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.”