BLOG: Paris Forino SpotlightPosted 01.20.2020
Australian-born interior design maven Paris Forino sat down for a coffee-infused morning interview with the team at Missoni Baia. Forino revealed that it was during a gap year in Europe, following some time as a ballet dancer, that she “fell in love with design and beautiful spaces.” She later studied design in Sydney before settling in New York City and making her mark.
Missoni Baia is Forino’s first project in Miami, and the largest her firm has taken on since opening in 2012. With Missoni Baia — an amazing project, according to Forino — she aimed to capture the sunny and optimistic vibe of Miami in the interiors by using light and reflective materials to create serene and warm atmospheres.
She expounded further on the distinct and singular Miami aesthetic, which is an extension of a host of brimming local arts and cultural scenes combined with strong influences from Latin America. Forino focused on health and wellness when it came to the building’s common spaces, crafting refined, open areas that exude a sense of both vibrancy and tranquility.
Forino also discussed the role of the design house Missoni in the project, calling the company an “amazing inspiration” and explaining how brilliant furniture and fabrics from Missoni would populate and color the spaces. She compared Missoni Baia’s Edgewater neighborhood to the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, saying that Edgewater, much like the ambitious new Chelsea development, is primed to be the next big thing.
During this discussion, Forino’s spirited enthusiasm for the Missoni Baia project was evident. It’s a world-class project by a world-class designer.