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Site Specific Performance Series: September Recap
The Miami Design District’s fall rendition of its performing arts series, Site Specific, got off to a wonderful start with three attention grabbing acts.

The first act featured the Avant Garde theatrical troupe, Mad Cat Theatre Company. The Miami Shores-based company, led by Paul Tei, kicked off the evening with a truly site-specific piece inspired by the building in which they played, the Design District's Moore Building. Act two brought the audience the Garden Building's second floor space for a performance presented by the Arsht Center and University of Miami's School of Theatre. The group performed a scene from Peter and the Star Catcher, which will be performed at the Arsht Center throughout October. Act three brought the audience back the Moore Building's second floor space for a funky performance by Bird Road Arts District favorite, Speakfridays.

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Friends and Fashion
Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour along with SocialMiami present THE CUSP EVENT. Guests enjoyed sips and snacks as Neiman Marcus showcased the latest fall trends including luxe jewel tones, daring global chic prints, fall's definitive neutral, and much more.

In preparation for the upcoming CUSP event, the hostess committee participated in a Neiman Marcus photo shoot styled from the CUSP collection. Check out the fall styles and watch behind the scenes coverage to hear in their own words why these hostesses became involved with New World Symphony.

Pictured: Genevieve Guermont in Joie printed top, Haute Hippie feather skirt, Philip Lim leather jacket and Christian Louboutin patent pumps

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Site Specific Performance Series: September Preview
Miami Design District's much beloved performance series Site Specific marks its return on September 20th with three exciting acts. Click through for the complete program, which includes “Rebel Yell” by Mad Cat Theatre Company, a scene from “Peter and the Star Catcher” presented by Arsht Center and UM Department of Theatre Arts, and Bird Road Arts District favorite SpeakFridays.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Todd Glaser
Born and bred in Miami Beach, Todd Michael Glaser is a hometown success story. This Beach High grad has made his mark as a real estate developer and is behind some of Miami’s most significant projects. His most notable project of late is Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum, which appears to be on the fast track to an Art Basel groundbreaking.

Glaser also partnered nine years ago with renowned Miami architect Chad Oppenheim to preserve and renovate the Carl Fisher estate on Miami Beach.

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Ornare Presents Design Talk - Fede Group
Federico Teran of the Fede Design Group is a true original. This charming architect studied his craft in Mexico and was teaching architecture there before changing careers and going into the music business where he helped to launch American acts into the Spanish market.

After working with many big musical acts, Teran relocated to Miami and eventually made the switch back into architecture with the Fede Design Group.

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Ornare Presents Design Talk - Max Eldon Edington
In this installment of Design Talk: Presented by Ornare USA, we meet Max Eldon Edington from Intelligent Construction. Raised and educated in Europe, Max brings some foreign perspective to where Miami stands on the world stage.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Ramon Pacheco
Humble and understated, renowned Miami architect Ramon Pacheco has designed residences for Gloria Estefan, Michael Kane and Univision star, Don Francisco. He has designed more than 90 homes in Coco Plum and more than 20 in Gables Estates. Pacheco also oversees the review process for all incoming projects in those communities.

In this quick two-minute piece shot on location at Ornare in the Miami Design District, we catch a glimpse into Pacheco's creative mindset, his design process and his family values.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Mendez Vela Design
Since 1995 Osirys Mendez has been designing interiors in Miami. The longtime Design District resident recently partnered with Sabrina Vela and the two wonderfully compliment each other to create a powerful interior design company.

We sat down with Mendez and Vela at Ornare, the Brazilian closet and kitchen manufacturer located in the Miami Design District to learn about their design philosophy

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Nikki Baron
Originally from St. Louis, Nikki Baron moved with her family to Miami while still a child and attended Miami Norland Senior High. She later received her MFA from the University of Miami and went on to teach fine arts.

