Miami sometimes gets a bad rap as being one of those overly ostentatious cities where "more is more" could be the mantra and flashy the mode du jour. But a resurgence of the city's famed Design District — it was home to furniture designers and textile makers in the 1960s and 1970s, then fell into decay in the 1990s and was redeveloped by legendary urban developer Craig Robins in the early 2000s — has turned Miami into one of the country's premier design destinations. Today, the district is home to a slew of leading designers, including Holly Hunt and Jonathan Adler, and luxury fashion brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu.
One of the world's leading contemporary Italian design stores, Kartell's Miami shop has bright pops of color that look right at home in our tropical landscape. Founded in 1949 by Guilio Castelli, the store has become synonymous with modern design by using transparent shapes and collaborating with major designers like Philippe Starck.
2 NE 39th St., Miami. 305-573-4010; kartell.com
Looking for a stunning antique piece to elevate any room? Look no further than Las Tias, a store founded in 2008 offering upscale consignment of luxury designers, with a particular focus on pieces from the 1960s and '70s. From Lucite furniture to Murano glass vases, Las Tias' ever-changing inventory allows vintage hunters to mix and match with more modern pieces.
2638 SW 28th Ln., Miami. 305-573-4198; lastias.com
Founded by Miami-based interior designer Tui Pranich, Tui Lifestyle embodies urban dwelling at its finest. The Thai-born designer spent his childhood jet-setting across Europe, and he channels his start-studded lifestyle into the very personal design store he created in Miami. Tui Lifestyle aims to be a one-stop shop for savvy design lovers, so be prepared to outfit your home from start to finish here.
3898 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-573-5411; tuilifestyle.com
This ubiquitous Miami store is practically a poster child for the city's design scene. Founded in 1974 in a small shop in North Miami Beach, Luminaire now has three locations across the Magic City, where you can pick up standout modern pieces by big names like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Arne Jacobsen.
Various locations. Check the list online.
Potter turned interior designer Jonathan Adler has a flair for the timeless. Focused on creating items that transition from a midcentury living room by adding modern touches with "wild abandon," Jonathan Adler's Regency-style pieces add major wow factor. The Miami store fits perfectly with the city's iconic and stylish past.
4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. 305-576-0200; jonathanadler.com