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ELEVATE SPRING ISSUE 2017

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CONTENTS

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12 PUBLISHER'S NOTE

46 GRAN PARAISO ON THE BAY

16 ITALKRAFT DESIGNER INSPIRATIONS

50 CANCÚN'S DAYDREAM

18 BAL HARBOUR'S BIOPHILIC EDEN

54 RENEWED VITALITY

24 THE ALEXANDER BROTHERS

58 UTOPIAN SIMPLICITY

26 MENTORS & MUSES

62 LUXURY ON THE RISE

30 GLOBAL IMPRINTS OF INSITE

66 MET GALA OF COMME DES GARÇONS'S REI KAWAKUBO

32 FRAMED ELEGANCE

68 SARAH BRAMAN'S SCULPTURAL BRICOLAGE

34 THE SANDS OF TIME

70 THE ART OF OWNERSHIP with BLACKBIRD AERO

38 MAESTRO LUCE

72 YACHTING'S FIRST - CLASS TOUCH

42 CODINA - CARR HOMES DULCENT TONES

78 APERITIVO

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WELCOME TO ELEVATE MAGAZINE Just as Spring awakens to the dawn of new beginnings, with a sense of renewal we are elated to share this new chapter with you. ELEVATE by ITALKRAFT is a luxury brand extension that grants oneof-a kind media offerings to our partners with a more direct and intimate connection to showcase their luxury products and services to a discerning audience. Delivered in print, interactive multi-platform digital and events. In this premier issue, we delve into the creative process of some of the most significant visionaries and masters of art, architecture, design, gastronomy, fashion and real estate that help empower and enrich the lives of others through a memorable and stimulating expressive that shapes and defines our world through contemporary culture. Our journey begins in Bal Harbour with The Alexander Team of Douglas Elliman, as they take us on an exploration of 252 Bal Bay Drive and discuss Chad Oppenheim's other-worldly sensuous creation. CEO of Delos, Paul Scialla and well-renowned integrative health advocate and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra combine the power of healing to design the magnificence of Muse Residences and discuss the importance of features that enhance our quality of life and get us in touch with our surroundings. Head of Design, Mark Davison from London's Yoo Studio shares the Yoo-fology behind their company's name and how they apply their inspirations into a kitchen space and we take an excursion to the River Yacht Club where we can dine under electric stars. We are happy to announce the opening of our enchanting new showroom in Panama and the wonderful alliances we made this year! We strive on growing together and learning from each other. I want to thank my in-house team of designers and partners personally for making this all possible. ELEVATE by ITALKRAFT - Your resource for global creation. Alex Xakoustis, Carolina Gutierrez and Raul Gutierrez

Carolina Gutierrez Publisher / Italkraft Marketing Director @elevateitalkraft @italkraft

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ON THE COVER 252 BAL BAY DRIVE | BAL HARBOUR LISTED $36M WITH OREN & TAL ALEXANDER DOUGLAS ELLIMAN Cover Property 252BBD.com TheAlexanderTeam.com Cover Story Page 18


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"Modernism which is characterized by “pure" forms in its most natural state; emphasizes the nuances in the grain of the wood species. " - Rick A. Cajigas


MADERO FLOORING

Rick Cajigas has been in flooring for over 20 years as a second generation in the industry. His passion for wood is in the emphasis of his extensive research for the past 7 years in the operation. Like his desire for unique things, Italkraft shares the same intrigue in genuine rarities and attention to details. Traveling the world in the pursuit of the best there is to offer.

ENHANCING THE WAY YOU LIVE MADERO - THE WAY NATURE INTENDED IT TO BE

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PARK GROVE | CORAL GABLES, FL Most clients in Miami ask for a white kitchen with flat doors, but it doesn’t always work with the style of their home. I love the design of this kitchen because by simply adding the wood framing you take an ultra-modern cabinet style and turn it into a transitional style. The textured wood accents are an elegant contrast to the high gloss lacquer. Not only is manufacturing a texture like this difficult, but integrating it next to a smooth panel door takes expertise. You can especially appreciate the craftsmanship when looking at the detail of the island panels mitered at 45 degrees.

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ITALKRAFT DESIGNER INSPIRATIONS With Designer Candace Matlock

Graduating in interior design with the specialty of kitchen and bath design, Candace has been designing in the Southern Florida residential marketplace since 2009. Since joining Italkraft in 2014, she has rapidly built a tremendous portfolio in new builds and in hi-end spec homes. Candace is currently working on her first International large scale project in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

"Traveling to Italy every year, I get to discover the newest trends and materials anticipating the newest designs. Becoming familiar with the Italian culture helps me translate our product to our clients."

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BAL HARBOUR'S BIOPHILIC EDEN Playing into the Senses of Chad Oppenheim and Shlomy Alexander's Modernity

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n a den between a bantam lagoon of mangroves that stretches out over Oleta River State Park and meets Biscayne Bay, the amalgamation of Oppenheim's architectural preeminence and master developer Shlomy Alexander's nature-provoked ideology in the newly designed residence of 252 Bal Bay Drive is the rare treasure that ramifies itself off from other developments in the prized Miami Beach neighborhood. The bountifulness of lush vegetation serenades the property, just as Chad's fecund interpretation indelibly captures the essence of the retreat's serenity; thus linking over 17,000 sq. ft. of the estate's cultural landscape to the symbiosis of its natural habitat. Oren Alexander expresses, "We wanted to build a home that had a sense of belonging to the community. Imbued by Philip Johnson's, "The Glass House", outdoor sculptural gardens serve as the rudiment to the architectural composition of openness within the space and neutral woods and stone create an understated sophistication that complements the color scheme of the internationally acclaimed village. The key attributes of human luxury in architecture and design are the proportions to space and the quality of raw materials; succinctly differentiating it from a house that is lived-in to a home that moves with the way you live." At the gateway of nature’s wonder, Italkraft's nascent of musicality cascades a verdant sea of accoutrement with unfinished travertine romano flooring from the entrance way to the bottom of the 75 ft. glass-walled infinity swimming pool and intoxicating Yugoslavian oak for the ceilings, doors, kitchen cabinetry and floating staircases. The textural

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ballad of luxurious millwork whispers to light's touch through retractile glass doors that diminish into Japanese courtyards surrounded by Koi ponds. "Walking barefoot in the house gives a feeling like you're walking on earth and touching heaven. Italkraft was our partner on this project. Their ability in sourcing materials, producing and installing was effortless. Just as water features in a home convey a feeling of peace, its important materiality gesture the same dimension. Italkraft delivered and everyone is blown away", shares Oren. Deeply embedded into Oppenheim's creative complexion, volumization and intimization play an integral role throughout the entirety of the property, emphasizing your front row seat to a picture window view to ambrosial atriums off the kitchen to your mirror to the ocean. Motorized doors and windows can be opened to enlarge the space or tied off for privacy in their smaller framed vignettes, each telling their own narrative that interludes between the interior and exterior. Feelings find form with the warmth of sunlight and adagio breezes in the master suite that breathes in tranquility with her and his views of the bay. Other amenities include wide closets that are open to natural light and a beautiful art gallery made for the avid collector. Oren articulates, " A home is meant to express sensations, not architecture. To borrow from the past and remake the present. 252 is one of the best designed homes I have ever seen." Romantic minimalism unfolds in every corridor, entrancing you into the magic of 252 Bal Bay Drive. ENRAPTURE YOURSELF IN ITS BEAUTY For more information contact Oren Alexander thealexanderteam.com 252BBD.com


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Q THE & ALEXANDER A BROTHERS E L E VAT E

ALEXANDER TEAM talks shop about the South Florida - New York City connection and the next phase of contemporary building.

