Tall and strapping, Paul Adams was a social fixture in Miami, often spotted at SoHo House and on the beach after he launched his Espacio showroom in the Design District in 2013. Born in London to a Brazilian mother and English father, Adams is a global citizen: Sometimes home feels like London and sometimes Ibiza, but he’s spent the balance of the last decade in South Florida, first in Miami and now in Fort Lauderdale, where he uses his home, part of a multiunit compound he purchased last year, as a gallery space. “I came to Miami and saw the Design District and saw how it was booming and at the time I was traveling a lot to Italy,” he recalls. “My first sales position was global sales manager for my family-run metal sales agency, later becoming president of the company after the passing of my father. I would go to Northern Italy, to Milan, and see all the designs. I got the idea of bringing some European design to Miami.” For a while, he made a go of it, selling to high-end clients both locally and internationally. Espacio gained recognition through numerous events, showcases and press coverage; it was featured in the Louis Vuitton guide to Miami and Danish Rum magazine guide to Miami, among other publications. But as the Design District transitioned from a predominately furniture destination to a luxury shopping mecca (dotted with Bulgari, Cartier, Gucci and Hermès), rents became out of reach for many design houses, including Espacio. So Adams closed up shop in 2016 and took his show on the road—to Spain, scoring some major commissions, outfitting the restaurant at the JW Marriott Marco Island and workshare spaces and amenities in the Willis Tower in Chicago. He also worked with designer Virginia Sanchez on Madrid’s Casa Decor furniture fair.