It would appear that Avenue Road founder Stephan Weishaupt still doesn’t have enough on his plate. Between a number of impeccably curated showrooms and residences in Toronto, New York and Miami; as well as myriad collaborations with leading international designers under his brand Man Of Parts, Weishaupt deftly leveraged one of the biggest design weeks of the year to launch his latest gallery concept, 5oz, debuting during Design Miami 2021

Perhaps the glue in all of his successful endeavours, Weishaupt is a master relationship builder across the art and design worlds. Born and raised in Munich, he comes from a line of architects, entrepreneurs, and art world professionals and patrons. His intuition, world view and, above all, affinity for connecting people is what has enabled him to engineer truly original experiences. This is strongly evident in the pedigree of talent in the 5oz team. The ever savvy and graceful gallery director, Joanne Cortese, leads a stunning roster of seasoned industry experts and artists.

5oz Gallery by Avenue Road

Study setting with desk and chair at Avenue Road new 5oz gallery
An interior view of the gallery’s villa with an exhibition of architectural photography by Peter Steinhauer and  a desk by Sebastian Herkner for Man of Parts

During Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach, the appointment-only showroom opened the doors of its two adjacent properties in Miami Beach to international design enthusiasts throughout the week. What traditional gallery spaces can lack for showcasing modern art, 5oz has in spades – an opportunity for people to experience these wonderful creations in a more relaxed, comfortable setting.

The properties are smartly adjoined – one a classic Pine Tree Drive art deco gem with white washed walls, original terrazzo floors, fluted columns, nestled under palm trees and lush tropical fauna, and next door, the recently renovated Palm Springs-inspired bungalow, now the office base for the Miami team – and function as the background canvas to the art curated by 5oz gallery. 

A view of the gallery featuring works by Avenue Road and Man Of Parts

For the opening, a selection of large-scale architectural prints by artist photographer Peter Steinhauer were jointly showcased with some of the existing high-end furnishings, including a beautifully crafted solid oak desk and console by Sebastian Herkner debuted under Man Of Parts. Also present was Cologne-based Regine Schumann, whose acrylic light panels and installations have been a regular resident at Miami’s Avenue Road. Schumann’s fluorescent acrylic cubes released graphic light schemes intensified under darkness and added a luminous dash of colour within the sophisticated and more muted interior display. 

From a man who’s attended many parties, the gallery’s name alludes to the amount of champagne typically poured in a flute. This unique art buying experience is a novel concept, an idea that Weishaupt has been distilling for some time. With brilliant execution and a top-flight team, Weishaupt has much to celebrate – there will surely be more champagne toasts to come. §

Poolside view
A view of the villa’s poolside, with lighting by Sebastian Herkner visible inside the house
Outdoors view of the gallery’s bungalow with abundant foliage

The bungalow’s outdoor lounge area