miami: neon jungle

© architecture at large / photography: kris tamburello

miami has gradually evolved into one of the global hubs of art and design, and maison & objet is yet another showcase which has decided to launch a satellite edition on these sunny shores. now in full swing for only the second time, it rallies designers, architects, property developers and other professionals from around the globe to the miami beach convention center, but meanwhile there's a related event that lures visitors across town to the city's buzzing design district. we're talking neon jungle, the pop-up presentation of rafael de cárdenas, owner of new york city and london-based practice architecture art large practice, and this year's recipient of the maison & objet americas designer of the year award.

the main event's wild theme has been interpreted by way of miami's iconic culture of pleasure and indulgence. the set-up, a collab with creative director alexandra cunningham cameron and the miami design district, features a neon-infused and pixelated landscape, replete with custom-designed modular furniture and lush jungle foliag. the temporary venue will be a buzzing social hub, as it comes with a curated program of hosts, courtesy of designer emmett moore, paired with musical soundtracks concocted by deft union [open through may 15]. location: 160 n.e. 40th street [design district].

© architecture at large / photography: kris tamburello