The first week of December, while the rest of the world is fixated on the holidays, the design world takes a break from stringing lights and frying latkes to fly south for two of the biggest industry events of the year: Design Miami and Art Basel. Together, the events draw thousands of top artists and exhibitors from around the world, along with tens of thousands of spectators, designers, and art collectors, and of course, plenty of celebrities, socialites, and professional party crashers.

This year, we’re lucky enough to be sunning ourselves with the glamorous crowd: we write you from Florida, where we’re attending both Design Miami and Art Basel this week. Though it’s only day two of Design Miami, and the first day of Art Basel, we can already feel our inner aesthetes recovering from weeks of looking at cheap holiday decorations.

Below are a few of the highlights from our first 48 hours in Miami.

A shot from the Viceroy Miami, our home for the next few days and a study in good design itself.

A piece by photographer Ed Emrich, spotted at the Macaya Gallery.

The selfie to end all selfies.

Nude sculptures are the new nude portraits. Proof courtesy of this sculpture by French artist Jak Espi.

This table is craftsmanship on another level. The designer, Paul Cocksedge, created it by using liquid nitrogen to freeze and thaw metals together.

That's just the beginning for us. Be sure to stay tuned to our Instagram (we're @spaziorosso) to keep up with the art, people, and parties that captivate us while we're in town.

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