When we did the 2011 Travel and Leisure design awards we chose the mixed use space on 1111 Lincoln Road as one of the best cultural spaces.
Gallery, Retail, bar and garage all in one the.I ended last night with cocktails at Juvia on the rooftop. Aside from the twice removed brush with fame (P-Diddy had left his credit card at our table) the space has a stunning view of the city and an unexpected drama.
The rooftop bar was like a miami interpretation of the famous LA Stahl house by Pierre Koenig on steriods. In fact it led me to reflect that there was nothing about Miami that wasn’t like a 10X version of LA. It’s so pumped up it cant possibly be good for you, but impossible not to love.
I worked for an artist for a while who had been the producer for Christo’s curtain piece on the California coast. Going through those files I came across endless photo’s or photo collages of wrapped objects from buildings to chairs. The act of wrapping or coming across something wrapped in our day to day life is such an interesting example of taking something that is known, that we can clearly identify and giving it a little bit of mystery. We still for the most part are likely to be able to identify the object but its suddenly become other. From gifts, to art to people wrapping allows us to take the familiar personal and understandable and make it universal and other.