Sothebys Latin America Art Modern & Contemporary Auction in New York


ONE Sotheby’s is excited to sponsor the upcoming Sotheby’s auction: Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary. With New York sessions scheduled for May 26th and 27th, the auction will offer a wide selection of artworks from Latin America including Rufino Tamayo’s 1987 La Familia and Diego Rivera’s 1921 El balcón. In addition, the auction will feature Les oiseaux voilés of 1945 and Le Sorcier de l’océan of 1947, two pivotal works by Wilfredo Lam. ONE Sotheby’s exclusive developments will be showcased alongside works by today’s most promising Cuban artists at the New York auction. 706N09355_853KN.jpg.webrend.1280.1280

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ONE Life Spotlight: Haute Havens


Spring 2015’s edition of ONE Life magazine shines a light on world trends, culture and design as the award-winning, proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. We’re blogging the unique content available in this exclusive publication. The fifth installation explores international destination boutiques that are playgrounds for couture enthusiasts.

What makes certain shopping meccas in some of the world’s greatest cities destinations in themselves? They’re where quirk meets class and entertainment meets merchandise—much more than just hip-and-honed fashion, art books and home wares but epicenters of attitude and lifestyle. The best-curated culture and couture shopping treasures in the world merit cult status and obsessive disciples. Here are six definitely worth the trip.

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Origami lanterns cascade above cubist frocks, surreal sofas and geometric rugs whose shapes, shades and textures form a confectionary of eye candy at Milan’s 10 Corso Como.

“This seems normal today,” says creator Carla Sozzani, former editor-in-chief of Italian Elle who has also worked at Italian Vogue. “But it wasn’t 25 years ago when I envisioned my living magazine, where you turn corners instead of pages.”

Sozzani chose an unlikely location for her endeavor—a windowless warehouse and garage far from the mode mating call of Milan’s cultural center. But she was determined to succeed, clinging to her collage of cool culled from favorite haunts in Tokyo, Marrakech, Paris and Seoul. “I wanted 10 Corso Como to be a destination where culture and commerce join,” she says.

Today, ultra-stylish dominoes, umbrellas and suitcases collide with art exhibits and books by Helmut Newton and Alexander Rodchenko; futuristic fashions by Comme des Garçons and Maison Martin Margiela; and contemporary home design by Arne Jacobsen and Fornasetti. The emporium has become a pilgrimage for visiting editors and retailers.

Says Sozzani: “It’s not about acquiring objects but living an experience of peace and beauty.”

Corso Como, 10, Milano, +39 02 2900 2674,


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On his way to work five years ago in the high-end Jar- dins district of São Paulo, Márcio Riba—creative director of Neogama/BBH, one of Brazil’s biggest ad agencies—fell in love with a vacant space. “I freaked out and rented it without a plan,” he says of the light-bathed 3,200-square- foot ground floor in a 14-story, Brutalist-style office tower erected in 1974 by Brazil’s Pedro Paulo de Melo Saraiva.

“I didn’t know if I wanted a restaurant, a fashion brand, a design studio or a music label,” says Riba. “Then I thought, Why not have all the things I love in one space? So I built a brand from a building.”

Naming the store Choix (French for choice) is apropos given its array of fashion, accessories, home decor, artwork, books and music.

“Choix’s choices are its strength,” Ribas says. “Our brands are loaded with style and personality, with small production for exclusivity and a quality level—from raw materials to finish—that’s rare today.”

From the Amapô fringed fanny packs, Robinson les Bains beachwear, Uslu Airlines nail polish and Lomo cameras to the Brunno Jahara lighting, Mauricio Arruda furniture and Bruno Cals photography, everything shares Riba’s distinct sleek, chic and bohemian “gypsetter” point of view.

But his biggest feat may be robbing nearby mega-malls of their hippest customers. “Consumers who look to us prefer not to buy in the pasteurized world of a mall,” he says.

You haven’t truly experienced Sampa—as the natives call this bustling metropolis—until you’ve checked Choix off your shopping list.

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Imagine a couture cocktail of Paris’ subtle elegance and South Beach Miami’s overt sexiness. Thanks to inclement climes in the former city, cofounder Laure Heriard Dubreuil moved to the latter, where in 2009 she opened The Webster, a spacious temple to great taste.

“A very rainy winter day in Paris convinced us to move to a sunny place,” the Rémy-Martin heiress says of herself and fellow merchandising whiz and founding partner Frederic Dechnik (Milan Vukmirovic is also a founder). “Miami turned out to be the perfect fit.”

