Although she’s new to the curatorial director position, Anna Carnick is rather familiar with Design Miami/ and what the fair entails. The seasoned pro has edited DM/’s online magazine, The Forum, for years, and she’s produced numerous international design presentations throughout her career. Regulars at the fair are eager to see how all that experience plays out with this year’s DM/ theme, Where We Stand.
“I wanted to explore design as a tool for storytelling, and, in turn, nurturing connectivity,” says Carnick. “The theme is a celebration of design inspired by place, community, and heritage, and it invites visitors to explore design through an anthropological lens, viewing objects as poetic artifacts that tell stories about the time and place in which they were made. It also serves as a reminder that no single story defines our time.”
Among the fair’s highlights this year is Ukrainian designer Victoria Yakusha’s debut of The Land of Light, a seating collection informed by a sense of community. At the R & Company booth, artist and activist Roberto Lugo will present new pieces that combine ceramic forms with powerful visuals to address persisting issues of racial injustice. And not to be missed is the Perrier-Jouët-sponsored installation by Mexican designer Fernando Laposse. For it, Laposse created a world of Art Nouveau figurines inspired by the flower and the process of pollination.
“Design Miami/ has always been a platform for creative exchange and this year carries on that tradition,” adds Carnick. “This edition’s designs reflect on some of the most pressing issues of our era.” Dec. 6-10, 2023,
Text by Luis R. Rigual
Photos courtesy of Design Miami/ and Mindy Solomon Gallery