Dec05

Art Basel Miami: the Beginning

{Helmut Lang top, American Apparel leggings. Cynthia Rowley booties. Deco necklace from Loehmann’s. Vintage bag.}

Oh, Art Basel. You come to Miami, bringing with you artistic treasures unseen. You give us blisters from endless walking, you keep us up far too late. And yet, we look forward to your return year after year. Here’s why:

I kicked off the day at Design Miami, where the furniture was a meld of modern, mid-modern, antique-ish and just plain weird—in a good way.

I saw mind-blowing things, like a lamp that blows bubbles. The bubbles then fall off into the plants below. I think installing this above a tub would be a no-brainer.

And chandeliers made of dandelions, of which are taken apart and then reconstructed one tiny puff at a time onto a lightbulb.

Next stop: Art Asia, where, at the Art Lexing gallery, dramatic mosaics lined the walls.

Upon closer inspection, they were made entirely of stickers. Amazing.

And then I found the one piece that I could completely invision in my house, just as I do every year. This beautiful oil on canvas from an artist named .

At the Art Miami Context, deconstructed shoes and spoons posed as flowers.

And, of course, Banksy made an appearance or two.

My advice thus far: Go to Design Miami. Trust me, just do it.

More to come as I take it in.