CasaDecor Offers New Ideas

By Deborah Barton March 21, 2008, 12:47 PM EDT

Lit bar designed by Garcia Caridad & Asociados.

Courtesy of CasaDecor

Exhibiting at the same time as Art Basel, CasaDecor '07 featured avant-garde design and architecture. The internationally recognized exhibition event has been transforming raw spaces-such as abandoned buildings, churches, and castles-into designer showpieces on which discerning artists have been employing their talents for more than 20 years. Since its inception in Argentina in 1985, CasaDecor has spread across the world and now is executed in cities internationally, including Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, Spain; London; and Milan.

For the second year in a row, the Miami exhibition brought together more than 60 top international designers, architects, and manufacturers to showcase their talents and the latest trends in design, structure, and art. This year, the exhibition took place in 50,000-square-foot abandoned space on the 1400 block of Biscayne Boulevard. A blank canvas a few months ago, the space was completely transformed into an elaborate showroom featuring art installations, designer products, and upcoming trends in home decor.

Sponsored by Miami-based tile manufacturer Trend USA and Lexus automobiles, CasaDecor featured designs from Avant Design Group, Billy Blanco Designs, Max Strang Architecture, Piret Johanson Design, XO Living, and others.

CasaDecor and Art Basel not only drew in artists, art students, interior designers, and collectors from all over the world, but event planners and producers were also often in attendance at many of the showcases and surrounding events.

“A community doesn't see something like CasaDecor often, especially a community like Miami, which is heavily saturated with event professionals,” said Alan Solis, president of Urban Icons Marketing, the company responsible for the red-themed Art Rouge event at CasaDecor, which brought together 20 artists from all over the world. “There were a lot of elements that inspired me, from mosaic tile murals to vintage airplanes. CasaDecor has taught me that a pairing of retro with elegance can take your event a long way.”

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