Best of Art Basel 2018

Bike in grand style with this rideable illuminated bamboo, Swarovski studded bike pictured above with 24 karat gold accents . By Michael Peterson for Illumcycles, it was at the Faena Bazaar.

 

Just when I think there can’t possibly be anymore events, happenings and fairs in Art Basel Miami week, 2018 turned out to be the topper. It’s probably easy to do a week of 24/7 art, design, food and lifestyle happenings and never repeat an event or a venue.  Fortunately, some of the offerings launched this week will become permanent, and many of the museum shows are around for the first quarter of 2019. I’ve indicated which you’ll be able to see beyond the Fair week.  In any case, here are some of my favorites in fashion, design and art this year because they’re highly creative, fun, handsome, clever, skillful, or all of the above.

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INIVA African Concept Store

INIVA Miami caught my eye when it was in Wynwood. But now in a sparkling new shop in Upper Buena Vista, its treasures of fashion, art, design and home decor really shine. Plus, put it on your list as one of the better gift shops Miami. The African concept store is described as traditional Africa meets Modern Africa. SAndra Bellon, stylist and Sophie Pozmentier, designer, have a discerning eye and taste, and have put together a handsome collection from ten artists, associations and craftsmen from Gabon, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal and Cameroon.
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The WOWs: Art Basel Miami 2017

From 5 feet long fish that fair goers float in the air, machine guns made of typewriters,an oh so chic champagne spout from Moet, to stunning paintings, jewelry and sofas for the top one half of 1%’s uber mansions, here are the WOWs I found at Art Basel Miami 2017. A photo gallery of the creative, clever, fun, or beautiful (or all four) from various art fairs, the Design District, and Design Miami.
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Maison & Objet Americas
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A Week for Home Design Lovers, May 9 -13

The Paris headquartered Maison & Objet that describes itself as “the premiere arbiter of global luxury in the home market” is back for a second year May 10 to 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The actual trade show with 290 brands from 26 countries represent top luxury names in areas ranging from furniture, lighting and garden to wellness/bath, textiles ,children’s world and more is for the industry but the Design District, Ironside, DCOTA and Wynwood are also hosting special events, talks, debut o fnew collections, and exhibits in the four days, with some extending through the summer. There’s also shuttle service between some of the locations.
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