DESIGN MIAMI/ 2020 | Exhibition Highlights and Programming

          139 pieces will be exhibited from across the Americas and the world for the debut Podium exhibition

–          Digital talks series announced featuring conversations with Virgil Abloh, Adam Silverman and Katie Stout amongst others

–          Long-time partners return with new exhibitions and debut collaborations announced

Broom Thing by Stephen Burks in collaboration with the Berea College Student Craft,  part of Design Miami/Podium ©Stephen Burks
Broom Thing by Stephen Burks in collaboration with the Berea College Student Craft,
part of Design Miami/Podium ©Stephen Burks

Design Miami/ will present 139 exceptional pieces from 57 designers as part of the debut Podium exhibition in the Moore Building when the fair returns with a new format from 27 November – 6 December. Curated by Curatorial Director, Aric Chen, the Podium exhibition will span historic artefacts to contemporary designs to present a diverse and inclusive look at the themeAmerica(s). Alongside this new format exhibition, Design Miami/ welcomes 10 international design galleries and four innovative Curio presentations to this year’s show. All work on show will simultaneously be available to view and purchase online via Design Miami/ Shop and complemented by a dynamic program of virtual talks and events. The exhibitions will be further complemented by a series of creative brand collaborations and satellite exhibitions, both within the Moore Building and across the Miami Design District.


The new Design Miami/Podium format has been embraced by Design Miami’s many international gallery and design studios partners. Objects range from important examples of Folk and Native American art and rare mid-twentieth century pieces by George Nakashima, Paul Evans and contemporary designers to debut new works including Isaac Scott, whose new ceramics draw from photographs he took (featured in the New Yorker and also on display) of the Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia earlier this year. Further expanding the America(s) theme, the show will also include two nearly complete Camptosaurus and Allosaurus dinosaur skeletons excavated from Wyoming, and presented by Jason Jacques Gallery.

"Power to the People": a Collection of Ten Walking Sticks with Clinched Fists from the 19th and 20th Century ©Olde Hope
“Power to the People”: a Collection of Ten Walking Sticks with Clinched Fists from the 19th and 20th Century ©Olde Hope
Camptosaur and Allosaur skeletons presented by Jason Jacques Gallery ©Jason Jacques Gallery.
Camptosaur and Allosaur skeletons presented by Jason Jacques Gallery ©Jason Jacques Gallery.
 Olde Hope Paint-Decorated Blanked Chest from c. 1830-1840 ©Olde Hope
Olde Hope Paint-Decorated Blanked Chest from c. 1830-1840 ©Olde Hope

The main gallery program will be set-out on the Moore Buildings second, third and fourth floors. Here, R & Company will spotlight new work from its contemporary artist program including new pieces by Johnny Swing, a hand-built paper pulp shelf by Katie Stout and a triple-necked bronze table by The Haas Brothers. Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present BRIGHT FUTURE, an exhibition of colorful, sculptural and whimsical light works, featuring new work by Nacho Carbonell and iconic designs by Studio Job and Stuart Hayarth. Exploring the newly-normalized marijuana culture in America, Ornamentum will present Up in Smoke, a collection of functional objects for use in smoking designed by jewelry designers and silversmiths, including Gijs Bakker.

Historical work will be at the forefront of Moderne Gallery’s presentation which also taps into the America(s) theme with a collection of American Studio Craft Movement furniture, ceramics, metalwork and wood art on show. Mercado Moderno will also showcase exceptional mid-century Brazilian design including work by Carlo Hauner, Jean Gillon and Jorge Zalszupin, alongside captivating  contemporary pieces by Inês Schertel’s, that will highlight the design excellence and diversity of two different Brazilian generations.

South Florida is well represented within both the gallery and Curio program. Mindy Solomon Gallery has collaborated with Design Team Hettler Tüllmann on Flamingo Sunrise, a space that will feature a flamingo-inspired colour palette and lively, multi-colored hand knotted carpets inspired by large flamingo swarms at the edge of the water and seen from above. Miami gallery Tile Blush also returns to the main gallery program with “UNRSESOLVED” a presentation of new work by Geovanna Gonzalez and Jonathan Gonzalez, critically examining the use of everyday objects. Within the Curio program, West Palm Beach gallery Ponce Berga debuts at Design Miami/ with a presentation of iconic historic work including Gio Ponti, Richard Nuetra and Jean Royère. While first time exhibitor Miami-based designer Vivian Carbonell has developed new work alongside local craftsmen in Los Angeles and Miami to debut at Design Miami/.

