We had the good fortune of connecting with Nisi Berryman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nisi, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Probably the luck I have had discovering artists and designers whose work is so masterful. We offer them a well-located brick and mortar gallery and on through to online sales through our new site. I feel that more and more high-level design is being produced in Miami, which makes me very happy. Our South Florida creative pool is growing!
Another big factor is that right now my end of the Design District (Design District West) is being reimagined and refreshed by the Comras Company with a plan to bring the long-vacant properties all along 35th and 40th Streets to life and create a new creative community atmosphere with special emphasis on outdoor areas and gathering places. I’m so excited for this to take shape!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Can we assume this is aprés-Covid? I’m pretty Beach-centric so first night might be drinks at Juvia followed by dinner at Chottomatte, my favorite restaurant for food and decor! Days would involve outdoor activities – beach time, walking the boardwalk or kayaking at Sunset Harbor and after having lunch after at the Ice Box Cafe, Sardinia or Stiltsville. Some spa and pool time at the Standard is very rejuvenating and a must, followed by lunch or brunch there. At least one day must be spent in the Miami Design District (yes I’m prejudiced toward my neighborhood!) with a walking tour of the public art and amazing architecture, followed by lunch or dinner at Michael’s Genuine or Mandolin. Shopping is another whole day depending on the friend, with the top brands here in force and many others including pop-ups to choose from. Also don’t miss Swan, pricey but delicious and such a beautiful spot. Museums on my fave list include the De La Cruz, ICA, the Bass, Wolfsonian and the Rubell Museum. And if we are going to the Rubell, definitely will book a meal at Loku. which is just delicious and a fun spot. Last Sunday of the visit we would go to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for yoga with Franci in the morning, and after just enjoying the incredible beauty of that place. If you’re hungry, head to Rosetta for pastries and sandwiches or the Lobster Shack for the best fish and lobster tacos, and of course, lobster!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We wouldn’t exist without our wonderful designer clients who have been so supportive of the artists, brands and unusual finds we gather for them. Our team is incredible – Lynn Larrieu and Linda Rector keep things running smoothly and fashionably. Alfred Lamoureux is masterminding our new website and branding, and a big shoutout goes to my assistant Chelsea Abella, one in a long line of DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High) interns who have been invaluable and a link to the next generation of designers and artists. Of course we love the creators we represent, primarily independent American (and local) artists and design studios, and appreciate the trust they have put in us. Especially during this crazy year! Special thanks to Luis Pons, Vivian Carbonell, Lisa Ariotti, Simon Chaput and Greg Lotus.
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