Talks Program/

  • Live at Design Miami/ Basel
    Mateo Kries, Director of Vitra Design Museum, and Yves Béhar, Swiss entrepreneur, educator, and CEO/Founder of multidiscipline design studio fuseproject, come together to discuss the most urgent global topics through the context of Béhar's work—from creating a more equitable, sustainable future to transforming the human experience through design at the intersection of technology and empathy.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Panelist

    • Yves Béhar
      CEO/Founder, fuseproject
    • Mateo Kries
      Director, Vitra Design Museum
  • Live Streamed on Design Miami/ YouTube
    Understanding what makes a design generation great. Guests include Sarah Owens of ZHdK, Anna Niederhäuser of SDA, designer Alexandra Gerber, designers AATB, and designer Alena Halmes.

    Table Talks: Hosted by Vera Sacchetti and Matylda Krzykowski; Presented with Swiss Design Awards
    The most sincere conversations occur when people come together over a meal at a table. Critic-curator Vera Sacchetti and designer-curator Matylda Krzykowski bring together a stellar roster of guests to share food and drinks and discuss the future of design. Table setting designed by Basel-based scenographer and ceramist Nela Weber.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Vera Sacchetti
      Critic-curator
    • Matylda Kryzkowski
      Designer-curator
    • Panelist

    • Sarah Owens
      ZHdK
    • Anna Niederhäuser
      SDA
    • Alexandra Gerber
      Designer
    • AATB
      Designers
    • Alena Halmes
      Designer
  • Live Streamed on Design Miami/ YouTube
    Understanding the implications and intersections between technology and design and calling for a Solar Movement. Guests include Solar Designer Marjan van Aubel, Designer Pauline van Dongen, and Felix Hallwachs, Managing Director of Little Sun Foundation.

    Table Talks: Hosted by Vera Sacchetti and Matylda Krzykowski; Presented with Het Nieuwe Instituut
    The most sincere conversations occur when people come together over a meal at a table. Critic-curator Vera Sacchetti and designer-curator Matylda Krzykowski bring together a stellar roster of guests to share food and drinks and discuss the future of design. Table setting designed by Basel-based scenographer and ceramist Nela Weber.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Vera Sacchetti
      Critic-curator
    • Matylda Kryzkowski
      Designer-curator
    • Panelist

    • Marjan van Aubel
      Solar Designer
    • Pauline van Dongen
      Designer
    • Felix Hallwachs
      Managing Director, Little Sun Foundation
  • Live at Design Miami/ Basel
    Inspired by the Design Miami/ Basel 2021 curatorial theme—Human Nature—this conversation brings together visionary design thinkers and practitioners to examine the evolving relationship between humans and the natural world and the role that design can play in bridging the catastrophic divide between the two. Flora van Gaalen of Het Nieuwe Instituut will moderate a panel that includes Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma, Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren of Front Design, and Maurizio Montalti of dieDAS and Officina Corpuscoli.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Flora van Gaalen
      Het Nieuwe Instituut
    • Panelist

    • FRONT DESIGN
      Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren
    • Maurizio Montalti
      dieDAS and Officina Corpuscoli
    • Formafantasma
      Design studio
  • Who are today’s up-and-coming ones-to-watch? Dung Ngo, founder and editor-in-chief of AUGUST Journal, talks shop with editor-curator Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen and curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein of Schloss Hollenegg. Together they survey the contemporary design landscape and share the work that excites them most right now.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Dung Ngo
      Founder & Editor-in-Chief, AUGUST Journal
    • Panelist

    • Monica Khemsurov
      Co-founder of Sight Unseen & Tetra Monica
    • Alice Stori Liechtenstein
      Founder & Director, Schloss Hollenegg for Design
  • How is the handmade uniquely suited to personal storytelling, and how does storytelling heighten the appeal of the handmade? Moderated by incoming Design Miami/ Curatorial Director Wava Carpenter, this conversation explores the roles that personal biography and subjective experience play in the work of three emerging designer-makers: Darren Appiagyei, Diego Faivre, and Laura Sattin.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Wava Carpenter
      Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
    • Panelist

    • Darren Appiagyei
      Designer-maker
    • Diego Faivre
      Designer-maker
    • Laura Sattin
      Designer-maker
  • Superblue, a new venture dedicated to producing, presenting and engaging audiences with experiential art, presents a multi-sensory experience featuring the Dutch artist duo DRIFT and a site-specific pavilion by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed in response to DRIFT’s installation. The collaborative project reflects Superblue’s mission to connect experiential artists with architects and other creative practitioners in pursuit of their most ambitious visions.

