Ten years ago, a small fair for collectible design launched to run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach. Located in the Moore Building in the city’s Design District, design.05 Miami offered the goods of 15 exhibitors. The aim? Bring museum-quality galleries together with the best collectors, connoisseurs, and designers from around the world in one of the premier destinations for art and design. Fast-forward a decade and Design Miami/ celebrates its 10th anniversary (Dec. 3-7) by remaining true to that mission, though on a slightly a grander scale.
The past decade has witnessed expansion of the fair alongside the market for collectible design. Proof: the number of participating galleries has almost tripled.
Design Miami/ 2013
“The fair grew out of the need for a consolidated marketplace that would act as a platform to showcase the range and strength of what was then a fledgling market,” said Rodman Primack, Executive Director of Design Miami/. “Since then, the collectible design market has really changed in scale; it’s internationalized and diversified, and this is reflected very clearly in the fair. Design Miami/ has changed the way galleries engage with their audiences. I am excited to see this ecosystem bringing so many distinct viewpoints and aesthetics together.”
This year, Design Miami/ launches a new program of galleries, exhibitions and events to celebrate its 10th edition. In doing so, the fair has chosen to honor Peter Marino with the first Design Visionary award, and has also commissioned Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke to create the Design Miami/ 2014 Pavilion.
“This award is about recognizing the figures who have really propelled the world of design in the broader sense,” Primack said. “Peter is a great talent, and is also an amazing patron of others’ talents. His knowledge of furniture, his ability to create collections in design and his work with leading brands to help them understand the importance of bringing design voices into their world have substantially impacted the market and the language of design.”
An ephemeral extension of the fair space, the 2014 Design Miami/ Pavilion is at once an exhibit and a piece of functional temporary architecture. While the commission is traditionally given to an early career architect or studio, for its 10th anniversary the fair selected a designer whose practice reflects the multifaceted nature of the fair itself.
Design Miami/ 2013
“For our 10th anniversary, we wanted to pay homage to the type of young designer that Design Miami/ wishes to champion—one who experiments with materials, form and scale; who is as much a theorist as a maker; and who challenges us to consider how we relate to the world built around us,” said Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, creative director of the fair.
Centered around a double-layered circular structure with apertures at both poles, Muecke’s pavilion is designed on a human scale, rejecting monumentality in favor of lightness and variability. Filtered through a translucent canopy that shelters the whole structure, light will bounce off the curved and colored surfaces of the pavilion—complementary tones of red and green within, primary blue and yellow without—creating a shifting topography of reflected color. Seamlessly shaped seating units made from composite will allow visitors a moment of quiet reflection in a space conceived in part as a refuge from the hyper-stimulating environment of the fair itself.
For the fourth consecutive year, Architectural Digest will create the “AD Oasis”—an exclusive VIP haven. Located at the James Royal Palm Hotel, interior designer Thom Filicia has been tapped to transform the space.
Rendering of the AD Oasis by Thom Filicia
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Architectural Digest on this year’s AD Oasis to create an engaging space that will serve as a refuge for VIPs during the hustle and bustle of Art Basel Miami Beach,” Filicia said. “Through an interplay of textures, materials and colors, we worked to create a space that celebrates the relaxed international personality of Miami with a nod to Architectural Digest’s sophisticated and stylish point of view.”
This year, 35 exhibitors from London to Cape Town, Chicago to Los Angeles, are participating in the fair. New exhibitors on the scene include Edward Cella Art+Architecture from Los Angeles and Gallery Diet from Miami. Click here for a full list of gallery participants.
Design Miami/ 2014 is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5; noon to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6; and noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.
General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the fair.
Art Basel Miami Beach, which features leading international galleries showing work from masters of Modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging stars, will run concurrently (Dec. 4–7) with Design Miami/. For additional details, click here.