Once a pioneer in the Art Deco movement, Miami for decades was considered little more than a sunny spot for vacationers that was mired in pink flamingos and pastels. Lackluster buildings had small windows and narrow balconies. Design was decidedly tacky.

Then Art Basel thrust the city into the global art and design limelight, bringing with it a discerning crowd of design aficionados. “Since the arrival of Art Basel, Miami has gone through 10 years of sophistication,” says Carlos Rosso, president of The Related Group’s condominium division. “Miami today is much more known around the world and a more desired destination, in part because of the association with art and design.”

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Wa Kee Na residence

Walls of sliding glass doors provide interconnectivity with outdoor living areas in the Wa Kee Na residence from Max Strang.

This Biscayne Bay residence by Max Strang

This Biscayne Bay residence by Max Strang Architecture incorporates an outdoor lap pool into its overall design.

The Benedict residence

The Benedict residence with interiors by Miami-based Michael Wolk.

One Thousand Museum

Rendering of a living room in One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid.

Armani Casa Kitchen by Cesar Pelli

A glass-and-marble Armani/Casa kitchen in the Cesar Pelli-designed Armani Casa tower in Sunny Isles.

Porsche Tower Miami

Residents of Porsche Tower Miami will be able to park their fancy cars in the apartment