Ugo Colombo, Founder and CEO of CMC Group, and Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator of Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale hosted an intimate art discussion and dinner featuring artist Julian Schnabel at the Brickell Flatiron Design and Sales Gallery.
The event brought together Miami’s art, design, and real estate development forces and Bonnie Clearwater engaged Schnabel with questions about his experiences in the art world and his inspiration for designing Brickell Flatiron’s public spaces.
Ugo Colombo and Julian Schnabel with Vanessa Grout
Prominently situated at the epicenter of downtown Miami’s financial district, Brickell Flatiron is a decidedly unique take on Miami condo living and a collaboration among cultural icons. The building is the latest project from Ugo Colombo and CMC Group. CMC Group is Miami’s premier real estate development firm with a portfolio of properties distinctively designed as “livable works of art.”
Miami’s Brickell Flatiron Park has become the new focus for New York Artist Julian Schnabel. Schnabel is working on an art installation for Brickell Flatiron Park that will serve as public art as well as a sales and design hub for CMC Group’s nearby luxury residential development, Brickell Flatiron.
“The Brickell Flatiron Sales Gallery functions as a livable work of art,” says CMC Group founder Ugo Colombo. “As a longtime collector of Julian’s work, I have always appreciated his commitment to applying his artistic vision and eye to whatever it is he does.”
The small building in the park will double as the Sales & Design Gallery for the forthcoming 64-story tower. The building’s exterior will feature Schnabel’s signature broken ceramic plates. The interior will feature an assortment of Schnabel’s original furniture and artwork. In addition to Schnabel’s contribution to the Sales & Design Gallery, he has been commissioned to design the public spaces and lobby of Brickell Flatiron.
“His art is so different from anything else out there and I believe the commonality of crafting something that stands apart from the masses is where our values in design align, particularly at Brickell Flatiron,” says Ugo Colombo.
See the video below of Schnabel working on Brickell Flatiron:
Fashion magazine, The Daily Front Row, prides itself on providing “up to-the-minute coverage on all things fashion, 24/7.”
“If it’s happening, we know it first” they declare and writer, Dena Silver, recently met with Ugo Colombo for their Chic Report series and the two had a “Miami Moment.” In the interview Ugo Colombo shares his 30-year passion for designing high rises and his collaboration with Julian Schnabel on Brickell Flatiron, Miami’s hautest luxury condo building. Says Ugo Colombo:
“I’m good friends with Julian Schnabel, so I thought it would be great to work with him on the common spaces in the building. He picked out the colors, the fabrics, the materials, and the final look of the common spaces, as well as creating some custom furniture pieces.”
Ugo goes on to discuss the most luxurious features of Brickell Flatiron including the glamarous top floor.