IN TOWN: Miami Food Truck Frenzy

03/18/2011 § Leave a comment

So over the past year the West Coast Food Truck Frenzy has made its way into the streets of Miami. Originating from the numerous loncheras that served typical Mexican dishes in Southern California, the food trucks expanded the concept by creating mini gourmet restaurants on wheels that serve very affordable meals at street food prices. The idea exploded and now they can be seen all over town!

Track the Miami Food Trucks on their facebook page to get a taste of the commotion!

Big names in Miami’s Gourmet Truck scene:

1. LATIN BURGER TRUCK

Prices: $3 – $5

Not sure if your craving Burgers or Mexican, well not both at the same time! Thats right Miami foodies, you can get Latin Burger Truck’s gourmet fusion of Mexican and American flavors in a big juicy burger.

Latin Burger Truck $3 – 5

2. JEFE’S ORIGINAL

Prices: $7 +

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers is a mobile food truck serving the Miami-Dade Metropolitan area of south eastern Florida.  The signature food items are, the original Ensenada-style Fish Tacos and the All-American Burger.

Jefe’s Original – Fish Tacos & Burgers $7+

3. GASTROPOD

Prices: $3 – $5

Mmm craving some gourmet American favorites. Well gastroPod has them all, like Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Jose), Hot Dogs (Dirty Dawgs) and Burgers. Wanna find gastroPod its not hard just look for their bright and shiny Airstream.

Gastropod

4. DIM SSAM A GOGO FOOD TRUCK

Prices: $1 – $6

The mobile menu will include the best old school eats from Sakaya Kitchen and the popular “Dim Ssam Sundays” brunch. Dim Ssäm à gogo will also use natural beef, poultry and pork, organic dairy and support local farmers like Swank.Dim Ssäm à gogo will hit the streets for lunch, dinner & for late night party goers.

Dim ssam a gogo

Along with many others…

What do you say locals?

Which are your favorite trucks?

Favorite item on the menu?

I want some recommendations!

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GET THE LOOK: Sarah Jessica Parker’s House in Bridgehampton

03/10/2011 § 1 Comment

The bright, cheery and casual attitude of this house struck a cord in me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been seeing so much beige or maybe it’s the extreme minimalist interiors that just aren’t calling my name at the moment. Either way I came across this project and found it charming and appropriate that SJP and Ferris, I mean, Matthew Broderick would share this lovely abode.

If you feel a tingly sensation and would like to emulate some of this colorful casual elegance below the photos of the rooms from Elle Decor are some key elements to help you get the look in your own home!

From top left: Mirrored vanity from Glam FurnitureCapri teardrop lamp from Jonathan AdlerRibba frame from IKEAChenille Rug from Pottery BarnOrange letter boxes from Container StorePink tulip watergarden from Glam Furniture, Merete curtains from IKEA, French bergere chairfrom Glam Furniture

 

Apple mirror from Jonathan Adler, Tolix barstool from Pottery Barn, Kulla pendant lamp from IKEA, Tulip and hydrangea watergarden from Glam Furniture, Calligaris table from All ModernVintage glass chandelier from 1st DibsChippendale chair from Jonathan Adler (far left),Modern windsor chair from West Elm (center), Queen anne chair from Pottery Barn.

Desk 51 from Blu DotCMYK art print from the Print ShopTolix cafe chair from Pottery Barn, Amelia lounge chair from KMPLack side tablefrom IKEA, Metal apothecary waste basket from Restoration HardwareButterfly collection from Wings & ThingsPeony watergarden from Glam Furniture, Rattan stool from IKEA.


LOCAL: Miami Green Expo 3/3 – 3/4

03/04/2011 § Leave a comment

So it appears that our town wants to go green after all! For all those lucky guys living the green dream in the West Coast – wait for us! We’re trying to catch up!

To get the news on all the latest products and innovations in sustainable design don’t miss the Mia Green Expo and Conference being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from 3/3 (yesterday) to 3/4 (today)!