ELEVATE: What are your thoughts on the latest trends in the industry that are attracting the new millennial to purchase properties and do you see ALEXANDER TEAM: We cater to a diverse and discerning clientele who this as a phase or an awareness? move in between the worlds of art, design and culture. They are celebrities; top models, hedge fund managers, equity groups, developers, media ALEXANDER TEAM: The buyer today is more conscious about his overall well-being and how he/she may balance their time. They want to outlets and top art gallerists. incorporate wellness integration into their corporate and everyday lives to ELEVATE: What differentiates the Alexander Team from other firms in the include; making responsible material choices that make them feel good, utilizing air and water purifiers for better quality breathing and drinking luxury living marketplace? water, etc. ALEXANDER TEAM: Our white-glove service, assiduous practices and record-breaking sales deals make us recognizable in the real estate ELEVATE: With designers of all mediums (Fashion house and car brands) marketplace. (i.e.- 3 Indian Creek broke the record of $47 million which going into the real estate market today, do you feel that a consumer is is the most expensive home to sell in Miami) We garner exposure by more attracted to the brand in purchasing or do you feel that the consumer blending our business life with our social life. We work smarter and still has to have a connection to the space? tenaciously, targeting the buyer and never turn this mind set off. We are ALEXANDER TEAM: Some global brands who are going into the market known for being everywhere, with events around the globe. From major today are trying to do this solely by name recognition. The ultimate brand sporting arena's to fashion weeks, art galas, car racing, foundations and is the architect and the designer in which adds credibility. That's timeless with our families for Shabbat dinner. We are the brokers who have carved luxury. out price points to target the product we sell and are focused on the top end game in the New York and Miami landscape. ELEVATE: What are the synergies between the South Florida and NYC ma ELEVATE: Who is the Alexander Team client?

ELEVATE: Where do you see a transition in the marketplace over the next rketplace? 5 years? (South Florida and New York) ALEXANDER TEAM: Miami has a significant influence on New York buyers. It has grown up and become more sophisticated. Buyers are interested ALEXANDER TEAM: We continue to evolve, while reflecting on the past due to the cultural scene, the tax shelter and it's become the most well to create the future. There's been an interesting phase of waterfront views traveled aviation route. and we can use Indian Creek as a catalyst. What we call contemporary is not as easy as creating a box with glass windows and placing all white ELEVATE: Are there any new developments that you want to share? furniture in it and calling it contemporary. To build contemporary right is expensive. There have been many demolished historical homes that were ALEXANDER TEAM: We are building a new ALEXANDER TEAM residence, poorly designed. The next phase is to bring back the transitional with a in which is a 10,000 sq. ft. waterfront estate on Flamingo drive with Italkraft. Flamingo Drive is going through a metamorphosis. It's the new hot spot. little more Mediterranean flair.

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MENTORS & MUSES

RACHEL BURNS Yoo Studio Team Member Inspiration: Merve Özaslan WHY?: I love Merve’s merging collage designs as they create a sense of surprise in photography. The punch of colour and naturalism mixed with a vintage photo encourages the user to imagine a dream like story. "Natural act is composed by several collages based on the questions of the relation between nature and humanity. It is basically a critical presentation referring to the fact that each of us is part of the nature. It seeks the answer whether greed, urbanization, mechanization and detaching from the nature is favorable or coherent for human or not. In that sense natural act appears with all its colors when our emotions are paralyzed in the vital points of the cliche and dull city life." - Merve Özaslan Apply: Contrast between nature and the manufactured FUN 26 ELEVATE SPRING 2017 | ELEVATEIK.COM

FLOW

Courtesy of Merve Özaslan merveozaslan.com

The intelligentsia of the YOO Studio in-house team of designers and architects express how they apply their inspirations into a kitchen space.


ANJA REVENDAYoo Studio Team Member Inspiration: Joe Cruz WHY?: Joe Cruz' work is bold, graphic and fun. He takes existing imagery and abstracts by colouring in and highlighting certain areas, giving it a different context and personal spin. Each artwork is a snapshot and creates a narrative that is both visually striking and intellectually teasing. "Brutalist architecture is something I have been drawn to within my work, the social and historical background to these types of buildings is intriguing. Plus, visually the bold concrete and rough textures really complement my colourful marks. In general, I feel these buildings work better in warmer climates, contrasting with large foliage. With my pastels, I wanted to give warmth back to the bold concrete." - Joe Cruz Apply: Having intersecting blocks

Courtesy of Issey Miyake isseymiyake.com

Courtesy of Joe Cruz jcruz.co.uk @jcruz_art Pictures: Top left Artwork for whistles 1, UK 2014 Top Right DIVE Underneath whistles 2

DANIEL NOLAN - Yoo Studio Team Member Inspiration: Ikko Tanaka x Issey Miyake Collection WHY?: Utilising a bold 2D graphic into a 3 dimensional pleated wearable garment. Taking something from one design discipline and translating it to another. Finding correlation between the 2D nature of the graphic and the classic Kimono cutting pattern. Geometrical balances and playing with shapes. Apply: Bold graphic colours or the use of pattern

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AJN_HW_Abu_Dhabi_Louvre_04 © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Yves Klein, © Yves Klein c/o Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2017 Klein, Yves (19281962) © ARS, NY. RP 10 Région de Grenoble. 1961. Pure pigment and synthetic resin or bronze. 86 x 65 cm. Private Collection. Banque d' Images, ADAGP/Art Resource, NY

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. George C. Scott. Hawk Films Prod./Columbia/Album/Art Resource, NY.

Courtesy of 7132 Hotel, Switzerland http://7132.com/en

MICHAEL DELANEY Senior Designer Yoo Team Member Inspiration 1: Yves Klein International Blue WHY? Representation of the universe and the infinite, using just colour pigment Inspiration 2: Ken Adams sets, James Bond/Dr Strangelove WHY? Sexy, glamorous, iconic. Futuristic but referencing the past at the same time Apply 1: Being the first to source new materials and introducing new ways of using them Apply 2: We set out to create an iconic space that conveys a sense of sexiness & glamour


Courtesy of 7132 Hotel, Switzerland http://7132.com/en

TOP RIGHT Š F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2017 Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887-1965) Š ARS, NY Scala/White Images/ Art Resource, NY.

