Design Miami

The eighth edition of Design Miami/, the global forum for design, will see a significant increase in exhibiting galleries specializing in 20th and 21st century collectible design. Held December 5-9, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida, this year’s program will see a 25% increase in galleries, representing both emerging and iconic design works from around the globe.

For 2012, Design Miami/ will expand its geographic reach by featuring galleries from previously unrepresented countries including Israel and Germany. The show will offer a strong focus on historic and contemporary American design. In addition to the first-time participation of Chicago-based Volume Gallery and Philadelphia-based Moderne Gallery, exhibitor Mark McDonald from Hudson will mount an homage to the Eames House, while R 20th Century will show highly sought-after works by Wendell Castle, the pioneer of the American studio furniture movement, who is turning 80 this year, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents lighting by Johanna Grawunder.

Design Miami’s Design Talks program presents the design world’s most compelling current topics, bringing together the creatives, collectors and critics actively influencing design discourse and production.
This December’s Design Talks series is dedicated to Design Pioneers, innovators who have worked at the forefront of prominent movements in design history. These Pioneers have crossed the boundaries of design, art, fashion and architecture to cultivate new ways of interpreting material culture and transform the way we view the designed object.
The Design Miami/ 2012 Design Talks take place from 6–7pm on 5.–7. December

In partnership with BE OPEN, a global initiative to foster innovation and creativity, Design Miami/ launches the BE OPEN Forum. This series of profile talks with advanced thinkers provides a unique portal into the intellectual curiosity of today’s design minds.
The BE OPEN Forum takes place from 2–4pm on December 8th.

Brooklyn-based Acconci Studio has been selected as this year’s Designer of the Year. The
Designer of the Year Award recognizes an internationally renowned designer or studio that
has made a mark on design history, pushing the boundaries of the discipline through a
singularly innovative and influential vision. An exhibition of Acconci Studio’s work will be
open to the public in the Miami Design District in conjunction with Design Miami/ 2012, in
which the plans for the future playground installation will be unveiled.
Vito Acconci founded the architecture and design collaborative Acconci Studio in 1988 as the next evolution of his rich and varied creative practice, which began in the 1960s with a focus on concrete poetry and continued through the ‘70s and ‘80s with a genre-defining body of work in performance and conceptual art. The trajectory of his career demonstrates an acute and steadfast interest in generating unexpected and intense interactions, in actively engaging both people and public places to explore the spectrum of human response. The architectural projects produced by Acconci Studio carry forward this commitment, comprising fluid and shifting spaces and objects aimed at encouraging out-of the-ordinary communal experiences.
Yet, Acconci Studio is dedicated to production in the realms of architecture and design because this where there is the greatest possibility to impact everyday living, to surprise, challenge, and enchant people as they go about their lives. The comingling of material and ideas to expand the definition of function and to uncover higher purposes for our built environment positions Acconci Studio at the vanguard of design discourse today.
For this year’s commission, Acconci Studio will produce a climbing/playing structure to be
permanently installed in the Miami Design District by 2014. Klein-Bottle Playground, as the
structure is called, was originally developed for the humanitarian “Art for the World” program, as part of a touring exhibition of experimental recreational equipment and toys for refugee children. Acconci Studio’s contribution was inspired by the German mathematician Felix Klein, who expanded the concept of a Moebius strip into a structure – a “Klein Bottle” – in which there is no identifiable “inside” or “outside,” as one surface flows continuously into the other. Acconci Studio has transformed this mathematical construct into a playground, in which a series of tubes extend out from and into a central sphere, such that children can climb in, through and on top. The installation of Acconci Studio’s Klein-Bottle Playground in the Miami Design District will provide the first public area in the neighborhood dedicated to children.