Kamir Abud opens his first Designer Casa showroom in Wynwood.
After a successful yet unfulfilling stint as a marketing executive, Karim Abud opted out to pursue his dream of creating chic, modern, organic furniture. With the launch of Designer Casa in Wynwood last spring, his dream is happily unfolding. The first showroom of its kind in the arty neighborhood, Designer Casa has quickly become a favorite for its inspired, unique pieces, including leather sofas and chairs and dining tables and consoles made of salvaged wood from Thailand or Bali. 2621 NW Second Ave., Retail 26, Miami, 786-449-0416
Since founding Luxe Interior Design and Finishing, Reginald Dunlap has been making waves with innovative projects that range from high-end residences to boutique hotels—even a hospital that caters to the rich and famous. With a penchant for mixing contemporary elements with antiques to cultivate highly personalized spaces that transcend time and place, Dunlap says “earth tones are becoming the trend now, so softening the whites with white or gray wood washes, linens, and brass tones is stunning for the beach.” 2800 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 530, Miami, 305-456-9048
Launched last year during Art Basel by Miamibased furniture dealer Alberto Guerrero and his Parisian partner, Bertil Espegren, the Bertil Bernhardt gallery offers luxe, vintage, mid- to late-20th-century furniture and accents from the most celebrated designers of the period, including Paul Evans, Arne Jacobsen, Tommi Parzinger, Carlo Scarpa, and Kaare Klint, whose stylish, sexy pieces are now regularly sought at the gallery by eager collectors, including Lenny Kravitz and members of the Fendi family. 8650 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 20, Miami, 917-586-0687
Inspired by the Languedoc vase originally designed by Rene Lalique in 1929, Lalique’s recently released Languedoc collection includes the vase in three sizes, plus two bowls, several Cynara and Agave vases, and a Hirondelles decanter. Available in green, violet, gray, and clear crystal, as well as a limited-edition of 99 pieces in bronze crystal, the chic iconic pieces range in price from $995 to $24,000. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-537-5150; lalique.com
Even die-hard Miami modernists sometimes crave a dose of gravitas that only handcraftsmanship and history can bring. Azhar's Oriental Rugs brims with possibilities for anyone in search of a rich and colorful counterpoint to sleek, modern spaces, and it offers classic options for those with more traditional tastes. With a vast array of rugs, from casual dhurries and kilims to soumaks and gabbehs cherished by collectors and connoisseurs, the longtime Miami-based merchant has something for everyone. 10175 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305-666-3451
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY RODRIGO MORENO (DESIGNER CASA)