Baron enjoyed teaching but yearned to work professionally and after owning a home accessories and antique store for several years, she ventured into design and opened Baron Design Studio from her home. As her business grew, Baron could no longer work and live at the same location and chose the Miami Design District to set up shop and has remained there.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Helene Hollub
Hollub Homes is a true Miami original. Now in its 60th year, the Coral Gables-based builder of luxury, single family homes is headed siblings Helene Hollub and Harry Hollub, children of founder Marvin Hollub.

SocialMiami sat down with Helene at Ornare, the renowned Brazilian closet and kitchen manufacturer located in the Miami Design District.

Helene shared with us the great pride she has for her family business. She also provided an honest glimpse into the obstacles that she overcame as a woman first entering the contracting business.

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Abstract Linear by Chris Dudot
“Art at the James” is a signature program of The James Royal Palm. The initiative commissions Miami artists to create works for the hotel that embody the brand’s “Luxury Liberated” theme.

The latest artist to be commissioned is street artist and City of Miami firefighter, Chris “Dewerks” Dudot. The James commissioned Dudot to create a series of elevator installations using a style that he refers to as abstract linear.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Jaya Kader Zebede
Brazil has more to celebrate than the World Cup as Ornare, the luxury closet and kitchen manufacturer located in the Miami Design District, hosted four of Miami's top names in the architectural, interior design and construction community for a little one-on-one with SocialMiami.

In this edition of Design Talk, we discuss theory with Jaya Kader Zebede. The Harvard educated architect heads up KZ Architecture located at the Iron Side campus. An enlightened woman, Zebede is on a constant quest for knowledge and brings this passion to her creative process.

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Take a Walk in Her Shoes
In this documentary short, SocialMiami captures the essence of Chapman Partnership’s annual "Take a Walk in Her Shoes" luncheon - the mission of Chapman Partnership, the one-of-a-kind and elegant affair, the honorees, the leaders and the vintage fashion show styled by Danny Santiago and highlighting Chanel.

Featured interviews include: Laurie Jennings, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Bronwyn Miller, Irene Korge, Trish Bell, Danny Santiago and Migna Sanchez-Llorens.

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VIDEO: Everybody Drinks the Same Water
Many people talk about supporting local artists and Miami Theater Center has presented the perfect opportunity with an original production co-written and directed by hometown favorite Stephanie Ansin.

Set in ancient Spain, Everybody Drinks the Same Water touches on religious tension in the context of medieval murder mystery.

In this piece, we hear Ansin talk about the process behind the production. We also hear from co-author and designer, Fernando Calzadilla, on his inspiration behind the original costumes which combine the essence of the period mixed with a little Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Miracle Makers Luncheon
Many of the social set's most significant figures supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters Miracle Makers luncheon chaired by heavyweights Bronwyn Miller and Irene Korge.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Jennifer Valoppi and Neiman Marcus presented a stunning fashion show that highlighted its fine apparel and CUSP collections.

This year’s honorees were: Criselda Breene, Betty Brandt, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, Lizette Martino Diaz, Stella Holmes, Maria Cristina Miranda, Jeffrey Sloman, Rebecca Radin Spinale, and 2014 Power Couple Dan and Trish Bell.

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Hometown Actress Yevgeniya Kats
Miami Theater Center's production of Everybody Drinks the Same Water, an original play by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla.

Yevgeniya Arkadyevna Kats is one of the show's stars. Meet this hometown actress and learn a little about how she approached her role.

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Site Specific Performance Series: April Recap
The Miami Design District presented its April edition of Site Specific, a series that brings performance out of the traditional theater and into the venues in the Design District.

The April edition featured four acts from local performers. In keeping with National Poetry Month, each act had a poetic element in its presentation. The April acts included: Marie Whitman, Octavio Campos featuring Yevgeniya Kats, Oscar Fuentes and Deborah Magdelena.

