Art Basel Miami Beach: Go Inside with Susan de França

Susan de FrancaThis week Douglas Elliman celebrates its 7th year as a show partner at Art Basel Miami Beach one of the world’s most illustrious art shows. With that, Elliman Insider will interview three Art Basel stars to get the inside guide to the best Miami has to offer. First up, Susan de França, President and CEO of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, on what she loves about the show and what tradition she can’t miss every year.

Elliman Insider: How do art and real estate, specifically new developments, complement one another?

SUSAN de FRANÇA: New developments offer a blank canvas for an owner to adorn their homes with coveted artworks and collectible furniture. Many of our developer clients and homeowners are avid art collectors so it makes perfect sense for us to present our extraordinary global portfolio at Art Basel Miami.


Art Basel Douglas Elliman Collectors Lounge

EI: You market several developments currently under way in Miami Beach. What’s one development you’re most excited about this Art Basel?

SDF: Every single one of them is unique and seductive in their own right. Throughout the past eight years, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is proud to represent the majority of Miami and South Florida’s most distinctive new properties that have graced the skyline with world-class architecture.

EI: This is your 7th Art Basel – Is there one thing you never miss each show?

SDF: Sharing an annual celebratory lunch at Casa Tua with Pablo Alfaro and Dennis Mangone, my friends/colleagues who helped start this partnership seven years ago.


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EI: If you could have a piece of art from any artist in your home who would it be?

SDF: One of the things I love about Art Basel is learning about new artists. For example, one of my favorite pieces is an Andy Woll painting I acquired several years back.

Mt. Wilson White out VIII, 2016
Mt. Wilson (White Out VIII) 2016

EI: It can get little frantic during Art Basel, what’s you’re Art Basel escape?

SDF: I enjoy my morning ritual walking several miles on the boardwalk or a Soul Cycle class.

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