MARK DAVISON Head of Design Yoo Team Member Inspiration 1: Villa Savoye Le Corbusier WHY? Bold architecture through the mix of simple shapes. Inspiration 2: Abu Dhabi Louvre WHY? Plays with light and shadow to project a pattern onto a space Inspiration 3: 7132 Hotel thermal baths in Vals WHY?: The impact of a bold and simple design. " The 7132 Hotel is located at the entrance to the picturesque village of Vals in the Grisons Alps. Renowned for its thermal springs is what makes Vals unique. Consisting of raw concrete and 60,000 slabs of local quartzite stone, the monolithic building is an architectural tribute to the archaic beauty of the Vals valley, designed by the Pritzer Prize architect, Peter Zumthor. The Therme belongs to architects Kengo Kuma, Thom Mayne and Tadao Ando." -7132 Hotel Apply 1: Creating that element of surprise/ surrealism. Being playful with our designs Apply 2: Play on light, luminosity, reflection and shadow Apply 3: Contrast between nature and the manufactured yoo.com/designers/yoo-studio/

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GLOBAL IMPRINTS of INSITE

YOO STUDIO & ITALKRAFT'S INNOVATIONAL CATHEXIS

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" Miami is an obvious fantastic cultural melting pot, the association with glamour and show business both from the past and the current time and the more recent huge design and art and music explosion. Most of my clients from all corners of the planet know Miami and love it. " - Mark Davison

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n international lifestyle brand and one of the most consummate design and development companies, London's Yoo Studio prevails behind the most extraordinary residential, hotel, and leisure developments to date, with a presence that spans its experience in 26 countries around the world. CoFounded in 1999 by international property entrepreneur John Hitchcox, and renowned designer, Philippe Stark, Yoo Studio's ultimate mission is to elevate and touch people's lives through conscious design. Directed by Head of Design, Mark Davison, the Yoo experience is enhanced by the proficiency of its artisans range of architects, interior and product designers that proffers a divergence of style and sophistication to suit the lifestyles of today's affluent buyer. A new partnership between the brand's, allows the expansion of offerings from Yoo to benefit from Italkraft's seamless manufacturing and sourcing of materials that brings forth a new culture of design that sharpens their footprints in various regions across the globe. "For years, we worked with many kitchen manufacturers all around the world, but we would often have to work hard to achieve a sympathetic design collaboration with most, wanting less "design", without all the latest funky gadgets. People today are less interested in the owning and display of a trophy kitchen and with the wish for it to be kept polished like a new car than for something that really works for them in the way they live their lives, something that will mature and grow with them. We not only share a strong belief in exquisite craftsmanship, we found a partner who can supply quality kitchens across our global reach and have exceptional experience in working around the world. Our collaboration will allow us to not have to keep reinventing the wheel and focus the energy on the bigger picture of the design of a project,” enunciates Mark Davison. Their first project initiates in one of the most historical and oldest cities in the Caribbean, with the launch of Yoo's and Venezuelan construction powerhouse, Grupo Zagalo's

first 121-unit boutique residences and hotel projects in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. Ideally located at the intersection of Calle Gustavo Mejia Ricart and Calle Freddy Prestol Castillo, just moments away from the prestigious Blue Mall area, the elite can enjoy the finest shopping and culinary experiences among the likes of Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Café SBG. Antonio Segundo Imbert, co-founder of Simples Arquitectura, is the lead architect responsible for design of the tower; a stylized 14-story building with commercial spaces, that will be home to Santo Domingo’s only private landscaped rooftop. "ITALKRAFT is glad to be working with YOO Studio. We are always up for new challenges, and with YOO Studio always being at the fore of innovative design, we know they will push us to great limits to achieve a unique product fitting each one of their concepts. I think that this will be the beginning of a new era for us," contributes Raul Gutierrez. "This unified vision of our collaboration is the first on a number of projects with Italkraft, in which will benefit our aesthetics and meets the needs of the client budget. We will step carefully into realizing the greater advancements of the partnership, as with all of our projects the goal begins with a great foundation and continually improves to evolve from there. Just as Italkraft, we try whenever possible to look at any opportunity, to be more careful in what we take and what we give back through sustainable practices, philanthropic endeavors and a number of outreach programs around the world. I would not say we are angels, but we do have more weight than many designers to influence clients and local authorities to encourage them to think along these lines too, even if it might be more interesting to them as a marketing point, every little bit can help if it's done with conviction. Our strange company name {Yoo} is meant to remind us that what we do is not all about "us", " shares Mark Davison. yoo.com/designers/yoo-studio/

Mark Davison

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hadetec -the premier source for shades, shutters, and draperies, grew from a partnership between Casa & Resort and the industry's leader in kitchens, bathrooms, closets, custom cabinetry, renewable manufacturing, materiality and installation, Italkraft. With their extensive knowledge, exceptional customer care and dependability you can rely on, Shadetec, specializes in customized window designs that achieve the congruity to your interiors with signature touches that complete the look and feel of your home. For your convenience, they have three showrooms located throughout South Florida in Coral Gables, Doral, and Aventura. Their friendly staff will walk you through a gallery of selections and options that cater to your needs. Raul Gutierrez expresses, "We believe that beauty is created without compromise. Discerning the need for opulent finishes is what sets us apart." The components to dressing up windows are to provide privacy, control glare, keeping your house cool and away from harmful rays that create a true inside-outside living space. There are window treatments that work best for specific types of windows. Interior and lighting designer, Shannon Scott from RS3 Designs shares the latest trends with Elevate. "Due to the mass urbanism and the latest condo developments in South Florida, the trends in the market have been determined by form following function with contemporary build outs, higher ceilings, and larger windows. Motorized and automated systems have become user-friendly and equipped with operating features coordinated with wire free switches and sensors in the latest gadgets for remote control, radio frequency, and solar power. Sheer shades always make a room come to life and give a light feel to accentuate the space. They are great for bay windows. Sometimes the simplest of design makes all the difference. Sheer shades have the capability to block out the sunlight while letting a glimpse peek through. Roller shades provide an easy simplicity in unique fabrics and textures, giving you options on opacity levels, meaning the amount of light transparency you let in. For sleeping and watching a movie, black out shades are essential in regulating blinding light. With new homes, it's about being in tune with your views and the environment, catering to your lifestyle. Exterior shades give an unhindered view, adding privacy and comfort. They also muffle out noise, provide insect and dust control and help protect your millwork and furnishings from the brutal sunlight in South Florida." No matter your window pleasures, Shadetec products range from motorized and manual roller shades and custom drapes, plantation shutters, specialty shades, exterior shades and more -catering to a client's personal needs from volume hospitality projects to luxury single family homes. shadetecmiami.com 32 ELEVATE SPRING 2017 | ELEVATEIK.COM


ELEGANCE

FRAMED

ROOM WITH A VIEW

"Window treatments frame the view of your interior furnishings and frame the view to your surroundings that create its own art painting and cohesive design throughout the space." - RS3 Designs

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THE SANDS OF TIME

THE INTERIORS OF RYAN SMALDONE'S EFFORTLESS BEAUTY

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"It was important that the interior and exterior create a dialogue with one another. Form follows feelings and echoes the environments till they meet up at the seaboard." - Ryan Smaldone

"What drove the inspired design elements in the kitchen space was the materials. The kitchen is the hearth of the home and allowing that function, form follows behind it. I have a long standing relationship with senior designer, Andrea Subotovsky from Italkraft. There's a certain intuition you have when working together. Andrea has the uncanny ability to showcase materials that manifest concepts. The textural qualities of the materials created an inviting welcome into the room. " - Ryan Smaldone

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" In every grain of sand there is a story of the earth" - Rachel Carson

"An understated statement. - The bar became part of the furnishings and provided extra seating into the living room space. The accents of browns, sands and taupe's against oak floors and white high gloss lacquer finishes created an easy comfort, reminiscent of the beach." - Ryan Smaldone jandrdesignmiami.com

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ORLEANS CHATEAU

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MAESTRO LUCE

ORCHESTRATING THE VISUAL AMBIENCE OF YOUR LIFE

MURANO AT PORTOFINO

"Light is beauty, light is a feeling, light beckons, light is elegance, light can transform many aspects of a design, from the color of the materials to the feeling of a room. Lighting in general has become more influential in areas of our lives and serves as inspiration for creation, as more than ever, lighting is more discreet."- Luis Blanco From dramatic scenes with bold lights, to serene environments with soft lighting, Planet Lighting & RS3 Designs collective paints the significance of setting with lighting

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"We believe lighting is the single most important element in a home. Entire environments and moods can be achieved with lighting alone. It’s important to use artificial light in a way that benefits from the home’s natural light to create a perfect symphony for the desired mood at the appropriate time." - Luis Blanco

ELEVATE: Lighting is one of the most strategic components in enhancing a space, what are the differences in illumination in decorative lighting? (accent, general and task) PL: Illumination can convey different moods and settings, which is the reason it’s such an important part of any design. As we all know, the world of lighting has changed significantly in the past few years. With the creation of the LED, light appearance and functionality is now more important than ever. Selecting adequate light for any room is essential, from the color temperature to the emission of the light and the amount of light that fixture delivers in color rendition. (CRI) We can drastically make changes to a room with different options of light, without making changes to existing furniture, wallpaper or decorative accessories.- i.e., Task lighting in a kitchen or working space should be whiter on the Kelvin color temperature scale 4000k. The white light allows the eyes to maintain focus on a task without getting our vision tired, and keeps us more alert.

