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Design Escape 2015

  • Miami Ironside Northeast 4th Court Miami, FL United States (map)

Design Escape resumes at Miami Ironside to coincide with contemporary art and design festivities of Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/, December 3-6, 2015. The tastemaker event showcases new, bespoke art and design exhibitions, outdoor installations, and salon talks, culminating in the popular Campus Collective Party. Noted by ArtPhaire Magazine as one of the top 5 design highlights of Miami Art Week, the Design Escape series is curated to be an creative escape in the burgeoning Upper Eastside Miami and meeting point to socialize and exchange creative thoughts and ideas amongst industry friends.

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Friday, December 4, 8-Midnight, Miami Ironside – District Wide

8:30-11:30 PM // Bocce Ball Court // Rain Location: Miami Event Space
Performances by Batuke Samba Funk

Crepe Station by our friends at Crepe Maker
Curated beer and spirit bar by Airstream Apothecary
Visit the Ironside Showrooms

Miami Ironside, in collaboration with LAUFEN and My Art Guide, host’s their annual district-wide art and design party. The event features new, bespoke art and design exhibitions, outdoor installations, salon talks and brings over 1,000 guests and cultural enthusiasts from Miami and abroad to celebrate the largest Art + Design Week Miami. The open campus party invites guests to tour Ironside’s many designer showrooms and galleries, dance the night away to latin beats in our open courtyards, enjoy craft cocktails and many more surprises.

By invitation only and entrance by VIP Card 
VIP Cocktail + Salon Talk
In partnership with LAUFEN and MY ART GUIDE

7-9 PM, COVERINGSETC Ironside Showroom

VIP Salon Talk
Impressões of A Change
How the Design and Art Community Sees Itself Challenged by Brazil's Economic Situation

On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/, VIP guests and cardholder are invited to an exclusive panel discussion and preview of Impressões by Laufen, a new installation exploring the concept of Brazilianness. Taking the title of the exhibition further, a multi-disciplinary panel will explore what the challenging situation in Brazil means to its design and art community. How will things change for the creative world and how will the creative world change things? 

VIP Lounge
Miami Event Space (VIP Card Holders Only)
A private lounge oasis and escape. 




December 3-6, 2015; LAUFEN Showroom

The Impressões by Laufen project brought together innovations in design as well as function, with the ceramic washbasin becoming a work of art that honoured Brazil and its culture. Taking the Laufen washbasin made of the world innovation SaphirKeramik, as a blank canvas, guest artists were given free rein to create their own aspirational designs. 


November 18, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Art Lexing Gallery

ART LEXING is pleased to present My Silk Road to You, Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva’s first solo exhibition at the gallery from November 18th 2015 through January 20, 2016. Menlibayeva films mythological narratives placed and staged in the vast landscape of her native Kazakhstan ravaged by 60 years of Soviet occupation. She leads her audience to the brutally changed region of the Aral Sea where its indigenous people live in the Aralkum, the desert of a once thriving region now entirely devoid of water due to radical Soviet irrigation politics. 

In her video “Transoxiana Dreams”, screened at MoMA PS1 as part of EXPO IN 2013, and accompanying photographs, Menlibayeva tells the tale of a young fisherman’s daughter who observes the dramatic changes to the landscape of the Aral region and its population through a child’s eyes in a dreamlike mélange of documentary and fantasy. Menlibayeva visually walks the viewer through a vacant landscape and a symbolic dream whereby the girl’s father searches for the remaining sea and new fishing grounds while encountering strange and seductive four-legged female creatures (Centaurs) on his way through the hostile desert. Drawing on the image of the Greek mythological figure of the Centaur, Menlibayeva creates alluring hybrid beings, both sexually charged and bizarre alike. According to the legend, when the ancient Greeks first encountered the nomads of the Transoxianian Steppes on their horses, they initially believed them to be mythological quadruped, part person part animal, fearing their savage and magical powers. 

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Swerdlow Art Group Presents
INTERSECTIONS: Trans-Cultural Expressions

December 3-6; Miami Event Space

Restrospective of works by Carlos Salas, Philippe Dodard, Maximo Caminero, Greg Robin and Sergio Payares that explores the dialogue between artists and the contemporary world in which we live. Five artists, spanning the globe, from Colombia to Germany will be presenting abstract paintings representing beauty in a world of chaos. 

Friday, December 4
11 AM: Artist Talk moderated by MOCA director Babacar MBow
7-11 PM: Opening Reception


December 4, Gauchet Fine Art Gallery, Ste. 110
8-Midnight PM: Opening Reception


Currently based in Miami, Florida, Gauchet Fine Art is a contemporary art advisory and consulting company, representing a diverse group of internationally renowned artists. Along with representing artists, Gauchet Fine Art also advises and collaborates with collectors, interior designers, architects and developers; providing a full spectrum of art consultation services that are tailor-made to complement each client’s particular need and taste. To match with its development strategy, Gauchet Fine art decided to establish a new gallery space in the vibrant business district of Miami Ironside. 

Gauchet Fine Art will have it's opening night on December 4, showcasing works by Chinese-American visual artist, Walasse Ting (1929 - 2010) who has garnered critical praise and popularity for his colorful works blending Eastern and Western style. Alongside Ting, will be renowned cuban artist Roberto Fabelo, a master watercolorist as well as a grouping of european contemporary masters.

GLASS MOSAICS by Allison Eden
December 4, Antico Stone & Tile Showroom, Ste. 108
8-Midnight: Opening Reception

On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach, Antico Stone & Tile together with Elements & Surfaces presents Allison Eden artistry in glass mosaics. These spectacular mosaics patterns are hand made in the USA creating one of a kind works of art for home or commercial spaces.

Highlight Design Showroom
December 4, Oscar Ono Paris, Ste. 107
8-Midnight: Reception

Since its 2002 founding in Paris, Oscar Ono has created a living legacy. It is one of the most sought after designers and manufacturers of luxury European wood flooring and wall paneling. Known for creating exquisite environments where design complements art, sophistication and innovation, Oscar Ono delivers bespoke finishes and designs in an array of textures, colors, species and sizes. Oscar Ono has longstanding partnerships with the world’s top architects and interior designers, resulting in the company’s innovative designs to be found in ambitious luxury projects, from residences and condos to hotels and boutiques. Oscar Ono opened its first studio in the U.S. in 2010, with locations in New York, LA and Chicago to follow.

Thursdays, December 3, 11 AM
Allow 30 Minutes; Groups up to 15
By reservations only:

As part of Miami Heritage Month - Come explore the Upper Eastside and one of the first industrial neighborhoods in Miami proper. Learn why we are called Ironside, our decade journey from derelict industrial warehouses to a thriving creative business district complete with restaurants and cafes and even our very own Bocce Ball court, nodding to our methods of sustainable, energy efficient design and infrastructure. We’ll also fill you in on our future expansion projects with celebrated designer and architect Ron Arad, our famous Berlin Wall statues that you can see from Google Earth, along with a peek inside some of the art galleries and designer studios that make up the wonderful Ironside community.

Stay for lunch and enjoy our top zagat-rated eateries, Ironside Pizza and Limited Edition Cafe.

 30 minutes Cancelation Courtesy  



Earlier Event: November 11
Later Event: December 5