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The former Dime Savings bank building at 9 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn was a perfect setting for Panerai to announce the recipient of its annual Panerai Design Miami Visionary Award for 2016. Built in 1906-1908, the hexagon-shaped landmark building housed the Dime Savings Bank of New York in grand style, with a spectacular Gustavino domed ceiling. A proposed 73-story building is set to rise adjacent to the building, a designated New York City landmark, and its architects, called SHoP, are also the recipients of this year’s Visionary award.
SHoP is also in the process of creating one of the world’s largest 3-D printed sculptures in the world, which will be installed in the Miami Design District at the entrance to the design fair. “Flotsam & Jetsam” will be permanently installed in the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza after the event.
Panerai’s guests dined at tables arranged under the former Dime Savings Bank’s dome.
Guests dined around a large clock under the former Dime Savings Bank’s dome, which shone with an evening sky glow.
With a storied history that dates back to creating diving watches and other navigational equipment for Italy’s navy in the early 1900s. Panerai received a patent for its high-intensity luminescent radium-based material called Radiomir.