What you can expect:

Hall with thousands of Green Products & Services
Featured Opening Sessions
50+ US & International Top Speakers on:
- Designing & Building Greener Americas
- How to Be Green and Be Profitable
- Policies, Certifications & Benefits
- It’s All About Energy
- Impacting the Environment
Special track: Innovative Green Products & Technology
“Succeeding as a LEED Professional” (8 GBCI & AIA CEU)
“LEED Green Associate Training & Exam Prep” (8 AIA CEU)
Special session “Adopt, Adapt or Discard LEED in your
Country: A Latin American & Caribbean Challenge”
US Dept. of Energy special program
(by invitation/reg via DOE)
Cocktail Reception

It’s only $30 for a 1 – day pass!

+ $70 for an educational session

+ $40 for the cocktail reception where you get to mingle with like-minded tree-huggers!

For more info click here!


DESIGN TRENDS: Bets for 2011

03/03/2011 § 2 Comments

Casa Claudia, a Brazilian interior design magazine, asked 7 renowned designers/architects their predictions for the top trends in design for the next year. This is what they said is to come:
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1. Decorations that reflect personal history.

Designer: Juliana Llussa

This collection of vintage mirrors and keep-sakes makes a beautiful installation

2. Notice the beauty in simple pieces.

Designer: Heloisa Crocco

Recycled Spanish Glass Vases from West Elm $12

3. Flexible and dynamic interiors.

Architect: Guto Requena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Room Transformer House

24-Room Transformer House: Bedroom

24- Room Transformer House: Living Room

 

4. Nature takes over.

Architect: Claudia Haguiara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House in Nagoya, Japan by Suppose Design Office

 

An Indoor Garden inside a Spanish Office Building

5. Tidbits of color and humor in daily life.

Designers: Caio de Medeiros & Daniela Scorza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home of Danish artist, Sarah Hvass featured on Design Sponge

 

Home of Anna & Gerard from Design Sponge

6. Return to our roots.

Architect: Regina Adorno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cottages at Fallingwater by Patkau Architects - exterior

 

7. Equilibrium of man with nature.

Designers: Luciana Martins & Gerson de Oliveira

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Grass Roofed Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

People sit on grassy roof of Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

Interior view of restaurant within the Hypar Pavillion

*** What do YOU predict will be the guiding trends for 2011?

 

LOCAL EVENTS: TED Miami Live Broadcast 03/02/11

03/01/2011 § 1 Comment

Come get inspired and listen to the “ideas worth spreading” from the world’s leaders in Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since 1984 this nonprofit organization has been gathering speakers from these different fields and inspiring a great number of individuals to do amazing things.

From 5:15 – 7:00 PM hear about the Knowledge Revolution from

From 8:00 – 9:45 PM listen to the Radical Collaboration with

Entrance to the venue is free but you must RSVP here !

The Stage . 170 NE 38th Street . Miami, FL 33137

P S : W e a r R E D t o s u p p o r t T E D !


DESIGN TREND: Monograms

02/17/2011 § 1 Comment

Is it just me or am I seeing monograms everywhere?

West Elm has some great Alphabet Mugs from A-Z with varying handles and types for different letters for $6 each.

Anthropologie has ceramic and brass Alphabet Hooks for $12 each and Letter Hooks for $16 each.

Archipelago has a new line of Monogram Soy Candles each with their own unique fragrance. Try R for a blend of Rosemary and Neroli, B for Bougainvillea and Tuberose and W for Wisteria and Hyacinth for $25 each.

Urban Outfitters has very cute and easygoing Alphabet Letter Tote Bags for $20.

Jonathan Adler has some decorative wool Letter Pillows that measure 16″ x 16″ for $98 each.

Horchow customizes you monogram, initials or name onto any of their gorgeous stationery sets. Below are a few of the multiple options available at various different price points.

For a more economical option you can buy the personalized stamper from Horchow shown below for $46.

Or, if you want to get crafty, make your own custom stamp by following the DIY instructions from Design Sponge.

DESIGN TREND: ON WALLS

09/21/2010 § 2 Comments

STENCILS + DECALS

So I was shopping at West Elm this weekend and found a great book on DIY stencils. It featured abstract patterns of all sorts that one can easily use to create really graphic prints on walls, furniture, notebooks, whatever! The possibilities got me pretty excited so I wanted to spread the news.

