Retailers in Miami’s Design District are drawing attention for what’s outside their upscale shops, almost as much as what’s on shelves and in pristine glass cases.
The Miami Herald points out the ongoing trend of mingling merchandise with creative, often unusual, exterior and interior elements. More than 40 luxury and fashion brands have settled into the area, spanning between Biscayne Boulevard and North Miami Avenue, and 38th and 42nd streets. Storefronts bringing transformational changes to the landscape include:
- First free-standing, two-story boutique by Tiffany’s in the Miami market, featuring an abstract interpretation of the famous Atlas figure and an interior paying homage to Miami Art Deco with a back wall mural of jewel and pastel tones. Other features are a curved staircase, polished metal walls and faceted mirrors in the second floor salon.
- Prototype, 2,800-sq.-ft., two-story Zegna boutique with design largely inspired by its global store in Milan and commissioned artwork.
- Art Deco also serves as inspiration at Valentino’s 4,765-sq.-ft. storefront. Only Valentino store to have terrazzo both inside and out, paying homage to the area’s deco movement. Three-story glass facade provides plenty of natural light. Floor in palladiana. Walls and portals framed by gray Venetian terrazzo, with chips of Carrara marble.