It’s almost here. Yes, we’re talking about Art Basel. Come December 5th to the 8th, over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate in the high-brow art fair, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year to the Magic City. And yes, while you’re here in sunny South Florida to soak up the sights of spectacular modern and contemporary artworks, duly note that the Design District has some serious shopping haunts hidden up its sleeve. From one-of-a-kind jewelry at Turchin Love and Light to Jonathan Adler’s cheeky pottery, here are a few shopping spots to keep in mind between the copious amounts of sun, beaches, hipster spotting and mojitos while in town.

The art world never sleeps, perhaps it just takes quick catnaps between art fairs. Frieze London requires every bit of energy from exhibitors, publishers, curators, critics, collectors and spectators, alike. Founded in 2003 by publishers Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, Frieze is considered to be one of the world's most elite and intellectually challenging art fairs, alongside the Art Basel brand (in the Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach locations) and the Armory Week fairs.

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Remember in the 1950's how young folks went around wearing 3D glasses as a fashion statement? Between every other new film in the last few years and, now, commonly seen in the spheres of visual art, you might as well follow suit.

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Remember those wacky, giant pink snails that lined 5th Street in South Beach during Art Basel week three years back? Yeah, you do. Galleria Ca' D'Oro (meaning 'House of Gold' in Italian) first opened in Rome in 1970 and will relocate from its Coral Gables location to its new home in the 4141 Building. But rather than planting oversized pink creatures into the Miami landscape, the gallery will inaugurate its new space with a rich cultural offering of visual art and music, together. Says co-owner and curator Gloria Porcella, "We are very excited to move to the 4141 Building and form part of the renaissance of the Miami Design District. This is Miami's future as [an] arts, fashion, and design destination."

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Normally, Locust Projects' programming is designed to challenge and engage the most advanced, mature collectors and contemporary art enthusiasts. Internationally-renowned and local artists have come to roost, flexing their creative muscle in a hands-on way. But the biggest sources of curiosity and artistic enthusiasm often come from the smallest people...

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