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The Insiders: Pili Restrepo & Laura Panebianco
For jewelry designer Pili Restrepo and interior designer Laura Panebianco, inspiration always strikes when they’re sitting around the dinner table: “Our friendship is largely based on our indulgent get-togethers centered around great wine and food,” Restrepo says.
So, when they decided to make a tabletop collection out of their designs, naming the brand Comunione (Italian for communion) just made sense.
“Breaking bread and sharing time with people across a table is a ritual we take very seriously,” reflects Panebianco.
With offerings from hand-enameled drink stirrers and geometric graphic cake servers to cheese knives, appetizer forks and more, Comunione’s line is jewelry for the table with an intentional nod to the 1980s. Here, Restrepo and Panebianco share what’s intriguing them in Miami currently.
For a dose of inspiration: The de la Cruz Collection is a favorite of ours. This privately owned and funded gallery aims to provide education in and awareness of the visual arts and offers free learning experiences for local students and residents. It also has a stunning permanent collection and happens to be housed in one of the most beautiful buildings within the Design District.
Favorite scouting spot: Kakar House of Design is a great source for unique vintage furniture and accessories from all over the world. Its impressive array of treasures from Western Europe, Southeast Asia and South America provide something for every client.
Share a page from your little black book. The husband- and-wife team behind Manufacturing by Skema, Inc., are a fantastic resource for interior designers. Norberto and Patricia Grundland are trained architects with decades in the eld and specialize in custom millwork and furniture using the most exquisite finishes and hardware.
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