General Press Release

The Global Forum For Design

Miami Beach, USA
Dec 3–7, 2014


The world’s leading fair for collectible design celebrates its 10th Anniversary with innovative programming that is rich in heritage

Peter Marino named inaugural recipient of Design Visionary award

Jonathan Muecke announced as recipient of 2014 Design Commission

Design Miami/ launches a new program of galleries, exhibitions and events to celebrate the fair’s tenth edition and ongoing legacy; names Peter Marino the recipient of the first Design Visionary award for his outstanding contributions to the field of design; and commissions Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke to create the Design Miami/ 2014 Pavilion.


October 1, 2014: Ten years ago, a small fair for collectible design named design.05 Miami launched concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach. Located in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District, it offered a selection of fifteen invited exhibitors, with the stated aim of bringing museum-quality galleries together with the best collectors, connoisseurs, and designers from around the world in one of the premier destinations for art and design.

Remaining true to that aim, the intervening decade has seen the blossoming and expansion of the fair alongside the market for collectible design, evidenced by the number of participating galleries, which has almost tripled in that period. As it has matured, Design Miami/ has lead the field in establishing new global standards for creative and inspiring exhibitions, turning the fair into an essential destination for the design press and enthusiasts as well as collectors.

Rodman Primack, Executive Director of Design Miami/ stated, “The fair grew out of the need for a consolidated marketplace that would act as a platform to showcase the range and strength of what was then a fledgling market.” Adding, “Since then, the collectible design market has really changed in scale; it’s internationalized and diversified, and this is reflected very clearly in the fair. Design Miami/ has changed the way galleries engage with their audiences. I am excited to see this ecosystem bringing so many distinct viewpoints and aesthetics together.”

The burgeoning interest in contemporary design from around the US is particularly evident this year, with the invitation of first-time participants Edward Cella Art+Architecture of LA and Gallery Diet of Miami. These two newcomers to the fair are joined by returning participants Volume Gallery, Chicago and Johnson Trading Gallery from New York. Design Miami/ 2014 also welcomes regular participants of the Basel fair, Galleria O., Rome, specializing in Italian twentieth century and international contemporary design, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier from Paris, with their focus on French design from the 1950s, Carwan Gallery, Beirut, emphasizing work from Western designers interpreting Middle Eastern craft and Nilufar Gallery, Milan, known for Italian postwar design.

The Miami fair and its Basel sibling have maintained strong bonds with the founding galleries that participated in that first design.05 Miami. Eleven founding galleries of the original fifteen – including the previously mentioned Nilufar Gallery, Casati Gallery, Cristina Grajales Gallery, Demisch Danant, Galerie kreo, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jousse Entreprise, LAFFANOUR-Galerie Downtown, Magen H Gallery, R & Company and Hostler Burrows – will be participating in Design Miami/ 2014.

Zesty Meyers, Principal of R & Company, New York commented, “I think what we’ve accomplished in ten years is amazing. Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel have brought a global audience to us: because of them, I don’t know what languages will be spoken in my gallery today. The power of acting under the Design Miami/ umbrella as a group of galleries attracts buyers that we’d never attract individually – we keep on getting first time buyers. Because of the clients we have through Design Miami/, we can invest in scholarship and research; we can publish major books and hold museum shows. At a certain point, these pieces we are selling from the twentieth century will be gone – we’re saving history with these works, and creating future history with the contemporary.”

NEW INITIATIVES
Equally excited by the future as it is inspired by the past, Design Miami/ is launching two new forward-looking initiatives this year: the exhibition strand Design Curio, and the Design Visionary award.

Conceived as contemporary cabinets of curiosity, the four independently curated Design Curio booths scattered throughout the fair will take the widest possible view of design practice. They will go beyond the scope of collectible design to embrace diverse fields from science and technology, to handcraft, and from unrealized prototypes to esoteric collections.

DESIGN VISIONARY
The new Design Visionary award from Design Miami/ celebrates individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of design, such as collectors, curators, architects and luminaries who influence and are engaged in design in the broadest sense. The laureate of the Design Visionary award is recognized as having a continued, tangible and lasting impact.
The inaugural Design Visionary award will be presented to Peter Marino in December 2014. With this award, Design Miami/ recognizes Marino for his achievements as an architect, for his knowledge and status as a collector of design, art and the decorative arts, and for the impact he has had as an advisor on contemporary and twentieth century design to his numerous clients.

Commenting on the first edition of this award, Primack stated, “This award is about recognizing the figures that have really propelled the world of design in the broader sense. Peter is a great talent, and is also an amazing patron of others’ talents. His knowledge of furniture, his ability to create collections in design and his work with leading brands to help them understand the importance of bringing design voices into their world have substantially impacted the market and the language of design”.

Marino founded his eponymous architecture, planning and design studio in New York in 1978 having trained with I. M. Pei and George Nelson. Early clients included Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and Gianni and Marella Agnelli.

Alongside his work with private clients, Marino has redefined luxury in the retail space, creating store environments around the world for houses such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Graff and Ermenegildo Zegna, commissioning site specific works of art for many of them. His numerous collections include contemporary art and design, photographs, porcelain, and Renaissance and Baroque bronzes, the latter of which were shown at London’s Wallace Collection in 2010 in the exhibition Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection. In 2012 he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

At Design Miami/ 2014, Marino will be the subject of an exhibition celebrating his multiple roles within the world of design. In a stand-alone display space designed by the architect, the exhibition will feature antique and contemporary chairs from his collection, architectural maquettes and images, and his series of cast bronze boxes.

PAVILION COMMISSION
Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke has been commissioned to create the Pavilion for the tenth anniversary of Design Miami/.