      Moderator

    • Oliva Sartogo
      Superblue Director Art & Architecture
    • Coraly Von Bismarck
      Superblue Director of Sales and Artist Management
    • Panelist

    • Sou Fujimoto
      Architect
    • Ralph Nauta
      Artist
  • Looking forward to November’s Design Miami/ Podium x Shanghai, Aric Chen, outgoing Design Miami/ Curatorial Director and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s new Artistic Director, considers emerging collectible design markets. Chen leads the conversation with Chris Shao, gallerist and interior designer based in both New York and Shanghai, and Marc Benda of pioneering contemporary design gallery Friedman Benda in New York.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Aric Chen
      Artistic Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut
    • Panelist

    • Chris Shao
      Gallerist, Interior Designer
    • Marc Benda
      Gallerist
  • From Prouvé and Ponti to NFTs, design markets are built by far-sighted, passionate specialists who recognize potential value that others overlook. Esteemed art advisor Simon Andrews talks with three gallerists, each known for innovating markets: Francois Laffanour and Rossella Colombari for their pioneering innovation in their respective French and Italian markets, along with Marc Benda, whose gallery looks ahead to future markets. The conversation will range from the early exploits that gave rise to the collectible design market in the late 20th century to uncharted territories that await on the horizon.
    Doha Design District is the Official Partner of the Design Miami/ Basel Talks Program.

      Moderator

    • Simon Andrews
      Founder, Andrews Art Advisory
    • Panelist

    • Francois Laffanour
      Gallerist
    • Rossella Colombari
      Gallerist
    • Marc Benda
      Gallerist
  • The landmark 1969 exhibition Objects: USA left a lasting impact on the collector market for American studio craft and the trajectory of art and design in the United States. Traveling nationwide and throughout Europe, Objects: USA, was seen by about half a million people. This panel discussion explores the legacy of this seminal show and current state of the collectible design market.

      Panelist

    • Meaghan Roddy
      SVP of Design at Phillips
    • Abby Bangser
      Founder of Object & Thing
    • Evan Snyderman
      Principal, R & Company
    • Moderator

    • Wava Carpenter
      Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
  • Aric Chen talks with Joyce Lin, Jiha Moon, and Shin Okuda, three artists included in R & Company's latest exhibition, Objects USA 2020. The conversation explores the work of each artist as well as the wider culture of the American Studio Craft movement past, present, and future.
    Photography by Rob Chron, Ruth Henry, and Mohammad Jahangir

      Panelist

    • Jiha Moon
      Artist & Designer
    • Shin Okuda
      Designer & Founder of Waka Waka Studio
    • Joyce Lin
      Artist & Designer
    • Moderator

    • Aric Chen
      General and Artistic Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut
  • A look at the role of creativity in relation to motherhood and family, moderated by Art Mamas Alliance’s Katy Donoghue and Helen Toomer. We'll discuss how art and design have historically addressed the maternal and childhood realm. We’ll hear from makers on how their creative practices have been impacted by the transition to parenthood.

      Panelist

    • Michelle Millar Fisher
      Co-Curator and Co-Author of Designing Motherhood
    • Lora Appleton
      Founder of Kinder Modern
    • Isolde Brielmaier
      Curator and Author of Culture as Catalyst
    • Moderator

    • Katy Donoghue and Helen Toomer
      Co-Founders of Art Mamas Alliance
  • We'll look at what our current and future reality in relation to the ongoing pandemic means for emerging talents just entering the field. How has COVID-19 influenced design practice—from inspiration to distribution? What can young designers learn from this post-pandemic time?

      Panelist

    • Katie Stout
      Designer
    • Misha Kahn
      Designer
    • Dina Nur Satti
      Artist
    • Jennifer Olshin
      Partner of Friedman Benda
    • Moderator

    • Tiana Webb Evans
      Founder & Creative Director of Yard Concept
  • Design Miami’s Aric Chen talks with LACMA’s Bobbye Tigerman, ceramic artist Adam Silverman, and foodways professor and activist Scott Barton about Silverman’s ambitious new project, Common Ground. Silverman is in the midst of collecting clay, wood ash, and water from all 56 US states and territories and using the combined materials to make pots and dinnerware sets, which will be used to host meals around the country. The project aspires to contribute to a more united America(s).