Photos Courtesy of RS3 Designs

RS3 DESIGNS: They're several differences in illumination regarding decorative lighting. Accent, general, and task lighting all have its own purposes and character. Accent, would be the most decorative. Its main purpose is to enhance a space with either the physicality of the light fixture, or the soft, "accentual" light/glow the fixture distributes. General lighting, AKA, 'architectural lighting' many of times are some of our favorite. Despite, its mundane "general" name, recent architectural lighting can be absolutely beautiful even though they are just intended for general lighting throughout a residential or commercial space. i.e. From the recessed lights in kitchens to bathrooms, foyer to lobbies, restaurants and offices. Task lighting is a given for commercial kitchens, offices and healthcare facilities. Luckily for us designers, task lighting is now also a lot more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than it was a few years ago.

ELEVATE: What defines a lighting specialist? PL: A lighting specialist (which sometimes is the wrong terminology), is more like a lighting designer - someone who understands the needs of the client and understands the use of the space, and helps the designer, client or consumer achieve a complete use of the space. RS3 DESIGNS: In my opinion a lighting specialist is someone who has the ability and knowledge to combine the perfect balance between functional lighting and aesthetically pleasing fixture selections that omit to the overall design intent of the project. For example, there is nothing more beautifying than the perfect combination of mood lighting in an intimate restaurant/ lounge with just the right amount of light for one to still enjoy their food, drinks and company. ELEVATE: How did a partnership initiate between Planet Lighting and RS3 designs? PL: Since I first met partners, Shannon Scott and Raymond Jimenez, I was impressed by their understanding of the important role that lighting plays in design, and how they incorporate lighting as an integral part of their designs to create that “WOW” effect into their projects. Together, we have done some amazing residential and commercial projects where lighting has taken the entire design to the next level. RS3 DESIGNS: We've have had the pleasure of working with Planet lighting before RS3 was founded in 2010 when Raymond and I worked together in a previous high-end residential design firm located in Miami, Florida. Customer service and on-line support combined with their vast comprehension of product knowledge and product technicalities, with a keen awareness on innovation in the marketplace places them in a distinctive class all by themselves. Once RS3 Designs was launched, we worked with them immediately.

"Natural light is a luxury, we don't normally have. We tend to depend heavily on artificial lighting. In a pre-construction build out for residential, an architect would normally tend to position the building/ residence in a direction that would best benefit the home's best natural day light possible. Many design professionals refer to this light as 'North Light' which is the best natural day light for a studio, kitchen, pool deck, etc. Unfortunately, not very many hotels have this luxury since they are usually located in metropolises and urban communities where natural daylight is scarce from all angles." - Shannon Scott rs3designs.com planetlighting.net

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CODINA - CARR HOMES DULCENT TONES A Mélange of Finishes Customized to Accentuate your Individuality

"Mr. Carr and Mr. Codina know what today's home buyers are looking for. They know the importance of selecting home design features that are not only beautiful but also of the highest quality, and this is what made Italkraft an obvious choice for this project." - Diana Ibarria, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CC Homes 42 ELEVATE SPRING 2017 | ELEVATEIK.COM


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ounded on the ethics of providing families with high quality new homes in desirable locations, the South Florida real estate dyad of Mr. Armando Codina and Mr. Jim Carr recognize the high demand for "new" developments at affordable prices. With over 66 years of combined experience, the undertaking of creating responsible - friendly homes is the syntactic core of the company's mission. Since 2010, CC Homes has used suppliers and materials in their communities that meet or exceed Federal-green building standards with reduction to the impact on natural resources that promote environmental conservation, while providing home owners added peace of mind and resale value in the long term. With projects located throughout the state, CC Homes is one of the most sought out builders and developers in Florida, awarded " Residential Developer of the Year" by the Latin Builders Association in 2015 and ranked among the Top 5 New Home Builders in South Florida by Metrostudy in 2015 and 2016. With luxurious residences, trendy shops and restaurants, a bustling business park, a bilingual school, and metropolitan amenities, Downtown Doral is a 250-acre dynamic city center adorned with masterpieces by world renowned artists. Sales have launched for their new luxury development, Canarias in The Residences at Downtown Doral that will feature 343 singlefamily estate homes and 52 townhomes in a mosaic of six residential collections. At present, two of the single-family home collections and the select townhome collection are currently for sale. Singlefamily homes in the Bali Collection, the largest residences, range in price from $1.1 million to $1.4 million and beyond. Single-family homes in the Fiji Collection are slightly smaller and are all priced in the $800,000’s. The Tahiti townhome collection offers pricing from the $590,000’s to $700,000’s, with floor plans ranging from 1,687 square feet to more than 4,780 square feet under air. At the Canarias, home buyers will be able to customize every detail of their home. The décor that makes your space uniquely yours is more than just random elements- it is the distinct orchestration of form, space, surface, texture, color, and most important the “feeling” that personifies comfort couture. This creative stage will include selection of materials and colors specified to scale of elements to be included in the space. One of the benchmarks of Italkraft is their extensive usage and implementation of custom finishes that give each home a unique look and make it feel complete. "After choosing the floor plan that suits their needs, buyers get to personalize the home in the Canarias Design Center. Luxury features like Italkraft, which are included standard at Canarias, are typically considered upgrades at other new home communities. Here they have access to an incredibly wide selection of top-ofthe-line designer finishes. The quality of these homes is not limited to the features you can see… Master craftsmanship and attention to detail goes into building homes that will last from generation to generation ", says Diana Ibarria, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CC Homes. Other amenities include access to an approximately 40,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a resort-style pool, cabanas, tiki bar, and fitness center. A lakeside promenade, community art installations and gardens are also in the works for The Residences at Downtown Doral. In the words of Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and the late Chris Squire "This world I like - We architects of life" CODINA - CARR CREATING YOUR DESIRES cchomes.com canariasdowntowndoral.com/

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GRAN PARAISO ON THE BAY

EDGEWATER'S MASTERFUL CREATION OF ARCHITECTURE & ART

“Life Defines The Space; And Life Means Your Culture, Your Soul, Your Noise, Your Silence” -Piero Lissoni

