Kampong, which is a ten-acre garden on Biscayne Bay at the former home of Marion and David Fairchild. The grounds are verdant with tropical species from all over the world and a canal that’s home to manatees. It truly represents the yin and yang of life in Miami.
Beth Geduld, of Renovation Room
As a showroom owner, I’m fortunate to live in Golden Beach. The sparkle of the ocean and the beautiful dunes of seagrass and grape leave trees inspire me every day. The hues of the ocean’s horizon gives me inspiration for soft, organic colors hat I translate into my designs. In terms of landmarks, the St. Regus Bal Harbor Hotel delivers a vivd combination of sophistication, arhcitecture, and colors, while the interior design work of Yabu Pushelberg never ceases to amaze me.
Nisi Berryman, of Niba Home
Miami always wows me with its spectacular light and rich, living land/seascape. Miami artist Michele Oka Doner interprets this natural world in especially iconic and elegant ways. Her half-mile long A Walk on the Beach at Miami International Airport features thousands of bronze sealife forms inlaid into dark terrazzo and mother of pearl surf, which never fails to inspire me when I’m traveling.
Jeannette de las Casas, of Home and Details
As a multicultural city that’s always growing in every direction, Miami itself inspires me. Art, architecture, and design are everywhere you turn. But most of all, the sea and sun are sources of constant and pure energy for me.
Miami is all about the natural world for me. The sun, the clouds, the sky, the ocean, and the beach all inform my sensibilities and inspire my designs
Sandra Diaz, of Eolo A&I Design
At the Pérez Art Musuem, I find inspiration everywhere. I can sit for hours at the cafe and be inspired by the building’s architectural design and how it plays into the surrounding landscape and seaside views. Of course, the amazing and innovative exhibitions always keep me coming back as well.