Also this year a strong attendance from collectors, curators, and industry professionals at the VIP Collectors Preview and throughout the duration of the fair.
The fourteenth edition of Design Miami/ in Miami Beach ended on Sunday, December, 9th, which, together with the edition that takes place every year in Basel in June, has become the most important meeting point for design collecting and now years joins Art Basel, one of the most important modern and contemporary art fair on a global level.
The roster of 33 leading design galleries and 12 Curio presentations revealed a cross-section of twentieth and twenty-first century design and decorative art.Many the works solds.
Masterworks of historic importance anchored twentieth-century design offerings, with a one-of-a-kind Jean Royère sofa at Galerie Patrick Seguin selling to a major international collector/patron. Galerie VIVID of Rotterdam sold four Wouter Dam ceramics to New York–based collector Lee Mindel as well as a Steltman chair by Gerrit Rietveld.
This year the winners of the important Design Visionary award are the designer Carla Fernandez together with the artist Pedro Reyes with Unite, who, together with other works, are going to affirm the new visions: no longer objects are created with impeccable aesthetics but demonstrated how design is increasingly integrated into political and social perspectives.
Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA, who sits on Design Miami/’s vetting committee confirmed, “The fair is a window into the rising talents of contemporary design and a highlight reel for some of the finest examples of iconic and historical work. This year, the breadth and expression of materiality was paramount, with designers stretching, inverting, and ripping apart conventions to produce something fresh.”
Design Miami/ has announced Aric Chen as Curatorial Director for 2019. The former lead curator of Hong Kong’s M+ museum joins the fair following the conclusion of Rodman Primack’s tenure as Chief Creative officer in December 2018.
See you again in June at Design Miami/ at Basel.
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