The Design Miami/ Pavilion Commission has become an important feature of the fair. An ephemeral extension of the fair space itself, the pavilion is at once an exhibit and a piece of functional temporary architecture. While the commission is traditionally given to an early career architect or studio, for its tenth anniversary Design Miami/ has selected a designer whose practice reflects the multifaceted nature of the fair itself.

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Creative Director at Design Miami/ commented, “For our tenth anniversary, we wanted to pay homage to the type of young designer that Design Miami/ wishes to champion – one who experiments with materials, form and scale; who is as much a theorist as a maker; and who challenges us to consider how we relate to the world built around us.”

Jonathan Muecke studied architecture at Iowa State, interning at the architectural office of Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland before studying design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Muecke has evolved a design practice that resists standard divisions between design, art and architecture, instead focusing on refined forms that investigate notions of positive and negative space, positional relationships to structures and the innate desire to read notions of functionality into objects that relate to human scale.

Centered around a double-layered circular structure with apertures at both poles, Jonathan Muecke’s Design Miami Pavilion (DMP) is designed on a human scale, rejecting monumentality in favor of lightness and variability. Filtered through a translucent canopy that shelters the whole structure, light will bounce off the curved and colored surfaces of the pavilion – complementary tones of red and green within, primary blue and yellow without – creating a shifting topography of reflected color. Seamlessly shaped seating units made from composite will allow visitors a moment of quiet reflection in a space conceived in part as a refuge from the hyper-stimulating environment of the fair itself.


NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

2014 Design Galleries

ammann//gallery / Cologne
Antonella Villanova / Florence
Caroline Van Hoek / Brussels
Carpenters Workshop Gallery / London & Paris
Carwan Gallery / Beirut
Casati Gallery / Chicago
Cristina Grajales Gallery / New York
Demisch Danant / New York
Edward Cella Art + Architecture / Los Angeles
Erastudio & Apartment-Gallery / Milan
Galerie Jacques Lacoste / Paris
Galerie kreo / Paris
Galerie Maria Wettergren / Paris
Galerie Pascal Cuisinier / Paris
Galerie Patrick Seguin / Paris
Galerie VIVID / Rotterdam
Galleria O. / Rome
Gallery Diet / Miami
Gallery SEOMI / Seoul & Los Angeles
Hostler Burrows / New York
Jason Jacques Inc. / New York
Johnson Trading Gallery / New York
Jousse Entreprise / Paris
LAFFANOUR - Galerie Downtown / Paris
Louisa Guinness Gallery / London
Magen H Gallery / New York
Moderne Gallery / Philadelphia
Nilufar Gallery / Milan
Ornamentum / Hudson
Pierre Marie Giraud / Brussels
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art + Design / Heusden aan de Maas
R & Company / New York
Southern Guild / Cape Town
Victor Hunt Designart Dealer / Brussels
Volume Gallery / Chicago

Partners

Audi, the fair’s Exclusive Automotive Sponsor, returns to Miami with a site-specific design installation and an exclusive VIP car service.

Swarovski, Main Sponsor, will present a new commission, which will be revealed in December.

Fendi celebrates the creative collaboration with Dimore Studio, presenting a project by the designers known for their work between design and art, architecture and fashion.

Perrier-Jouët, Exclusive Champagne Sponsor of Design Miami/, will continue bringing to life it’s Art Nouveau heritage with a new design commission by the Vienna based duo Mischer Traxler.

Artsy - Design Miami/ is pleased to announce their collaboration with Artsy, a leading resource for art education and collecting. As the exclusive online partner of Design Miami/, Artsy.net will present a preview of the fair, launching on November 25, with works available for inquiry from exhibiting galleries, plus features like Insider's Picks and Trending Designers, before the fair opens. The Artsy app for iPhone will be a personalized mobile guide for those visiting Design Miami/ and is free to download.

Schedule of Events

Preview Day (by invitation only)
Tuesday December 2
Press Conference 2:30pm
Collectors Preview 12-6pm
Vernissage 6-8pm

 

Public Days
December 3-7, 2014
19th Sreet & Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach

Public Hours of Admission
December 3-4, 10am-8pm
December 5, 11am-8pm
December 6, 12-8pm
December 7, 12-6pm

Design Miami/ Tickets
Tickets can be purchased for entry to the fair Wednesday to Sunday, December 3-7
General Admission: USD 25
Students & Senior Citizens: USD 20
Combination ticket to Design Miami/ and Art Basel: USD 55

Design Talks
December 3-5, 3-4pm and 6-7pm


ABOUT DESIGN MIAMI/
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 www.designmiami.com and www.designmiamilog.com

EXCLUSIVE AUTOMOTIVE SPONSOR, AUDI AG
In 2013, the Audi Group delivered 1,575,480 cars of the Audi brand to its customers, generated revenue of €49.9 billion and achieved an operating profit of €5 billion. The Audi Group is globally present in more than 100 markets and produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun and Foshan (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). The brand with four rings will produce cars also in San José Chiapa (Mexico) starting in 2016. AUDI AG’s wholly owned subsidiaries include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and the sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy). The Group currently employs more than 70,000 people worldwide, including around 50,000 in Germany. Total investment of approximately €11 billion is planned by 2015 – mainly in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi lives up to its corporate responsibility and has strategically established the principle of sustainability for its products and processes. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.

MAIN SPONSOR, SWAROVSKI
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity that goes beyond the manufacturing of crystal. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures, and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones, and finished products such as jewelry, accessories, and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,480 stores in around 170 countries, more than 24,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2013. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2013, the Group generated revenue of about 3.02 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. www.swarovskigroup.com

 

For press enquiries, please contact:
Farris Bukhari - Communications Manager, Design Miami/
farris@designmiami.com
Direct +1 786 871 4872