Item description for Miami Beach: Blueprint Of An Eden. Lives Seen through the Prism of Family and Place by Michele Oka Doner...
The is the Collectors Limited Edition of just 400 books. Each copy has an original hand made cover with a section of palm frond embedded in gold cloth bound chipboard. It also includes a unique page handmade by internationally renowned artist Michele Oka Doner with palm material embedded in the page. Miami Beach, Blueprint of an Eden is the story of an extraordinary time and place. It is the concurrent stories of two families placed by destiny in a position to tell them well: the Wolfsons and the Okas. The authors? fathers were each mayors of Miami Beach, one in the 40's and one in the 50's and early 60?s. Their mothers were prominent first ladies. Their exhaustive family archives provide a rich cultural, architectural, political, social, botanical, stylistic, gastronomic, geological and poetic history of Miami Beach from the 1920's to the 1960's...a place that time would render mythic. Sumptuously illustrated with over 500 vintage photographs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 9.8" Height: 1.8" Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 5, 2005
Publisher Feierabend Unique Books
ISBN 3899851986 ISBN13 9783899851984
Availability 0 units.
More About Michele Oka Doner
Michele Oka Doner, born and raised in Miami Beach, FL, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose prolific career spans four decades. The remarkable breadth of her artistic production encompasses public art, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, and functional objects. She is perhaps best known for her numerous public art commissions, including those at New York's Herald Square Subway Station and the Miami Beach airport. She is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York and is frequently featured in books (including "Michele Oka Doner: Natural Seduction") and print media in the U.S. and internationally. Oka Doner maintains studios in New York and Miami Beach.
Reviews - What do customers think about Miami Beach: Blueprint Of An Eden. Lives Seen through the Prism of Family and Place?
Fascinating Miami Beach Jun 20, 2008
This fascinating look at the creation of Miami Beach and its early history is told by its authors through the looking glass of their prominent families. Both the Oka and Wolfson families have been highly visible players in Miami Beach's political and social life for decades.
This book is filled with interesting black and white photos -- many from family archives -- not found elsewhere. The book tells the story of Miami Beach from a uniquely personal perspective. From its early development from a huge mangrove swamp through the glamorous sixties when world famous entertainers lived, performed and partied in Miami Beach, this book is evokes Miami Beach's romantic past. [...]
Miami Beach Memories Jan 31, 2008
A stunningly beautiful photographic history of Miami Beach. The photographs are from the archives of 2 prominent Miami Beach families. They took the community from a small tropical village into a world class posh resort. Its fascinating to read and see the evolution of one of my favorite places. A great coffee table book.
Beautiful Memories, beautiful book Dec 1, 2006
I grew up in Miami Beach a bit later than the authors. When the book arrived I couldn't put it down. I loved the photos and historic reference; they showed just how special Miami Beach was. My only wish is that the authors would have expanded their history a bit.
Perhaps add info on Central Beach Elementary, Ida M Fisher Junior and Miami Beach High as well as some of the other early landmarks (the Post Office on Washington Avenue). I realize the authors wrote through their own families' experience, but there is so much more... and so many others who contributed so much to the city.
Hopefully one day they'll do another book to immortalize a truly "Magic City."