Not only is the multicultural metropolis having a Renaissance moment, thanks in part to Art Basel Miami, but also, “taste has no frontier,” says Heriard Dubreuil.

The former marketing exec incorporated Miami’s spiciness, her own wit and the Parisian chic she craved. Cutting- edge En Noir, The Elder Statesman and Hood by Air hold their own against classics Chanel and Dior, and flamingo- festooned fashion, jewelry and accessories by Suno, Piamita and Charlotte Olympia.

Adding to the balance of cultures within 20,000 square feet and three stories of a 1939 former hotel are shimmering brass rails and round mirrors lending the aura of a yacht. Spot-lit mannequins line up as if to stomp the runway, or perhaps gawk at the famous style globetrotters who surf the Webster—like Tilda Swinton, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West.

They, too, cannot resist the rad racks and rooftop lounge with unobstructed views of the ocean.

1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305.674.7899,


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Le Bon Marché was one of the world’s first department stores when Aristide Boucicaut opened it in 1852, and it remains one of the very best.

The former dry-goods store—whose name translates to “the good deal” and which was acquired by LVMH Group in 1984—feels intimate even at 345,000 square feet. And unlike Paris’ other grands magasins on the Right Bank, Le Bon Marché isn’t clogged with tourists.

The store on the city’s less-uptight Left Bank lures moneyed, well-dressed natives with its well-edited ultra-luxe and cutting-edge clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor, kitchenware, bed linens and exhibits, including one by famed artist Ai Weiwei this summer.

Exclusives include Thom Browne womenswear, Haider Ackermann menswear, 3×1 jeans, Francesco Russo shoes and a huge (and oft-imitated) La Grande Epicerie food hall and deli, where time-pressed Parisians grab meals, snacks and wine.

“Our customers are very tapped into trends and come to us to find out what will be hot in Paris,” says Anne-Catherine Grimal, director of communications at Le Bon Marché. The airy building itself is a monument to good taste, designed by architect Louis- Auguste Boileau and later updated by his son, Louis Charles Boileau, and Gustave Eiffel. “Everything that is the essence of Paris is nearby: a park, very good schools, the city’s best restaurants, designer boutiques and art galleries,” Grimal says.

That is, if you can bear to leave.

24, rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, +33 1 44 39 80 00,


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Grab a map at Kuhl-Linscomb’s door, or do as Houstonians almost prefer to do: Get gloriously lost.

You never know what you’ll find within the sprawling labyrinth of artfully displayed eclectic, elusive and witty goods. But one thing’s certain: Products are made by major talents specializing in limited runs, such as John Derian home accessories, Moooi lighting, Bulthaup kitchens, Hästens beds, John Robshaw linens, Philippe Starck children’s furni- ture, Ila & I jewelry and Paul Smith men’s accessories. Add to that a Fred Segal–worthy apothecary of singular and natural skin care, fragrance, candles and cosmetics by Aesop, Tracie Martyn, Cire Trudon and Manready Mercantile.

To house it all, Kuhl-Linscomb has mushroomed to nearly 100,000 square feet, in an Upper Kirby neighborhood sandwiched between wealthy River Oaks and artsy Montrose. “If you devote a day to exploring our store, we’ve done our job,” says Pam Kuhl-Linscomb, who constantly “re-stages” merchandise vignettes. She opened the store’s current location with husband Dan Linscomb in 2001, originally to house her overflow stock as an award- winning ASID interior designer. “Now it’s not about home products but a lifestyle,” she says.

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You know the striking sylph who glides into a party and every woman covets her attire? Well, wandering through Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida is like shopping in her closet—only better.

Within a 10,000-square-foot pretty-in-pink villa in Naples’ historic district, you can choose from a vast arsenal of the hottest womenswear designers, including Stella Jean, Mary Katrantzou, Kenzo and Gianvito Rossi, along with classics Valentino, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors. Garnish with “wow” jewels by Irene Neuworth, Andrea Fohrman, Nicholas Liu and Stephen Webster.

Likewise, Brunello Cucinelli and Orlebar Brown menswear enables gents to stand out at the beach or yacht club.

