Barbara Hulanicki’s Miami
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Barbara Hulanicki’s Miami
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For anyone familiar with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco-scented aesthetic of Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the iconic '60s London clothing store Biba, it’s a no-brainer that she ended up living in Miami. Hulanicki, who has been based in the sun-drenched city for the past 25 years, lives in a tall Art Deco building stood one street back from the seafront in the South Beach neighbourhood, one of the only local building’s from the period boasting a pool. “Miami’s strange because it’s not really America; there are very few Americans here, it’s all the Latin nationalities. I just like the weather, it’s a very good base and the ocean is beautiful,” says Hulanicki who in 2012 was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the British fashion industry. Today the evergreen creative is focused on her successful interior design business, with a couple of hotels and private residences among current projects. “I always like to work with Miami originals. A few years ago things started going all corporate with all these massive things opening up but now it’s gone back to boutique hotels,” says the designer, marvelling at how hip the city has become. “There’s a huge boom here, they’re building all these skyscrapers and new fake Deco buildings... It’s very, very young, with lots of celebrities - they come here to expose their flat tummies.” As for Art Basel Miami, which kicks off on December 3: “It’s growing so big that you really don’t know where to go; you’re always in the wrong place.” Here Hulanicki, who has a penchant for healthy eateries with character, shares her favourite insider Miami addresses.  

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Blue Collar
 

BRUNCH

Blue Collar

Located in the historic MIMO district of Miami, opposite the Vagabond, a Fifties motel. The interior resembling a workman’s caf'! They do these fabulous cooked veggies.

www.bluecollarmiami.com

 

LUNCH

Joe’s Stone Crab

It’s a bit old fashioned but the takeaway section is fantastic - in this huge room. I usually take one of my godsons with his children who go berserk in there, moving from crabs to shrimps filling their plates up.

www.joesstonecrab.com

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Joe's Stone Crab
 
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Market at the Miami Beach Edition
 

LUNCH

Market at the Miami Beach Edition

A modern take on the classic Miami Beach eatery by Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There’s this amazing food bazaar inspired by the markets of San Miguel in Madrid and La Boqueria in Barcelona.

www.editionhotels.com

 

MUSEUM

The Wolfsonian-FIU

After Europe – especially London – the museum scene is a bit quiet but I love the Wolfsonian. They’re very good on Deco stuff. The man who put it together has the most incredible collection, he has this warehouse that I went round years ago filled with pieces sourced from Italy.

www.wolfsonian.org

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The Wolfsonian-FIU
 
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Mandolin
 

DINNER

Mandolin

In the heart of Miami's Design District. Great homemade Greek food!

www.mandolinmiami.com

 

DINNER

The Standard Hotel

They have a fabulous restaurant on the creek, which is beautiful.

www.standardhotels.com

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The restaurant at the Standard Hotel
 
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Books & Books
 

BOOKSTORE

Books & Books

Very heavy on art books, they’ve been here forever. There’s also a café serving delicious fresh salads with a Turkish influence.

www.booksandbooks.com

 

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