October 1, 2012

Miami—Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls is an urban revitalization project in a warehouse neighborhood of Miami.

The community organizer of the project was ‘looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Starting with the 25th–26th Street complex of six separate buildings, his goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, and to develop the area’s pedestrian potential. The combination of graffiti, grass, restaurants, and pop seating makes it a great place to meet up and explore.

The park is sprinkled  with both versions of the Supernatural Chair by Ross Lovegrove (armless, 2005; with arms 2007; for Moroso). I first remember seeing this chair in ID Magazine‘s 2007 Annual Design Review. I’ve pulled it off the shelf. It reads ‘much of the London designer’s recent work has played off honeycombs and cells, and the chair’s paddle back and wasp waist are presaged by mid-century offerings from Arne Jacobsen and Norman Cherner.” But the sophisticated injection molding and patterned cutout are it’s twist.


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