When it comes to home décor, there is nothing quite as distressing as an empty coffee table. Call us absurd, but have you ever met an interesting person that didn’t have at least one telling book in their living room? The perfect coffee table book can do more than dress up your bare and boring digs, it can also be a conversation starter. If you’re in search for the ideal statement piece, we’ve cataloged the best Miami books to fit your personality.
By Steven Brooke
With vibrant lights and vintage appeal, they don’t call Miami the “Magic City” for nothing. The curvature and colors of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District have attracted visitors from around the globe since the 1930s. When the area fell into decline in the ’70s and ’80s, photographer Steven Brooke was one of the many who fought to protect the Art Deco District from the wrecking ball.
The History Buff
By Carolyn Klepser and Arva Moore Parks McCabe
You may travel on the Julia Tuttle Causeway every day, but how much do you actually know about the woman it’s named after? “Miami: Then and Now” delves into the history of the Mother of Miami and gives a play-by-play of how the city became the bustling place we call home.
By Mac Stone
It’s easy to forget the vastness of South Florida’s nature from a Brickell office. Photographer, Mac Stone, does the spectacular wonder of the Everglades justice with compelling pictures that will give you a new appreciation for your home state.
He may have not been a Floridian, but we think that Emilio Pucci would have made a suitable resident of the Magic City. The late designer was known for free-moving fabrics, pop art prints, and a bold color palette that embodies our electrifying culture. With jetsetter styles and an A-list clientele, Pucci was and always will be an honorary Floridian.
By David Bethune
What better ode to the Miami cultural scene than a representation of its DNA: Wynwood? Outside of Art Basel and the curated Perez Art Museum Miami, the murals of Wynwood are pieces of the 305 that are living, breathing and changing constantly. In his book, David Bethune combines two images into the same frame, paying a homage to the murals with a new perspective.
By Robert M. Drake
Let’s be honest, Robert M. Drake is Miami’s hometown literary hero. We admit that we never get tired of stumbling across his profound sentences that dress up our streets. With each and every Instagram photo, Drake has helped us believe that love exists on a grand scale, and that we, too, can be self-made success stories.