Marissa Collections takes it further by suggesting head-to-toe ensembles. “We sell the majority of our fine jewelry in dressing rooms,” says co-owner Jay Hartington, whose parents, Marissa and Burt Hartington, opened the store 40 years ago. In the resort town where art, golf and beach converge like a well-mixed martini, Marissa Collections fits nicely in a palm-lined residential neighborhood, where Bentleys and Martone bicycles co-exist. “Given our position at the start of the historic section [of town],” Jay Hartington says, “we are almost like the welcoming committee.”

1167 Third Street South, Naples, 239.263.4333, marissa

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Construction Progresses at Kai at Bay Harbor


Luxury, style, and comfort will intermingle at Kai at Bay Harbor, one of the latest projects represented by ONE Sotheby’s. Scheduled for completion by Winter 2016, Kai at Bay Harbor is currently under construction. The seven-story building by Arquitectonica will house 57 1-to 4-bedroom residences priced from $612,700 to $1,228,800. Spacious and luminous, Kai at Bay Harbor will feature innovative architecture and world class design with glass enclosed wrap-around balconies, stylish interiors, a fitness center, and outdoor lounge areas. Residents and guests will enjoy the exclusive service and amenities of this boutique building. A privileged paradise, Kai at Bay Harbor will be the gateway to infinite day and nighttime activities in the prestigious Bal Harbour neighborhood. Unknown-2[2]



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L’Atelier Features Beautifully Crafted Finishes


A residential masterpiece, L’Atelier invites its residents to live artfully, embracing the magnificent craftsmanship that will surround them in their residence. Inspired by exquisite details, L’Atelier has selected Poliform and Antonio Lupi to design the kitchen and bathroom components throughout.

Known for their expertise and considered to be one of the world’s leading kitchen craftsmen, Poliform has been chosen as the official cabinet maker for L’Atelier. The brand will craft and install the one-of-a-kind kitchens for L’Atelier Residences.




A top choice for bathroom furniture worldwide, the prestigious Antonio Lupi has been commissioned for the residences at L’Atelier. Their impeccable attention to detail and innovative designs perfectly compliment the overall vision of the project. Both of these world-renowned brands will legitimize L’Atelier’s reputation as a modern work of art.




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ONE Life Spotlight: Paradise Found


Spring 2015’s edition of ONE Life magazine shines a light on world trends, culture and design as the award-winning, proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. We’re blogging the unique content available in this exclusive publication. The fourth installation explores the new tropical Metropolis – Metropica.

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There’s no great secret to the lure of Miami. It’s a coveted metropolis like New York, London or Dubai—with the raw, natural beauty of a tropical island. A city where art, food, fashion and business overflow from the city streets to the shores of the Atlantic.

It’s that duality that inspires some of the world’s best designers to create in Miami; Zaha Hadid, Piero Lissoni, Sir Norman Foster and Richard Meier are just some of the masters who have lent their talents to the city’s skyline. Joining their ranks is Chad Oppenheim, a local architect with world-class stature who is bringing his high-minded point of view to a new development called Metropica, in nearby Sunrise.

“The idea of combining nature with urbanism fascinates us,” says Oppenheim. “When there’s a certain density and vibrancy to the urban experience, you really feel and appreciate the nature around you even more.”

Given Oppenheim’s predisposition—and his history of designing some of the most vibrant planned communities in the world (think Isla Moda in Dubai and La Verbena in Costa Rica)—it’s no surprise that he is one of the talents behind the $1 billion multifaceted development. His master plan? To exploit the duality of the area, blending the exhilarating aspects of city life with intonations of the tropical landscape all around.

“Our idea is to create a fusion of urbanism and ecology by maximizing green and open spaces and connecting them with the broader neighboring ecosystem, namely the Everglades,” he says. “The concept is to create buildings within a tropical paradise, not unlike the buildings in New York City that surround Central Park.”

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Set on 65 acres just 45 miles from downtown Miami, Metropica ( will include three condominium towers, office space, restaurants, recreational amenities and luxury retail, with easy access to cultural hubs like the Sawgrass Mills Mall and the BB&T Center Arena, as well as the natural wonder of the Everglades.

Oppenheim and his team aim to emphasize the connection with nature as a lifestyle, creating structures that stand as peaceful extensions of the natural environment, rather than fighting with it. For example, deep terraces and trellis systems are part of the infrastructure of the residential towers, encouraging residents to cultivate their own personal gardens. The grounds will also be planted with an array of edible plants and fruit trees, such as mango and avocado, so that non-green-thumb residents will be able to “just reach up and grab the fruit from a tree,” says Oppenheim.

