Design Miami/ 2020

Design Miami/ announces a return to the Miami Design District, the home of the first ever Design Miami/ fair, for its sixteenth edition, November 27th to December 6th.

The 2020 edition of Design Miami/ will be staged by way of a new curated selling exhibition concept, Design Miami/Podium, which invites both gallery and studio participation, creating access for individual designers and leading galleries alike. This new typology aims at flexibility and international touring capability through its composition of individual pieces and reformatted larger presentations by select major galleries.

To ensure the wellbeing of its staff, exhibitors and guests, Design Miami/ has implemented health and safety protocols in consultation with the University of Miami Health System and has extended the runtime to ten days, to facilitate viewing at low capacity. Taking advantage of the recently launched Design Miami/Shop, Design Miami/Podium will be more accessible than ever, with multi-channel sales efforts facilitating participation from regional collectors and international clientele.

Design Miami/ Podium 2020

Design Miami/Podium will take on a theme entitled America(s). Overseen by Curatorial Director Aric Chen, the timely exhibition calls into question the meaning and understanding of America and its identity through the juxtaposition of important works of design and craft. Chen, the Chicago-born, Shanghai-based curator worked with Design Miami/ galleries to select the works, while inviting independent studios and makers as well. The result is a provocative survey of design history inextricably linked by provenance while at odds in meaning.

Broad in scope—including both American and non-American designers—the exhibition will span Shaker objects and early 19th-century Navajo textiles, alongside objects loaned from The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, to works by 20th century figures including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, George Nakashima, the Black ceramicist Earl Hooks, Chinese immigrant craftsman Po Shun Leong, and George Nelson’s “Five Leaf” chair from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Particular emphasis will be placed on contemporary makers, including Roberto Lugo, who revisits traditional Euro-American ceramic traditions through the lens of Black and other histories and Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, best known for their interventions on the US-Mexico border wall, who will be presenting their 3-D printed clay cookware drawn from the traditions of the Taos and Picuris Pueblos of northern New Mexico. These, alongside the Haas Brothers, Ini Archibong, Stephen Burks, Misha Kahn, Katie Stout, Ronald Rael, Pedro Barrail, Paul S. Briggs, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, and others.

The exhibition will also feature the in-progress debut of Common Ground, an expansive gesture of reconciliation by Adam Silverman for which the Los Angeles-based artist has assembled, with the aid of volunteers, clay, ash and water from each of the 56 US states and territories. The materials will be combined into a single clay from which Silverman is making ceramic pots and dinnerware that will be distributed back to public institutions and used to connect people through organized, communal dinners in each of those territories.

Additional Highlights

The Moore Building exhibition marks a return to the same venue that launched the fair in 2005, this time bolstered by the dynamic surroundings of the architecturally-led Miami Design District, throughout which Design Miami/’s programming will extend. The central Design Miami/ exhibition will be housed throughout the historic building’s four floors which surround "Elastika," the striking architectural intervention by late architect Zaha Hadid and commissioned by Dacra president and Design Miami/ founder Craig Robins. The fair is a cornerstone of the diverse cultural programming slated for the Miami Design District during this vibrant week in Miami.

Alongside the flexibility found in the new exhibition concept, Design Miami/Podium welcome reformatted partner exhibitions. Design Miami/ is pleased to welcome Perrier-Jouët and Fendi back this edition with new partners to be announced in November.

Following the launch of Design Miami/Shop in June, the 2020 edition of the fair will have a vastly expanded online presence including virtual programming for the many collectors and enthusiasts around the world who are unable to visit in-person this year.