The Fontainebleau is an icon of Miami Beach, built in 1954. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was immortalized in such films as Goldfinger. Its architect Morris Lapidus, inventor of an accessible and eclectic modernism, was both loved and hated for his belief that "Too much is never enough." "It's all theater," as Lapidus described his design philosophy. And this shimmering, flamboyant vision of leisure informs the creation of our boutiques at Fontainebleau.

Timeless Fine Jewelry's enormous entry doors invite a closer look. A rich palette of East Indian rosewood, black marble, chrome, silk, and shagreen contrasts with muted surroundings. The diminutive space maximizes its scale with display fixtures that hover between the floor and ceiling. Our central fixture discreetly integrates the payment center and a projecting display case that gleams under a remarkable chandelier, a commissioned artwork entitled "The Fragile Future." Hundreds of tiny LEDs glow through dandelion seeds, revealing the jewels to be found in all of nature.

Ida and Harry enlivens a passage between the Fontainebleau’s towers. Shoppers enter the store under a dramatic mosaic canopy punctuated with porthole display vitrines.

Selling everything from cigars to baseball caps, Morris & Company employs strong color fields to frame its varied offerings. 

 

Aquamarine is a poolside swimwear shop whose surreal effects recall the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. A low-slung space is heightened with mirrored ceilings.

Project: FONTAINEBLEAU RESORT

Photos: MORIS MORENO

Location: MIAMI BEACH

IDA AND HARRY

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