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Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

I was recently invited to the sunshine state for the much anticipated opening of the Miami Beach Edition Hotel during Art Basel. Under the keen eye of Ian Schrager, this luxury oceanfront property has burst onto the scene and given us all something to seriously SWOON over. The property that is distinctly geared towards a new generation features a little bit of everything…two fantastic restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Market & the Matador Room, a sub-level disco, bowling alley and even an unexpected ice skating rink! The pools are surrounded by gorgeous private villas & the guest rooms, designed in a crisp palette of bright whites and neutrals, have everything one could ever want or need.

But, the moment that truly takes your breath away is the serene lobby of the hotel – a light and bright voluminous space that is juxtaposed by gilded gold columns – complete with a pool table and a plethora of vibrant green plant life, which was carefully brought back to life from the art deco glory days by Yabu Pushelberg.  This celebrated architecture and design duo had their hands on just about every aspect of the property and generously shared with me their inspiration and intention for the design of Miami Beach EDITION. // Photography by Masha Maltsava

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

AC: What is your design process – can you take me through the genesis? What was your initial point of inspiration for The Miami Beach EDITION?

YB: What inspired us for The Miami Beach EDITION was much more abstract than just a color story or materials. We’ve lived part-time in Miami for over 20 years, and during that time we’ve seen Miami ‘grow up.’ A lot of museums and design spaces have opened up – there’s more cultural substance behind all of these new initiatives. In today’s Miami, what people want out of where they live, or what hotel they stay in, is much more sophisticated. Considering all of that, we created a more refined design aesthetic that doesn’t rely on tricks or colors or exaggerations; making it a polished symbol of substance and quality. Clearly this design direction is resonating because EDITION is the place to be.

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

AC: You have designed many properties in Miami – how did this particular project differ from past hotel projects?

YP: We believe the EDITION brand responds to the current zeitgeist of what people want in a hotel. It’s a hotel brand that understands style and substance in a very modern way. It’s a hotel not entirely designed for play, nor just work, it’s a place you can chill out in – which is what makes it different. We think it’s exactly what everyone is looking for.  Today’s ‘luxury market’ in Miami, consists of a kind of newness, freshness, and quality of experience that works and feels right; all of which inspired the design narrative for the Miami Beach hotel.

Beaded linen top & skirt //Mara Hoffman

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

AC: Was this your first landmarked restoration in Miami? Did the restoration come with its own set of challenges or were you inspired by the existing conditions?  Limitations can often hinder you or serve as a point of inspiration.

YB: This was our first injection into an existing historical space in Miami. However, we’ve also worked on other projects like the London EDITION – which was another restored hotel. It makes the project richer when you can celebrate the history of the space, add a layer of modernity, and bring fresh life into it. For example, at The Miami Beach EDITION, there is a wonderful juxtaposition between the 60s architecture and the modern finishes, and places like the original curvilinear pool against the very linear pool with the sundial in the middle. All of these things help create interesting contrasts that are much more interesting than a new build.

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

The shop at the hotel – filled with all sorts of curiosities & oddities!

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

AC: For EDITION Hotels, you are not just designing a one off hotel property but building a brand – London, Miami, NYC.  Is there a common design thread that ties all of the properties together?  A stylistic trademark to EDITION?

YP: The common thread between the EDITION Hotels is the future traveler. With the Times Square EDITION – which we’re working on now – we have to plan and design for the guest that will come to the hotel when it opens in a few years. We believe that we’re the kind of traveler that goes to the EDITION, so it’s relatively easy for us to feel what the hotel should be and what it should look like. Like us, their guests are knowledgeable, intelligent, travel a lot, and have seen it all. Like us, they want a hotel where they can relax but also has a vibe and feels connected to the city that it’s in. This person, the traveler, is the link between all of these hotels.

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

I love this white marble pool table – elegant and perfectly fitting for this bright palette.

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

The terracotta planters on the balconies add a beautiful layer of texture and color amongst all of this lush Florida greenery.

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

AC: How did you celebrate the opening of The Miami Beach EDITION this Art Basel? Favorite moment?

YP: Our celebration was our favorite moment! We had a dance party with Horse Meat Disco at The Miami Beach EDITION. There were voguers, a wonderful crowd, and a lot of good energy. Our event brought together a lot of people from a range of age groups and social statuses. We had everyone club kids to international clients that came in on private jets all partying on the same floor. To us, this is what EDITION is all about – bringing together a bunch of different people into a joyous and happy place

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami
Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

GHOST 12 SOFA from Gervasoni

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

20″ ROUND PLANTER from West Elm

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

MID-CENTURY TABLE from Wisteria

Yabu Pushelberg at the EDITION Miami

GLOBE PENDANT from West Elm

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