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Modern look on sale in Hyde Park

By Sharon Ginn
Published May 18, 2007


HYDE PARK - The hanging bubble chair on the front porch of the 1928 Hyde Park bungalow is the giveaway: This isn't your typical South Tampa furniture store.

The attributes of the home, at 2201 W Dekle Ave., are immediately apparent: From the iconic '60s-era Eero Aarnio bubble chair out front to the Philippe Starck designs inside, architect Kenneth Garcia's new store, MiamiModern, brings midcentury modern design and Starck's streamlined contemporary pieces to Tampa's signature prewar neighborhood.

It is not as awkward a fit as it might seem, said manager/designer Alton Isings, who said he has sold plenty of this furniture - a favorite of architects everywhere - in Los Angeles.

"This kind of stuff can be integrated" into bungalow style, Isings said. "It makes people a little less scared of it."

Inspired by pieces in Miami's art deco buildings, Garcia chose the name MiamiModern 10 years ago. Garcia recently decided to open a store in the front of the bungalow he has been using for his architecture practice.

The store opened early this month and Garcia also is developing a Web site,

The store carries furniture from Kartell home of the Starck pieces, Adelta (maker of the bubble chair), Dellarobbia, Alivar and other brands, as well as modern pieces from Bernhardt.

"These are things people used to have to go out of town to see, " Isings said.

Each piece in the store is accompanied by information about the designer and its history, so "you're not just looking at a chair and wondering where it came from, " Isings said.

The furniture is a natural fit for the area's newer loft condominiums, but Isings said many younger clients in more traditional homes also are buying it.

"The price point is midrange, " Isings said, citing a coffee table that sells for $280. "I think it's good for people buying their first home. It's high style."

Hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In-home design services are available.

Clothing ... to closings

Starting this fall, South Tampa residents can visit the old White House/Black Market if they're looking for a house ... or putting one on the market.

The Hyde Park Village storefront, vacant since the clothing retailer left for WestShore Plaza more than a year ago, is expected to become home to Tampa's first branch of Engel and Voelkers Florida. Based in Naples, it's a spinoff of an international real estate company.

The opening should be September or October, franchisee Michal Winiarek said.

Hamburg, Germany-based Engel and Vlkers Group recently entered Florida, adopting a slightly more Americanized name, establishing a statewide headquarters and making plans to open more than 200 offices throughout Florida.

What makes Engel and Voelkers Florida different is its global approach to real estate, Winiarek said. While he expects to be selling a lot of local properties to local buyers, he also will be able to market homes in 24 other countries.

Likewise, Europeans who wish to purchase in the area will gravitate toward the Engel and Vlkers name, he said.

"We're going to be able to market our listings to broader audiences, " he said. "If you're walking around Hamburg, you're going to see a flyer from Florida in their display case."

Whetted appetites

After months of delays, CDB's Southside Italian restaurant and bar quietly opened last week. No balloons or brass bands were scheduled for the first night in the building at 3671 S Westshore Blvd. (most recently Caf Anna), but word was getting around anyway.

"We've had like 50 calls a day, " catering manager Andrea Fizell said, because people "know CDB's."

This is the first foray into South Tampa for CDB's owner Pat Iacovella, who over the years has owned restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area. Iacovella's other locations are near USF and in Lakeland.

CDB's Southside is serving dinner from 5 to 11 nightly, and will be adding lunch service within a week or two, Fizell said.

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Amy Scherzer


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