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.
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…
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.