Beyond the Pale – Miami Pastels

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IMG_0345A business trip brought us here, but it’s good to be back. There’s a special quality about the light, the orange juice (OMG I had forgotten how good it tastes!) and the ubiquitous form of art deco that we almost take for granted when the word ‘Miami’ is uttered

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The first few times we came here C was just a baby and so she has no recollection. One time, we stayed at the Breakwater, right in the hub of South Beach, where the downstairs nightclubs throbbed all night

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South Beach is where she took her early steps, but what she sees now is an exhibitionist’s chaotic paradise where nothing or no-one can be too bright, too loud or too visible. She adores the flashy top-end sports cars – Lamborghinis and Ferraris – that compete for attention, and loves the music emanating from every window of restaurants, bars and carsIMG_0736

Baz and I are not too old to enjoy these things, we’re honestly not

But for us Miami is still all about the art deco. Obviously. Many of these hotels were cheaply built, as is so often the case, and must require frequent maintenance. A few are shrouded in hoardings where major works are taking place, but there’s still plenty to seeIMG_0437

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I think it’s hard to beat these simple perfect curvesIMG_0411

I also adore the motifs featured on so many buildings – often painted in typical Miami-deco styledeco

And the odd bit of glass…

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For me, South beach is not somewhere to come for a rest, but for a change. There is a collision here, where the light meets the pastel colours and the shapes. Miami is a confection that relies on all these elements. In addition, it’s a bustling chaotic hub of a town where the buildings and the beach are an almost incidental background now to the nightlifeIMG_0347 We took a walk before the sun was up, and the only other people on the streets were dozing on the cafe chairs or walking aimlessly, hand-in-hand. Definitely a good time to enjoy it

 

 

Author: poshbirdy

Art deco/ art nouveau maniac enjoying a deep and meaningful relationship with alcohol

15 thoughts on “Beyond the Pale – Miami Pastels”

      1. Thanks. It’s a very special place. The fact that it’s so unique within its setting just makes it all the more mesmerising.
        I imagine it can be a struggle to focus on specifics in Miami with so many structures to choose from. Are modern buildings constructed in a deco style to maintain the street scene or are there other styles mixed amoung the 30s moderne?

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        1. There’s actually quite a mix of styles. There are some great deco buildings in South Beach but they have to be seen as individuals as there are no real ‘blocks’ of them. The skyline of Miami is very modern overall

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  1. Great photos, I love Miami, I love the vibe, I love just strolling the streets, South Beach is always a shock but always fun! Art Basel exhibition each year in December is fantastic if you are ever in Miami at that time of year.

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  2. Art Deco just oozes glamour which is clearly why it is an enduring love of your life 😉 …. What a beautiful snapshot of Miami both through your glorious images and the story woven simply behind 💫💫

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