Miami: Art Basel & Design Miami, An Interior Designer’s Guide

December 14, 2023

As an interior designer that works across the United States, I am typically only in Miami during Art Basel & Design Miami. I typically go for material inspiration, with clients to select art and to see vendors and friends. This time of the year Miami pulls the greatest creative minds and buyers from across the United States and abroad, providing a platform to discover art and home goods as art, and even jewelry as art. Many of the galleries have parties for their collectors. Fendi has a Miami store location and they throw a great party… Navigating the invites, calendar, driving, crowds at Soho House and the traffic is nuts… but once you get a hang of it it’s fun. I mean who would ever forget the first time at Art Basel you got to see behind the scenes of a James Turell? Next time you are at Art Basel & Design Miami consider visiting some of these great places too:


Chateau ZZ

Chateau ZZ will be a popular place to visit once the construction is completed. It is known for its modern house interior design and hospitality design. Located at 1500 Brickell Avenue in Miami, Chateau ZZ will be Major Food Group’s first Mexican restaurant. The restaurant will feature a solarium, bar and lounge, and gardens on the first floor, offering a delightful dining experience. It is expected to become a go-to place for casual Latin American cuisine.


Super Blue

Super Blue offers a unique combination of contemporary art and technology, showcasing interactive installations that engage the senses. Visitors can expect to be captivated by cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative artistic collaborations. Super Blue provides an opportunity to delve into the world of experiential art, making it a must-visit for art enthusiasts and those seeking a unique cultural experience.


Carbone Miami

When it comes to dining, Carbone restaurant offers a great culinary experience with its modern furniture design and inviting ambiance. Created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone is an Italian-American restaurant known for its retro glam and universally acclaimed Italian-American cooking. Recently arrived in Miami, the restaurant has received fantastic reviews for its top-notch service and fantastic food. It is a perfect choice for those interested in modern house interior design and exquisite cuisine.


Contessa Restaurant

Contessa Restaurant, In October 2022, Contessa debuted in the Miami Design District. With marble floors, a grand staircase, and a wealth of lush design accents, the two-story space speaks to the high fashion of the famed neighborhood (

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami


The Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is an organization dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art and advancing new scholarship. With a mission to offer year-round free and open access to the most innovative art of our time, the ICA Miami has become a prominent institution in the art world. They rely on the support of sustaining members and planned giving to fulfill their philanthropic mission. The ICA Miami also provides a dynamic platform for emerging collectors and art enthusiasts through their Young Collectors Board. To learn more about visiting their gallery, visit their website at


Faena Art

While I may not be a fan of the dark visual references of Faena’s hotel. I have to admit the have some great art and events. Faena Art is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that commissions, produces, and houses cross-disciplinary artistic experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific, and immersive practices, Faena Art bridges the popular and the experimental making art accessible to all. Faena Art fosters plays with social interaction transcending the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy, and social practice. They also have this new building by Rem Koolhas.

Ateliers Courbet

Ateliers Courbet is a gallery and marketplace of exquisite furniture and lighting to exquisite ceramics and textiles, Ateliers Courbet curates a remarkable collection that showcases the timeless beauty of handmade pieces. We are particularly drawn to their commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing, ensuring that every creation tells a story of both artistry and responsibility. Whether you are an interior design enthusiast or simply appreciate extraordinary craftsmanship, Ateliers Courbet is a treasure trove of inspiration. We highly recommend exploring their website at to discover the enchanting world they curate.

In conclusion, Miami is a vibrant city known for its art, design, and culinary scene, making it a perfect destination for everyone and interior designers;). During Art Basel & Design Miami, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene, attend the Fendi party, witness the jewelry-making process at Design Miami, and explore attractions like Chateau ZZ and Super Blue. For dining experiences, Carbone restaurant and Contessa Restaurant are highly recommended. As an interior designer, if you need comprehensive guidance on Miami’s attractions and events, feel free to reach out to Rachel Blindauer for personalized recommendations and insights.

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