Design Miami/ Collectors Preview

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Tuesday | NOVEMBER 30

3pm to 6pm
Design Miami/ Collectors Preview

By invitation only, access with Design Miami/ Collectors Preview Card and Ar t Basel Miami Beach VIP Cards.
The global forum for design, presenting the best international galleries exhibiting extraordinary historical and contemporary design.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach.

Information | Brittany Savage, Tel. +1 786 871 4837,

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 highlevel 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.

Swarovski Crystal Palace returns this year with an inspiring presentation which will include custom Swarovski crystals and further the brand’s position as a platform for creative expression and experimentation within design.

Long time Design Supporter Veuve Clicquot will create a space for relaxation and reflection with their presentation “Once Upon a Dream,” designed by Mathieu Lehanneur. During the show, guests will be invited to enjoy bedtime story readings with Veuve Clicquot champagne in the interactive installation! Guests will be able to sign up for their champagne bedtime story on site at Design Miami/ or in advance at

“Our sponsors and partners pair a passion for cutting edge design with a creative approach to their business practices,” says Craig Robins, Cofounder and Principal of Design Miami/. “What makes these partnerships so exciting is the creativity that is behind each one. Our sponsors become a dynamic and integral part of Design Miami/ through creating installations and programmes that promote their brands in entirely new and unexpected ways.”

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General Show Information

Public Show Schedule
December 1-5, 201012-8pm;
Sunday 12-6pm

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot, Miami Beach

Admission Price

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

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