Design Miami

Dec 1 through 5, 2010

Design Miami/, the global forum for design, will hold one of its most ambitious shows to date this December in a new location in Miami Beach. This year’s fair will feature an expanded selection of galleries showcasing some of the most important design works of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with an impressive list of emerging galleries in the fair’s Design On/Site exhibition. In addition, December’s curatorial programme will include a Design Performance by FENDI with New York-based architects ArandaLasch and Design Talks moderated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi. 

Founded in 2005, Design Miami/ has become the pre-eminent international fair for limited-edition design. An eagerly anticipated biannual forum lauded for presenting top-quality collectible design alongside emerging and experimental work, the fair draws influential clients, collectors, and industry luminaries from around the world. For the first time ever, this year’s show will be held adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach, in a temporary structure designed by New York-based design studio, Moorhead & Moorhead. 

“The move to Miami Beach, coupled with our well crafted programme, makes this a very exciting year for Design Miami/,” says Wava Carpenter, Acting Director for Design Miami/. “The vibrant, international roster of galleries exhibiting this year is one of the strongest we’ve ever had. All exhibiting galleries are working at the top of their fields and were selected following a rigorous application and review process that allows space for only the best of the best.”  

Exhibitors at Design Miami/ 2010 represent many of the world’s finest Design Galleries including Galerie Patrick Seguin; Galerie Kreo; Jousse Entreprise; along with Brussels-based D&A Lab and London-based Carpenters Workshop Gallery, who will both show in Miami for the first time.

Exhibiting galleries will present special historic work culled from well- known private collections, as well as installations meant to broaden collectors’ understanding of the world of collectible design. A full list of participating galleries, along with this year’s installations will be released shortly. 

This year’s Design On/Site program, the showcase for small-scale yet high level exhibitions of new work by individual designers or studios will give a strong presence to designers not represented in the general gallery program. Design On/Site provides a platform for contemporary design innovation and offers an impactful snapshot of a designer’s vision, situating the new work within the larger contexts of the designer’s overall career and within contemporary design culture. This December’s Design On/Site participants include international dealers such as Industry Gallery ; and Venice Projects, along with first time Miami exhibitor Caroline Van Hoek from Brussels and Matter from New York City. 

“Design On/Site gives a voice to younger galleries that are commissioning work from  break-through and established designers who   are an important part of the contemporary design dialogue,” says Alexandra Cunningham, Director of Exhibitions for Design Miami/. “The On/Sites often serve as an incubator for experimentation or as a curated selection of immersive environments that give visitors the chance to step into the mind of a designer, even meet the designer, and learn about new work.” 

Another highlight of the Miami edition of Design Miami/ is its Designer of the Year Award, which in the past has been given to Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka, the Campana Brothers, and Maarten Baas. This year’s jury has decided to honor German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic. In keeping with Design Miami/ tradition, Grcic has created an installation for this year’s fair. His piece, entitled Netscape, is a six-point star shaped structure from which 24 seats made of netting will be suspended. Netscape will be installed in an outdoor area in the courtyard of Design Miami/’s Temporary Structure.  

Design Miami/ approaches each edition of the show as an opportunity to provide designers with the resources to create new work and present it to an International audience. The suite of commissions for Design Miami/ 2010 have an architectural focus, and include the temporary structure designed by Moorhead & Moorhead, the fair’s deconstructed exhibition layout imagined by ArandaLasch, Konstantin Grcic’s Designer of the Year Award installation “Netscape”, and site specific interventions created by Dutch artist Krijn de Koning. 

In addition, each year Design Miami/ invites select emerging and established designers to create a live demonstration illustrating how their work is made. The series, called Design Performances, offers visitors a rare view into the designers’ workshops to understand the ingenuity that goes into the creation of beautiful objects. This year, FENDI and New York-based architects, ArandaLasch will collaborate on a multimedia installation called Modern Primitives. A study in contrasts, Modern Primitives will explore how different creative methods become compatible when technology and craft, and computation and intuition, intersect. 

This year, Design Miami’s popular Design Talks series will be moderated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Stefano Tonchi. Over the course of three days, these conversations will include a selection of iconic figures who have left an indelible mark on the worlds of design, fashion, art and architecture, exploring some of the cutting-edge themes at the intersection of style and culture.

“We are thrilled to have W Magazine involved in this year’s Design Talks,” says Wava Carpenter. “Each year, the Design Talks bring together many of the world’s most influential players in the worlds of art, architecture, and design. The conversations are always lively and thought provoking and offer a unique intimate view into the minds of those of shaping the cultural landscape today.”  

This year’s Talks program will be presented in a multi-use “Culture Lounge,” designed by Assouline Publishing . The Culture Lounge will be a meeting space for attendees to use throughout the course of the fair and will feature a bookstore, café and lounge area furnished by Cappellini.

Design Miami’s ambitious curatorial programme and investment in bringing the most exciting names in design to the fair would not be possible without the generous commitment of its sponsors. Exclusive Automotive Sponsor Audi will present the Audi e-tron Spyder, a study of an open sports car with plug-in hybrid drive in a site-specific installation.

Dates and Hours
December 1-5, 2010     
12-8pm; Sunday 12-6pm

General Admission: 25
Reduced Rate: 15

VIP Event Schedule (By invitation only)
Tuesday, November 30
Collectors Preview, 3-6pm
Vernissage, 6-10pm

Thursday, December 2
Nocturne, 8-10pm

Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot.
Meridian Avenue and 19th Sreet.
Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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