Miami Magazine is pleased to present some of the most distinguished men that are taking the Greater Miami Area by storm. These outstanding industry leaders are shaping the future of their respective fields as some of the most prominent influencers in our community.
NELSON DE LA NUEZ
CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST & DESIGNER, POP LAND STUDIOS
With prestigious art galleries located in luxury destinations, ranging from Palm Beach, Pacific Palisades, Hamptons to Aspen, Soho, Hong Kong, DC, Boston and major cities in between and a lengthy celebrity list of collectors, pop artist Nelson De La Nuez is kept busy nonstop, often with a wait list.
His sophisticated, yet playful, original mixed media pop artwork is always in demand with the A list, whether it be the billionaire hedge fund crowd or the music and entertainment industry executives and celebrities or the savvy art collector with the keen eye looking to round out an extensive art collection. They appreciate his unique, fun style fitting for luxury homes.
His many luxury brand collections of home decor, travel and fashion over the years have all been branded with his trademark namesake of The King of Pop Art®, after being titled that years ago via media and press; it stuck for his brand.
He has partnered with and been hired for commissions and designs for companies, such as Delta Airlines; you will see many of his pieces in the Delta One & Sky Club lounges around the country, AZUL airlines, Shoedazzle, Hermes, Corum watches, and for countless celebrity and industry executive requests.
De La Nuez has built an empire that sells his art in various formats and price points; online via his site, but also sells extensively to chosen galleries worldwide, interior designers and developers, the hospitality industry for hotels, nightclubs, restaurant decor/design.
“Part of my success is because I realized the need for art at all prices. There is something for everyone.. every stage of collecting my work,” he explains.
“People don’t buy products. They want relationships, stories and magic. That’s where I come in. We all need a little magic.”
DR. CHRISTOPHER CRAFT
CRAFT PLASTIC SURGERY MEDICAL DIRECTOR/PLASTIC SURGEON/OWNER
Growing up watching his physician father, a well- respected plastic surgeon, Christoper Craft MD and his siblings witnessed first hand how rewarding helping others in the medical field would be. Today he, and his siblings all have a profound love of medicine and pursue their interests in surgery.
In his early years of practice, Christopher Craft M.D. performed all aspects of cosmetic surgery both reconstructive and cosmetic. Recently, the focus is reflective of his passion for breast and body procedures, along with non-invasive treatments such as fillers, injectables and laser therapies.
Patient care is highly personalized and concierge driven. Each treatment is highly customized to meet patients expectations, goals and needs. Every surgery and treatment is a unique and tailored experience.
If I wouldn’t recommend it to my family, I wouldn’t recommend it to yours.
The attending staff is highly attentive and dedicated to patient safety, comfort and satisfaction. It’s a team effort focused on respect for the patient, their bodies and results.
Always evolving as a practice, with the expansion of innovative services and treatments, focused on customer care to achieve the results they want.
KOBI KARP ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN AIA, ASID REGISTERED ARCHITECT
Kobi Karp’s non-stylistic portfolio journeys from luxurious celebrity estates to affordable housing to historic landmarks to exotic international projects. His drive is derived from the experiential connection to the real world. His projects tell emotional stories, as art film and music do.
Surveying landscapes, exploring pedigrees and sampling ethnic flavors all inspire him. A natural fixer and uniter, an architectural ambassador.
Exciting projects on the horizon are the Raleigh Hotel and Residences and neighboring Richmond and South Seas Hotels in Miami Beach. The SLS Resort Residence & Marina in Hallandale Beach. A new development for the Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club in Hallandale. The luxury Legacy Hotel and Residences in the Miami World center.
Architecture is a source of enchantment and inspiration for artists as it awakes our soul
Even more exciting is a move for the headquarters to a large-scale complex in Wynwood having purchased the former Miami Ad School Building.
This will provide Kobi Karp Architecture clients a place to meet, connect and design and vendors will use the outdoor space for lectures and art displays.
