Cuban-American Natalia Miyar’s Atelier creates immersive, sensory experiences in her interior projects from London to Miami.
Bringing real charisma to her residential projects, her architecture and design are led by her vibrant and creative spirit inspired by her roots, global travel and a rich cultural heritage. She spent her earlier years in Mexico, where she was exposed to earth and stone tones, sienna, ochre and black. Following a move to Miami, she opened up to bright blue shades of sea and sky, the bold, lush green of tropical plants and the pale gold of sand a palette very similar to that of Cuba, her family’s home country.
We get the top insider spots of Miami life from an insider’s point of view.
When is the best time of year to visit and why?
The ideal time to go to Miami is between November and March, the weather is perfect and the city has a great energy as a result of the gorgeous sunshine! If you visit in early December it means Art Basel and Design Miami are on and there’s a real electricity and great energy in the air. The sunshine and breezy weather is just the perfect time to visit.
How would you spend 48 hours in your city/town?
On the way from the airport, I’ll stop by 8th street for my Cuban coffee fix in Little Havana which is a second home to me. And then I check in to Soho House Beach House, my favourite place.
I’ll meet friends and catch up over cocktails by the pool then head out. For drinks we’ll probably head to the Edition which has a fabulous scene, after we’ll head over to 27 restaurant (in the Freehand Hotel) where the food is great.
The day 2 routine is to walk along the boardwalk on the beach before breakfast then I’ll head to the design district to soak up the galleries and enjoy the shopping. I’ll go to PAMM for lunch and have a look at whichever current exhibition they have on. From PAMM I may head down to Coconut Grove, I love the drive there. Then I’ll head to Midtown and evening drinks is at the Wynwood Bar followed by a bite to eat at Kyu for dinner.
How has your city influenced your work?
Miami is defined by its geography, it is focused around the sun, the sky, and the sea. I think my work has the same combination of this natural style. Alongside that, it has this energy that comes from different cultures which
Where do you go to get inspired?
I just walk, soaking up all of the places and combinations. When I drive around I love looking at the landscape and feeding off the city’s energy.
Which is your favourite neighbourhood and why?
Coral Gables because that is where I grew up, it’s a garden city with a lush landscape, eclectic architectural styles and it has a wonderful sense of serenity – it’s just a really graceful place to be. Calming and homely.
What are the people like?
Expressive, passionate and warm. Also, they’re super friendly and late for everything. Miami locals are just never on time.
Describe your city in three words…
Vibrant, relaxing and colourful.
What’s the best way to get around?
Uber is essential.
What should I wear?
As little as possible if you want to follow the Miami trend! I’d advise skinny jeans, high heels, a sexy top and a good blow dry.
Essential beauty item to pack?
Anti-frizz serum for the hair, sunblock and lip gloss.
Favourite Hotel? Why?
Soho House – my second home, I stay there every time. I love everything from the music to the food to the beach, to the people.
Yoga at the Sacred Space.
The design district or the Webster.
Blowout – The Surf Club restaurant by Thomas Keller
Budget – La Sandwicherie
Broken Shaker at Freehand
Most authentic experience to try?
Cuban food of course!
Bamford spa at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach
What’s in your suitcase to Miami?
Yes Rag & Bone jeans, Celine sunglasses, Erdem dress and Kerastase hair serum!
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