Heroes Bench by Vivian Carbonell ©Carbonell Design Studio.
Heroes Bench by Vivian Carbonell ©Carbonell Design Studio.
Tea Cart by Jorge Zalszupin ©Mercado Moderno
Tea Cart by Jorge Zalszupin ©Mercado Moderno
Brass Triple Zoidberg Table Lamp by The Haas Brothers, presented by R & Company ©Katharine Suarez
Brass Triple Zoidberg Table Lamp by The Haas Brothers, presented by R & Company ©Katharine Suarez

“It has been a remarkable year to join the Design Miami/ team and it is with great pride and gratitude that we present this very special edition of Design Miami/. With the continued trust and commitment of our exhibitors, partners and collaborators, I believe that what we will present this year is an extraordinarily robust showcase of the best in collectible design today–including voices both established and new. We look forward to welcoming our ever-expanding community to this year’s show, both onsite and online,” Jillian Choi – Global Exhibitions Director, Design Miami/


With many visitors unable to attend in-person this year, Design Miami/ is embracing opportunities to share content virtually and is excited to offer it’s Design Forum/ Talks program digitally for the first time in 2020. Over 19 talks are planned across the ten days of the fair exploring a wide-range of themes and subjects, many of which marry with the Design Miami/Podium theme of America(s),including Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America which is being led by The Museum of Modern Art in the run-up to its highly-anticipated upcoming exhibition of the same name, and Makers and Shakers, a three-part series produced by Shaker Museum and Design Miami/ that explores the influence of Shaker ideals and aesthetics, in particular their feminist ideals, on contemporary designers. All talks will be hosted via Design Miami/ Shop with further details and schedule to be announced.

Design Miami/ is pleased to welcome back many of its partners this year including Perrier-Jouët, LEXUS, and USM alongside new collaborators PERRIER®, Maison de Mode and Irthi. The location in the Miami Design District, where the fair originated, also offers new opportunities for creative satellite exhibitions including with FENDI in their boutique within the district.


Perrier-Jouët presents Curiosity Cloud x mischler’ traxler

A partner of Design Miami/ since 2012, Maison Perrier-Jouët commissions emerging and established talents to reinterpret the brand’s enduring relationship with art and nature. This year, Perrier-Jouët renews its long-standing collaboration with Austrian design practice mischer’traxler to present Curiosity Cloud, a project originally developed for an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2015. With its focus on biodiversity, Curiosity Cloud,  reflects Perrier-Jouët’s  ambitious, multi-year program dedicated to the promotion of sustainable viticulture and the reduction of its own environmental impact.


LEXUS Collaborates with Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah

Lexus partners with Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah to present a one-of-kind conceptual design collaboration this December in coordination with Design Miami/. Tosin Oshinowo, an architect and designer based in Nigeria, will work with British-Ghanaian textiles designer Chrissa Amuah to debut a concept design that marries Lexus’ craft techniques and technology with sweeping international significance.

PERRIER® presents PERRIER x MURAKAMI Rooftop Lounge

PERRIER® joins Design Miami/ for the first time to display its vibrant, new collaboration with renowned artist Takashi Murakami, creating a unique rooftop lounge inspired by the pop universe of the artist and the creative, pioneering spirit of PERRIER®.

With a story that began in 1863 in Vergèze, South of France, PERRIER® Carbonated Mineral Water is enjoyed in more than 140 countries worldwide, recognized for its refreshing bursting bubbles and iconic green bottle. For over a century, PERRIER® has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished artists, including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Bernard Villemot.

PERRIER®’s latest collaboration is with Takashi Murakami, who creates paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and mutating characters of his own creation, drawing from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market. In October 2020, PERRIER® x MURAKAMI’s premium line of limited-edition Perrier® was launched globally.

IRTHI presents Crafts of MENASEA and Reviving Beirut

IRTHI joins Design Miami/ with a two part program: an exclusive online sale of handmade works from artist-makers from the MENASEA and Central Asian regions along with an inspiring conversation about how we can all support design and architecture practices to revive Beirut.

IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council works to empower women professionally and socially by supporting traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia regions, working in partnership with global organizations. The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women artists, designers, and makers by developing new market opportunities and delivering social development programs and vocational training, while also preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.

USM x USM FOUNDATION present Hue+man: Die Wunderkammer by Kevin Jones and Don C

USM MODULAR FURNITURE x USM FOUNDATION joins Design Miami/ with Die Wunderkammer, an onsite experiential installation created by Kevin Jones of Joba Studio and Don C of RSVP Gallery. Offering a curated collection of art objects and streetwear, Die Wunderkammer represents the debut of USM’s Hue+man series of design awards and executive collaborations for people of color.

In production for over 50 years, USM’s signature Haller modular furniture system is an icon of modernist design that can be found in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection since 2001.

Kevin Jones, award-winning designer and professional athlete, is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Joba Studio, a multidisciplinary team focused on creating impactful design experiences and communications. Joba Studio’s work can be found in retail and brand environments in over 25 countries throughout the world.