Known for their socially and environmentally conscious architecture, the team was also careful to integrate sustainable features into the design. Metropica’s buildings are ultra-energy-efficient and include a gray-water recycling system as well as a rainwater- collection tank for irrigation.

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Metropica is the brainchild of KGH International Development LLC, a real estate development and investment company that creates self-contained communities in the United States and Latin America—including YOO Nordelta in Buenos Aires. KGH wanted to create a similar self-sustaining, quasi-urban community in Southeast Florida. “Our goal is to create a dream community, a place where people can live and work and play in a peaceful urban oasis,” says Joseph Kavana, chairman of KGH.

To complement Oppenheim’s architecture, The Trillist Companies—the developer of the project’s residential tower—enlisted longtime partner YOO Studio, the London-based group that col- laborates with Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen and other celebrated designers, to design residential interior spaces at Metropica. YOO will start by creating the interior design for the 1,250 high-rise condominiums and common spaces in the YOO Metropica tower, the first phase of a residential project that will eventually include 2,500 condos and 300 townhomes.

Inspired by the geometry of architecture, the YOO designers infused common spaces with texture, color and detail by mixing and layering grids, stripes, diamonds and interlocking patterns to rich effect. A calm, pale gray, silver and white palette define different public spaces, while accents with YOO’s trademark pops of fresh color give each a sense of individuality. Richly veined ceramics arranged in a precise grid, for example, clad the double-height lobby and reference the grandeur of a bygone era with a contemporary twist. This feeling of nostalgic glamour is further expressed in the lobby with the use of highly figured stone and richly colored curtains and reiterated again with diamond-cut mirror paneling on the elevator doors and the reception desk. Offset with contemporary oversized furniture in white and silver, not only is the overall effect luxurious and bold but there is a soothing effect as well.

“We worked closely with the strong forms of Oppenheim’s architecture to explore the geometric patterns and create interiors that are at once iconic, elegant and relaxed,” says Mark Davison, head of design for YOO and the lead designer on the project.

As its name suggests, Metropica will ultimately merge the best of metropolitan life with the paradisal qualities of the tropics. A true “urban jungle” indeed.

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ONE Sotheby’s Attends The Real Deal NYC Showcase


The Real Deal’s annual NYC New Development Showcase & Forum is happening today at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, and ONE Sotheby’s is there with the latest issue of the TRENDS 2015 Market Report, that is flying off the shelves! The top names throughout every section of the real estate industry from buyers and brokers to investors and developers, along with members of the general public are in attendance at the event, and are spending their time networking and learning about the newest, most highly anticipated projects in New York and Miami.

Nikki Field, Sotheby’s International Realty Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, is among the panelists to participate in the thought-provoking discussions on the industry’s biggest issues. Oceana, our 28-story, 240-unit oceanfront project in Bal Harbour, is a sponsor of the forum.

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The Gale Block Party Attracts More Than 500 Guests


The Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences recently hosted a Block Party so that everybody had a chance to experience the Gale lifestyle! With over 500 guests in attendance, everyone enjoyed delicious treats from local food trucks, live music, and cocktails by Peroni Nastro Azzurro & Casamigos Tequila.

The 12 story residential tower housing 128 fully finished residences will allow for a customizable living experience. Featuring an expansive rooftop sky deck, multiple pools with views of the intracoastal, and premium concierge service, The Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences in Fort Lauderdale will create an unparalleled living experience in a uniquely vintage environment.










ONE Life Spotlight: Literary Leanings


Spring 2015’s edition of ONE Life magazine shines a light on world trends, culture and design as the award-winning, proprietary lifestyle publication of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. We’re blogging the unique content available in this exclusive publication. The third installation explores the Writer’s Room at The Betsey, a boutique hotel in South Beach. We’ll take a deeper look at the hidden landmark which connects artists to the local community.

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The raison d’être of The Betsy can be summed up by three words emblazoned on a small, turquoise button: Creativity takes courage.

Although it isn’t an original sentiment (Henri Matisse said it a century ago), it does demonstrate the South Beach hotel’s commitment to nurturing and advancing the creative space in Miami. The aforementioned button, which is distributed to hotel guests as a tribal badge of sorts, is a calling card for The Betsy’s PACE program, which centers on philanthropy, arts, culture and education, with a special focus on the literary arts.

