Miami Design District

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Design District
Neighborhood of Miami
Typical street in the Design District
Typical street in the Design District
Nickname(s): Buena Vista (historic name)
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Coordinates: 25°49′N 80°12′W / 25.817°N 80.200°W / 25.817; -80.200
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City City of Miami
 • City of Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn
 • Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson
 • House of Representatives Daphne Campbell (D) and Cynthia A. Stafford (D)
 • State Senate Larcenia Bullard (D), and Oscar Braynon (D)
 • U.S. House Frederica Wilson (D)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,573
 • Density 9,385/sq mi (3,624/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-05)
ZIP Code 33127, 33137
Area code(s) 305, 786
Website Miami Design District

The Design District, historically a part of the Buena Vista, is a neighborhood of greater Midtown, Miami, Florida, United States, south of Little Haiti. It is roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.[1]

The Design District is made up primarily of old low-rise warehouses and gallery spaces, that have been reconverted into retail spaces, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. The Design District is in the crossroads of many prominent Miami neighborhoods, with the artsy Wynwood neighborhood to the south, Little Haiti and the historic 1920s Buena Vista neighborhood to the north, and the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhoods to the east. After decades of falling to urban decay, the Design District has risen to fame as a destination for the arts, design, and fashion.

It is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars.[2] Every 2nd Saturday of each month a community wide Art & Design Night is held from 7-10 pm. A popular event, Art Galleries and Design Showrooms open their doors to the public for music and refreshments.[3]


Historically, the area today known as the Design District was originally known as Buena Vista. Today, the area has become its own, and is known colloquially as the Design District. Signs and names with the name Buena Vista can still be seen throughout the area such as the Buena Vista Post Office, and Buena Vista School.

By the 1980s and early-1990s, the Design District had fallen to urban decay, and it wasn't until the late 1990s, and early 2000s, that art and design stores began opening up in the Design District. Throughout the 2000s, the Design District continued to grow in popularity, and with heavy public and private investment in the neighborhood, the streets and sidewalks were redone, and new trees were planted.

Credited to starting the district is Craig Robins, who purchased many run-down buildings in the 18 square block area and persuaded many top designers, such as Alison Spear, Holly Hunt and Peter Page to relocate.[4]


In 2009, the first luxury retailer opened in the Design District, Christian Louboutin, marking a new era for the Design District. Later that year, Yohji Yamamoto opened in the Design District. In 2011, Louis Vuitton announced plans to open a Louis Vuitton store in the neighborhood by 2014 after announcing its closure of its Bal Harbour Shops store (the first Louis Vuitton store to open outside of New York City), along with opening other brands from the LVMH company in the Design District, including stores such as Sephora, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Fendi.[5]

One of the largest developers in the Design District, Craig Robins, plans to bring 40 to 50 luxury retailers to the neighborhood by 2014, competing with long-established Miami shopping areas such as Lincoln Road and Bal Harbour Shops.[6][7]

In October 2011, Hermes, Cartier and Dior announced plans to move their stores from Bal Harbour Shops to the Design District in late 2011 and 2012.[7]

Design Within Reach opened an 11,000 design store in the district on Feb 1st, 2013. (


Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:

Galleries and showrooms[edit]

A portion of the interior of the Fendi art gallery/showroom in the Miami Design District, December, 2008
Northern entrance to Design District

There are a lot of new galleries and showrooms in the Design District.

  • Adamar Fine Art, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue
  • Aravelo Gallery, 151 NE 40th St. Suite 200
  • de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space,23 NE 41 Street
  • Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40TH ST
  • Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue
  • Maman Fine Art, 3930 NE 2nd Ave
  • Markowicz Fine Art, 110 NE 40th Street


As of 2000, the population of the Miami Design District had 1,116 people. The zip codes for the Miami Design District include 33127 and 33137. The area covers 0.249 square miles (0.64 km2). As of 2000, there were 522 males and 594 females. The median age for males were 26.2 years old, while the median age for females were 25.4 years old. The average household size had 3.1 people, while the average family size had 3.6 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 32.9%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 17.5%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 20.7%. 5.8% of population in other group homes. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 19.2%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 19.5%.[8]

As of 2000, the percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 20.2% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 41.6%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 12.1%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 7.3%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 39.0%.[8]


The Design District is served by Metrobus throughout the area, the City of Miami Trolley Biscayne-Brickell route and by the Miami Metrorail in adjoining Allapattah less than a mile due west at:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Design District Map
  2. ^ Miami Design District - Listings
  3. ^ Design District Street Map
  4. ^
  5. ^ Walker, Elaine (March 28, 2011). "Louis Vuitton moving to Aventura Mall, Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Walker, Elaine; Viglucci, Andres (May 14, 2011). "SoHo south: That's the Design District plan". The Miami Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Walker, Elaine (October 7, 2011). "Hermes moving to Miami Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Demographics of Miami Design District, FL.". city-data. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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Coordinates: 25°49′N 80°12′W / 25.817°N 80.200°W / 25.817; -80.200