Life House Collins Park
Today we want to show you a wonderful place in Miami. Parties, luxury and pleasure. This is Miami, a city full of events and places to live in. One of this places, therefore, is the Life House Collins Park. Tech-savvy hotel company Life House has designed its newest property in Collins Park as an homage to Miami’s past as a Quaker stronghold.
The boutique brand garnered significant buzz after the opening of Life House Little Havana, which debuted a bespoke digital platform for guests to use like a social network. The philosophy, as a result, celebrates neighbourhood identity and heritage. Life House Collins Park sits inside a streamline modern building constructed in 1934. The movement, the art deco style, had gained popularity in Miami in the decades after the Great Depression.
The Collins Park outpost is located between the beach and the Collins Canal. The waterway was created by John Collins, the ambitious Quaker merchant that populated the barrier island with sustainable farming practices and trade.
Life House’s in-house design team aligned therefore the “restrained” exterior aesthetic with the Quaker ethos of purity and functionality. The design narrative served, as a result, as a holistic reflection of the locale.
“We found the Quaker angle a refreshing take on the typical South Beach scene, which is often flashy and excessive”- founder and CEO Rami Zeidan told Dezeen-“Quaker design celebrates similar values to our own in the context of our Streamline Deco Historic Building.”
“We have a saying internally that ‘research is what differentiates the dilettante from the artist’…that without this granular research and discovery of places, things, stories, become superficially characterised…” -Zeidan said.
52 guest rooms, custom walnut millwork, macrame and handwoven tapestry produced by local artisans hang on deep sea blue pegs. A creative nod therefore to iconic space-saving Shaker chair rails. They also feature photos by Russel Harvey, a local who has been shooting the neighbourhood since the 1990’s.
Corridors feature as a result the same tonal blue graphic treatment, offset with coastal woven sisalana fiber rugs. Streamline moderne typography is used for the custom room signage. In the public spaces, vintage high back armchairs flank a pair of creme vintage Vladimir Kagan sofas and Shaker-style barstools.
“We pride ourselves in being responsive to not only the neighbourhood and history, but to the real estate,” – said Zeidan.
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