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our neighborhoods: sobe

Since 1870 when 165 acres sold for 75¢/acre to grow cocoanuts, or when a plot of land was deeded to anyone willing to build a home on it in 1916, South Beach hasn’t changed so much as it’s evolved. In the southernmost section of Miami Beach and bordered on the north end by Indian Creek and Dade Boulevard, SoBe is rich with living history.

In the early 1900s, a 12-hour overnight cruise to Havana could be booked for as little as $2.00 one-way. Residents and developers brought back the Latin flavor to cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, casinos— all of the above, combined with a carnival spirit, earned Miami the title ‘The American Riviera’ and Lincoln Road became known as the ‘Fifth Avenue of the South’.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessarConsidering its link with the past and present, time capsules seem fitting for SoBe. So to mark the world premiere of “The Glenn Miller Story” —which opened in 3 theatres including the Miracle—it’s rumored one was buried as a publicity stunt by the lead actor, Jimmy Stewart, in front of a theatre on Lincoln Road.

And this past December during Art Basel, guests were invited to share anything reflecting Miami Beach life—from photos to original works of art, vintage menus or classic souvenirs—for the The Time Capsule 2029 project.

Not only did Miami Vice give us Don Johnson’s memorable fashion trends, it’s somewhat credited with a revitalization of the Art Deco area having been filmed on-location in the late 80s. Today the neighborhood’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America.

It all started in the early 30s when Brooklyn educated architect Henry Hohauser, best known for his work in the Nautical Moderne style, became one of the most prominent architects in the area. Strongly influenced by the 1933 World’s Fair and the Chrysler Building, some of his projects included the Cordozo, Colony, Century, Park Central and Essex House hotels.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessar photo courtesy of: totalAldophoto courtesy of: schuey

photo courtesy of: marcin wichary

In 1964 Jackie Gleason moved his television show to 1700 Washington Avenue and every week the show opened with these now famous words: “From the sun and fun capital of the world, Miami Beach, it’s The Jackie Gleason Show!”. For over 50 years The Jackie Gleason Theater has been a performance hall for contemporary entertainers and its Broadway series, and home to the city ballet— it even features a “walk of stars” outside the box office.

SoBe is famous for attracting sun-worshipers from all over the world and nightlife that’s a mix of Spanish, Cuban—and Hollywood. For today’s cuisine, check out Doraku Sushi and Ice Box Cafe where they serve on CB2 dinnerware.


designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!

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