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Destination: Eco-Luxury Tempo Hotel for Art Basel Miami 2010

Mark your calendar for December in Miami.  Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 2-5, 2010 and is the most important art show in the United States–a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Dubbed by Vogue as “the most beautiful temporary museum of the world,” it is the sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 41 years. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design.
This temporary museum features an exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and will offer 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are represented by some of  the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature “young” galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. This show is a vital resource for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.
Some exhibits from years  past

If you are heading to Miami from another land, be sure to check out the Eco-friendly chic hotel, Tempo Miami, a RockResort hotel.  There are sweeping views of Biscayne Bay from almost every room in this 67 story highrise in the arts and entertainment district.
Chic silvery-gray palette with floor to ceiling windows
In an effort to be kind to the environment, the hotel has developed a “water on the rocks” program which provides guests with refillable glass bottles in the rooms instead of disposable plastic ones.
14th Floor Sky pool deck with infinity-edge sunrise swim spa overlooking Biscayne Bay

The hotel also features an 8,000 square foot spa and gourmet restaurant and lounge, Amuse, featuring healthy and sustainable food and beverage options through the Appetite for Life program.  This cuisine program creatively integrates the freshest organic, natural, seasonal and sustainably-managed products.  Each week,  Executive Chef Emanuel Zarlenga visits local farmers’ markets to hand-pick ingredients which he then delicately blends to create unique and innovative “small plates”.
The hotel is a member of the Surfrider foundation and guests are asked to donate a dollar upon checkout to this worthy cause.

WOW! Saturday Shopping with 1st Dibs

Spectacular Sea View Tapestry by Pablo Picasso
France, 1965
Ed Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Veneer Surfboard Low Table
USA, 1950’s
Mohair Upholstered Armchair by Jean Royere
France, 1940’s
George Nelson Coconut Chair
America, 1960

Philip Thomas

Paul Evans “Skyline” Series Cantilevered Pedestal Table
America, 1970’s
Vladimir Kagan Anamorphic Sofa
USA, 1970’s

A Venini Murano Blue Glass Chandelier
Italy, 1940s
Large Mid Century Day Bed Upholstered in Tibetan Lamb
France, circa 1955
Art Deco Daybed
Northern Europe, 1930’s
Polished Stainless Steel H Shaped Bench
USA, 1970’s
Coral in Resin Table Lamp
France, 1960’s
Pair of Leather and Wood Poufs by LeLeu Deshays
France, 1960’s
Pair of Danish Leather Lounge Chairs
Denmark, 1960’s
Soloform 5008 Chaise Lounge by Hans Harti
Germany, 1953
Pair of Adjustable Height Swan Chairs
Denmark, 1958


Eco Friendly Exotic Wood Tables

What could be more fabulous than a piece of art that is also a piece of nature that is also a piece of furniture that is also concerned with the environment?  Rotsen Furniture has created some amazing pieces from exotic, reclaimed and salvaged wood from Brazil.  I love the modern touch he adds with his aluminum, stainless steel and Plexiglas bases.  It really makes the wood stand alone and even appear to be floating in some creations.

Tamburil Slab Coffee Table 
Reclaimed Tamburiuva wood on a reflective aluminum base
Reclaimed Floating Wood Desk
Reclaimed Muracatiara wood with transparent Plexiglass base

Bolacha Star Coffee Table

Reclaimed Tamburiuva wood 

Alice Coffee Table

Salvaged Imbuia wood

Live Edge Floating Console

Salvaged Muracatiara Wood

Bolacha Side Table

Reclaimed Grapia wood

Sliced Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Imbuia Wood

Cilindro Coffee Table
Reclaimed Cinnamon wood

For more of the line or Custom Pieces visit Rotsen Furniture.
They are having a great sale on this line right now at Avant Gallery

Post Author  Tamara Wallop
for Globally Gorgeous

Saturday Shopping with Globally Gorgeous & 1st Dibs

Illuminated Sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman
USA, 2010

Sculptural High Back Petite Sofa
Italy, 1950
Pair of High Back Italian Club Chairs
Italy, circa 1955

Chandelier with Chrome Elliptical Rings and White Lucite Shaft
Italy, 1970’s

Pair of Sculptural Slipper Chairs Attributed to Billy Haines
USA, 1950’s

Charles Thwaites Painting on Board
USA, 1961

Stool by Hun-Chung Lee
Korea, 2010
“Mene” Lounge Chair by Hugo Franca
Brazil, 2007

“Diz” Chair By Sergio Rodrigues
Brazil, 2008
R 20th Century Gallery

Wooden Map of America

Pair of PK Lounge Chairs by Oul Kjaerholm
Denmark, 1070’s

Luxurious Recycled Leather Handbags by Ashley Watson

With a background in fine arts and design, and a passion for fashion Ashley Watson faultlessly blends her two talents.  She and her staff handcraft her one-of-a-kind leather products using exclusively recycled material. She began designing handbags with recycled leather in early 2005, inspired by the original features of soft and gently worn jackets purchased from charity thrift stores. She ultimately incorporates these features, such as pockets and seams, into each unique bag or wallet design.
With an extensive background in studio art, Ashley brings an innovative and environmentally sound approach to fashion design, creating products that are practical, sophisticated, and, above all, distinctive.

Ashley Watson Recycled Leather bags and wallets are sold in stores
across North America, and are now available in select stores in Europe,
Asia and Australia. also has some available online.

Handmade in Vancouver, Canada.

Eco Luxury by Bleu Nature

It has been a busy morning acclimating back into city life after five days with the family (and no cell reception) camping near Yosemite. As I was combing through piles of emails, I felt a little less homesick from my tent when I came across an email from Bleu Nature revealing their Acrylic Glass Collection.  A line of lamps and stools with nature encompassed inside.
Bleu Nature finds inspiration from the effect of passing time on natural materials, exploring erosion and wear, imperfect and random formations and uses the fine art of French craftsmanship to complete each unique piece.

This season, Bleu Nature explores the eerie repetitiveness inherent in driftwood and bone fragments. In line with its policy of reusing materials, and after successfully bringing out the “vegetal” aesthetics of driftwood, Bleu Nature has turned its attention to the stark lines and shapes of the animal world.

On that note, I’ll save the story about the bear that came searching our campsite for morsels of leftover rack of lamb for another time.
See more designs from Bleu Nature here.
Post Author Tamara Wallop
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