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Get This Look: South Beach Style

By: Maggie Ward

Design impressario Ken Fulk imagines a glamorous urban oasis at ZZ’s Club in Miami

Nestled in the fashionable Design District of Magic City is a glitzy Japanese restaurant outfitted with art deco interiors. ZZ’s Club in Miami is a retro palette embodying the city’s vibrant style. Moreover, you can now capture this look with our dupes. The dual-level club with a labyrinth of spaces, each more fabulous and ornate than the last, comes from Major Food Group. They are the hospitality pros behind some of the swankiest spots along the eastern seaboard including Carbone and Sadelle’s in New York City.

Photograph of outside patio of ZZ's Club with wooden chairs and umbrellas

For ZZ’s Club, similar design to ZZ’s Clam Bar (also in New York City), frequent collaborator and famous designer Ken Fulk is the man to credit. He is known for conceiving over-the-top experiences to create a dynamic space fitting of the sunny city. A marble omaka sesushi counter sits adjacent to a striking dining room. Bentwood banquettes, brass palm pendant lights, vintage clamshell dining chairs, a teal cheetah print rug, and sculptural gestures finished with teal malachite inlay fill the rooms.

Photograph of the bar at ZZ's Club in Miami with a blue epoxy wall and blue bar seats.

On the patio, Fulk creates a hyperbolized tiki bar for the enlarged outdoor lounge furnished with wicker pieces in modern shapes and bespoke palm leaf textiles. “ZZ’s has always been about surprise and delight. In Miami, we wanted to amplify these qualities by creating a true urban oasis. We strive for a playful yet glamorous environment with old school touches and bold flourishes,” says Fulk. “I would describe it as a tropical tuxedo: dressed up but ready to party.” Overall, you can reach this style with any budget, so follow these dupes below to capture the look.

Photograph of the inside of ZZ's Club in Miami with palm tree wall paper and gold mirror.

Channeling ZZ’s Club in Miami

Outdoor Throw Pillow Palm in the Malachite by Scalamandre

Bold Outdoor Pillows

In the form of inlay wooden sculptures. For a shade of this boldness, toss a few of these dupe throw pillows on your sofa in the Malachite by Scalamandré design. Additionally, you can go for a more tropical vibe with the banana palm print. $49, theinside.com

venetian grotto style scalloped shell back chairs set of 4

Vintage Scalloped Shell Back Chairs

Dripping with old world luxe, ZZ’s ornately carved shell back chairs provide a touch of seaside glamour in the dining room where chef Yasu Tanaka serves à la carte Japanese fare. Snag a rare set of vintage pieces for swanky dining in your own retro retreat. Set of 4 for $1,894, chairish.com

Metal Palm Pendant Light from Ruby Watts, the light fixture at ZZ's Club in Miami

Metal Palm Pendant Light

A lesson in art deco brilliance, this eye-catching chandelier emits light through punched slots in the leaves while also giving a warm glow of back light. Additionally, the metal fronds are hand crafted and finished with Florentine antique gold leaf. $1,840, rubywatts.co.uk

Rattan Loveseat at ZZ's Club in Miami, designed by Sika Design USA

Rattan Loveseat

A natural rattan loveseat channels Fulk’s trippy, tropical vision while maintaining the art deco vibes present throughout the property. This two-seater sofa from Sika Design revitalizes designer Arne Jacobsen’s iconic piece with its distinctive parallel curves. It comes in a variety of Sunbrella fabrics for ultimate outdoor durability. $2,750, sikadesignusa.com

Fringe Patio Umbrella by Serena and Lily

Fringe Patio Umbrella

Blue-and-white-striped umbrellas shield revelers from the hot Miami sun on the club’s patio to keep the party going all day. Allow form to meet function in your urban oasis with these pagoda-style umbrellas from Serena & Lily, which provide generous coverage thanks to a scalloped and fringed wide brim. $1,998, serenaandlily.com

Mosaic Coffee Table by Anthropologie

 Mosaic Coffee Table

Along with ZZ’s numerous spaces is a cigar lounge offered as an amenity to the club’s private members where a menu of cigars was curated by Mario Carbone with the legendary Miami purveyor Padrón. Here, these hourglass coffee tables furnish the terrace carrying through the property’s art deco inspiration in their geometric style and teal mosaic tile and this dupe is unmatched. $698, anthropologie.com

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