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A design-lover's guide to Miami

There’s much more to Miami’s design pull than Wynwood Walls, the Design District and a myriad streets lined with Art Deco buildings. We highlight some of the jewels worth GPS-ing on your next visit.

Hotel: Raleigh

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A dip in the Raleigh hotel’s iconic swimming pool should be on everyone's bucket list.  Voted ‘The Most Beautiful Pool in America’ by Life magazine in 1947, this 1940s Art Deco masterpiece is best viewed from a daybed under the towering palm trees. Alternatively, the pool’s curvaceous contours can be fully appreciated from atop the old-school diving board.

Dining: The Continental

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Tropically retro, The Continental was designed by Shawn Hausman (also responsible for The Standard) and is a restaurant that reflects the outdoor culture of Miami's South Beach. Banana-leaf motifs and furnishings in bold primary colours result in a collision of Mid-Century Modernism and contemporary cool. Even the Millennial Pink menu featuring vintage Clip Art illustrations and tinted photographs is a collectible.

Architecture: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Spend time revelling in the architecture of this Herzog & de Meuron treasure on Biscayne Bay. Appearing to hover on stilts, with wide staircases connecting it to the waterfront promenade, this three-storey art museum can be admired from many angles. Inside, concrete, wood and glass marry seamlessly to create galleries that speak to the diversity of work within.

History: Wolfsonian

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Expect to view around 180 000 objects from between 1850 and 1950 in this incredible design museum. From furniture and ceramics to rare books and textiles, the Wolfsonian, located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district, offers a fascinating history of everything from health and fitness to political propaganda, transport and cooking. The museum store is a treat for take-home design.

Fashion: BASE

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One of the first concept stores in Miami, this flagship space opened almost 30 years ago, catering predominantly to men, and is still as on-trend now as it was then. BASE sells menswear brands such as Miansai, Nanamica and Knomadik alongside art pieces, vinyl records and design books. Its in-house line of fragrances are even more reason to seek out this gem situated in Lincoln Road Mall.