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Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami

Caleido shares the Travel diary of Irene Arescaldino, set designer, stylist and interior designer. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary, that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here

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Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
1. If you were to write a Travel diary from Miami, experienced as a design-lover, what would your title be? What does this title mean to you?

Three days in a whirlwind of art, glamour and picturesque exaggerations.” The buzz of art week is palpable in every corner of Miami. The famous kermesse of Art Basel Miami colonizes parks, beaches, clubs, hotels and warehouses. The visit to Design Miami was overwhelming and the visit to the Beach Convention Center, a contemporary art exhibition location, was inspiring. My eyes were captured by the color and shapes, materials and transparencies: an immersive experience in art and design that marked the 72 hours of my stay. It was a whirlwind three days, alternating installations, museum visits, showcases, evening parties: each event is created and conceived ad hoc by artists and/or designers. The Design District is the extension of this kermesse: the district is characterized by stores and galleries and among them there are unexpected spaces designed by artists and/or designers: sculptures, inflatable micro-architectures and pergolas. Each designer has interpreted the genius loci of Miami for the creation of his stores: walking in the neighborhood, you can see a patchwork of facades of great effect. Three days characterized by a mix of cultures, art, glamour, elegance, kitsch, eclecticism and exaggeration.

Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
2. If you were in Miami right now, who would you send a postcard to? What message would you write?

I would send the postcard to Will Smith: his 90’s catchphrase well describes the unique mix of this city: skyscrapers in typical American style frame villas with gardens, the Art Deco district glows in its neon, the lifeguard towers in pop colors stand out against the clear blue sky; color, fusion and new trends blend perfectly in this Magic City. In the end, Miami is what you expect. Even the first time you go there. Because you already have it in your mind. A city with surprising sides and terribly predictable corners. Some stereotypes are tailor-made with a precision that leaves you stunned. Miami is aware of this, it is immersed in an incomparable atmosphere thanks to a dynamic mix of cultures that coexist in a fascinating tropical setting. The hub of Miami Beach glows in pastel colors lit by neon signs, art deco elements adorning hotels and buildings. Under the arcades, huge cocktails enliven the evenings. In the end I couldn’t resist… and I went to Diner‘s like all the tourists!

Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami

Ph. Irene Arescaldino

3. What is an object of yours that reminds you of Miami? What is the memory attached to it? Can you send us a photo taken by you?

I loved walking down the streets of Miami and I loved more the street-wear of the people who usually go there: so less elegance and more informality. I admired the multicolor, the tropical prints, the Hawaiian style shirts, the leopard print micro-dresses of the bartenders in the glam clubs. The object is actually a garment: a shirt – bermuda suit with tropical prints by Mavrans (mavrans.com).

Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami

Ph. Irene Arescaldino

Postcard by Irene Arescaldino: Miami
Ph. Irene Arescaldino
Irene Arescaldino is a professional who deals with creative consulting. The heart of her work is designing: from big to small, from container to content; intervening in space in a permanent or temporary way, moving from set design to styling, from interior to retail, from the suggestions of a shop window to the creation of site-specific events. The experience gained in architecture, design and styling studios have allowed his creative growth and the possibility to develop a multidisciplinary and eclectic approach: a continuous dialogue between different inspirations, combining research and creativity. The works are characterized by the rigor of vision, combining geometric abstractions and contamination between different contemporary languages, weaving coherent and allusive relationships between objects, light and space.

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