Don C is the co-owner of Chicago’s RSVP Gallery and founder of Just Don. Known for its sought-after Just Don hats, Just Don fuses fashion, sports, entertainment, music, and art.


MAISON DE MODE presents Amen Candles and Mushroom Conversations

MAISON DE MODE joins Design Miami/ with a two part program: an exclusive online sale of its sustainable, luxe Amen Candles—which recently launched groundbreaking carbon-negative packaging made from mycelium and agricultural waste—along with a fascinating panel discussion on the future of circular design, featuring panelists Hassan Pierre, Burak Cakmak, Jan Berbee, and more.

Hassan Pierre, Amanda Hearst, and Carmen Busquets are thought leaders and innovators in the sustainable fashion movement, each lending their voices and dedicating their lifestyles to this cause over the last decade. Together they cofounded and operate MAISON DE MODE, the global platform for sustainable fashion, connecting creators, curators, and consumers for a better tomorrow.



FENDI presents an original Satellite Exhibition and Design Talk

FENDI, a Design Miami/ partner for over ten years, joins with a Satellite Exhibition and Design Talk that celebrate new directions in craft.

The house of FENDI was established by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome in 1925 with the opening of the first FENDI boutique—a handbag shop and fur workshop soon followed. Quickly garnering international acclaim, FENDI emerged as a brand renowned for its elegance, craftsmanship, innovation, and style.

The collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld began back in 1965 and lasted 54 years; in 1992, Silvia Venturini Fendi seconded him in the Artistic Direction. In 1994, she took on the direction of Leather Goods Accessories, and then the direction of the Menswear line.  In 2000, the LVMH Group acquired FENDI and became its majority shareholder in 2001. In September 2020, Kim Jones was appointed Artistic Director of Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Fur Collections for Women. 




Convelio is the official shipping partner for Design Miami/. They are a fine art shipping company with a technological approach, and this partnership highlights the focus on new digital ways of working. Convelio has offices in New York, London, and Paris, but their network is global. Through their online platform, you can instantly book shipping for design and art pieces for local, state to state, and international shipments. You can tailor the booking  to your exact specifications by selecting from a range of services including packing, crating, customs, insurance, front-door, and white-glove delivery. The company was launched in 2017 and has since empowered over 1,200+ art market businesses across 70+ countries.

Design Miami/ Podium

Asif Khan Studio/London

Carpenters Workshop Gallery/ New York, London, Paris and San Francisco

Cristina Grajales Gallery/ New York

Duke Riley/ Brooklyn

Friedman Benda/ New York

Gallery ALL/ Beijing and Los Angeles

Gallery FUMI/ London

Isaac Scott ceramics/ Philadelphia

J Lohmann Gallery/ New York

Jason Jacques Gallery/ New York

John Keith Russell/ Salem

Jolie Ngo/ Alfred

Joseph Walsh/ County Cork

Leila Heller Gallery/ New York

Les Ateliers Courbet/ New York

Malcolm Mobutu Smith/ Bloomington

Malene Barnett/ Brooklyn

Mercado Moderno/ Rio de Janeiro

Michelle Erikson ceramics/ Hampton

Mindy Solomon/ Miami

Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia

Morentz/ Waalwijk

Olde Hope/ New York

Ponce Berga/ West Palm

R & Company/ New York

Rael San Fratello/ Antonito

Salon 94 Design/ New York

Shiprock / Santa Fe

Stephen Burks/ Berea

The Future Perfect/ New York

The Wolfsonian/ Miami

Volume Gallery/ Chicago

Wexler Gallery/ Philadelphia


Design Miami/ 2020 Galleries/

Carpenters Workshop/ New York, London, Paris and San Francisco

Converso/ Chicago and Los Angeles

Jason Jacques Gallery/ New York

Mercado Moderno/ Rio de Janeiro

Mindy Solomon/ Miami

Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia

Ornamentum/ Hudson

R & Company/ New York

Tile Blush/ Miami

Todd Merrill Studio/ New York


Design Miami/ 2020 Curios/

Carbonell Design Studio/ Miami

Caribbean Modern curated by Rachael Barrett/ Jamaica

House of Today/ Beirut

Ponce Berga/ West Palm Beach

Schedule of Events/

Preview Day/ Friday, November 27

/ Members + Collectors Preview/ 12–5pm

/ VIP Preview/ 5–7pm

Public Show Days/ 12–1pm for private groups only on all public days 

/ Saturday, November 28/ 12–7pm

/ Sunday, November 29/ 12–5pm

/ Monday, November 30/ 12–7pm

/ Tuesday, December 1/ 12–7pm

/ Wednesday, December 2/ 12–7pm

/ Thursday, December 3/ 12–7pm

/ Friday, December 4/ 12–7pm

/ Saturday, December 5/ 12–7pm

/ Sunday, December 6/ 12–5pm

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