The amount of activity at Design Miami/ 2012 was truly astounding. More than 30,000 design collectors and enthusiasts visited Design Miami/ 2012. 25% more international galleries joined the fair’s prestigious roster. And the personalities walking the aisles were more notable than ever before.
Museum representatives attended from the Metropolitain Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Victoria+Albert, the MAK Vienna, the Vitra Design Museum, MCA Denver, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Museum and the Guggenheim among many others.
Thankfully we had an amazing crew of photographers on hand to catch the best moments at this year’s fair.The week started off on Sunday with a Welcome Cocktail party at the W Hotel.
On Monday, collectors had a chance to preview the show.
Our Collector’s Breakfast was also a hit.
Design Miami/ 2012 officially kicked off with its Vernissage.
Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson of Glithero with presented a special exhibit titled Lost Time, a collaboration with Perrier-Jouët.
The number of attendees at this year’s Design Miami/ was an inspiration to behold.
Thirty six of the world’s top established and emerging galleries showed at Design Miami/ 2012.
The Design Talks this year were centered around Design Pioneers – those who have had influential impact on modern design as well as those who continue to break contemporary ground.
Asif Khan spoke about Parhelia, a special exhibition in collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace. He and Kenya Hara – the creator of Architecture for Dogs – had a discussion about how their work intersects.
Stefano Tonchi had a talk with a true Design Pioneer: the irrefutable Diane von Furstenberg.
Vito Acconci, winner of the Designer of the Year Award, had a discussion with Dr. Mitchell Joachim.
Craig Robins spoke with Pharrell about his new book and a plenitude of other design subjects. Also, Kanye West made a surprise appearance much to the audience’s delight.
The influential Wendell Castle spoke with Alastair Gordon.
BE OPEN hosted a forum with an exciting cast of designers working in sensory explorations.
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