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What to See and Do in the Miami Design District

by Rick Anderson

Unless your blog regimen is even more intense than ours, it can seem almost impossible to keep up with everything that is opening in Miami’s burgeoning Design District . What started with a few blockbuster boutiques has gone viral, bringing seemingly every luxury brand (and their architect of choice) to add their stylish imprint to the swath of streets. So for those headed down south this week for Design Miami or Art Basel, we’ve compiled a list of the latest additions to the neighborhood that you simply can’t miss.

Fendi’s 5,400-square-foot boutique, which opened in early November, is impossible to miss with its fluorescent hued, UV-lit façade created by designer and architect Johanna Grawunder. Inside, artworks by designers Maria Pergay, Thierry Lemaire, and Marc Newson are exhibited amid brick walls, cement floors, and brass shelving. 150 NE 40th Street, Miami; fendiom

Architecture and design firm Snarkitecture will get you in the holiday spirit—Miami style—with its installation of four all-white, 30-foot-long candy canes made from fiberglass and foam that appear to writhe along the walkways in Palm Court and Paseo Ponti.

Louis Vuitton’s Design District store is a sight to see in and of itself with its cool cutout aluminum façade designed by Japanese architects Jun Aoki and Mirei Uchibe. This year, in time for Design Miami, the flagship will celebrate its sleek Objets Nomades collection—a fashionable riff on campaign furniture—with a new piece by Marcel Wanders. 140 NE 39th Street, Miami; louisvuittonom

Tom Ford’s store, which opened in September, cuts a striking silhouette with its angular, pleated concrete façade. Things are just as modern inside, where a mix of granite, marble, ebony, and mirror play host to Ford’s sleek fashions. 103 NE 39th Street, Miami; tomfordom

Stop into Italian furniture brand Minotti's sprawling 10,000-square-foot flagship, which might easily be mistaken for a well-appointed home. 3801 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami; 305-306-9300

Giorgio Armani’s new 5,700-square-foot boutique showcases the brand’s fashions alongside teak tables, mirrored steel, and marmorino walls. 174 NE 39th Street, Miami; 786-501-7215

Inside the historic Moore Building, Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian have curated “Unrealism,” an exhibition of figurative art by creatives including Jeff Koons, Urs Fischer, and Jenny Saville. 191 NE 40th Street, bridgehouseeventom

Check out Miu Miu’s new(ish) Roberto Baciocchi–designed boutique, which features a glass façade backed with a perforated metal curtain. 190 NE 39th Street, Miami; miumiuom

Don’t miss the art! A stroll down the street in the Design District will reveal public installations such as Buckminster Fuller’s futuristic Fly’s Eye Dome , created in 1979, a fiberglass sculpture of Le Corbusier by Xavier Veilhan, and a series of splashy murals by collaborative 2x4. Just make sure you know where to look.

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