Perhaps you’ve heard that Maison & Objet, the famous design-centered French trade show, has arrived in Miami Beach for its inaugural year in the Americas. And since the beloved event is right in The HighBoy’s backyard, we’re sharing our favorite places on Miami Beach with our design-loving, out-of-town guests. As our French friends say, Amusez-vous bien!
Delano Hotel: The Delano has been twice kissed by the design gods: It was originally created by renown architect Robert Swartburg in the mid-40s and then renovated in the mid-90s by the king of all things cool, Philippe Starck, whose devotion to sensuous contemporary lines and exquisite details is evident everywhere you look.
The Thompson: Mid-mod enthusiasts should swing by the Thompson, whose design is inspired by the glamour of Miami Beach in the 1950s. The hotel gets high marks for the right amount of playful kitsch and for its oceanfront patio and pool—and 1930s House, which is precisely what it sounds like: a home from the 1930s that was relocated to the hotel’s property by former owners.
The National Hotel: When this Art Deco gem opened in 1940, it was the epitome of elegance and luxury—and thanks to a careful renovation in the late ’90s, it reflects the beauty of the Art Deco era, now with an updated vibe. Design history buffs will love the reupholstered barrel chairs in the lounge and lobby, the authentic chrome fixtures in the public spaces, and the recreated Art Deco railing along the mezzanine. We certainly do.
Española Way: Worlds collide in the very best way in this stretch of street, conceived in the mid-1920s Miami Beach developer N.B.T. Roney. Despite its Art Deco surroundings, Española Way has its design roots in the Mediterranean villages of Spain and France. Stroll along the street to discover a wide culinary range of top-notch restaurants.
Yardbird: This Southern-inspired restaurant celebrates a true HighBoy value: relishing your roots and celebrating a sense of place. At Yardbird, this means mouth-watering fried chicken, a robust bourbon menu, and biscuits that will give the French croissant an inferiority complex.
New World Symphony: An incubator for some of the most talented young instrumentalists in the world, the NWS has a campus that oozes inspiration. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry designed the center, whose performance spaces draw well-deserved praise from performers and audience members alike, and Soundscape, the 2.5-acre public park (designed by Dutch firm West 8) is guaranteed to spark your creative juices.
Miami Beach Cinematheque: Home to the Miami Beach Film Society, the MBC is housed in the historic City Hall building on South Beach, developed by American entrepreneur Carl Fisher in 1927. The renovated space is home to a screening room, gallery, and bookstore—and is a perfect antidote to the typical commercial film fare.
Art Deco Tours: We love the charm of these cultural walking tours, which reveal the stories behind Miami Beach’s famous Art Deco District. Even those of us who live and breathe design history discover new and captivating knowledge—and fresh inspiration—as we relive the early- to mid-20th century and its contributions to today’s design ideas.
For Extra Fun:
Juvia: Take in views of the entire city at this penthouse restaurant while you sip a cocktail from the spot’s impressive list.
The Broken Shaker: What started as a pop-up cocktail lounge has become one of Miami Beach’s coolest destinations—with reasonably priced drinks and creative specials every night. And visitors who need to give their minds a break from the stimulation of Maison & Objet might even find happy diversions in the lounge’s board games.
The Standard: Ancient bathing traditions get a hip, modern update at the Standard’s much-acclaimed spa. The site of the former Lido Spa, which opened in 1960 as one of the country’s first “health resorts,” the Standard is one of the best places to escape the frenzy of Miami Beach for some genuine relaxation. We love the nod to history, of course—almost as much as we love the Scandinavian-inspired interiors.
Catch The HighBoy at Maison & Objet from May 12-15.