      Panelist

    • Bobbye Tigerman
      Marilyn B. & Calvin B. Gross Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    • Scott Alves Barton
      Foodways Professor & Activist
    • Adam Silverman
      Artist, Designer & Potter
    • Moderator

    • Aric Chen
      Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
  • In this latest episode of Friedman Benda gallery’s ongoing series Design in Dialogue, Glenn Adamson interviews Chilean studio gt2p—the winners of this year’s Miami Design District Annual Commission.

    • Glenn Adamson
      Curator, Writer, and Historian
    • GT2P
      Design and Architecture Studio
  • Rapper, songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur Pusha T talks with singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams and the Miami-based creative behind Girl From HUNTERSVILLE, Tina Brehon, in a wide ranging conversation on curiosity, resourcefulness, and not letting humble origins define your potential. Special spotlight on Brehon’s latest collaboration with Williams and Adidas, which resulted in a new collection of facemasks that combine safety with self expression.

      Panelist

    • Pharrell Williams
      Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer, Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur
    • Pusha T
      Rapper, Songwriter, Record Executive and Entrepreneur
    • Tina Brehon
      Creator of Girl from HUNTERSVILLE
  • Architectural Digest’s Amy Astley interviews designer, entrepreneur, and DJ Virgil Abloh and real estate developer, entrepreneur, art collector, and philanthropist Craig Robins about the future of cross-disciplinary creativity and its impact on entrepreneurship today.

      Panelist

    • Craig Robins
      President & CEO of Dacra
    • Virgil Abloh
      Artistic Director, Louis Vuitton Menswear & CEO, Off-White
    • Moderator

    • Amy Astley
      Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Digest
  • Hassan Pierre, Co-Founder of Maison De Mode, talks with Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, Jan Berbee, Founder of Grown.Bio, and others about the power of design to lead us toward a waste-free world.

      Panelist

    • Burak Cakmak
      Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design
    • Jan Berbee
      Founder of Grown.Bio
    • Moderator

    • Hassan Pierre
      Co-Founder of Maison De Mode
  • In this two-part series, produced by Shaker Museum and Design Miami/, Lacy Schutz, Executive Director of Shaker Museum, talks with contemporary artists Katie Stout and Emily Adams Bode about the resonance of Shaker ideals and aesthetics in modern design, with a special acknowledgement to the feminist ideals espoused by the Shaker community.

      Panelist

    • Lacy Schutz
      Executive Director, Shaker Museum
    • Emily Adams Bode
      Emily Adams Bode
    • Moderator

    • Sarah Jean Culbreth
      Sarah Jean Culbreth
  • Out of a very real necessity, our digital engagement with art and design has accelerated this year. But how has this shift affected what's being made. And in this new environment, how is new work being communicated to and ultimately consumed by a larger audience? Our panel investigates the challenges and changes—many positive—of this default digital era.

      Panelist

    • Anotherview
      Creative Collaborative
    • Lonneke Gordijn
      Designer
    • Evan Snyderman
      Principal, R & Company
    • David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem
      David/Nicolas, Designers
    • Moderator

    • Katy Donoghue
      Editor in Chief of Whitewall Magazine
  • Africa's creative output is taking center stage. Who are the leaders that have advanced design and architecture conversations into the next decade? Who are the emerging talents that we should keep our eye on? And what can we learn from the context of the continent that can be applied to the global conversation? Our panelists share their insights into these questions and more.

      Panelist

    • Nicole Nomsa Moyo
      Architect & Designer
    • Tosin Oshinowo
      Architect
    • Siyanda Mbele
      Interior Designer, Pinda Design
    • Moderator

    • Katy Donoghue
      Editor in Chief of Whitewall Magazine
  • Isolation and anxiety aren't necessarily the magic ingredients for inspiration. With so much unknown, how are artists and designers making time to dream? A panel of innovative design creatives share their experiences of grappling with our new normal while figuring out how to find the light again.

