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What to See at DM/ 2022

Design Miami

Programming highlights you’re sure to enjoy at next week's fair

Only five days to go! On November 30th, Design Miami/ 2022 opens to the public in Miami Beach, and we couldn’t be more jazzed. Beyond our 50-strong Gallery and Curio exhibitions, we’re proud to offer a robust program of Design Talks and special installations presented by our outstanding partners. Here’s an enticing taste of what the 18th edition of our flagship fair has on tap for you next week!


Four Amazing Design Talks on November 30th

Sketch by Gaetano Pesce. © Gaetano Pesce

This year’s Design Talks program runs between opening day and December 3rd, so be sure to check out the full schedule here. As a teaser, we’d like to shine a light on the four exciting Design Talks happening on-site at the fair on November 30th.

#1. Designing New Immersive, Human-Centric Experiences, presented by Audi

For the futurists out there, Tara Rush, Audi of America's SVP and CMO, talks with digital artist-designer Andrés Reisinger, Audi Interior Design Team Leader Immo Redeker, and architect Arthur Casas about new approaches to immersive experiences, both online and IRL. (Nov. 30th, 12pm-1pm ET)

#2. We Are All Different, and This Is Our Defining Quality! A Conversation With Gaetano Pesce

For die-hard design devotees, our own Maria Cristina Didero interviews legendary Italian architect-designer Gaetano Pesce, whose dreamy collaboration with Bottega Veneta is being promoted at this year's fair. Don’t miss what this 83-year-old icon has to say about freedom, individuality, and lessons learned over a half century of shaping design’s cutting-edge. (Nov. 30th, 2pm-3pm ET)

#3. Multidisciplinary Minds: A$AP Rocky in Conversation with Charley Vezza, presented by GUFRAM

For music fans and cross-disciplinary culture consumers alike, we have two can’t-miss conversations for you. The first includes A$AP Rocky, the multi-hyphenate artist, designer, rapper, and music producer, joined by Charley Vezza, Global Creative Orchestrator for radical design brand GUFRAM. Didero moderates the discussion as they reflect the role that lateral thinking plays in contemporary aesthetics. (Nov. 30th, 3:45pm-4:45pm ET)

#4. Erykah Badu and Roberto Lugo on Kintsugi, presented by R & Company

Our last talk on the 30th features renowned musician Eyrkah Badu one-on-one with red-hot ceramics artist Roberto Lugo, whose super cool Village Potter Bodega can be shopped both at the fair and on You’ll want to take notes as this talented, dynamic duo explores the Japanese concept of kintsugi—the art of repairing pottery with gold to celebrate the beauty of imperfections—as well as the importance of artistic practices that prioritize pride in community. (Nov. 30th, 5:30pm-6:30pm ET)


Rock | Roll by Germane Barnes, presented by Miami Design District

Rendering of Rock | Roll by Germane Barnes, presented by Miami Design District. © Studio Barnes

Upon arrival to this year’s fair, visitors will be greeted by Rock | Roll, a vibrant outdoor installation designed by Miami-based architect Germane Barnes and curated by Anava Projects. As winner of the competitive 2022 Miami Design District Annual Neighborhood Commission, Barnes has created a multi-scale installation inspired by the spirited visual language of Miami Carnival and designed as a tribute to the BIPOC communities who have contributed to Miami’s polyethnic culture—from the city’s earliest foundations to today. The project is on view throughout the Miami Design District’s public spaces through the new year, while a special iteration of the project will be presented at Design Miami/ for the duration of the fair.


The Collectors Lounge by Alexis Cogul Lleonart and B&B Italia—featuring works by Bradley L Bowers—presented by AIG Private Client Group

Rendering of the AIG Private Client Group Collectors Lounge. © Doo Architecture

This year’s Collectors Lounge promises to be a chic hideaway for all those lucky attendees with VIP credentials. For its second year partnering with Design Miami/, AIG Private Client Group has commissioned Miami-based Alexis Cogul Lleonart of Doo Architecture and New Orleans-based designer Bradley L Bowers to collaborate on the lounge interior. Highlights include Bower’s prized paper light sculptures and a suite of classic furniture designs from B&B Italia—including Mario Bellini’s 1970s-era Camaleonda sofas and Le Bambole armchairs, which have attracted a passionate new generation of admirers in recent years.


Transcendence by Nada Debs, presented by Kohler

Detail of Transcendence tiles by Nada Debs and Kohler WasteLAB. © Kohler

For this year’s fair, Kohler has commissioned Beirut-based artist-designer Nada Debs to create Transcendence, a bespoke, three-room immersive hammam experience that champions inclusivity, sustainability, heritage, and innovation. Working with the Kohler WasteLAB team, Debs designed the installation’s tiles to evoke the aesthetic of traditional hammams using remnant materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Transcendence is sure to give visitors a rejuvenating lift.


Alta Gioielleria, presented by Dolce&Gabbana

Dolce&Gabbana's Alta Gioielleria. © Dolce&Gabbana

Italian fashion house Dolce&Gabbana makes its Design Miami/ debut with an exhibition of the brand’s masterful Alta Gioielleria jewelry collection, celebrating the extraordinary skills of the goldsmiths, engravers, sculptors, setters, and chisellers that craft each piece. Elevating jewelry to an art form, the collection represents a marriage of fine workmanship, unique forms, and the most splendid diamonds and gems. It’ll be a delicious feast for the eyes.


SCAD at Design Miami/, presented by Savannah College of Art and Design in collaboration with Cerámica Suro

Rendering of SCAD at Design Miami/. © SCAD

Returning to Design Miami/ as the official university partner, Savannah College of Art and Design has teamed up with the ceramics experts at Cerámica Suro to debut vibrant collections of glazed tiles designed by SCAD alumni. To develop the collections, SCAD grads Nicolas Barrera (2018), Lauren Clay (2004), Gonzalo Hernandez (2019), Cory Imig (2008), Abel Macias (2002), and Nikita Nagpal (2019) were invited to the Guadalajara-based, family-run ceramics atelier to collaborate with the artisans. Notably, Marcelo Suro—son of Cerámica Suro’s founder and also a SCAD grad (2022)—has designed the SCAD scenography, which will change everyday to offer up a new tile collection for your delectation.


With So Much Thanks!

Audi Grandsphere Concept: At this year’s Design Miami/, Audi presents an immersive and experiential digital installation in cooperation with digital artist and designer Andrés Reisinger, inspired by the Audi Grandsphere Concept. © Audi

None of this would be possible without the support of our incredible partners. A special thanks goes out to Audi, Perrier-Jouët, Panerai, USM, Frederic Malle, Orient Express, and Irthi for making the experience of our show even better. We can't wait to welcome everyone to the show! ◆


Design Miami/ 2022 takes place in Pride Park, opposite the Miami Beach Convention Center, from November 30 to December 4, 2022. Preview Day is November 29th. Advance tickets are available here.