Most recently I’ve also seen DECALS everywhere I turn since they offer another practical and affordable alternative to wall coverings and art. The site DESIGNWITHAZ provides awesome choices from animal themes to writable chalkboard decals! Check out some of their designs below:

World Is Yours chalkboard decal at $155

Poppies at $23

Lips Mirror at $65

Metro Parisien at $28

16 (5" diam) circles at $28

Tree Cliff at $48

Pia! Pia! Pia! at $35

PS: You can also choose from a variety of 24 different colors, several different sizes, and you have the option to reverse the design.

Other online resources for decals:

Dali Decals – for more general graphics

Blik – for more funky and unique designs!

Wall Tat

Wall Slicks

1ST DIBS ON VINTAGE FINDS

09/12/2010 § Leave a comment

Some of my top picks from 1ST DIBS!

1ST DIBS is a website that consolidates the listings of the best antique dealers all around the States. I don’t mean just the Baroque or Neo-classical pieces that come straight to mind when hearing “antiques”. Though 1st dibs does carry beautiful pre-20th Century designs, I’m mostly excited by the Art Deco, Hollywood Glam, and Mid century – Modern finds.

Each object on 1st dibs is a design relic – they’re the real deal. I love to browse through the listings simply to observe the beauty of the details and finishes of each piece. This has brought me better familiarization with the elements of each era of furniture design (such as materials, forms, colors, ornamentation, etc) and has totally changed the way I look at contemporary design.

Now when I peruse the pages of catalogs I have the “classics” in mind so I know where the recent designs are evolving from!

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[Images above from top left: Florence Knoll credenza $8,500, Swedish gondola arm chair 1940, Art Deco iron door and transom,"Gerosa" by Joe Richards realist oil painting, Continental brass lamp 1970, Geometric brass wall sculpture from 1970's $750, Dorothy Draper chest from 1950's, Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner $14,500, Angelo Donghia low table from 1970's, Org table by Fabio Novembre 2001, Mark Shaw portrait of Coco Chanel #7, Paris, 1957 $800]

More of my top picks from 1ST DIBS

[Images above from top left: French 1950s metal chairs, Modeline 1960's white table lamp, Italian 1950's white ceramic & gilt jars $550, Nude sculpture from 1960's $1,800, John Vesey's Maximilian chair 1959, Convex mirror wall sculpture 1972 $8,500, Jackie Carson "Desert Dawn" acrylic on canvas, Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte 16 light pendant, Tiffany & Co. antique 18K gold letter opener, WWII US naval telescope, Dining table by J. C. Moreux, Beijing bedside chest, Vintage nickel chair by Warren Platner for Knoll 1980, Plexiglass vase fish tank by Nicola L. $2,800]

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To preview these designs and so many more, VISIT: www.1stdibs.com

P.S. Don’t miss Introspective Magazine (the online mag on designers, their inspirations, styles and favorites) !!!

HD Boutique Miami

09/11/2010 § Leave a comment

September 14 – 15th, 2010

This Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14th and 15th the Miami Beach Convention Center will be hosting the HD Boutique tradeshow. Here the best, newest and most innovative products of hospitality design will be showcased to those in the “biz”. The exhibitors range from the largest manufacturers to the most individual and unique fabricators. The point is to get those designers’ juices flowing and bursting with inspiration to fill our restaurants, lounges, hotels, and spas with the best and most captivating designs.

I can’t wait!

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS : NOT TO BE MISSED

Glenn Pushelberg

tuesday, 1:00 -2:00 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER, “Glenn Pushelberg in conversation”

tuesday, 6:00-8:00 pm PARTY BY THE PALMS, networking event


SOME OF THE PARTICIPATING EXHIBITORS:

Arteriors Home

Arteriors

Gloster

Janus et Cie

Jonathan Adler

Kettal

– Karim Rashid

Maya Romanoff

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Phillip Jeffries

Williams Sonoma

– etc.

For a full list of Exhibitors, Conference Schedule and Registration:

www.hdboutique.com

UH… THE “BLUE” ROOM GOES WHITE

08/23/2010 § 1 Comment

The White "Blue" Room

Ok, ok so the entire past week I was going back and forth between paint samples of the Marie Antoinette blues. The night before painting this room I had this VISION.

Given the programmatic needs of the space (ART STUDIO) I had been playing with the idea of white. However, I desperately wanted some color since I’ve been so blinded by minimalism for the past 5 years. In the end though, needs must prevail and aesthetic choices must follow.

F O R M < F U N C T I O N

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