      Panelist

    • Ini Archibong
      Designer
    • MISCHER’TRAXLER
      Designer
    • Angela Chang
      Designer
    • Moderator

    • Tamara Warren
      Journalist & Founder of Le Car
  • The pandemic has been our new reality for just under a year. What kind of perspective shifts have taken place—personally and creatively—for designers? How will changed human behaviors impact new projects, products, and collaborations? How have visions of the purpose and potential of design altered? A panel of visionary designers and design creatives discuss the big takeaways of 2020.

      Panelist

    • Yves Behar
      Designer
    • Kevin Hunter
      President, CALTY Design Research
    • Marcel Wanders
      Designer
    • Haas Brothers
      Artists
    • Moderator

    • Tamara Warren
      Journalist & Founder of Le Car
  • Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council's Farah Nasri hosts a conversation with Lebanese creatives to shine a light on Beirut's moveable and immovable cultural heritage—and its immediate need for safeguarding. Architect Bernard Khoury, designer Nada Debs, and Tessa and Tara Sakhi of multidisciplinary studio T SAKHI share their experiences and insights into how to leverage the past for a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future for Beirut.

      Introduction

    • Aric Chen
      Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
    • Panelist

    • Bernard Khoury
      Architect & Founder, Bernard Khoury / DW5
    • Nada Debs
      Founder, Studio Nada Debs
    • Tessa and Tara Sakhi
      Co-Founders, T SAKHI
    • Moderator

    • Farah Nasri
      Assistant Manager - Curation & Design, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council
  • In this two-part series, produced by Shaker Museum and Design Miami/, Lacy Schutz, Executive Director of Shaker Museum, talks with contemporary artists Katie Stout and Emily Adams Bode about the resonance of Shaker ideals and aesthetics in modern design, with a special acknowledgement to the feminist ideals espoused by the Shaker community.

      Panelist

    • Lacy Schutz
      Executive Director, Shaker Museum
    • Katie Stout
      Designer
    • Moderator

    • Dan Rubinstein
      Home & Design Director, Departures
  • Design and craft expert Glenn Adamson moderates a discussion on the exhibition Objects USA 2020 at New York's R & Company, which celebrates the landmark exhibition and publication Objects USA from 50 years ago. Gallerist Zesty Meyers and artists Nancy Lorenz, Tiff Massey, and John Souter join Adamson in exploring the question: Can craft save America?

      Panelist

    • Zesty Meyers
      Principle, R & Company
    • Nancy Lorenz
      Artist & Abstract Painter
    • Tiff Massey
      Interdisciplinary Artist
    • John Souter
      Visual Artist
    • Moderator

    • Glenn Adamson
      Curator, Author, and Historian
  • Specialist in African Diasporic and Caribbean Art Histories Erica Moiah James talks with Port-au-Prince-born, Miami-based visual artist Adler Guerrier about the relationship his work has with the city he’s chosen to call home, as well as his latest public art installation, Claimed for Living, for Love and Trouble, currently installed in the Miami Design District.

      Panelist

    • Erica Moiah
      Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami
    • Adler Guerrier
      Miami-based Visual Artist
  • Launching both the America(s) theme of Design Miami/ and the Rethinking America issue of Harvard Design Magazine, this discussion will examine how new narratives and histories of design are being constructed just as notions of "America" itself are being questioned, challenged, and revised.

      Panelist

    • Alexandra Cunningham Cameron
      Curator of Contemporary Design and Hintz Secretarial Scholar, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    • Isaac Scott
      Ceramic Artist, Curator, Photographer & MFA candidate at Tyler School of Art & Architecture
    • Ronald Rael
      Artist, Writer, Architect and Professor of Architecture, Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
    • Zoe Ryan
      Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    • Moderator

    • Aric Chen
      Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
    • Mark Lee
      Chair of the Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
    • Florencia Rodriguez
      Guest Co-editor, Harvard Design Magazine, and Editorial Director, -NESS
  • Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of MoMA's Department of Architecture & Design, and Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy & George E. Rupp Professor at Columbia University, preview their forthcoming MoMA exhibition, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, in conversation with commissioned architects Germane Barnes of Studio Barnes in Miami and J. Yolande Daniels, co-founding principal of studioSUMO in New York and LA.

      Panelist

    • Germane Barnes
      Founding Principal of Studio Barnes
    • J. Yolande Daniels
      Co-Founding Principal of studioSUMO
    • Moderator

    • Sean Anderson
      Associate Curator of MoMA's Department of Architecture & Design
    • Mabel O. Wilson
      Nancy & George E. Rupp Professor at Columbia University

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