Miami has risen like a sleekly designed, brightly coloured phoenix from the ashes of economic decline to become a city that is at the centre of cutting edge design and architecture in the USA. Once a manufacturing base and a vacation destination for rich travelers in the 1920s and 30s, Miami has infused its industrial heritage with a rich Cuban cultural influence and now attracts a wealth of industry leaders in the worlds of art, fashion, design, architecture and food.
Recently, Miami hosted the prestigious Maison & Objet Americas exhibition, which showcases leading innovators in interior and product design from across the globe. From Lithuanian linen to exquisite Czech glass collections, exhibitors came to this vibrant city to display their products and be part of this buzzing creative community.
So what makes Miami such a magnet for creatives and designers? Partly the unique blend of beach culture, Cuban influence, art galleries and cultural centres. But it’s also the very fabric of the city itself that inspires people. The predominance of Art Deco buildings, particularly in the South Beach District, provides the perfect backdrop with the characteristic smooth lines and vibrant pastel colours, the curves and geometric shapes. Set against the tropical skies, this city is awash with inspiration.
Take a look at these images taken during a recent trip to Miami’s Art Deco District:
Couple this wealth of beautiful architecture with some mighty fine food (Cuban-style pork tamales or fresh tropical ceviche anyone?) and you’ve got one fabulous place to visit. Have you been? We’d love to hear what you thought.
(Top image via oasiscollections.com)