Miami Theater Center's Octavio Campos and Yevgeniya Kats performing Anatomy - Experiment # 1 - Figure of a Showgirl

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Tell Us Your Favorite Neiman Marcus Story
Neiman Marcus Coral Gables hosted some of Miami’s well-healed and philanthropic women for an exclusive brunch and fashion show to celebrate 30 years of the store’s InCircle program.

At the luncheon, we asked the ladies about their favorite Neiman Marcus memory. We also got commentary for stylist and SocialMiami contributor, Elysze Held.

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Steph Sayfie goes InCircle
Neiman Marcus Coral Gables celebrated 30 years of the Neiman Marcus InCircle program with a luncheon and runway fashion show.

The store honored a group of women who have influenced the community with outstanding charitable causes and who have supported Neiman Marcus throughout the years.

Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard sat down with these women to talk about their charities and their importance in our community.

Pictured: Stephanie interviewing Barbara Hevia

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Site Specific Performance Series: April Preview
Site Specific brings performance out of the traditional theater and into our neighborhood. Enjoy performances by Miami’s most talented poets, actors, writers, filmmakers and musicians as they turn the Design District into a roving theatrical event.

This Site Specific session includes performances from Marie Whitman, Octavio Campos featuring Yevgenia Katz, Oscar Fuentes, and Deborah Magdelena.

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Composer Luciano Stazzone
Luciano Stazzone composed the score for Miami Theater Center's production of Everybody Drinks the Same Water, an original play by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla. Stazzone's performance and recording collaboration credits include: Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Christina Aguilera, and Ludacris. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Luciano has produced music in a wide range of textures and styles including dance, dub, reggae, pop, classical, and world beat. Conductor of the Afro-Brazilian drumming-based band Mano Santa (MTV Awards 2005), he is also the Creative Director and CEO of Urban Tribal Project Entertainment

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Actor Howard Elfman Reads Yeats on a Turntable
In preparation of Miami Theater Center’s upcoming, original production of Everybody Drinks the Same Water by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla, a raked turntable was installed center stage. So naturally, if one has a turntable and talented actors, the next logical step is to film them reading poetry while revolving and release those readings during National Poetry Month. In this clip, Howard Elfman reads The Song of Wandering Aengus by Yeats. #NationalPoetryMonth

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Walid Wahab & Wahab Construction
Walid Wahab is one of the good guys in Miami. Many in the social set know Wahab and wife, Suzy, through their charitable ventures and affiliations with arts groups.

SocialMiami stepped outside of the social scene and into the downtown headquarters of Wahab Construction to learn more about Wahab, his work, and the arts residency located on premises.

The headquarters for Wahab Construction is a distinct building located directly off of I-95 and SW 8th Street. The site is clearly identified by a mural that covers the north face of the building painted by rising Miami artist, Bhakti Baxter.

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In Process with Pablo Antonio Alvarez
Cuban-born artist Pablo Antonio Alvarez didn’t start off as an artist. Following a series of shoulder injuries that kept him at home, the New World School of the Arts graduate began drawing. The drawing eventually led to sculpture.

Alvarez is currently a resident artist downtown at the Wahab Construction headquarters. Rather than leasing the extra space in his building, Walid Wahab converted the bottom portion of his building into artists’ studios, and with the help of New World School of the Arts faculty, Wahab populates the space with recent graduates.

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Site Specific Performance Series: March Recap
"Kudos," said Knight Foundation's Dennis Scholl. Others referred to the evening as avant garde, as the Miami Design District presented the inaugural Site-Specific Performance Series.

The night could not have been better. On a full moon third Saturday, three of Miami’s top organizations presented four acts in three different locations. The evening began in the 4141 Building with the Young Artists of Florida Grand Opera. The dynamic performance filled the atrium with the human voice as onlookers surrounded the action.

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Tennis at the Ritz
Cliff Drysdale Tennis held a charity pro-am at its tennis center at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. The Miami All-Star Tennis Charity Event coincided with the start of the Sony Open. Among those participating were Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic (pictured), Ana Ivanovic, Mary-Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe. The fundraiser benefitted First Serve Miami, an organization founded in 1974 that uses tennis as a catalyst to get inner-city kids off the street.

