Design District Magazine

Accidental Art

Sculptor Valentino Llegada Transforms Found Objects into Beautiful Art

Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos courtesy of Valentino Llegada

To most people, fire extinguishers are life-saving devices, but once their contents are emptied they are useless. However, through the eyes of Hollywood-based sculptor Valentino Llegada, they present endless opportunities to create art. He makes vases, pendant lamps and countless other art pieces from… Continue reading

Tropical Escape

Modern Look with Warm Touches at Franco Residence on Golden Beach


Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos by Robin Hill

The entrance staircase of the Alberto and Rossana Franco residence on Golden Beach, and natural light filtering every room of the 16,500-square-foot, two-story, six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house can be contributed to Rossana’s impeccable eye and the handiwork of architects Jaya and Michal Zebede of… Continue reading

Jade Ocean in Sunny Isles


Mendez Vela Design Collection Designs Vacation Home

Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos courtesy of Mendez Vela Design Collection

Being commissioned to design a Latin American family’s only vacation home (located here in Miami) would seem like a pressure-filled assignment, but veteran designers from Mendez Vela Design Collection were up to the task.

The design team, led by firm principals Osirys Mendez and… Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Fashion

Renegade, Indie Fashion Designer Joann Berman Crafts Sustainably

Story by Josie Gulliksen

Photos by Tomonori Iwata and courtesy of Joann Berman

It’s obvious that music – especially rock, punk and hip hop, have been influences in New York fashion designer Joann Berman’s collections since her start in the 1970s. Since the beginning, sustainability has been a major factor in her work. Berman… Continue reading

Modern Marvels

DKOR Interiors Gives Couple Their Dream Space

Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos by Alexia Fodere

North Miami-based design team at DKOR Interiors, along with Principal Ivonne Ronderos and lead designer Karina Donadel, recently completed a home renovation project in North Miami Beach’s luxurious Presidential Estates in six months and the results are breathtaking.

Accustomed to designing client’s vacation residences here, they were creating… Continue reading

Eco-Conscious Living Design

Poggenpohl and (FGHDG) Partner in Potential Platinum LEED Project on South Beach

Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos courtesy of Poggenpohl

Veteran German-based sustainability company Poggenpohl and newly formed Florida Green Home Design Group (FGHDG) are joining forces to create potentially the most environmentally sound, or “greenest” home in the United States, right in the heart of South Beach.

The 2020 Alton Road Project… Continue reading

New Metropolitan Collection

Tui Lifestyle is Redefining the Luxury of European Modernism

Story by Josie Gulliksen Photos courtesy of Tui Lifestyle

Tui Lifestyle continues to redefine and revolutionize the furniture and design industry with bold, contemporary residence collections that are delivered and installed in 72 hours. Serving as a one-stop luxury living destination with its dynamic array of in-stock luxury furnishings and decorative accessories, Tui… Continue reading