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he Related Group's developments are often distinguished by groundbreaking partnerships with world-renowned architects, interior designers, and artists, resulting in residential properties that are recognized as urban landmarks. One of the company's most recent distinctive property's in South Florida is the Gran Paraiso in Edgewater. Their leadership is committed to creating developments that energize cities, celebrate innovative architecture, and foster vibrant new ways to live in the most dynamic emerging and undiscovered neighborhoods. Soaring high above Biscayne Bay, Paraiso's final and most magnificent luxury condominium, Gran Paraiso is the ultimate country club lifestyle with views beyond your wildest imagination. Gran Paraiso represents a singular opportunity to own a home in the finest and final building in the Paraiso master planned community. Rivaling its spectacular natural setting overlooking Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach over the horizon, Gran Paraiso is a unique creative accomplishment by some of the world's greatest architects: Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Piero Lissoni, and Enzo Enea. Italian designer Piero Lissoni's signature talent for creating luxurious yet elegantly understated interiors touches every aspect of Gran Paraiso's lobby. From artful lighting to richly textured surfaces in subtle natural tones offers a memorable welcome with grand high ceilings that lead directly to private elevators to each residence. Lissoni brings rich materials and gorgeous finishes together into the interior spaces with clean, modern lines that create a feeling of bliss over expansive private terraces with pools. Italkraft kitchens and spa-inspired master bathrooms feature custom cabinetry and deep soaking bathtubs. Residents have access to every indulgence at Gran Paraiso's Beach Club that features a restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur, Michael Schwartz with casual elegant indoor and outdoor dining. The heart of the community is Gran Paraiso's pool terrace designed by landscape architect, Enzo Enea. Sculptural gardens of art come alive against a backdrop of lush tropical foliage, cool white stone, and dramatic lighting exuding grandeur and tranquility. Curated by Related Group, master contemporary artists Pablo Atchugarry, Frank Stella, Vik Muniz, David Hayes and Alex Katz grace the property's common indoor and outdoor spaces. Residents have the world at their fingertips with two dedicated outdoor spaces for yoga and pilates, a spa with the best of healing treatments and a number of recreational venues to include billiards, a bowling alley and nightclub with oversized LED screens displays, and a state-of-the-art sound system where you can dance the night away. Over three acres of elevated amenities include exclusive boat slips with on-demand service for rental of speedboats and personal watercrafts for windsurfing, canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing, a golf simulator for the golf enthusiast, a wine cellar with a tasting salon and cigar lounge with private humidors and a teenager's game room with multimedia facilities. The best of what life has to offer - Gran Paraiso granparaisoresidences.com

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CANCUN'S DAYDREAM THE HIGH-LINE ART OF SLS HOTEL & RESIDENCES

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n partnership with sbe hospitality, a leading global hospitality group out of Los Angeles, Miami-based development firm, The Related Group is expanding the SLS brand into Mexico with the mixed-use property of hotel and residences in the state of Quintana Roo. The brands extension will complement the firm's robust American offerings and continue the tradition of the Related Group's excellence and craftsmanship. “The potential in Mexico is tremendous,” said Jorge Pérez, Chairman and Founder of The Related Group. “Continued trade with its northern neighbors and record-breaking tourism has led to robust growth in the Mexican economy which has in turn empowered the middle class and made it a more desirable destination for American buyers. Mexico is a country on the cusp of a major boom and Related will be ready when it begins.” Stretched along 87 miles of the Mexican Caribbean's coastline of the Yucatan peninsula known as the Riviera Maya, the tropical oasis provides ideal surroundings to experience nature at its purest and the hottest new lifestyle destination. In partnership with Arroniz Arte Contemporáneo Gallery in Mexico City, art reigns throughout the property with curated sculptural works that bring the optical opulence of the entire development to new heights, elevating the tone of the interior spaces with dimension and beauty to its cerulean seas. With a feast of unconventional luxury, the best of design and gastronomy reigns at SLS with sophistication and allure in a treasure of exclusivity, offering access to a private beach club, marina, golf course, fitness center, world-class shopping and a variety of other entertainment options. Forever changing your perception of true luxury - SLS Cancún slscancun.com

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“I Have Imagined Sls Cancun As The Premier Gated Beachfront Paradise, Offering Incredible Designer Residences Wrapped By Amazing Views Of The Blue Caribbean Waters, With Incomparable Amenities And Fabulous Hotel Services By Sls” - Jorge Pérez

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RENEWED VITALITY Placing health and wellness at the center of design

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“I have always looked at the environment as an extension of people rather than as a separate entity. Wellness real estate recognizes this connection and removes the division between humans and the environment and between nature and nurture.” –Deepak Chopra

ELEVATE gets a personal introspection on biological living spaces and the unparalleled wellness experience for homebuyers at Muse Residences with the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos and well-renowned integrative health advocate and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra "People are increasingly prioritizing their health and wellness within every aspect of their lives. As a growing body of research continues to demonstrate the profound impact indoor spaces can have on our health and wellness, it is becoming increasingly important to focus on designing residences that support occupant health in the built environment as a tool to promote biological sustainability. From the quality of the air in a space to the amount of daylight entering, there are many designs, construction, and operation decisions that can contribute to a person’s health and wellness", asseverates CEO of Delos, Paul Scialla. ELEVATE: Define what "human luxury" means throughout a biological living space. PAUL SCIALLA: Our greatest luxury in life is health. A healthy residence is one that supports all areas of its residents’ wellbeing through features that are designed to improve the dimensions of wellness from mood and productivity to fitness and nutrition. To help increase health and wellness in a household, we’ve focused on four core wellness principles specifically relating to this project – air, water, light, and sleep –through features like air purification and circadian lighting. ELEVATE: How are each of these elements integrated into the environment? PAUL SCIALLA: By incorporating advanced indoor lighting techniques, i.e., the residences will promote alignment with the

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body's natural circadian rhythm, helping to improve energy, mood, productivity, and sleep quality by providing cues to keep our sleep - wake cycle aligned each day. Additionally, advanced air filtration methodologies will be used to reduce allergens, toxins, pathogens, pollen and other pollutants from the air, while water filtration will be incorporated to achieve nationally-recognized water quality standards. ELEVATE: Can you share the color selections that were used and why? PAUL SCIALLA: For this project, Deepak Chopra will be choosing wall colours and furniture fixtures and finishes utilizing natural colours, as Deepak is a firm believer that residences that are in harmony with nature can help to create harmony within our bodies and minds. ELEVATE: With the leading brand for kitchens, bathrooms and cabinetry; in which custom designs, sources materials (acoustic elements) three years before their readily available in the industry and has a pulse on renewable manufacturing, what was the synergy in working with Italkraft to design the kitchens and bathrooms inside the Muse development project with developer, PMG? PAUL SCIALLA: Italkraft believes that human interaction throughout the International design community helps to enrich the lives of others. This vision goes hand-in-hand with what Delos, PMG and myself are creating at Muse Residences. Collaborating with a brand that encompasses such a creative style was the perfect fit for this project. Together, we are creating innovative, beautifully-designed homes to help residents live healthier, happier and more balanced lives. LIVE THE LIFE YOU DESIRE museresidences.com delos.com


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UTOPIAN SIMPLICITY PARADISE ISLAND'S MOST DESIRABLE PLACE TO CALL HOME

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ne Ocean Bahamas waterfront real estate is ideally situated on Nassau Harbour, Bahamas, between Atlantis, Ocean Club, and One & Only Resort. Spacious residences and modern luxuries make these simply the best waterfront homes in the Bahamas. Huge outdoor living rooms look over panoramic ocean views and it's an easy walk to and from restaurants, shopping, bustling nightlife, and beaches. Their Limited Priority Reservation Program includes a selection of 2 and 3 bedroom residences, as well as 4 bedroom penthouses. A stunning penthouse roof crowns this 10 storey tower that rises higher than any other residential building to enjoy Paradise Island’s most expansive views. With interiors designed to celebrate these ocean panoramas and bathe the spaces in sunlight, living and dining rooms flow into large terraces looking over the pageantry of sunsets, sailboats, and uninterrupted water views. Open plans make it easy for you and your guests to roam through the space. Large patios and balconies become outdoor rooms, expanding and enhancing your living area. Floor plans are arranged so that the master suites have their own private terraces. Oversized, 24" square porcelain tile extends throughout the interiors to the terraces, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. "A refined selection of materials and sensitive balance