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6th Annual Vizcayan Preservation Luncheon
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and The Vizcayans hosted its 6th Annual Preservation Luncheon, widely known as the “Hat Luncheon”; the event brought together a cross section of Miami’s social and philanthropic leaders who donned their creative headwear for this year’s luncheon.

Following a late morning cocktail reception in the spectacular formal gardens, the event continued with an elegant seated lunch on the East Terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay in the Courtyard of Vizcaya’s Main House.

Pictured: Victoria Cummock

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Site Specific Performance Series: March Preview
Site Specific Performance Series, the interactive evening will feature four 20 minute performances at three specific sites within the Design District.

Featured this month are acts from the Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony and Miami Theater Center.

Musicians from New World Symphony

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An Unbreakable Bond
An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc and their nearly three decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The film will make its world debut at the 31st edition of Miami Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30 PM at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Estefan, a 19-time Grammy award winning producer, directed and produced this documentary that archives the Buonicontis’ lives as they faced paralysis head on. From the beginning in 1985 when Marc was injured, the film follows their journey from the creation of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis through the present day as they stand at the forefront of paralysis research.

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Talkin’ Art @ Art Wynwood
“What is the favorite piece of art in your house?”...That was the question posed to some from Miami’s art and social scenes as they roamed the tents at Art Wynwood. In this first edition of three, we spoke to artist Jeanine Maleno, entrepreneur Buzzy Sklar and gallerist Anthony Spinello(pictured).

Art Wynwood 2014 featured 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works. The fair also presented street art, murals, pop surrealism and other genres from the contemporary underground movement.

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Pawpurrazzi 2014
Pawpurrazzi, hosted the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-a-Pet, held its annual event at Jungle Island bringing out many of Miami's most philanthropic animal lovers.

In this docu-short produced by SocialMiami, we meet several of the attendees and their beloved canines. Featured are Roe Stamps, Rene Ruiz, Jon Batchelor, Nicole Lozano, Bill Jones, Helene Kovens, Robert Roque and Noli Zoldivar, and Dr. Fredric Brandt.

Also witnessed are excerpts from the night’s runway show, which featured Humane Society all-stars walking the catwalk with both their own pets, as well as pets that were up for adoption that night.

Pictured: Helene Kovens with Hugs, Kisses & Love

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2014 YoungArts Week Performance Schedule
During the 33rd annual YoungArts Week, 171 YoungArts Finalists representing the top 1.6 percent of all applications and some of the nation's most outstanding students in a wide range of disciplines in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, will participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Irving Sandler, Rita Moreno, Andrew Rannells, Shelly Berg, Shalita Grant, Lourdes Lopez, Judith Hill and more.

Finalists will share their talents with the public each evening in performances.

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“The Art Garden”
Check out this fabulous docu-segment produced by SocialMiami that highlights the opening party of "The Art Garden", a public art installation in the Miami Design District that was co-hosted by artist Idan Zareski and gallery owner Bernard Markowicz.

Pictured: Adriana De Moura and Bernard Markowicz

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Tastemakers Showcase 2013
More than 500 design experts, art enthusiasts and VIPs flocked to the Ornare showroom - located in the heart of the Miami Design District - to celebrate six of the Magic City's most influential interior designers and architects at the 2013 Ornare Tastemakers Showcase.

The ultra-luxury Brazilian home design brand elevated its showcase to the next level: utilizing interactive presentations through unique video projections. The showroom walls were transformed into large spectacles where each designer and his/her project came to life.

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Art Bash - Opening night at Art Miami and Context
Tuesday of Miami Art Week featured the much anticipated VIP opening of Art Miami and Context. The fairs span over two vast tents in Midtown Miami and are connected by a central courtyard.

