Design Miami/ 2024
The 19th edition of the Design Miami/ fair featured historic and contemporary collectible designs and over 50 presentations.
On Sunday, December 10, 2023, Design Miami/ concluded the 19th edition of its flagship fair in Miami Beach, Florida.
This year’s fair welcomed over 50 gallery and Curio presentations, offered various historic and contemporary collectible designs, over 20 brand collaborations, an array of special projects, and a vibrant talks program, all of which fell under this year’s theme; Where We Stand. “This edition of our flagship Miami Beach fair felt particularly impactful, bookending a milestone year following a successful Basel edition in June, and our debut in Paris this October,” said Jen Roberts, CEO, design Miami/.
“This year’s curatorial theme, Where We Stand, welcomed an array of engaging contemporary works from the likes of Marta, Southern Guild and æquō, and significant historic designs from galleries including Moderne Gallery, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts and Magen H Gallery. The fair was well received by both established and emerging collectors, with exhibitors recording strong sales across the week. We come to the end of the year with a great sense of momentum to carry into the twentieth anniversary of Design Miami/ in 2024.”
The fair reported strong sales throughout the week across historic and contemporary collectible design.
Diletante42 (Sao Paolo) also presented a hyper-local exhibition of iconic Brazilian designs. The gallery sold a pair of Joaquim Tenriero low chairs, once home to the Arthur Caruso family collection, for a total of $50,000.
S.A.M. Tropique no. 503 Table (1951) by Jean Prouvé at Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris) was also awarded Best Historic work. Featuring an aluminum tabletop with exceptional patina.
Adrian Sassoon (London) made a successful debut at Design Miami/, including the sale of its largest piece; a monumental blue and white vase by ceramicist Felicity Aylieff.
Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia) sold a pair of George Nakashima book-matched Sanso Tables (1984) – a unique commission made from originally Peace Altar tree; alongside a custom-made Bird & Fish Dining Table (1979) by Judy Kensley Mckie.
This year also saw a special entrance wall piece by Nifemi Marcus-Bello, titled Omi Iyo, which received the Curator’s Award. This was a first for Design Miami/ and was selected by curatorial director Anna Carnick.
In collaboration with award-winning British artist and designer Dr. Samuel Ross and his industrial design studio SR_A, Kohler Co. unveiled a limited-edition Kohler x SR_A Formation 01 faucet at Design Miami/ 2023. As opposed to traditional finish plating processes, the new limited-edition faucet is cast as one singular, sculptural object.
“The curatorial theme allowed for a robust and engaging edition of Design Miami/, which we hope sparked many meaningful conversations. The recipients of our Best of Show awards exemplify our mission: to connect the world through extraordinary collectible design,” said Grela Orihuela, SVP, design Miami/. “We were delighted to see the first Curator’s Award very deservedly won by first-time exhibitor Nifemi Marcus-Bello for his special entrance piece, Omi Iyo – an incredibly moving work epitomizing the power of design in storytelling and communicating narratives.”
Notable attendees at Design Miami/ included the likes of designer Daniel Arsham, interior designer Kelly Wearstler and celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Shakira and Victoria Beckham.