Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing kitchen, living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
Silver Medal of Paris recipient Jacques Harvey draws upon lessons learned during a career as an internationally respected artist and museum curator to teach students professional painting techniques. During each course, Jacques keeps aspiring artists in the know with tips derived from his years at Académie Julian, his decades spent studying da Vinci, van Gogh, and Picasso, and his centuries spent trying to contact Titan via the astral plane. Classes are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art lovers can peruse Jacques’s work on his online gallery, or by closing their eyes and saying Warhol three times.
Down a dark alley off 14th Court, a stark red light barely illuminates an innocuous looking doorway. But it's not just the perfect hiding spot for tomato ninjas, it's the entrance to the Foxhole Bar, the first stop on a whirlwind tour of Miami bars and breweries. Past that dark entry waits a speakeasy-style lounge and a complimentary brew to start the night. Up next is Wynwood Brewing Company, which fits right into the arts district with three anchor craft brews, one of which will be set before tour members for sampling. The final stop on the tour is the Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, a gastropub that crafts its own beer behind the bar. The Hops Tour is also making plans to incorporate M.I.A. Brewing into their explorations.
In the heart of Miami’s Wynwood art district sits a repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency facility, which today holds one of the world’s largest privately-held contemporary art collections. The 45,000 square foot space is the work of Donald and Mera Rubell and their creation of the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, which has put the collection on view for all to see. Since 1993, the Rubell family has been sharing their collection of works from such world-renown artists as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The collection also offers a lecture series, a special partnership with the Miami Dade-County Public Schools and complimentary audio tours on Saturdays.
O Cinema is one of Miami’s most celebrated independent movie houses. Its goal is to provide an offering of films that otherwise might not be seen in Miami – foreign features, independent movies, artsy shorts and stunning documentaries. The Wynwood location of this small Miami chain is more diminutive than your usual cinema multiplex, but the art house feel makes you feel closer to the film itself. There are actually three different screening areas throughout the facility, and on those ever-present warm nights the O Cinema team might even put together a free outdoor screening. And, since the theater is located in Wynwood, there’s an adjoining space for art installations right on site.
Though her artistic skill set runs the gamut from Japanese lacquer painting to woodcarving, María Albano's works are united by a common mission—to give homes a unique warmth and character. With that in mind, she works with her clients to design murals that invigorate blasé walls or divert attention away from magic mirrors' endless limericks, and rejuvenates lackluster furniture with faux finishing techniques. Additionally, Ms. Albano offers year-round classes and workshops that equip budding artists with the knowledge and skills to invigorate their own abodes.