For owner Jonathan Plutzik, cultural programming is not a gimmick or a way to stand out among the sleek hotels lining Ocean Drive. It is a passion ingrained long ago and a way to honor his own past. “I come from a family of writers and artists,” he says. “We have a natural inclination to be supportive of the literary community.”

Among those talented relatives is his father, Hyam Plutzik, a highly regarded poet and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist who died in 1962 at age 51. “I’ve had the opportunity to connect with him through his writing,” says Plutzik, who was 7 when he lost his father. “I attach great power to the written word. It has a sense of immortality and longevity; it leaves a mark on the world.”

In his father’s honor—and as a tribute to others who shape words into art—Plutzik and his sister, Deborah Plutzik Briggs, established the Writer’s Room at The Betsy ( The studio space serves as a creative retreat for writers and poets, both established and emerging, to stay and work, at no cost, for up to a week at a time. Writers have to apply to the program and, if accepted, agree to host a literary salon—a concept all but lost in modern times—during which they can read their work or discuss their ideas among members of the community.

“For us,” says Plutzik, “that engagement creates a multiplier effect around their presence.”

More than 250 writers, ranging from household names like Amy Tan to promising writers who have not yet been published, have been in residence in the Writer’s Room since its inception in 2012. Their accommodation: a small but well-appointed space with a foldout sofa, cork walls (for pinning ideas and inspiration), rows of books and Hyam Plutzik’s original writing desk.

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As the only program of its kind in Miami, the Writer’s Room has received international attention and support, most notably from the Knight Foundation. A longstanding advocate of the arts, the Miami-based foundation provided a Knight Arts Challenge grant of $60,000 as start-up funding for the project.

The Betsy’s latest nod comes from the Academy of American Poets, which partnered with the hotel to fund a residency program for winners of AAP’s James Laughlin Award, given once a year. The community will be invited to meet the award-winning poets during intimate gatherings at The Betsy, the most intriguing of which are hosted in the underground B Bar, whose mirrored ceilings, moody lighting and art-filled light boxes give it a vibe that’s part funhouse, part twenties speakeasy.

Now in its fourth season, the Writer’s Room is booking residencies for 2016 and beyond. The demand, Plutzik says, has skyrocketed. In response, The Betsy will unveil a second Writer’s Room as part of its expansion, which will be complete in late 2016.

In the meantime, Miamians will continue to experience the talent of writers and poets of diverse backgrounds. “We celebrate diversity in every possible way it can be measured,” says Plutzik. “Ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, race…We want to connect with communities of all kinds.”

One recent artist-in-residence performance that stands out for Plutzik was a public event featuring writer David Mills, during which Mills recited the work of African-American poet Langston Hughes, in honor of Black History Month. To say Mills brought down the house is an understatement.

On reflection, Plutzik says, “it was tremendously powerful. I am—and everyone present is—so lucky to have this opportunity to regularly connect with poets and writers on such an intimate level. I am proud of the way the hotel has devoted energy and space to this exercise.”

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eMerge Americas Recap


Considered among the top tech conferences, eMerge Americas is attended by the most creative innovators, revolutionary leaders in the tech industry, and investors throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. Entailing five exciting days of workshops, interactive sessions, networking events, and presentations by entrepreneurs representing multiple fields, eMerge Americas is the premier platform for exchanging ideas on a global level.

As a second time sponsor of eMerge, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty was well represented at eMerge Americas with our own high-tech booth showcasing our exclusive project, Brickell City Centre. The booth featured impressive Oculus Rift technology that gave users an incredibly detailed, virtual look inside Brickell City Centre.

On the final day of the conference, ONE Sir hosted its Associate Meeting, where SIR Global Vice President, Michael Valdes, presented important update of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Click here to watch the official eMerge America recap video.


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ONE Sotheby’s Visits The Grand Opening of New Affiliate Office in Rome


Sotheby’s International Realty recently celebrated the grand opening of their newest affiliate office in Rome, Italy and the ONE Sotheby’s team participated in the festivities. ONESIR CEO and Founder Mayi de la Vega along with agents Liza Lamar and Claudia Fernandez de Pinto had the opportunity to network with colleagues, and also meet with architect Piero Lissoni, who has designed The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. The event was held in a classic Italian villa, and featured a magnificent display of diamond jewelry. Miami’s real estate market was a hot topic at the event, and many affluent European buyers are interested in purchasing properties in our city.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand continues to grow and expand with affiliate locations in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. We look forward to working closely with the new affiliate office and making connecting Italian buyers with the best Miami has to offer.