DR. RAY LOPEZ DPM
MOSA SURGERY TOP FOOT AND ANKLE SURGEON IN MIAMI
A podiatric foot and ankle specialist with a passion for lower extremity cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, who prides himself on providing outstanding patient care. Popular treatments include minimally invasive Beach- Bunion TM procedure, No-ScarTM Hammer Toe Correction, Foot Fillers (Pump-PadsTM), Botox injections to cure Plantar Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet), and spider vein treatments. Dr. Lopez’s skilled keen eye for aesthetics enables him to deliver both functional and high quality cosmetic surgical results for his patients.
Attention to detail is what sets him apart. Running his practice with a boutique style approach, he is dedicated to his craft and patient needs.
Concierge medicine allows me to dedicate quality time to each one of my patients, while focusing on their needs and concerns, to achieve the desired successful treatment.
Continuously developing and expanding his expertise and innovative knowledge in lower extremity procedures. Patients are looking for pain relief with minimally invasive treatments. Dr. Lopez goal is to provide his patients the desired results in their comfort, and confidence in his work, that ultimately leads to improving their quality of life.
KAKAR HOUSE OF DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND FURNITURE SHOWROOM OWNER
Anil Kakar is the founder and mastermind behind Kakar House of Design. Specializing in turnkey interior design, he founded his firm in 2010 and expanded by opening his retail furniture showroom in 2012.
Anil combined his passion for design and business once completing his MBA at the University of Miami. He has a strong wealth and finance background having been a banker and wealth advisor for top banking institutions.
A typical day for Anil starts with a good cup of ginger and turmeric chai and then off to emails and texts to get everyone organized on what needs to be done for that day in his showroom and interior design business.
No two designs should ever be alike, they should encompass the personality and vision of the homeowner.
Anil is deeply dedicated to his clients’ individual vision, and he is known for customized projects. “No two of my projects are ever alike; individuality is key.”
The unique vision of each of his clients’ projects, their energy and passion about good design and architecture is inspirational to his work. Anil is constantly inspired by nature and all that surrounds us.
During these times, the home has become the new sanctuary for many. Beauty and comfort are paramount.
JOSEPH C. FAVA, ASID
FAVA DESIGN GROUP, LLC PRINCIPLE
With the firm belief that when one surrounds themselves with their ideal of aesthetic beauty, health and well being flourish, it is no surprise that Fava Design Group creates bespoke spaces tailored to that ideal, established by each of their clients. Fava believes that harmonious and tasteful design has the potential to evoke both positive emotional and physical effects for those who experience it and he collaborates with each client to create spaces that are not only visually pleasing, but that foster this idea of health and well-being. These projects become a reflection of those who they are designed for, honed by expertise, creativity, and imagination. Fava’s success is the result of “patience and the ability to relate to each client on a professional and personal level”. Published for contemporary, transitional, and traditional
As a creative mind, I design spaces that reveal the true essence of those with whom I work, encompassing all genres of design adeptly.
projects, clients appreciate the fact that his team can design a traditional space for them in the North East and then create a contemporary experience in South Florida. Philanthropy, with causes focusing on at-risk children, has always been one of Fava’s core values. Joe is the design director of KidSanctuary in West Palm Beach, Florida and works with St. Vincent’s in Baltimore, Maryland, both serving the needs of children in need. Next up for Fava is the development of turn-key projects, with two underway and two in the works. It is something he has always wanted to do and he is excited that the opportunity has manifested.
ARTIST AND PAINTER
Helmut Koller was educated in Austria and completing his training as a photographer, he became the official photographer for the Vienna State Opera. Having been a professional photographer, with a background in opera, ballet and fashion he is skilled in picture composition and color harmony. The unique perspective he brings to his pieces have been acquired from years of hard work. Passionate about art, Koller prides himself in doing something special for our society. It is exciting to create something that triggers deep emotions and memories in humanity. His artwork is unique and beautiful. It’s communicative beyond words. Seeing it activates feelings and sensations as if others are seeing something different than his perspective. Next up on the horizon, following the extremely successful animal series, is portraits of historic American Indians. They are the perfect example of how we should treat our planet. Koller has published several books of his work, including Opera Live. Koller has received numerous awards in both mediums. His work is exhibited in the United States and Europe and is collected internationally.