Design Miami/, the fair dedicated to the designer product market, returns December 1-5, 2021 in Miami Beach with a series of lectures and collaborations for its 17th edition. Programming for 2021, led by Curatorial Director, Wava Carpenter, responds to the theme Human Kind, investigating how design-led viewpoints and visions could lead to a more equitable and interconnected future.
Design, at its core, has always been about building a better future,” says Wava Carpenter, in her first experience as curator of the show. “However, while humanity has been called upon to face challenges of unprecedented proportions, in recent times the future that designers envision increasingly demands a new focus on what it means to be human in this world, asking all of us to become better champions for nature and others.” The theme will stand alongside the two prevailing trends in design aesthetics today: the fantastic (exuberant and surreal) and the primordial (minimalist but ancestral). Special attention will also be paid to ceramics, elected as the material of the moment, “which with its direct and artisanal nature represents the ideal medium for an autobiographical and sociological narrative, capable of resonating deeply with the public in these disturbing times that physically separate people”.
Design Miami/ is excited to expand its digital offerings for this year’s show by introducing the Official Design Miami/ Mobile App. The new app gives users the opportunity to play a role as first-person actors like never before: the app allows users to navigate the show floor, browse Design Miami/ trade shows through 3D tours and, for the first time, click to purchase exhibits directly from the show floor. Because of this important digital innovation, Design Miami/ will be the first major fair to accept cryptocurrency for payment through Coinbase for all items available on e-commerce. In addition, Design Miami/ will offer an exclusive collection of NFTs, commissioned by selected artist-designers affiliated with Design Miami’s international creative community. This first collection will be available for purchase through the OpenSea platform and presented on-site at Design Miami/ from 30 November to 5 December 2021. The iOS app, on the other hand, is already available for download.
NFTs, which stand for Non-Fungible Tokens, are certificates of ownership, cryptographic tokens that usually represent a digital work of art. They are a kind of unique and verifiable digital brand that guarantees the owner the digital ownership of the content, which is why they are the basis of so-called crypto art.
At Design Miami/, R & Company will present NFTs created by Job Smeets, Katie Stout, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Studio Proba. Friedman Benda will present several works by Misha Kahn. Zesty Meyers, Director of R & Company says: “For designers, NFTs offer opportunities to imagine and create without limits. And we know that collectible design is necessary for the NFT space and the growing virtual environments that so many people are engaging in”.
The Design Miami/ Design Talks programme has also expanded to embrace the show’s new hybrid format, offering an expanded lecture series both in-person and digitally. In-depth, future-oriented panels will be offered by some of the world’s leading names in art, design and architecture, including designer Daniel Arsham, architect Florencia Rodriguez and artist and stylist Samuel Ross.
DM/BX is Design Miami’s online store/ conceived for the next generation of design lovers. It will bring together an exciting group of emerging and established designers including Quinaz Studio, Studio Proba, Ries Studio, RRRES Studio, BKLYN CLAY and Tuleste Factory. Together, they will present an exhibition created to celebrate the exceptional in the everyday through a unique living space that showcases everything from a sofa, to a coat rack and a multi-use bong/vase.