Miami Art Week has begun in Miami where exhibits, events and parties all surround one aspect: art. The pieces, several of them large scale, as well as commissioned pieces from past Design Miami fairs and the new starchitect-designed buildings (even the parking garages!) will surely guarantee the Design District's status as a unique experience and a world-class destination. Photos and descriptions by Art Editor Marlene Sholod.
Andrea Di Giuseppe grew up in his family business, a tile store located in Rome, Italy. In 2000, he and wife Federica, along with her father launched Trend, their own brand of Italian mosaic tile. Andrea oversees operations and production, and Federica heads up artistic development. Launching Trend was a fitting endeavor. “I came from glass and gold mosaic production and she is very artistic,” Di Giuseppe says. The company has experienced almost meteoric growth. In 2001, the couple moved to California and launched Trend Group USA. Then just two years later, they moved the business to South Florida. “We relocated to South Florida because it is a natural door to the South American market,” he says.