Design hunters in the know flock to an unassuming stretch of Northeast 125th Street in North Miami — dubbed 20th Century Row by its longtime tenants — to search for antiques and other pieces from some of the world’s most iconic artists and furniture makers.
Established nearly 13 years ago, when the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami was just hitting its stride, 20th Century Row is home to eclectic antique shops and galleries that attract local and international interior designers.
Each of the shops highlighted here is open to the public. So the next time you’re looking for a singular piece that your guests won’t stop raving about, start your search along 20th Century Row.
Gary Rubinstein Antiques
With an expansive, three-room showroom, Gary Rubinstein Antiques is one of the most renowned antiques dealers in Miami. Offering midcentury-modern finds sourced from the 1940s to the ’70s, Rubinstein has a particular penchant for Italian pieces from the ’50s and ’60s, while also offering wares from French, Dutch and North American icons.
Top finds: With such a rarified inventory, Rubinstein’s shop is for the most discerning of design lovers. A lovely pair of Franco Campo + Carlo Graffi midcentury drawer chests are priced at $65,000; an elegant Ico Parisi nesting table runs $8,800. Rubinstein also presents select art – from a fantastic series of John Rose sculptural spirals to impeccable surrealist works by famed set designer and artist Robert Springfels. 859 Northeast 125th Street; 305-891-7580; garyrubinsteinantiques.com.
Vermillion 20th Century Furnishings
Taking a more eclectic approach, Vermillion 20th Century Furnishings serves a desirable roster of interior designers and art collectors. Owner Susan Cutler, who once dabbled as an art advisor with a focus on sculpture, is drawn to pieces that retain an architectural composition. She sources mainly from the 1940s to the early 2000s. “I was taught you get the real thing — or nothing,” Cutler said.
Top finds: A Grosfeld House black lacquer and brass cabinet from the ’40s is a standout, priced at $16,800. A Jean-Paul Gaultier corset bowl and Gucci horsebit cufflinks from the ’70s are exceptional purchases for the design lover who has it all. A sculptural chrome, Lucite and brass bar cart from Italian designer Romeo Rega is easily one of the most covetable items in the shop at $6,800. Other notable designers include Milo Baughman and Philippe Starck. 765 Northeast 125th Street; 305-893-7800; galleryvermillion.com.
Tishu Gallery – whose owners claim that timeless beauty is the only rule – has a heavy emphasis on earthy woods and metals. Its designer pieces run the gamut from utilitarian to utterly whimsical.
Top finds: A pair of bronze gazelle chairs by U.S. designer Dan Johnson sport winged corners and curved lines, evoking a scene from a Dalí masterpiece, for $36,500. Japanese-American designer George Nakashima’s walnut platform bed, offered at $25,000, melds incredible design with traditional craftsmanship. By appointment only. 689 Northeast 125th Street; 617-852-5246; tishugallery.com.
Because no well-heeled home is complete without art, Casa Mondo is here to help round out your hunt along 20th Century Row. Owner Moti Vinograd has curated the space to reflect a borderless world in which the universal language is art – from Miami to Israel, Spain, France and China. Works by notable artists are the major draw at Casa Mondo, though you can find items priced under $50 as well.
Top finds: An edition of Keith Haring works from the Best Buddies logo series is $25,000. A Salvador Dalí stamped edition print is $4,500. Local artists like Pablo Contrisciani and Didi Contreras also have a home at Casa Mondo, as do works by Purvis Young, Ahol Sniffs Glue, William Moser and John de la Huis. 773 Northeast 125th Street; 305-772-3216; facebook.com/casamondomiami.