The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
FREY YAY! Design devotees are flocking to Basel, Switzerland, for the big art fair, as well as the 10th anniversary of Design Miami/ Basel from June 15-21. The latter’s talks include Patrick and Pierre Frey of the eponymous maison for luxury wallpaper and fabrics regarding the historical influence on contemporary textiles. To celebrate its milestone, Design Miami/ collaborated with Frey for Chromatropic, a camouflage print-inspired collage culled from an archive that spans 7,000 designs. Fashion label Hentsch Man created a limited-edition anorak, hat and sneakers, while J. Crew added a pocket square in the custom, fun fabric. Purchase them, along with other curated clothing, accessories and souvenirs, at a pop-up shop in the fair’s Hall 1 Süd with a theme that explores the connection between Basel and Miami.
THREE SPREE They say the third time’s a charm, so Tomas Maier should be set in launching his latest Miami location at Bal Harbour Shops after gentrifying Sunset Harbour and the Miami Design District more than a decade ago. His 1,800-square-foot boutique feels less cluttered and industrial than his former spaces here, with organic décor of natural oak floors and 20th-century furnishings by Danish master designer Ole Wanscher. From his signature collection, Maier’s oiled denim dress (pictured here) is the perfect everyday item for summer. There are several long-term collaborations, too, like his three custom candles for diptique in scents such as Palm Beach, a breezy, floral fragrance that conjures up the island’s famed gardens and fresh-cut grass. He also teams up with Serge Lutens (perfume), Florian (necklaces) and Osanna Visconti (jewelry).
BETROTHED BIRDIES Though not in South Florida so much, wedding season is upon us in many parts of the world. Good thing that local home and design emporium NEST CASA expands its tasteful wares to an in-store and online gift registry. Shop its exclusive, personalized keepsakes that are destined to become family heirlooms. For weddings, they carry Saint-Louis crystal; glassware handcrafted in Murano, Italy, and fine silver flatware and cutlery from Puiforcat Paris. Newlyweds can feather their nests with custom linens from bedding to tablecloths sourced in Italy. Arca’s serving trays and picture frames with horn details, as well as Baobob’s signature scents, also appeal to a wide range of recipients. Know a bride to be? The store hosts consultations to curate a registry with complimentary champagne.
ALTER E(AT)GO Brad Kilgore’s Alter restaurant is getting a lot of buzz these days. The former chef at Chicago’s Alinea and Bal Harbour’s J&G Grill opened his own eatery in Wynwood with a Florida-fueled menu that one can partake in on a weekly basis versus occasion-driven dining (even the five-course tasting menu is a mere $65). Gobble up bread & beurre, whose umami butter melts into its sumac and dill seed crust. The soft egg layered with sea scallop foam, truffle pearls and gruyère is also receiving high scores. Entrees range from Moroccan-minded poussin to Asian-inspired (shoyu hollandaise) grouper cheeks with black rice. Beyond seats for 40 guests in the main room, serious eaters will want to book his chef’s table in the glass-enclosed open kitchen via Table8 reservation service.