Merrymaking in Miami Beach

Partying with Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, and more at Art Basel


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Stop one on last night's Art Basel Miami Beach tour: Eddie Borgo's get-together at The Webster, celebrating the launch of his capsule collection with Laure Heriard Dubreuil. "We were here earlier to set up, and we were selling the pieces as we put them out," said Borgo (modestly, mind you).

A few blocks north, at the Raleigh Hotel, Louis Vuitton's Michael Burke and Craig Robins—the man behind Miami's Design District revitalization—hosted a cocktail party and dinner to fete the late architect and designer Charlotte Perriand's "La maison au bord de l'eau." A little background here: Perriand was a prodigious (though perhaps underrated) tour de force in her field, working closely alongside the famed Le Corbusier and becoming an early champion of modular living. In 1934, she entered a contest to conceptualize an economically feasible and easily maintained beach bungalow, in which she took second place. The result? Prefab-fab, an airy and considered space that some speculated might "go well in Amagansett." Perriand's original rendering for "La maison" had never before been executed. Until now. "I was drawn to her pieces before I became familiar with Charlotte herself," said Michelle Williams. "She approached design from the inside out. When I heard that, I thought it sounded just like acting—living from the inside out."

Earlier, amid the warm glow of The Standard Spa's pool, Spike Jonze and Diana Widmaier Picasso gathered artist and curator pals to toast MoMa PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach. "I'm doing an Instagram movie with Korakrit Arunanondchai, who is a great young artist," said Biesenbach of his Basel plans.

Across town, at the Soho Beach House, Nadja Swarovski celebrated Swarovski's design initiative with Guilherme Torres. "This is now the sixth Crystal Palace installation that we have here with Design Miami," she said. "But this time, we really tried to take it one step forward and connect with our efforts with the environment, with our efforts with water in South America—and we thought it would be fantastic to work with a South American talent."

The night ended at Silencio, a pop-up club in a very well-hidden industrial space in the Design District. Pharrell Williams showed up just before 1 a.m., for a performance with Takashi Murakami. The two danced around the jam-packed, neon-lit space, running though Williams' summer hits with a conga line of furry Murakami giants and dancing party guests (Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, and Kenny Scharf included) in tow. "You know we gotta do one more lap!" Williams exclaimed after "Happy," moving into "Blurred Lines" to a now-roaring crowd. If that's not a Basel moment, we don't know what is.

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