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of rich and sleek textures is the basis of schemes that become a foundation for owners to personalize their spaces. Combinations of soft and warm gray tones of lacquers and rich exotic wood grains all complimented by the coolness of lightly figured marbles are held together with pure lines and elegant details. Locating the bedroom suites on the main level and the living and entertaining spaces above was a strategic decision to maximize the drama created by the openness and views and protect the acoustical privacy of residents while permitting endless entertainment above it all", says President, Patty Xenos of Patty Xenos Design. European quality is tangible in the German-made doors and Italkraft's - island style kitchens that elevate refined simplicity in tactile, natural materials evoking the soft neutrals of sand, seashell, and driftwood. The garden-level pool deck that looks out to Nassau Harbour features multiple outdoor rooms: in the sun, under trellised cover, and facing sunset views. A waterfall tumbles into the pool and cabanas have drapes to let you control sun, shade, and privacy. Looking Northeast, you'll have access to the greens of One Ocean Club golf course and the Caribbean’s mesmerizing blue water and skies. A pure canopy of sky stretched over countless shades of turquoise sea. Reflect on the etymology of the Bahamas. ONE OCEAN - PARADISE ISLAND BAHAMAS - YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME oneoceanbahamas.com


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LUXURY ON THE RISE

Emerging design brands Poliform and Italkraft embark on furnishing large-scale developments in Miami and Beyond

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iami is a city on the rise. "With luxury real estate growing at a rapid pace, we see great potential for Poliform to expand our scope of work to multi-unit developments in the area. The partnership between Poliform and Italkraft will further ascertain each of the brand's growth in competitive and exciting markets, reaching new heights and new clients." - Luca Bizi Evolving from a small family-owned artisan shop dating back to 1942, the finesse and vigor in the Poliform name is the mirrored soul to a global heritage that was weaved out of a tapestry of intricate texture. Capitalizing on an enterprise of style and sophistication, the leading Italian furnishings manufacturer envisaged their destiny when establishing itself in the Italian Lombardy region of Brianza in 1970. Their initial area of product focus included furnishings and cabinetry systems for the home ranging from bookcases to accompaniments for bedrooms, kitchen and wardrobe. With tacit market demands broadening the horizons of the company and the efficacious desires of their clients, Poliform inaugurated their oeuvre of sofas and armchairs in '2006. Priding itself on the execution of tailored detail, from the alignment of wood's grain to clean lines in upholstery is what uniquely defines Poliform as a quintessential trailblazer. In partnership with some of the most significant designers in the industry, with the likes of Jean - Marie Massaud, Paola Piva and Marcel Wanders, each designer's vision marries the sensibilities of luxury living with

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the ethos of the individual experience and customization of what Poliform's legacy was built on. People are now designing their homes with larger open spaces, which means environments must cater to a multitude of needs in a singular space; from dining, entertaining, lounging and working. "We're seeing an increased demand for the best systems on the market. We wanted to offer an ultra-premium package, so we sought out Poliform. That's where Poliform comes in - to meet that need. With a newly forged relationship, Poliform has the ability for expansion with larger scale- based developments in the Miami arena, a segment where the company has seen great success internationally, " bespeaks founder and owner of Italkraft, Alex Xakoustis. With the specialty and superiority of Italkraft's designed kitchens, bathrooms, closet cabinetry and materiality, and Poliform's extensive range of quality customizable furnishings and interiors, the marriage of the brand's reinvigorates the marketplace into eminent developments and luxury properties -creating design solutions that add to the betterment of life. Bizi reiterates, "It's not just about adding a new product to the home. It's about educating customers how to execute an elevated design story of their lives." Whether a wall system with a built-in pull-down desk, or an elegant kitchen from Italkraft with a Poliform marble snack table for entertaining while you cook, sophisticated environments, designer furniture, and high quality furnishings is a new way of living and experiencing contemporary spaces. Sensual -Functional-Sexy poliformusa.com


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Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons ART of the In - Between

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he Spring '2017 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the work of Rei Kawakubo, Founder of the brand Comme des Garcons. Rei's work is noted for the exploration of monochromatic styles and Deconstructivism. Inspired by the "simplicity and spaciousness" of Le Corbusier, the retrospective will examine her fascination with interstitiality - the spaces between objectivity and subjectivity and the unconventional notions of beauty. This is the first time since the Yves St. Laurent exposition in 1983, that The Costume Institute pays tribute to a living designer's legacy of this magnitude. Director and CEO of the Met, Thomas P. Campbell shares, "In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing. Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion's role in contemporary culture. " “Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.” Rei Kawakubo notes, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design...by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion...imbalance... unfinished... elimination...and absence of intent.”

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Blue Witch,” spring/summer 2016 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection, organized thematically rather than chronologically. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries, but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors.


Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017 metmuseum.org/ ReiKawakubo #MetKawakubo #CostumeInstitute #MetGala In celebration of the opening, The Met's Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening’s co-chairs will be Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo will serve as Honorary Chair. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements. A publication, authored by Andrew Bolton and designed by Fabien Baron, will accompany the exhibition. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

Left: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress - Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

Above: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Not Making Clothing,” spring/summer 2014 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

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SARAH BRAMAN'S SCULPTURAL BRICOLAGE YOU ARE EVERYTHING

Space Talk 2016 Tree stump, steel and glass 49 1/2 by 52 by 53 in. 125.7 by 132.1 by 134.6 cm. © Sarah Braman Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY

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In Bed (how do we sleep when the planet is melting?) 2016 Steel bunk beds, mattress, glass, aluminum frame, storm door, acrylic sticker, hand dyed bed sheets, acrylic and enamel paint 103 1/2 by 108 by 98 in. 262.9 by 274.3 by 248.9 cm. Š Sarah Braman Courtesy of the artist and MitchellInnes & Nash, NY

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s we try to ferret out the subjectivity of domesticated scraps placed in angular anatomical precision, the lightheartedness of rich pinks, blues and purples gesticulate mementos of joy, while the abstract components and wear of these materials demonstrate the struggles and tribulations of home existence forever encapsulated in time. From spray paint on found objects to hand-dyed fabrics, glass, metals, discarded bunk beds and a truck cap, Sarah depicts the unrest of growing up from a child bird's eye view of the social and environmental climate of the world to young adulthood decisions and the notions of family. Upstate New York and Massachusetts -based, Braman's artistry uses the juxtaposition of ordinary things in the architectural symmetry of colors and shadows that have the viewer scoping her creations through cavernous eyes. Hosted by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, YOU ARE EVERYTHING is Sarah's first solo exhibition in New York City in five years. "Art cares little for language or boundary, for class or privilege, for erudition; she speaks to all who care to listen. At times, her soul is laid bare by her master; at others, she pleads for a garment of mystery. Still, Art is a mistress fearless of time: Lovers covet her more with age and pledge their oaths to ensure she outlives them. So beloved, Art's sole care is to honor her birth: to never stray from her creator's vision of Truth. No other form of human expression challenges Art in her power to provoke our senses." - anonymous miandn.com

