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Miami Fête: B&B Italia Celebrates Shantell Martin, La Prairie Opens a Beach Club, and More

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Though Miami Art Week is over, we’re still reminiscing on last week’s events. Here, you’ll find details on happenings like B&B Italia’s unveiling of an installation by Shantell Martin, La Prairie’s Beach Club opening with a performance by Wen-Chi Su, and more.

Shantell Martin for B&B Italia

Courtesy of B&B Italia.

Last Wednesday, B&B Italia invited guests to its boutique in the Miami Design District for the unveiling of a window installation by the artist Shantell Martin. Encompassing the cubicle-like space with Martin’s signature black and white drawings, the display (on view through January 3, 2022) was commissioned to celebrate the design brand’s Camaleonda sofa—originally created by Mario Bellini in 1970—which was recently reedited and released anew for the occasion of Art Basel.

Dom Perignon yacht concierge

Courtesy of Dom Perignon.

Also that day, Dom Perignon launched for Art Week a yacht concierge service. Open for booking throughout the week, the luxury service allowed guests to sip in style, delivering by boat packages complete with exclusive vintage bottles served over ice, mouthwatering bites like caviar and crab, and the option to capture your experience via drone. 

Aku World: Miami

Photo by BFA.com for Aku World: Miami.

Aku World: Miami introduced Micah Johnson’s first NFT and digital explorer, Aku, to the real world last week in Miami, with three days of programming that launched on Thursday. The artist and former MLB player Johnson was joined by names like Pusha-T, Jérôme LaMaar, Kehlani, AJ Mitchell, Jackson Myles, and Yasmine Petty for the occasion, which blurred the perspective between the digital and physical realms through spaces like a Merch room (existing both physically and in the metaverse), a 30,000 square-feet space housing an installation called Aku’s Helmet presented in partnership with MATTE Projects, the interactive Art Angels-curated exhibition, and a Minting room by FTX US, where visitors had the chance to create and mint their own 4D-scanned avatar to exist within the Aku universe.

Basel Brunch honoring Derrick Adams

Basel Brunch honoring Derrick Adams, photo by BFA.com.

Thursday afternoon saw the return of the annual Basel Brunch at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, centering the artist Derrick Adams as this year’s honoree. Hosted by the Art Ruby, The OG, and Vista, the morning saw names like Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn of studio DRIFT, Casey Fremont, Krista Kim, Jillionaire, Diplo, and Hank Willis Thomas coming together to celebrate Adams and the return of Art Week amidst a seaside spread of bites and champagne.

La Prairie Beach Club

Courtesy of La Prairie.

Later that day, La Prairie celebrated the opening of its Beach Club, nestled in the sand between 21st and 22nd street. Debuted in partnership with Art Basel, the bespoke space saw the beach transformed by the Swiss skincare brand into an oceanside oasis and a performance stage. Outfitted with quintessential beach gear like folding chairs, striped umbrellas, and a suite of skincare cabanas, the Beach Club was inaugurated that day with an appearance from brand collaborator, artist, dancer, and choreographer Wen-Chi Su. Just as the sun began to set, Wen-Chi performed a specially conceived work, captivating audience members as she channeled the dance of light and water that inspired the maison’s White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire. 

Photo courtesy of OffBrandProject.

And on Friday, Circoloco Miami saw attendees letting off steam to the tune of endless music at Island Gardens. Presented by Teksupport and DiskoLab, the party welcomed DJs Honey Dijon, Rampa, Seth Troxler, Tale of Us, and The Martinez Brothers, who set the mood for the 12-hour marathon of dancing and entertainment, closing out another successful Miami Art Week. 

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