While the Miami Beach Convention Center hosted HD Americas last week, some attendees were able to go on an off-site field trip, exploring the Redbury South Beach and the Metropolitan by COMO.
I, luckily, was tasked with chaperoning these excursions, which I gladly accepted. Like any good chaperone, I kept the group on schedule, made sure we were all well-behaved, and took plenty of photos. But the real star of the site visits were the hotels themselves.
We have hyped these visits in past blogs but seeing firsthand what goes into creating a contemporary aesthetic in these famous Art Deco buildings was a learning experience for any design novice or expert.
Our first stop was the 69-room Redbury South Beach, a sister property to sbe’s West Hollywood location, and designed by photographer and director Matthew Rolston in collaboration with Avenue Interior Design. Vintage photos from Miami and the famous Fillmore Miami Beach theater line the walls, while a rock ‘n’ roll vibe is evident throughout the hotel, from the library to the hallways to the guestrooms, where record players with a curated vinyl collection adorn each room. In the next few years, the hotel will evolve even more as it adopts West Hollywood’s Moroccan vibe and vibrant colors.
My highlight: the rooftop pool and deck where gorgeous views of Collins Avenue envelop you no matter where you stand.
Our next stop: the Metropolitan by COMO, whose design goal is to create a sense of destination. The serene greens and whites of the hotel create a sense of serenity and ease that is desired by the city’s revelers. Designed by Paola Navone, the hotel isn’t constricted by the original Art Deco interiors but plays off them to create a dream-like experience.
The lobby’s lighting sculptures are only enhanced in the guestrooms, where pristine white and calming blues pervade. The hotel is thoughtfully designed, with each Italian-designed piece of furniture and color signifying a sense of place. Indeed, the 74-room hotel is surrounded by water, either the ocean or lake, so when guests wake up, they know they’re in Miami.
My highlight: the luxurious suite, where the master bedroom offers sweeping ocean views and natural light engulfs the space, making you wonder why you would ever want to leave the hotel.