Design Miami/ 2012

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, FL | 12.04 - 09.2012 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media The eighth edition of Design Miami/, held from December 4-9, 2012 in South Beach, welcomed 31,000 design collectors, enthusiasts, and museum representatives to its pavilion located next to the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show, which ran concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach, presented 36 galleries this year, a 25% increase over last year's number of exhibitors. The caliber of the fair's exhibitors, its site-specific design collaborations, its program of talks and tours, and its cross-disciplinary approach to design at the intersection of culture and commerce contribute to its status as a global forum for design. The pavilion's entrance concept, "Drift" (left), designed by New York-based studio, Snarkitecture, consisted of a floating environment made of huge inflatable tubes.

Site specific design installations at the pavilion included Audi's "R18 Ultra Chair" designed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram; "Parhelia," designed by Asif Khan for Swarovski Crystal Palace; Fendi's "Transformations" design performance by Maarten de Ceulaer; and Perrier-Jouët's installation "Lost Time" by Glithero. Design Miami/'s 2012 Designer of the Year award and commission went to Brooklyn-based Acconci Studio. The Studio will produce a permanent climbing/playing structure to be installed in the Miami Design District by 2014. The plans were unveiled at Acconci Studio's Design District exhibition during the week.

Design Talks presented the Design Pioneers series, featuring Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with Stefano Tonchi; Vito Acconci in conversation with Mitchell Joachim; and Wendell Castle in conversation with Alasdair Gordon. The BE OPEN Forum profiled designers practicing outside the boundaries of traditional product design, including Founder Carter Cleveland; 12.29 Founder Dawn Goldworm; designers Zigelbaum+Coelho; interaction designer Tuur van Balen; and eating designer Marije Vogelzang. Plenty of food for thought! Other show attractions included tours and a bookshop by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; 12.29's bespoke fragrance; Regalia's Collectors Lounge designed by Cassina; and Michael's Genuine Food and Drink Pop-Up Café.

Notable visitors included Calvin Klein, Peter Brant, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Pharrell Williams, Wendi Murdoch, Will Farrell, Todd Eberle, Kanye West, Silvia Fendi, Donna Karan, Terry Richardson, Joseph Altuzarra, Ricardo Tisci, Wendell Castle, Martha Stewart, David Adjaye, and Juan Montoya.

Design Miami/ Basel 2013 will take place in Basel Switzerland from June 11-16, 2013 and the show will return to Miami Beach from December 4-8, 2013.

For more information, please visit: Design Miami.