Hunk Of Material
by edon ophir
The company that has been taking closet design to the next level since 1986, has extended its trademark style into the kitchen. Linah, Ornare’s line of “smart kitchens,” combines state-of-the-art technology with tailored craftsmanship. “The bold and technologically innovative kitchen was designed to carry on with our main objective, to provide our customers with an architectural space that brought back the feeling of coziness once inspired by these rooms,” Ornare Director Cláudio Faria said. And Ornare fans will be happy to hear that the company has plans to roll out an exclusive bathroom line by December 2009.
The Finnish design company that became famous when Jackie Kennedy Onassis wore one its dresses on the cover of Life magazine in the 1960s, has taken its bold and iconic prints into a whole new arena—wallpaper. The wallpaper collection includes Marimekko’s classic designs as well as its newer prints in a series of 20 patterns produced with Italian wallpaper manufacturer Sipri. Of the three Marimekko concept retailers in the United States, Marimekko Miami is the only showroom to preview and sell the wall coverings. Cristina Dominguez, owner of Marimekko Miami, said that of the customers who come to browse her store’s extensive offerings—which range from home furnishings to women’s, men’s and children’s fashions—one thing has been consistent. “People still want fun in their lives,” she said. “They still want whimsical, bright, happy things.” Marimekko Miami, 3940 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-4244
Having recently relocated to the Design District from Miami Beach, Avant Gallery fuses eclectic art with furniture and accessories through its exhibition of work by distinguished artists across different mediums. New this fall are handmade and high-quality furniture by designers Chad Jenson, Damian Barton and Florida-based design studio Blue Chains Inc. Local and national photographers, whose works range from fashion to architecture, have also recently signed on for upcoming exhibitions. “We’re fortunate to have a lot of exciting and talented people knocking on our doors who passionately wish to be with us,” said Dmitry Prut, Avant Gallery’s founder. Later this fall and during Art Basel/Design Miami, Avant plans to feature an art exhibit by Christopher Ciccone. 3850 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-8873