DESIGN MIAMI/ ACHIEVES RECORD ATTENDANCE AND CONFIRMS SIGNIFICANT INSTITUTIONAL ACQUISITIONS, WITH REFRESHED FAIR LAYOUT AND ROBUST NEW PROGRAMMING
Highest footfall ever at Design Miami. Significantly broadened collector base, delivering sales across historic and contemporary galleries Refreshed layout with large public entrance plaza, glass facade, and re-imagined floor plan. Two large-scale donations of fair content made to local institutions
Miami Beach, December 2016 - Design Miami/ staged its most successful edition - its twelfth, this past week - with a record 37,900 collectors and visitors to see its offering from the world’s leading design galleries. Thirty-one galleries exhibited, five of which were first time participants and nine of which were founding galleries, returning for their twelfth turn. This 2016 edition also saw increased attendance by ultra high net worth clientele.
Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer of Design Miami/, voiced, “We reached a certain stride this edition that a lot of collectors and gallerists felt strongly. The mix of historic and contemporary in the program and the quality of the design satellites and collaborations drove attendance and sales to a very exciting height.”
The collector base is broadening as well:
"The vast majority of our clients here are art collectors now. More than ever before there is an acknowledgment that design is as conceptual and intellectual as contemporary art, but over and above that, you live with it. You use it,” said Zesty Meyers, Principal of R & Company gallery, based in New York, in response to the large influx of art collectors through the fair this year.
Some of the notable attendees of this year’s edition of Design Miami/ included return visitors Leonardo DiCaprio; Elle Macpherson; Martha Stewart; Donna Karan; Calvin Klein; Neil Barrett; Stefano Tonchi; Vito Schnabel; André Balazs; along with Calvin Harris; Virgil Abloh; Emily Ratajkowski; will.i.am; Travis Scott; Derek Blasberg; Thom Browne, Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos; artists John Baldessari; Daniel Arsham and Urs Fischer; dealers Richard Sachs; Dominique Levy, Tico Mugrabi and Stellan Holm; Tim Jeffries; collectors Jean Pigozzi; Aby Rosen; Iran Issa Khan; Susie and Walid Wahab; architects and designers Fernando Romero; Fabio Novembre; Jean Nouvel; Bjarke Ingels; Arik Levy; Julie Hillman; Robert Stillin; Cliff Fong; Yves Béhar; as well as Princess Friyal of Jordan; and Mayor Levine of Miami Beach.
Sales were high and widespread across the fair, ranging from contemporary work by young designers to rare vintage pieces with distinguished provenance. New York’s Friedman Benda sold all works by Misha Kahn, among other works by Wendell Castle, Chris Schanck and the Campana Brothers. Paris-based Patrick Seguin was successful in his presentation of limited Jean Prouvé and Jean Royère commissions, with several pieces from the Royère vignette sold to important collectors. LAFFANOUR - Galerie Downtown of Paris sold several works, including a tapestry and standing lamp by Le Corbusier. Collectors and journalists were excited by Jousse Entreprise’s presentation, with Maria Pergay’s Ring Chair sold to American collectors; and finally, first-time Miami participant Salon 94 sold every work by Gaetano Pesce presented in a solo exhibition at its stand.
Acquisitions by important design institutions The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Mint Museum transpired, adding to their collections with works from Galerie VIVID with a Verner Panton chair and carpet by Christie Van Der Haak and Snythesis lights by Tom Price at Victor Hunt Designart Dealer.
Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion at The Mint Museum commented on this year's fair:
"The individual galleries seemed better than ever this year, both in terms of objects presented and booth layout. The flow between 20th and 21st century design felt more organic than usual as a result of this. Design Miami/ remains a critical venue for networking with the global design community, research, and is a primary source for major acquisitions. Project spaces like Design Curio and Design Visionary provided more imaginative and immersive experiences, as was SHoP architects 3-D printed structure."
Design Miami/ long-time partners, Audi, Maison Perrier-Jouët, and FENDI returned, each with standout projects as part of the Design Collaborations program. Audi presented “The extra hour” by LEGO, inspired by the Audi RS 7 self-piloted driving concept. FENDI showed one of the fair’s most instagrammed spaces, THE HAPPY ROOM, a modular VIP lounge which will continue on in a global tour. Maison Perrier-Jouët presented Strand Garden by American artist and architect Andrew Kudless, inspired by nature and the brand’s Art Nouveau heritage, while Louis Vuitton made its debut on the fair floor with new additions to its Objets Nomades design collection.
Another highlight was Dean & DeLuca’s Stage, a prototype of a chef-led fast food concept, which took the place as sole café at the fair, nearly doubling anticipated footfall and leaving an impactful impression for its striking design by architect Ole Scheeren. Fair newcomer Compac, the established Spanish luxury surface maker debuted ICE, a collaboration with Paris-based artist and designer Arik Levy. Finally, Airbnb was a lively presence with Sobremesa, designed by Mexico City-based Pedro&Juana, an evolving and collaborative space which featured a daily celebration of the Mexican tradition of sharing time and company, lingering around the table after a meal. Airbnb's installation will also live on following Design Miami/, through a donation of all materials used in the 'Sobremesa' project to design students at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH).
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. For more information, please visit http://www.designmiami.com