The 17th ArtBasel Miami and the 14th Design Miami 2018 drew to a close on Sunday 9 December 2018. Miami’s transformation into the art mecca lasted five days and attracted more than 83,000 visitors to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center and its surroundings. The premier global art show and the worldwide forum for design are two important events on the design and art calendar for collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, architects, critics, and basically everyone who has an interest in the field. Apart from the 268 galleries that exhibited the latest trends in modern and contemporary art and design, ArtBasel displayed a large-scale performative installation in the Grand Ballroom at the Convention Center. The Abraham Cruzvillegas ‘Autorreconstruccion: To insist, to insist, to insist…’ was a performance activation that was open to the public for free during the exhibition days. The multidisciplinary installation was just one of many projects that played to the overall objective of Design Miami and ArtBasel to broaden the awareness of art and design and make it more accessible to the public. The 33 galleries at Design Miami 2018 and the 12 Curio presentations came from 12 countries. This year had definitely a focus on the Latin America design scene that is rapidly emerging and opening up to the world to show their creative talents. Other trends were the use of industrial materials, the reinvention of materials, use of vivid colors, and the application of new technologies such as 3D printing and robotics in the creation of the works. Other tendencies that we see everywhere in the world from London to Shanghai and Miami is the fascination of artists and designers with the term ‘playfulness’ and its interpretations and creating whimsical constructs as well as a renewed interest in craftsmanship. Modular designs are not only practical and popular at the moment but immensely creative. Finally, viewers want to be drawn into the works – creators produce immersive installations, interactive projects, add options for ‘touch and feel’ and Design Miami was definitely not lacking that. The exhibitions were complemented with premier talks with industry leaders, artists, collectors, and curators. Speakers and listeners participated in deep dives into architecture, art, fashion, and designs. The two premier venues in the Americas – ArtBasel and Design Miami 2018 – for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and picking up inspiration and one or more art pieces celebrated the creative industry with stellar attendance. Alongside the two shows, Casacor attracts architecture and interior design lovers until 16 December. The next ArtBasel show is taking place in Hong Kong from 29 to 31 March 2019.