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.
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!
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).
Ph. Irene Arescaldino