Sotheby's Chairman Lisa Dennison's Miami Top 5
1. de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space
The dynamic de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space was created by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz to display their private collection as well as new works by Miami artists in rotating project rooms. Every year they open a group show to coincide with the art fairs. This year it is called Beneath the Surface, and includes works by Dana Schutz, Rob Pruitt and Wade Guyton.
2. One Way: Peter Marino
On 4 December One Way: Peter Marino opens at the Bass Museum of Art. Curated by Jérôme Sans, the show will feature myriad artwork from the designer’s personal collection as well as new works by Marino himself. Together, the objects will reveal his sophisticated take on the relationship between art and architecture.
3. Thompson Miami Beach
The Thompson Hotel group has fabulous properties in many locations, and now South Florida is one of them with the opening of a boutique oceanfront property in renovated Art Deco and mid-century modern buildings.
4. A cashmere “Cave” by the Elder statesman and the haas brothers
Greg Chait of the artisanal knitwear label The Elder Statesman is teaming up with Nick and Simon Haas, the twin brother design duo known for their tactile furniture like the Beast stool (above), to create a multicoloured environment out of cashmere-covered beads. It’s inside a larger pop-up store in the Design District conceived by fashion company Chrome Hearts, and will be stocked with knits you can buy. Cashmere and the beach may seem an incongruous pairing, but these three LA-based designers are known for defying all expectations.
5. The Design District
Miami’s Design District is ever changing, with new furniture showrooms, boutiques and art installations cropping up every year. I especially look forward to seeing the new Prada store, the Christian Liaigre showroom and eating at the Mandolin Aegean Bistro (above), one of my favourite restaurants.