One of the most exciting design events where the collectable design takes the centre of the stage is back and is about to thrive. To ensure the wellbeing of its staff, exhibitors, and guests, Design Miami 2020 has implemented health and safety protocols in consultation with the University of Miami Health System and has extended the runtime to ten days, to facilitate viewing at low capacity. The 2020 edition of Design Miami, will be taking place from November 27 to December 6, with the members and collectors preview on the first day.
Taking advantage of the recently launched Design Miami/Shop, Design Miami/Podium will be more accessible than ever, with multi-channel sales efforts facilitating participation from regional collectors and international clientele.
Instead of the 70,000-sq. ft. tent across the Miami Convention Center, the 16th edition will be housed at the Moore Building at the Design District— the same venue that launched the fair in 2005. To ensure the wellbeing of guests, exhibitors, and staff, Design Miami 2020 will be implementing a mandatory mask policy, temperature checks on arrival, contactless entry process, and time entries, where tickets must be purchased in advance. The extended runtime of 10 days was intended to facilitate viewing at a low capacity. And for those who can’t make it, all works will be available for viewing and purchase online.
This year also marks the launch of Podium, which allows for both galleries and individual designers to exhibit. The theme of this year’s fair will be “America(s),” overseen by Chicago-born, Shanghai-based curatorial director Aric Chen, which “calls into question the meaning and understanding of America and its identity through the juxtaposition of important works of design and craft.”
The central Design Miami/Podium exhibition will be housed across the historic building’s four floors which surround “Elastika,” the striking architectural intervention by late architect Zaha Hadid and commissioned by Dacra president and Design Miami/ founder Craig Robins. The fair is a cornerstone of the diverse cultural programming slated for the Miami Design District during this vibrant week in Miami.
Some of the 139 pieces to look forward to including contemporary works like a triple-necked bronze table by the Haas Brothers, a hand-built paper pulp shelf by Katie Stout, ceramics based on photographs of Black Lives Matter protests by Isaac Scott; and 20th-century pieces by George Nakashima, Gio Ponti and Jean Royère. Interestingly, two nearly complete Camptosaurus and Allosaurus dinosaur skeletons excavated from Wyoming, presented by Jason Jacques Gallery, will also be on display.
Design Miami Collaborations this year include a rooftop lounge designed by Takashi Murakami for Perrier, the Curiosity Cloud installation by Austrian design practice Mischer Traxler for Perrier-Jouët, and a concept design by Nigerian architect and designer Tosin Oshinowo and British-Ghanaian textiles designer Chrissa Amuah for Lexus. Excited for all the modern art novelties at Design Miami 2020?
Over 19 digital talks will be hosted on the Design Miami website including “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America” by The Museum of Modern Art, and “Makers and Shakers,” a three-part series produced by Shaker Museum.
SOME OF THE PIECES YOU CAN FIND AT DESIGN MIAMI SHOP:
JOS DEVRIENDT NIGHT AND DAY 266 LAMP
The lamp is one-of-a-kind, hand-thrown, and hand-glazed. Jos Devriendt has been consistently inspired by nature in his work, which makes curvilinear shapes an ongoing font of inspiration. He is renowned for his ceramic mushroom lamps; minimalist and iconic contemporary sculptures that are conceptual and functional.
GUISEPPE RAIMONDI AND UGO NESPOLO MARGHERITA DINING SET
From a Private collection in Napoli, this dining set from the early ’60s represents the Italian avant-garde design of the time.
BARBERINI & GUNNELL GOLEM
This sculptural chaise longue uses mirror polished stainless steel, material which the architect and design duo describes as, “amorphous, devoid of soul, emotion, and life taking on the shape from an ancient legend.” As a mass of shapeless steel, at first, Golem may appear still, docile, or dormant, but it’s raw powerful existence quickly transforms into a loud, disquieting monster.
KRANEN/GILLE A CHRYSTAL PALACE CHAIR
For those that are unable to join them in person, make sure you visit Design Miami Shop HERE to take advantage of viewing and purchasing material from their exhibitions.