As the design industry searches for creative ways to bypass the void left by canceled summer shows, Design Miami / has used the time to launch a long-awaited new venture. Design Miami / Shop, an online platform that connects shoppers to rare designer collectibles, went live in late June and in doing so, raised funds for COVID-19 relief and launched a conversation about the future of the fair itself.
A welcome addition
“This pandemic didn’t change the world so much as it accelerated processes that were already underway,” Design Miami / curatorial director Aric Chen said on a Zoom call from Shanghai. “I think before the coronavirus there was already a feeling that the whole fair system had to evolve.”
Chen mentions the term “fatigue-fair” in reference to the oversaturated summer calendars of world design fairs, biennials and conferences. “It was clear that the system had to evolve, and this pandemic gave greater impetus to rethink how fairs work. While Design Miami / hopes to permanently integrate digital platforms into the fair landscape, the Design Miami / Shop has been established relatively quickly, as it brings together 52 galleries from around the world and features over 800 objects. design collectible upon purchase.
The most important part of Design Miami / Shop is the Design for GlobalGiving initiative, a collection of specially commissioned works on paper donated by some of the world’s most renowned designers. “The Design for GlobalGiving initiative is the result of both Design Miami’s desire to give back and do something at the very beginning of the pandemic, and also many independent designers feeling lost for a way to contribute.” , says Design Miami / CEO Jen Roberts, via video chat from Miami. Design Miami / has partnered with Anava Projects, an organization led by Anna Carnick and the former Interim Director of Design Miami / Wava Carpenter, to commission unique and limited edition prints and designs from established and emerging designers. The collection includes a Smithsonian sketch by David Adjaye, a unique drawing by Yves Béhar, and an original photograph by Annabelle Selldorf aptly titled “We Need the Tonic of the Wilderness”. Some parts, such as Peter Marigold’s “Small Paper Shelf” design (which is emailed to buyers as a digital file, along with assembly instructions) are priced as low as $ 25 (1 ₹ 870). On the other hand, an original ink drawing by Gaetano Pesce titled “La Montagna di Cuori” costs $ 15,000 (11 22 562). 100% of the proceeds from this collection will go to GlobalGiving’s COVID-19 relief efforts.