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Michael Burke on the Power of Time

MIAMI — Time is on Louis Vuitton’s side.
Ten years ago, chief executive officer Michael Burke met Design Miami/ founder and developer — and major art collector — Craig Robins, who asked if Louis Vuitton would be interested in participating in his vision for the Design District. In the years since, the area, which was originally a furniture district, has become a major meeting point for luxury fashion and public art.
“This was no man’s land 10 years ago,” said Burke on Wednesday morning from the fourth floor of Vuitton’s boutique. The floor had been transformed into a jungle oasis, with floor-to-ceiling live walls and Astroturf for carpeting. Exotic bags hung suspended in the air, joined by the house’s iconic trunks and pieces from the Objets Nomades collection, which is also shown in a booth at Design Miami/ and was celebrated the evening before at SoHo Beach House.
Burke shared two conditions that he relayed to Robins when discussing involvement in the project a decade ago: The area needed a critical mass and, as an outdoor mall, to be planned in such a way that limited cars in favor of pedestrian movement.
“Today it’s much more difficult to master plan,” Burke said. “Forty years ago,

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