THE FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH IS LUXURY ON HIGH

It’s been two years since the Faena Hotel Miami Beach was unveiled at Art Basel 2015 (alongside a beachside disco roller rink and a fountain of fireworks), yet the opening day magic of the iconic hotel hasn’t rubbed off a bit, as its newly-minted status as the Best Hotel in America pointedly underlines. This month’s Miami Design Week provided us with compelling reason to re-visit this fantasy hotel, and once again ogle its gold-leafed columns, coral-fashioned lamps, and miles of leopard and vermillion upholstery. For those looking to emulate the Faena’s luxurious mix of Deco, Regency, and South American style (or simply engage in an indulgent virtual, winter escape), explore the hotel below and discover the finds in our covetable Faena Hotel Miami Beach collection.

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IN PROFILE: SHAUN SMITH

Easterners are known for their Windsor chairs. Westerners their live-edge tables. But Southerners? It’s all about their portraits, and New Orleans designer Shaun Smith is no exception. “I can never resist a portrait!” says Smith, who’s design firm and lifestyle store Shaun Smith Home is located on New Orleans’ historic Magazine Street.

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ICON ON ICON: BARBARA BARRY REFLECTS ON BAKER FURNITURE

“I think there is incredible freedom in being an American designer,” says designer Barbara Barry, “We don’t have the yoke of history and are free to pull from all that came before.” Barry, who’s designed for a host of American brands, including Baker, Henredon, Hickory, and McGuire, has spent the past thirty years establishing herself as one of America’s most illustrious designers. Her flair for mixing luxury with livability is unparalleled. And just like all of the great American icons—think: blue jeans, Cadillacs, Marilyn Monroe—her designs embody both timelessness and elegance.

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