The long-awaited 2020 edition of Design Miami/ will be taking place from November 27 to December 6 in Miami but also in some creative formats. If you are worried about the COvid-19 Pandemic don’t be because Design Miami/ 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. But if you can’t attend the show on the location, then we suggest you take advantage of the recently launched Design Miami/Shop, Design Miami/Podium! This 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 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. 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.
The new Design Miami Shop offers collectible historic and contemporary furniture, lighting, objects d’art by design icons, including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, and Humberto Campana, as well as a special charity initiative to benefit COVID-19 frontline workers. The new e-commerce platform, which launched on Thursday, June 25, features 800 pieces from 52 international galleries. Almost every gallery that was due to participate has contributed works to the platform. Visitors will find objects starting at just $100, all the way up to exceptional historic works like a demountable home by Jean Prouvé for a cool $1.5 million. Collectors can browse the catalog by product, era, and gallery, as well as find specially curated areas, such as Contemporary Ceramics, Brazilian Modernism, and French Mid-Century.
Inspired by the 2020 Design Miami/ Podium theme America(s), and all the complexities that go along with it, especially at this moment, Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter of Anava Projects connected with a selection of outstanding designers with personal ties to the Americas to get their take on “American” design today. Their responses were insightful, inspiring, and diverse: From thoughts on the most pressing issues and challenges facing designers now to hopes and suggestions for a more equitable future, and reflections on their own American design journeys to date. Here are 3 Stand-Out Designers that will be Showcased at DesignMiami/:
The Paraguayan multitalented on authentic expressions, single-malt scotch, and everything in-between. Inside his studio in Paraguay’s capital city of Asunción, Barrail creates handcrafted works that meld South American craft traditions with a contemporary approach, such as his ongoing collaboration with the native Paraguayan Pai Tavytera tribe, wherein wooden pieces are “tattooed” by burning nature-inspired illustrations into the surface. The resulting objects are conversations between different places and times—which is fitting for a maker who holds firmly to the notion that, in both art and life, there are “no boundaries allowed.”
MICHELE OKA DONER
With a career spanning over five decades, the Miami Beach-born, New York-based Oka Doner is known for romantic, thought-provoking works that reflect on the natural world, executed in a seemingly endless range of form—public art, functional objects, costume, and set design, drawings, video, and beyond.
NICOLA NOMSA MOYO
This emerging urban and architectural designer is turning heads across the globe, thanks to human-centric designs that champion future thinking, innovative and disruptive sustainable development, and community engagement. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Nomsa Moyo is also a proud Canadian who has called Toronto home for the past 5 years.