For the second year in a row, the opening night benefited Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Representing PAMM were museum director Thom Collins and philanthropists Jorge and Darlene Perez. With the museum’s opening taking place throughout the week, Collins remarked that Art Miami would most likely be the only fair that he would attend.

Pictured: Andres Asion and Alexia Echevarria at the Vernissage for Art Miami

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Jeffery Thrasher
Brazilian closet and kitchen manufacturer Ornare hosted interior designer Jeffrey Thrasher of Thrasher Design Company for a conversation with SocialMiami.

Thrasher is no stranger to the art world. As a member of the Art Basel Junior Host Committee and a donor to the Perez Art Museum (PAMM), Thrasher has designed homes for serious art collectors, while developing a collection for himself.

Thrasher describes his own collection as growing. Some of his favorite pieces include Kenny Scharf, Shintaro Miyake and Jose Bedia.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Brown Davis Interiors
With Art Basel and Miami Art Week only days away, Brazilian closet manufacturer Ornare hosted designers Robert Brown and Todd Davis of Brown Davis Interiors for an interview with SocialMiami.

The design team has enjoyed extraordinary success since the inception of their company in 1994. The duo became AD 100 designers a mere five years after partnering in Washington DC.

Today, Brown Davis is based out of Miami Beach. The team prides themselves in starting from an architectural base and building out from there.

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Ingénue Diana Garle
Ingénue Diana Garle brings more than beauty to her role as Ling Shih in Miami Theater Center’s production of The Red Thread, an original play by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla. In her own words, hear about her process and learn more about this rising star.

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The Red Thread at Miami Theater Center
Miami Theater Center's (MTC) Stephanie Ansin has evolved into one of our city's most prolific theatrical voices. As she prepares to remount The Red Thread - an original production she co-wrote with MTC resident artist Fernando Calzadilla - Ansin reflects on the journey of the play from inception to today, and shares a story that demonstrates the show's educational viability.

The Red Thread is a mystical adventure inspired by ancient Chinese folktales. The play focuses on a young woman's heroic efforts to rescue her father's surprisingly miraculous masterpiece. Beautifully staged with a moving original score, Ansin's direction is a stirring example of the quality Miami can deliver in the performing arts.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Maggie Kottmann
Maggie Kottmann has a large European clientele, many of whom share a similar design strategy. Back home, their primary residence slants toward the conservative, but in Miami they want fun design choices that represent a different lifestyle from what they have back home. Because of this outlook, Kottmann finds that these second and third homeowners approach interior design in a relaxed state and are very willing to explore.

Kottmann starts each project with a client profile to gain knowledge of the property and client. According to Kottmann, the process is about creating an interior in conjunction with the client and focusing in on what they have to feature in their life.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Antrobus + Ramirez
Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez of Antrobus + Ramirez are best friends. This close relationship makes their business partnership a true labor of love.

Many know Antrobus as an accomplished designer who had garnered much success during the real estate boom. Antrobus was able to continue that success even after the collapse with projects like Ocean House, the luxury condo located South of Fifth in Miami Beach; but when she became pregnant, the demands of raising a baby and continuing a solo career became too much. Luckily, Ramirez was coming off of a stint where she worked internationally in design and was ready to bring that experience back to Miami. The timing was perfect and a partnership was formed.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Britto Charette
“There is no question that Miami is going to be a top four city,” said David Charette of Britto Charette.

He believes that with the city's emphasis on art and the new, creative way in which Miami is approaching urban planning, the Magic City is competing head on with New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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VIDEO: MTC SandBox Series
SocialMiami.com publisher and Miami Theater Center board member, Aaron Glickman, narrates this fundraising promo for the MTC Sandbox Series.

In support of MTC's ongoing mission, to entertain and educate audiences and artists of all ages and abilities, the SandBox Series nurtures innovative performing artists by giving them the time, space, and professional support they need to engage in a rigorous and rewarding creative process. During their six-week residencies, SandBox Series artists develop, rehearse, and perform a new work and teach a series of classes for the community.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Charles Allem
South African born and AD 100 interior designer Charles Allem sat down with SocialMiami at Ornare in the Miami Design District. Allem has chosen the Miami Design District as the headquarters of his internationally renowned design company.