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"Whether you're an aircraft owner looking to understand the market for your aircraft, curious about how another model will operationally and financially compare to your current plane or a first-time buyer, we pride ourselves on genuine personalized care- letting our passion for aviation earn and keep your business." - Brandon Abbey BOMBARDIER Learjet 60 Cabinetry is completed with Hillaero sports, an exotic carbon fiber / Engines ESP Gold enrolled / Outfitted with state-ofthe-art wi-fi and top of the line cabin audio and visual systems / Upgraded soundproofing / Oven in gallery / A stand-out private plane that's able to provide charter revenue should new owner prefer to offset the cost of ownership. For More Detailed Information Contact: BlackBirdAero 3700 Airport Road Ste 210 Boca Raton, Fl 33431 +1 772 321 1233 | BlackBirdAero.com | brandon@blackbirdaero.com

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THE ART OF OWNERSHIP

L U X U R Y Aw a i t s y o u i n t h e s k i e s w i t h A i r c r a f t D e a l e r a n d Management BLACKBIRD AERO

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ELEVATE: Why would someone want to purchase their own plane rather than belong to a membership program that other aviation companies proffer? BRANDON ABBEY: There are two conclusions that lead a perspective owner to purchase. The obvious reason is purely economical. If a client is already paying for nearly 100 or more hours a year a charter, the math justifies the means with serious peruse to ownership. Others opt to buy due to the lure of privacy and the accomplishment one feels to entertain their life's goal. Ancillary benefits are not available through chartering, being tax depreciation, knowing your own crew members, personalizing your aircraft, the freedom of flying when the client wants to and pride in ownership makes the choice to buy more appealing to many.

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ELEVATE: Is it essential to understand the mission of the aircrafts use, the range of the distance, and the technology of the aircraft, in which define the needs of the buyer? BRANDON ABBEY: The first conversation commences with the client's anticipation of usage, where he/she envisions traveling to and from, the amount of seating and luggage space they require and if non-stop arrival is a necessary requirement. Once these parameters are clearly defined, we can then identify if a Light, Mid or Heavy size and more specifically, what model private aircraft is best suited to their needs. ELEVATE: How does one go about obtaining a budget for purchase? BRANDON ABBEY: Once model options have been discussed and decided upon, we provide our clients with a customized annual pro forma budget based upon their anticipated usage. Our personalized assessment includes forecasts that consider fuel, crew, maintenance, insurance, required subscriptions and hangaring the aircraft. ELEVATE: What are the major differences in electing to operate the aircraft in a Part 91{Non-commercial}or Part 135{Commercial} to offset the fixed cost of ownership? BRANDON ABBEY: Aircrafts are operated either purely private or a mix of private and commercial usage. An aircraft that is utilized solely for the owner's business or personal usage is managed and operated in compliance with FAA Part 91. Corporate aircrafts are also capable of producing a revenue stream to offset the cost of ownership through

chartering. In these circumstances, an aircraft managed and operated under a more restrictive section of the FAA is known as Part 135. This option allows owners who may not need the plane to be on standby, lighter usage of the plane and prefer to offset some of the fixed costs associated with ownership. ELEVATE: What are some of the tax advantages that a buyer can obtain? (depreciation?) BRANDON ABBEY: There are considerable tax advantages to owning an aircraft; our expert's present options for each customer on an individual basis. The cornerstone is if the aircraft is not used to generate revenue, its depreciable over five years, while if the aircraft is used for mixed personal and to generate revenue, its depreciable over seven years. If owned by your business, you're entitled to Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery system (MACRS) depreciation. ELEVATE: How does one determine the resale value of an aircraft? BRANDON ABBEY: It's necessary to look past their beauty and complexity when it's distilled down, the truth is, aircrafts are a commodity. We are able to identify an aircrafts specific value based on a blend of the model, age, time on the aircraft, options, condition and recent trades. ELEVATE: What are some of the services a potential owner can obtain at Blackbird Aero? BRANDON ABBEY: We offer consultation and procurement services to ensure acquisition of correct make and model to fit your needs, and then assist throughout the entire transaction to ownership. We advise on structuring your ownership, ensuring your position is as advantageous as possible considering taxation and liability. After the sale, we are a personalized full-service aircraft management company that provides and manages pilots with their training, organizes maintenance, procures insurance and keeps your aircraft and it's recorded compliance with FAA and manufacturer's requirements. As professional pilots ourselves, we've personally operated everything from turboprop aircraft throughout the Caribbean to Learjet, Challenger, Gulfstream and Boeing 757 & 767 aircrafts around the world. Our hands - on backgrounds enable us to anticipate operational, regulatory and market shifts. This level of understanding provides security to our clients that their asset they've worked so hard to obtain is in good hands. ELEVATE SPRING 2017 | ELEVATEIK.COM 71


YACHTING'S FIRST - CLASS TOUCH STREAMLINING THE MILLENNIAL LIFESTYLE

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he unique and visionary waterfront venture between YachtLife and River Yacht Club is a lifestyle destination that combines maritime activities with gastronomy, entertainment, nightlife, and art into one special retreat for all urbanites. With limited options in waterfront lifestyle-oriented venues in Miami, the partnership enhances the locale boating culture and sets a significant tone for the future of the Miami River District. Nicholas Cardoza of YachtLife shares, "Yacht charter's never had a place to go. The partnership is the perfect playground that combines high-class dining and entertainment with cutting - edge technology. Having the best of both worlds, you can begin or end your luxury YachtLife user experience in the lounge with our signature cocktail and pull up on your yacht for a day to enjoy the benefits of this all inclusive membership." "Boaters have very few options for sophisticated experiences on the water. Our aim is to be their lighthouse - one that brings elements of European lifestyle and Miami's flavor while respecting the

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heritage of this magical arena on the river", shares Stephane Dupoux, the CEO of Dupoux Partners. YachtLife is the first mobile app in the world that gives you easy access to the yacht of your dreams with just a few taps on your mobile device. Teaming up with the best yacht brokers around the world, they provide you with a hand-picked fleet of yachts that you can charter in Miami, The Hamptons, St. Tropez, Caribbean, Ibiza, and Mykonos. Cardoza shares, "There was a need to fill a void in the luxury yacht charter market. Working many years in the yachting industry, I would hear from my clientele that it was very difficult to charter a yacht to entertain their guests for a day or two with all the amenities that the longer trips and bigger vessels catered to. I became the go - to guy in helping them research and facilitate their yachting desires. This concept initiated YachtLife." Their platform proffers the best yachts and the best prices with secure payments for cashless and convenient check outs with top-notch service at the touch of a button. yachtlife.club


MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES: $2,500 annual membership + one time initiation fee of $1,000 - 20% or more off of all local charters (wholesale pricing) - Discounted hotel rooms at partners EAST Hotel, Boulan hotel, South Beach Hotel, Plymouth Hotel - Complimentary Captain's Membership at the River Yacht Club for the life of YACHTLIFE® membership - Free Valet - 10% off of all F&B at RYC - Yacht Life Lounge Cocktail - Priority free dockage at RYC For more detailed information or inquiries within; yachtlife.club {Valid for a limited time only, when you mention ELEVATE, you'll receive an additional 5% discount off our membership packages}

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Palm and Avocado Salad The Heart of Palm and Avocado Salad, a staple menu item at River Yacht Club, is a refreshing and flavor-filled dish composed of fresh and locally sourced ingredients and drizzled with a lemon chili oil for added zest. RYC’s signature cocktail “The Noble Gesture” is nothing short of that. This sweet and savory drink made with Casa Noble Reposado, combined with strawberries, basil and lime surely lives up to its name.

