When Is the Best Time to Go to Miami? Design Miami

DesignMiami 2012

Snarkitecture was responsible for the very cool entrance of Design Miami/ in 2012.

When is the best time to go to Miami? The answer is simple but sounds a little confusing: Design Miami/Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. In other words, the best time to go to Miami is the second weekend in December when North America’s most prestigious art and design shows take place. Designers, artists, curators, collectors, media and those that love them descend upon Miami from all across the globe (but mostly from London, Paris, Milan, New York, LA and Buenos Aires) and transform it into the best possible Miami it can be. Oh, it’s a scene alright. And, having been to Miami countless times, I can say it’s the best scene I’ve seen.

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That’s me with a Perrier-Jouet flute in front of “Lost Time”; photo by Petr Krejc

And you don’t even have to be officially part of the scene to enjoy the fortuitous intersection of art and beach. As long you’re interested in art, it’s the perfect time to vacation in  Miami. Or you could just go for the parties… Even the nightlife changes with pop-up clubs like Silencio taking over the Delano and Le Baron taking over Jelsomino.

The majority of people who go to Miami during Design Miami/ and Art Basel Miami are taking a workcation — attending the shows has some professional relevance to them. I myself was there on a workcation, as I was doing the social media for Perrier-Jouet, which was the exclusive Champagne sponsor and also an exhibitor as they comissioned “Lost Time,” an amazing Art Nouveau—inspired piece by Glithero. But the whole thing is so much fun that you can’t just call it work…


Before you hit the shows, you have to hit the beach…

And then there’s the beach! Some people get so caught up in the art that they forget about the beach, which would be a shame because Miami’s beach is one of the world’s greatest. When I was there in December, we got lucky with perfect beach weather — low 80s. Sometimes it’s chilly in Miami in December. (From October to March, it can get down to the 50s which feels especially cold when you’re wearing sandals because that’s all you brought.) But the promise of nicer weather is a huge lure to the art world and big part of what has made the sister to the Switzerland show such a success.

Need more convincing? Here’s a slideshow of the exhibits from Design Miami/ 2012. Some really amazing forward-thinking design, like a light bulb that blows bubbles, as well as more classic pieces.

One Response to When Is the Best Time to Go to Miami? Design Miami

  1. Bryan March 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Miami has grown to be nightlife central and fashion has become a big deal as well. The thing that most tourists don’t know is that Miami was a spot for retired folks… Where we consider the hottest place for people and fashion (South Beach) was once common grounds for the old lol. Miami is now being compared to New York and Los Angeles when it comes to the fashion sense.
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