“For me,” he said, “design is not really a job; it's an extension of my being.”

Allem prides himself on providing clients with what they want. According to Allem, clients tend to be a lot more advanced in their knowledge of design than they were 10 to 15 years ago. He attributes this advancement to the internet and surplus of media outlets that essentially educate the consumer.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Rene Gonzalez
Cuban-born architect Rene Gonzalez grew up in Miami before studying architecture at the University California Los Angles (UCLA). While there, he developed a working relationship with his thesis advisor, Michael Palladino, who is Richard Meier's design partner. Upon graduation, Gonzalez was invited by Palladino to work at Richard Meier and Partners.

Following his stay in Los Angles, Gonzalez chose to bring his talents back home to Miami where he has become one of the city's most respected architects. In addition to his work in luxury residential he is known for his work with art collectors and museum spaces.

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Tui Pranich
Tui Pranich is well known and respected in Miami. A Cornell University graduate, Pranich received his degree in architecture and worked at a Boston firm before deciding in 1984 to open his own interior design company.

Though Pranich often travels for work, he considers Miami his home and is very impressed with the city’s growth.

“Miami has changed a lot,” he said. “It’s more international and I feel the city has grown tremendously. If you talk about Miami to anyone around the world, because I travel a lot, people recognize Miami.”

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Ornare Presents: Design Talk - Ralph Choeff
Born in New York and educated at the Pratt Institute, architect Ralph Choeff is very excited about Miami architecture, as we learn in this inaugural presentation of Discussing Design presented by the luxury Brazilian furniture manufacturer, Ornare. Shot on location at one of the showroom kitchen displays in Ornare's Miami Design District showroom, we learned why Choeff agrees that Miami is the world's new and modern city.

“In Miami you have this new movement of modern tropical architecture that you don't see anywhere else in this country,” he said. “...making the outdoors feel like the indoors and vise-versa ... Miami has become very sophisticated in architecture and very discriminating, especially to those that know.”

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VIDEO: YoungArts Education
With YoungArts Miami right around the corner, let’s look back at YoungArts Week when Sarah Arison had the opportunity to discuss the importance of arts education for kids with YoungArts’ CEO Paul Lehr and YoungArts’ master teachers Joshua Bell, Debbie Allen, Adrian Grenier.

YoungArts Miami runs April 12-14 and includes free performances, exhibitions and screenings by YoungArts 2013 Winners from South Florida, some of the nation's top young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Pictured: Shelly Berg and Debbie Allen at the Young Arts Alumni Jazz Roots concert at the Arsht Center

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The James Royal Palm celebrated Miami's first-ever Cultural Collection with the New World Symphony (NWS), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) and Public School fashion house all under one roof with an arts oriented bash.

This unique collaboration united Miami's cultural leaders and showcased a new approach to Miami hospitality with a greater focus on the arts. For the first time ever, more than 500 VIP influencers, socialites and philanthropists came together to experience the unveiling of exclusive collaborative pieces for an unforgettable night dedicated to the arts.

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From the Sidecar: The Skate Spot
Brad Knoefler brings us another downtown story From the Sidecar. In this latest adventure, Brad and his trusted companion in the sidecar, New World School of the Arts student Alec Kreisberg, made their way to the opening of Skate Spot at Grand Central Park, the only legal place to skateboard outdoors in Downtown Miami. The Skate Spot at Grand Central Park was paid for by donations from Knoefler and the Sandra E. James Foundation.

Pictured: Nick Katz and Brad Knoefler

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From the Sidecar: Downtown Murals
Brad Knoefler is at it again with another journey through downtown Miami while speaking to his trusted companion, Saint Jerome, who documents Brad from the sidecar of his restored 1957 BMW motorcycle.

