Spotlight: Human·Kind

The Promise of Vegan Design 

Anna Carnick

A video conversation between designer Erez Nevi Pana and curator Maria Cristina Didero

In 15 Minutes on Design & Human·Kind, we connect with outstanding creatives to explore design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected world. For the latest installment, curator Maria Cristina Didero speaks with Erez Nevi Pana, a champion of vegan design whose experimental processes underscore the potential of working animal-free.

From growing his own materials to crafting unexpected objects from crystallized Dead Sea salt, Pana’s exciting, conceptually driven practice sits at the forefront of the vegan design movement. Didero and Pana discuss the rising star designer’s path to vegan design and its broader potential.

Maria Cristina Didero. Photo © Stefano Ferroni | Erez Nevi Pana. Photo © Erez Nevi Pana

This series was conceived and curated by Wava Carpenter and Anna Carnick of Design Miami and Anava Projects as an exploration of the Design Miami/ 2021 curatorial theme Human·Kind.

About Human·Kind: As an antidote to our most pressing social and environmental problems, today’s leading-edge design thinking strives to empower traditionally overlooked perspectives while expanding the scope of valued narratives. The process begins with seeing the world for what it is: a network of beings entangled with other beings, whose future is entirely interdependent. The objective is to level hierarchies that elevate humans over other species and to subvert unjust systems that privilege certain people while denying others the full slate of human rights.