The History behind the Miami Design District

Over 15 years ago, a Miami native and entrepreneur Craig Robins discovered the potential lying under the Miami Design District and started redefining and acquiring properties in this area. The design district began to juxtapose with a collection of wonderful international artwork, permanent and phenomenon temporary art with design installation, and great restaurants through careful stewardship. LVMH brands and L Real recognized the unique position of the community, culturally located at the vanguard of the international creative industry in central Miami, and combined with Dacca for greater development with luxury retail development that quench customers are craving. This scenario is found in the northern part of the town in a pedestrian-friendly environment less than 10 minutes’ drive from South Beach.

As historical structures were transformed and new buildings erected, design showrooms flocked the district and led by Poliform, Knoll, Holly Hunt, Waterworks, Luminaire Contract, Cassina/Campanella, Ann Sacks, Kartell, British Khaki, and Poltrona Frau. Exhibition spaces and art galleries followed including Artforum, Art Fusion, Diaspora Vibe, Galeria AQUA, Extra Fine Art, The Moore Space, and Salonga Robello Art Gallery. Restaurants naturally followed to create a connective tissue. Because creative talent in the neighborhoods gravitated by design and art, it became logical that architects Chad Oppenheim, Alison Spear, Mather McDonals, HOK, NuHouse, and Iran Issa-Khan would choose to open a photography studio in the district to avoid competition.

Unique spaces soon started opening innovative retailers to present their collections. Today, Marni, Craig Robins, En Avance, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Dior Homme, Agnona, and Prada are open and busy welcoming new neighbors to join the community including Berluti, Hermes, and much more.

The Miami Design District continues to envelope more amazing shops, public art installation, residences and boutique hotel are all planned by all other neighborhoods. A rebirth of the landscape and streetscape of the District planned by Island Planning Corp is underway. Architects around the area have commissioned new buildings. The Sou Fumigator, Aranda/Lasch, Moorhead and Moorhead, K|R, Studio Gang, Iwamoto Scott, SB Architects, Leong, and Leong, are the architects responsible for the unique design in the District. In the recent past, the District became the first LEED ND Gold certified project in Dade County and 33rd in the U.S