May 21, 2024

Hospitality firm WoodHouse has begun the anticipated reopening of Miami landmark the Moore.

Built in the 1920s on a pineapple farm, the Neoclassical-style building in the city’s Design District served as a furniture showroom and warehouse for Moore and Sons. The iconic structure enters its next chapter as a new lifestyle destination, complete with a private members club, boutique hotel, executive offices, gallery space, and Elastika restaurant.

Introducing Elastika at the Moore

Elastika, situated on the Moore’s first floor, debuts as a modern-American restaurant helmed by chef Joe Anthony.

Inspired by Miami’s international community and the Moore’s century-long legacy of art, design, and culture, the restaurant is named after the Zaha Hadid sculpture that is suspended across the four-story atrium above the restaurant’s dining room. The sculpture is a site-specific installation commissioned by Miami Design District developer Craig Robins for the inaugural Design Miami/ exhibition in 2005.

Elastika’s design by WoodHouse and ICRAVE

Beneath its namesake sculpture, the restaurant’s interiors marry original elements with a modern, sophisticated design envisioned in collaboration with ICRAVE. The main dining room features an expansive 18-seat bar, velvet banquette seating, a semi-private dining room, and a lounge area near the building’s original staircase.

A new skylight was also added, flooding the space with natural light from above. Much of the furniture throughout was designed by Brazil-based furniture maker Sossego, which handcrafts all of its pieces in Southern Brazil using sustainably harvested wood.

The restaurant boasts a collection of contemporary art curated by locally based art advisor Monica Kalpakian. A focal point is Rob Pruitt’s Us (detail), which is on loan from the personal collection of late collector Rosa de la Cruz.

Elastika also features a new sidewalk patio with covered seating and lush greenery.

“Our vision for Elastika extends beyond the menu,” says WoodHouse founder and CEO Brady Wood. “We’ve transformed the first floor of the Moore into the lobby of the Miami Design District—an inviting destination where people can gather, dine, and enjoy the landmark building and Zaha Hadid’s iconic sculpture.”

elastika at the moore miami design district sculptural installation by zaha hadid

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