Heading south: Espasso opens a new showroom in Miami Ironside

New York space in balmy Miami
The Brazilian design showroom, Espasso, has opened a companion gallery to its New York space in balmy Miami
(Image credit: Eliseu Cavalcante)

Establishing a southern outpost is appealing on so many levels. This week, the Brazilian design showroom, Espasso, sets a prime example by opening a companion to its New York space in balmy Miami. Located within Miami Ironside – an enclave of design galleries and showrooms in the city’s historic West Belle Meade neighbourhood in the Upper Eastside – the gallery is tucked among a palatable mix of leafy eucalyptus trees, glass storefronts and outdoor paths.

Espasso’s new space spans 2,000 sq ft and brings its signature assortment of modern and contemporary Brazilian design to a Floridian clientele. In honour of its opening, the gallery has made pieces by Oscar Niemeyer, Zanini de Zanine, Carlos Motta and Jorge Zalszupin available in Miami for the first time. These include Niemeyer’s iconic, scroll-like ‘Marquesa’ bench, made from black lacquered wood and caning; Zanine’s ‘Longo’ bench, which is crafted from a single, reclaimed wood column; Zalszupin’s wooden origami-like coffee table; and Motta’s signature ‘Guará’ armchair that mixes leather upholstery with a structured wooden form.

‘Visitors from all over the world have made Miami a major destination for design, so it makes perfect sense to open an Espasso here,’ says founder Carlos Junqueira. ‘It is essential for Brazilian design to have a presence in Miami and Espasso is the perfect platform.’

In addition to a specially curated shop-in-shop dedicated to the work of Sergio Rodrigues, Espasso’s strong relationships with designers such as Claudia Moreira Salles, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas also indicates the breadth of future design showcases to come. 

Miami Ironside, an enclave of design galleries

Located within Miami Ironside, an enclave of design galleries and showrooms in the city’s Upper Eastside, the gallery is located in among a palatable mix of leafy eucalyptus trees, glass storefronts and outdoor paths

(Image credit: Eliseu Cavalcante)

modern and contemporary Brazilian design to a Floridian clientele

Espasso’s new space spans 2,000 sq ft and brings its signature assortment of modern and contemporary Brazilian design to a Floridian clientele

(Image credit: Eliseu Cavalcante)

Special pieces by by Oscar Niemeyer, Zanini de Zanine, Carlos Motta

Special pieces by by Oscar Niemeyer, Zanini de Zanine, Carlos Motta and Jorge Zalszupin are available in Miami for the first time

(Image credit: Eliseu Cavalcante)

Miami a major destination for design, so it makes perfect sense to open an Espasso here,’ says founder Carlos Junqueira.

‘Visitors from all over the world have made Miami a major destination for design, so it makes perfect sense to open an Espasso here,’ says founder Carlos Junqueira. Pictured: a view of Miami Ironside

(Image credit: Eliseu Cavalcante)

INFORMATION

Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm; weekends by appointment. For more information, visit Espasso’s website (opens in new tab)

Photography: Eliseu Cavalcante

ADDRESS

Espasso
Miami Ironside
7580 NE 4th Ct #102
Miami, Florida

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.