Taking place from November 30th to December 4th, Design Miami 2016 was an authentic marketplace for collectible design. A place where the most reputable international design galleries presented curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objets d’art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design.
Design Miami has a reputation to maintain when it comes to partnerships and collaborations. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design, culture and commerce. The galleries invited to exhibit in Design Miami deal mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with select galleries specializing in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.
1 – Southern Guild
What makes us love Southern Guild so much is their unique taste for African art, propelling its artist-designers to make spirited, challenging and complex work. Its highly curated exhibitions have redefined global perceptions of African design and escalated its value on the international market. All products are made by skilled hands in limited runs, and sometimes only one of an item will ever be made. It was founded in 2008 and became the first African Gallery to present at Design Miami.
“South African design elicits an emotional response as
much as it invites you to think.”
2 – Victor Hunt
Victor Hunt searches for issue and sale of limited editions by the most remarkable emerging designers, operating as a profound platform for development and documentation. Their collection has grown throughout all object typologies, representing a carefully-curated collection of cutting edge contemporary design.
“We understand design-art as the grey zone between industrial design, crafts, architecture, sculpture, conceptual, installation and many other arts but applied to or at least suggesting objects of use – developed and manufactured with the utmost care.”
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3 – Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Carpenters Workshop Gallery transcends classical borders in terms of art and design. Its proposal stands just at the intersection of these two universes: reaching precisely a symbiosis of art and design. Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression.
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“Our choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance; a relevance that appears as an evidence.”
4 – Volume Gallery
Their mission is to promote American Design withing a global scale. Focusing especially on emerging contemporary designers, the Volume Gallery releases editions, publications and organizes exhibitions that showcase the work of many American talents to regional, national and international audiences.
“We are asking critical questions of what it means to be an American designer in a culture that is rapidly becoming more global, while simultaneously examining the American experience.”
5 – Galerie Kreo
Kreo was already mentioned on this article right here but we can’t get enough of them. Galerie Kreo is recognized as one of today’s most important and influential design galleries! Opened in 1999, Galerie Kreo focuses on producing impressive design in collaboration with the world’s most relevant contemporary designers . Its limited edition, vintage lighting and furniture are the reason why they make it to our lists once again.
“A laboratory-space dedicated to producing limited edition contemporary pieces.”