In this latest adventure, Brad looks at the freshly painted murals that were done during Art Basel 2012. The pieces have brought fresh faces to some downtown buildings, and Brad has the scoop like only a downtown insider can.

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In the Artists’ Studio – Christy Gast
Christy Gast’s Wynwood studio is located on the corner of 22nd Street and NW 2nd Avenue in a graffiti-tagged warehouse maintained by the New World School of the Arts. The two-level space with a lower-level gallery area is the creative home to 20 resident artists, professors, alumni and students.

Gast’s second-floor workspace has a desk and shelves that hold the tools of her trade. Situated throughout the open area work-space are textile-based sculpture and burlap pieces from her latest exhibit at Gallery Diet.

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Fashion Faves @ Ornare: Carol Melo
Maria Carolina Melo is a Miami woman with tons of style. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Melo is a businesswoman with a philanthropic heart. A native of Brazil, Melo works extensively with the Brazilian Foundation and has taken a leadership role in the organization's last two Miami galas. On the fashion front, Melo loves prints and makes bold fashion choices that are fun. Having worked in the fashion industry, Melo admits that she is willing to suffer for beauty and understand that fashion need not be comfortable.

For accessories, Melo has an eye for vintage and enjoy wearing big, chunky jewelry and bold statement pieces. She often attends vintage markets and fairs in search of exclusive pieces.

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Aoki Akio Gallery at Art Basel
West Encounters East is a documentary produced by arts activist and collector Stella Holmes. The piece, due to be released by public television in 2013, studies the relationship between Japanese and Brazilian cultures as seen through the works of Japanese/Brazilian artists.

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Ms. Holmes visited the Vermelho gallery out of Sao Paulo, which is owned by Japanese/Brazilian gallerist Akio Aoki. The gallery displayed an installation by a native Brazilian with Japanese roots. The artist, Andre Komatsu, has an architectural background and created a three-dimensional piece from wood that adheres to his architectural understanding while also keeping with the clean, minimalistic nature of the Japanese aesthetic.

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An Arts Evolution - Art Miami VIP preview
SocialMiami contributor Sarah Arison takes us on a journey through the Art Miami VIP preview, one of the most significant events of Miami's storied art week. This year's preview benefitted the Miami Art Museum, soon to be re-named the Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM).

Pictured: Aaron Podhurst, Pamela Cohen, Nick Korniloff, Thom Collins, Perez Art Museum director

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Social Royalty: Sarah Arison and Patrick Mcmullan
SocialMiami contributor Sarah Arison was at the VIP opening of Design Miami mingling with all of the design heavy weights when she ran into famed New York social photographer, Patrick Mcmullan. In this 3 minute conversation, Mcmullan explains why Miami is the mistress and New York is the wife before an impromptu drop in from investment banker, Gilbert Harrison.

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NEST CASA Launch Event with Indulge Magazine
The Miami Herald celebrated the launch of its most recent edition of Indulge Home Decor at Nest Casa's new showroom in the Design District.

A select group of Miami socialites, business owners, and friends gathered at Nest Casa to preview the new magazine, while admiring the collection of fine furnishings and lighting owner Sara Colombo personally selects for her store.

Pictured: Betty Cortina-Weiss, Fred Gonzalez and Sara Colombo

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Ornare Presents Fashion Faves: Gingi Beltran
Gingi Beltran is a regular in the Miami social scene. This hometown girl works in real estate at Cervera and is known as a top producer.

Gingi enjoys traveling with friends and was recently in Paris with good friend and Deco Drive star, Louis Agguire. When not traveling, one might find Gingi at the Soho Beach House or dining at Michy's, Zuma, or Nido.

On the fashion front, she is a regular at events at Merrick Park, Bal Harbour and the Design District. Though she doesn't shy away from top fashion houses, many of her style choices revolve around items for which she has a personal connection.

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