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River Yacht Club’s modern design, which pays homage to land and sea, is seamlessly integrated into the restored Mediterranean amphitheater-inspired courtyard that surrounds it. Simple, unexpected and sophisticated maritime touches throughout the venue preserve the boating culture that defines its DNA. The restaurant's subtle design referenced features include color palette, materials, ornamental details and other visual nods to the immediate environment. With a venue that’s large in size, the focus was to create multiple alcoves that emanate coziness and intimacy without sacrificing the expansiveness of the open space. General Manager Amin Noorzai conveys, “River Yacht Club has become a dining destination known for bringing innovative and fresh concepts to the Miami culinary scene that attracts guests of all ages, particularly millennials. The latest restaurant concept, Dashi, combined with our inhouse boutique and weekly energizing programming such as Jazz on the River and the Table have provided young professionals, food connoisseurs, boating enthusiasts and tastemakers alike, a unique environment to get their fix of seafood-centric fare.” "Marrying the elements of land and sea, we’ve created this unique environment by juxtaposing earthy tones and vegetation with nautical materials like copper and brass. In highlighting the venue’s historic nuances, we’ve repurposed most of the elements we found here like pavers, raw iron gates, and décor motifs." - Jackie Rodriguez, Dupoux Partners' studio director The landscape design is the work of internationally renowned landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, whose outdoor creations have restored nature’s balance to such landmarks as New World Symphony and Lincoln Road Mall. “Our intent with this project was to create a natural habitat for the locals,” said Jungles. “We see birds and humans interacting and enjoying nature. Through RYC we are advancing the landscape we have developed for the river.” Located on the rooftop terrace is the YachtLife lounge in which boasts exquisite mixology and unwinding options set against the backdrop of Miami’s most inspiring views. YachtLife members are granted preferred reservations and docking privileges plus access to club events and a beautiful gallery featuring a wide range of visual arts curated by Alvaro Perez Miranda and sculptural art from Jean Pierre Botella (JPB) Art Gallery from Saint Tropez. To elevate an innovative and creative approach to the restaurant’s epicurean profile, River Yacht Club’s culinary ideology revolves around its seasonally driven menus executed by a stellar roster of rotating, in-residence chefs. To commence the revolving chef concept, River Yacht Club commissioned Chef Jeff Pfeiffer to design the Spring Menu as a light, fresh fare to complement the season. "Spring is one of my favorite seasons to cook because of the bounty of its fruits and vegetables that begin to culminate," said Chef Pfeiffer. "My inspiration as with most of my menus, is health and vibrant flavor. Cooking simply and cleanly, keeping flavors bright and fresh keeps the body feeling good going into the seasons when the sun starts coming back with force." Your treasure cove awaits with YachtLife and River Yacht Club get.yachtlife.club riveryachtclub.com

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APERITIVO AN ARTFUL AMBROSIA DESTINED TO ELEVATE THE SENSES Lounge in the awardwinning hotels and restaurants that define the unique culture of Miami Beach catered to the cosmopolite. Indulge in the palatal exploration of spirits & appetizers.

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GALE SOUTH BEACH & REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB For over seven decades, Gale South Beach has stood as an emblem of timeless style and sophistication since it was originally erected in 1941 by L. Murray Dixon. Moniker, "Mr. Miami", Dixon was one of the most prolific architects of his time for the attribution of Art Deco and Miami Modernism. Separated by two sister properties, it wasn't until 1964 that the modernizations of Dixon permanently linked the Gale Hotel and the Regent Hotel by bridge and has earned the estate recognition in the National Register of Historic Places. In recently past decades, luxury resorts and beach clubs began to inundate Miami Beach's cultural scene and the once burgeoning realty was soon becoming evanescent. Menin Hospitality joined forces with development team Crescent Heights and architects ADD, inc. to revive the glamour of the treasured 40s landmark that lines with the heritage of the Gale's appeal on the South Beach strip that's adorned by locals and worldly patrons alike. Eponymous of the era's vogue, LDV Hospitality's Regent Cocktail Club nestled away inside the Gale South Beach is one of the most stately lounges, nightly drawing in the cocktail enthusiast, cigar aficionado and the elite for its simplicity and elegance. Seating at the prestigious literary salon proffers cocktail culture at its best, while the opulence of rich mahogany couches and chairs lend to more quiet conversation in the nostalgic dimmed-lit space. Choose your select cocktail of choice from their extensive ten-page menu or the bulletin display of daily specials. An eclectic mix of New Orleans style jazz sets the mood for an enchanting evening. Photos courtesy of: Gale Hotel Regent Cocktail Club galehotel.com regentcocktailclub.com


REGENT PUNCH ½ oz Arrack ½ oz Cognac ½ oz Rum, Jamaica ½ oz Curacao ¾ oz fresh lemon juice ¾ oz Orange Simple ¾ oz Green Tea Top with Champagne Procedure: Build drink in a long glass and stir, add ice cube, top with champagne, garnish with orange slice and lemon slice.

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RICKY'S

DON'T MESS WITH PESO Glenlivet's Founder Reserve Cocchi Americano Giffard's Apricot Liqueur Almondtillado Sherry Angostura Orange Bitters Procedure: Shake and serve in a fancy Glass with Orange zest

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A throwback 80s lounge, Ricky's is an eclectic playground catered to the millennial of where childhood meets adult entertainment. Interactive drinking games include Battleship, Beer Pong and drunk Hop Scotch among its traditional games of Skee Ball, Air Hockey and Basketball Shootout. The frenzy inspired menu features American fare-ground favorites with a neoteric twist where guests can delight in the noise and neon with an assortment of bites and signature dishes that range from sandwiches, sliders and loaded fries, Nashville hot popcorn, chicken & waffles to carnival sweets. Setting itself apart from other nightlife venues, Ricky’s beverage program offers more than 150 whiskey varieties and an all-inclusive craft cocktail menu. Live band performances, sporting event parties and karaoke nights are accompanied by curated food and drink specials that go in hand with the respective night's theme. - A memorable experience. MeninHospitality.com

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"We're always looking to build upon our guests requests by creating unique experiences within our venues. For example, instead of a traditional barRicky's South Beach offers live music, arcade games and an elevated carnival style food concept. There is something for everyone." - Keith Menin


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BAKEHOUSE BRASSERIE

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Home to the South of Fifth neighborhood - Menin Hospitality's Parisian bistro, Bakehouse Brasserie is the billet-doux to Miami's dining locale. At first glance, you see the display of freshly baked breads, pastries, and one-of-a-kind cakes in the window- front, as you follow your nose into an atmosphere that communicates a welcoming invitation with the tide of sweet aromas of gastronomic delights that envelop the cozy, 87 - seated quaint cafe. The beauty of French Lace doily inspired copper panels amidst dramatic lighting transcends you to the South of France. An open kitchen allows diners an inside look of the culinary artistry led by Director, Chef Bernie Matz, Sous Chef Steve Frank and Pastry Chef, Tatiana Vernot. Bakehouse Brasserie features an extensive wine and beer list, complemented with a beverage menu of Nitro Coffee Cocktails from the inspired French region, serving up a daily all day brunch where family and friends can convene over great food and drinks.

NITRO COFFEE SAZERAC WITH RÉMY MARTIN

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