A Miami Color Story

Color was everywhere in Miami. I started noticing on the drive from the airport toward downtown, when every other building we passed seemed to have a vibrant paint job, often accentuating balconies (another thing of astounding abundance).

There were splashes of rainbow as decorative facade or as street art around Wynwood Walls. There were laidback Art Deco color schemes on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. There were the iconic lifeguard towers.

There were so many royal poincianas around town, which made think, why shouldn’t we expect scarlet explosions in trees?

And there were all the ceviches we encountered, plates of delicate tones that look as fresh as they taste.

June 2019


#dreamcolorscheme, lifeguard tower edition | Miami Beach

#dreamcolorscheme, lifeguard tower edition | Miami Beach

All-natural beauty | Miami Beach

All-natural beauty | Miami Beach

Extremely pleasant | Miami Beach

Extremely pleasant | Miami Beach

Art Deco palette #1: The McAlpin | Miami Beach

Art Deco palette #1: The McAlpin | Miami Beach

Art Deco palette #2: The Drake (Wish it was sunnier!) | Miami Beach

Art Deco palette #2: The Drake (Wish it was sunnier!) | Miami Beach

View from top of 1111 Lincoln Road | Miami Beach

View from top of 1111 Lincoln Road | Miami Beach

Royal poincianas | everywhere

Royal poincianas | everywhere

Plenty more like this | Wynwood Walls

Plenty more like this | Wynwood Walls

Murals by Eduardo Kobra | Wynwood Walls

Murals by Eduardo Kobra | Wynwood Walls

Bucky Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome recreation | Miami Design District

Bucky Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome recreation | Miami Design District

Bright colors at Fendi | Miami Design District

Bright colors at Fendi | Miami Design District

A more understated palette | Miami Design District

A more understated palette | Miami Design District

Hermès A+ facade game | Miami Design District

Hermès A+ facade game | Miami Design District

Tiradito (sashimi-y ceviche), tuna bowl, and sushi roll at Itamae | Miami Design District

Tiradito (sashimi-y ceviche), tuna bowl, and sushi roll at Itamae | Miami Design District

Two LH mainstays (also the depth of that blue in the sky is incredible) | Little Havana

Two LH mainstays (also the depth of that blue in the sky is incredible) | Little Havana


dcscover | miami

  • 1111 Lincoln Road—Cool parking garages are a dime a dozen in Miami, we discovered, but the Herzog & de Meuron showstopper still stands out. It looks wild from the street but is truly a revelation once you go to the very top. Scale, proportions, views!

  • Miami Beach EDITION—We did not stay in this hotel, but had a fun time exploring the grounds. (Somewhere in there is a technicolor ice skating rink/bowling alley.)

  • Miami Design District —Yes, the design district is pretty much a fancy mall, but it is also a visual feast, from the recreation of the Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome to IG-friendly hammock-like swings from Konstantin Grcic to the sumptuous store facades and interiors. The food hall, St. Roch Market, is a nice place to chill, especially if a sudden thunderstorm strikes like it did for us. I loved the food from Peruvian-Japanese eatery Itamae. From MDD, Wynwood Walls is just a quick ride away.

  • Azucar in Little Havana—I didn’t have high expectations coming here since it seemed like The Ice Cream Spot for Tourists, but let me tell you, their signature flavor “Abuela Maria” with guava, cream cheese, and bits of Maria cookies, is truly memorable!

  • One Thousand Museum—aka Zaha Hadid’s first high-rise in the U.S. is complete and it’s unmissable on the Miami skyline. So strange but cool to see Zaha’s swoopy style soar to such heights.