of the Year, Tokujin Yoshioka. But when the
collectors, dealers, designers and aficionados
attending last year’s event jetted away, Miami’s
chunks of white coral pulled from Miami Beach
during its 1915 creation, but the interior reflects
the best of modern design. The Tides offers astute
design elite (including transplants Alison Spear,
guests a new take on coastal living—innovative,
Holly Hunt and Peter Page) continued to thrive in
the city’s dynamic creative scene.
“Miami has long been a design-focused city,
sunset-hued glamour accented with a primitive
flair. The museum-quality guest room furnishings
include petrified wood end tables, animal hide
primarily because of its ties with the art deco
rugs, seashell lamps and Wearstler’s favorite:
movement and strong cultural influences. Even
more so now because of Art Basel, which has
vintage-inspired leaf chairs. The Tides knows
who will be visiting, and they have your leather
had a significant impact on the design world
cabana-style seat ready.
through its celebration of music, film, architecture
Clearly, one need not step out of her hotel to see
and design,” says interior designer Kelly Wearstler,
who recently redesigned the Tides South Beach.
that Miami is a city intoxicated by art and design.
The 93-suite Sagamore, which aptly calls itself
“It’s great to see such an appreciation of interior
the Art Hotel, is a perfect example. Built in 1948
design outside of New York and Los Angeles.”
by Albert Anis, the Sagamore exhibits a rotating
Wearstler brought the The Tides into this new
collection of over 500 pieces of contemporary
era with an hip homage to the hotel’s history.
photography, paintings, sculpture and video art
Its 10-story art deco exterior is still finished with