R&R Studio Living Room (before and after)
R&R Studio, run by partners Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, is perhaps the most playful and imaginative architecture office in Miami.
Behar is a graduate from Peter Eisenman's highly select Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies which operated in New York between 1981 and 1984. In its time and after the Institute had a huge influence on architectural thinking bringing together a who's who list of architectural/ design players - Aldo Rossi, Tony Vidler, Kenneth Frampton, Alan Colquhoun, Leon Krier amongst others. Massimo Vinnelli did the graphic design for exhibitions and books and Rem Koolhaas used it as his base to write 'Delirious New York'.
Now teaching himself at the University of Miami, Behar and Marquardt's work span a huge range of approaches from art to architecture that 'work with shared memories'.
Most famous of their projects is the Living Room which features a gargantuan sofa, lamp and wallpaper pattern. Located on the edge of the Design District, the project has been an icon for Miami's regeneration since the late 90s. But where once it was fresh and pristine in the boom years, now, in line with the huge number of foreclosures in Miami, the Living Room has been fenced off and is starting to attract graffiti and fly-posting. As Behar happily points out, the Living Room is a 'cultural barometer' for the city