Monday, February 21, 2011
Since we have a few inches of snow on the ground in New York, I thought this might be a good time to post about warm and sunny Miami! After the cruise docked, Stefan and I headed to the Design District in Downtown Miami. In addition to furniture showrooms, the Design District is home to some very chic boutiques. One that impressed me the most was Christian Louboutin at 155 NE 40th Street.
Miami's beautiful climate means that they can have flowers and greenery all year long. The store was designed by Eric Clough of 212box architects in New York who created a growing facade wall of orchids that stopped me in my tracks from across the street.
A peek into the Christian Louboutin window.
The flowers extend into the store as well.
Many of the walls are made up of custom tiles that the architect inscribed with unique hieroglyphics, symbols and braille. Perhaps this is an homage to Christian Louboutin's home in Egypt.
Miami is also known for its love of art and in the window and entrance are installations by artist Madeleine Berkhemer. She has created spiderweb like designs using ladies hosiery which is a great compliment to the shoes.
Of course the store was filled with pretty shoes too! I am loving the stripes and gingham prints for spring.
Not sure who made the bubble glass sculptures but they looked gorgeous next to the colorful shoes. The red carpet also matches the famous red soles of the shoes.
The patchwork furniture is by Bokja and is another interesting complement to the shoes.
I found the Christian Louboutin boutique immensely inspiring and it's just another great example of how art, design and fashion are all related. Looking at these photos also makes me wish I was still in warm Miami!
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic