Miami Design District
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Miami Design District
Design District
Neighborhood of Miami
The Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye Dome in Palm Court
The Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye Dome in Palm Court
Nickname(s): Buena Vista (historic name)
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Coordinates: 25°48?46?N 80°11?32?W / 25.81278°N 80.19222°W / 25.81278; -80.19222
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City City of Miami
 o City of Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn
 o Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson
 o House of Representatives Daphne Campbell (D) and Cynthia A. Stafford (D)
 o State Senate Larcenia Bullard (D), and Oscar Braynon (D)
 o U.S. House Frederica Wilson (D)
Population (2010)
 o Total 3,573
 o Density 9,385/sq mi (3,624/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-05)
ZIP Code 33127, 33137
Area code(s) 305, 786
Website Miami Design District

The Miami Design District is a creative neighborhood and shopping district dedicated to innovative fashion, design, art, architecture and home to a wide range of dining, entertainment, public art installations and shopping. [1] Historically a part of Buena Vista neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States, the 18-square block Design District is roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.[2] After decades of falling urban decay, the Design District has risen to fame as a destination for the arts, design, and fashion.[3] It is home to over 70 art galleries; more than 70 luxury boutiques with an additional 60 set to open in 2017, [4] 12 restaurants and bars; [5] showrooms; creative service companies; architecture firms; antiques dealers; private collecting museums including the Craig Robins Collection; [6] and the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, [7] and in 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA).[8]

Once made up primarily of old low-rise warehouses converted into retail spaces, art galleries, restaurants and cafés, the Design District gained international attention as a creative neighborhood [9] when it served as the birthplace of the Design Miami [10] and played a major role in the development and expansion of Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week. The arrival of international luxury retailers brought a wide range of top architects who added iconic flagship retail buildings [11] for brands such as Hermes [12] and Christian Louboutin. [13] The extension of Paseo Ponti north to 41st Street in 2017 and shaded pedestrian pathways, outdoor seating and community spaces such as Paradise Plaza have made the Design District a family-friendly home [14] for a regular rotation of music, wellness and cultural events [15] as well as a weekly farmers' market. [16] Public art and design installations in the District include works by John Baldessari, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, Konstantin Grcic, Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson and Xavier Veilhan. [17]


For much of Miami's history, the area today known as the Design District was called as Buena Vista. Signs referencing this heritage Buena Vista can still be seen throughout the area several public institutions including the Buena Vista Post Office Building[18] and Buena Vista School still carry the name.

By the 1980s and early-1990s, the Design District had fallen to urban decay,and it wasn't until the late 1990s, and early 2000s, that art and design stores began opening in the area.[19] This influx of design-related businesses led to the neighborhood being referred to colloquially and later formally, as the Design District. Throughout the 2000s, the Design District continued to grow in popularity, and with heavy public and private investment in the neighborhood,[20] the streets and sidewalks were updated, trees were planted, and public plazas and pedestrian thoroughfares emerged.[21]

Miami Beach real estate developer, art collector and philanthropist Craig Robins is generally credited with redeveloping the Design District.[22] Robins purchased many of the dilapidated buildings within the 18-square-block area and recruited top designers, such as Alison Spear, Holly Hunt and Peter Page to relocate.[23]


The District is home to many flagship luxury stores including Hermès, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Celine and more.[24] Currently, there are over 130 stores open in the District.[25]

In 2009, the first luxury retailer opened in the Design District, Christian Louboutin, marking a new era for the Design District. Later that year, Yohji Yamamoto opened in the Design District. In 2011, Louis Vuitton announced plans to open a Louis Vuitton store in the neighborhood by 2014 after announcing its closure of its Bal Harbour Shops store (the first Louis Vuitton store to open outside of New York City), along with opening other brands from the LVMH company in the Design District, including stores such as Sephora, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Fendi.[26]

In October 2011, Hermes, Cartier and Dior announced plans to move their stores from Bal Harbour Shops to the Design District in late 2011 and 2012.[27] Design Within Reach opened an 11,000-square foot design store in the district on Feb 1st, 2013. [28]

The three-story, 13,000-square-foot Hermès store opened in November 2015 and is only the third U.S. flagship after Madison Avenue in New York City and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.[29]

Dacra has 120 stores open on its own property, and other property owners will have another 40. Stores include, Be Miami, Aesop, Citco, Creed, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Faubourg Galerie & Café, Isabel Marant, Joseph, Loro Piana, Rag & Bone, Tod's, Tory Burch, Van Cleef & Arpels, Saint Laurent, Sevan Biçakçi and Zilli.[30]


The Design District offers a variety of dining options, including James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz's Michael's Genuine and Estefan Kitchen, a fine-dining Cuban eatery owned by Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan.[31][32] Future 2018 offerings will include ABC Kitchen from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and four restaurants from decorated Michelin Guidestar chef Joël Robuchon. All four restaurants, L'Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace will open in what will be called Paradise Plaza, on the north end of the Design District, part of the area's Phase Three build out.[33]

Art Galleries and Art Events

Art installation of "Le Corbusier" by Xavier Veilhan in the Miami Design District
NE 39th Street in the heart of Miami Design District


The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), promotes the work of contemporary artists, and the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through exhibitions, programs, and collections, ICA showcases the work of established and emerging artists, and aims to advance the public appreciation and understanding of innovative and experimental art.[34]

Miami Art Week

Female street artists Bambi traveled to Miami to share her distinctive art on a wall of the empty lot of the Miami Design District that will be transformed into "The Art Garden" by Israeli-French artist Idan Zareski in collaboration with Markowicz Fine Art, during Art Basel Week.[35]

In May 2016, "Bowie Unseen" is making its way around the whole wild world. The show, which benefits Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and is sponsored by FUJIFILM, kicked off on February 19th at Markowicz Fine Art, in Miami's Design District [36]


As of 2000, the population of the Miami Design District had 1,116 people. The zip codes for the Miami Design District include 33127 and 33137. The area covers 0.249 square miles (0.64 km2). As of 2000, there were 522 males and 594 females. The median age for males were 26.2 years old, while the median age for females were 25.4 years old. The average household size had 3.1 people, while the average family size had 3.6 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 32.9%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 17.5%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 20.7%. 5.8% of population in other group homes. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 19.2%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 19.5%.[37]

As of 2000, the percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 20.2% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 41.6%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 12.1%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 7.3%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 39.0%.[37]


The Design District is served by Metrobus throughout the area, the City of Miami Trolley Biscayne-Brickell route and by the Miami Metrorail in adjoining Allapattah less than a mile due west at:

The Design District has established designated drop-off and pick-up locations for rideshare services throughout the neighborhood including:

  • MC Kitchen Valet Stand (4141 NE 2nd Avenue)
  • Buick Building - Internum Miami (3841 NE 2nd Avenue)
  • Hermes (163 NE 39th Street)
  • Michaels Genuine Valet Stand (130 NE 40th Street)
  • Harry's Pizza Valet stand (3918 N Miami Avenue)
  • En Avance (53 NE 40th Street)
  • Niba Home (39 NE 39th Street)

The Design District currently provides more than 850 parking spaces in two garages featuring original architecture and large-scale art installations. More than 1,000 additional spaces in two new garages are planned in upcoming phases of construction.[38]

  • City View Garage (entrance on NE 38th Street between NE 1st Avenue and North Miami Avenue) features original facades by Leong Leong and Iwamoto Scott and murals by artist John Baldessari blanketing the north and south sides of the structure.[39]
  • Palm Court Garage (entrance on NE 38th Street between NE 1st Court and NE 2nd Avenue) features original architecture by SB Architects and interior signage by RSM Design. The pedestrian exit is a spiral staircase that takes visitors up from underground garage through a R. Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome and into the plaza of Palm Court.[40]


Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:

The Miami Design District is home to Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), a Miami Dade County public magnet school with an art and design curriculum complemented by rigorous academics. In the 2017 rankings, DASH was ranked 22 in the national rankings #2 in Florida and #7 on the magnet school list.[41]

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  25. ^ Redesign of the Design District: New boutiques and restaurants arriving
  26. ^ Walker, Elaine (March 28, 2011). "Louis Vuitton moving to Aventura Mall, Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011. 
  27. ^ Walker, Elaine (October 7, 2011). "Hermes moving to Miami Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011. 
  28. ^ Retrieved 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  29. ^ "Hermès opens flagship store in Design District; other new tenants announced". miamiherald. Retrieved . 
  30. ^ "More luxury brands heading to Miami's Design District". The Real Deal Miami. Retrieved . 
  31. ^ "Estefan Kitchen opens in Miami Design District". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved 2017. 
  32. ^ Nehamasnnehamas, Nicholas (2015-04-23). "Redesign of the Design District: New boutiques and restaurants arriving". Miami Herald. Retrieved . 
  33. ^ Benn, Evan S. "Joël Robuchon to open three restaurants in Miami's Design District". Retrieved . 
  34. ^ "About | Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami". ICA Miami. 2015-12-28. Retrieved . 
  35. ^ "Art Basel Week: Bambi Artist's Art from London Pops Up Overnight in the Miami Design District". 2013-11-29. Retrieved . 
  36. ^ Hood, John (2016-05-23). "David Bowie's Heathen Hits Sunset Strip". Huffington Post. Retrieved . 
  37. ^ a b "Demographics of Miami Design District, FL". city-data. Retrieved . 
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Coordinates: 25°48?46?N 80°11?32?W / 25.81278°N 80.19222°W / 25.81278; -80.19222

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