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Design Miami/ gears up for its 17th edition under new curatorial director Wava Carpenter

With a successful September edition of its annual Swiss sister show complete, Design Miami/ is setting its sights back on its home turf of Miami Beach

Design Miami/’s flagship fair pictured in 2019. (Courtesy Design Miami/)
Design Miami/’s flagship fair pictured in 2019. (Courtesy Design Miami/)

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With a special and successful September-instead-of-June edition of its annual Swiss sister show now officially in the bag, Design Miami/ is setting its sights back on its home turf of Miami Beach. After taking a pandemic-prompted hiatus last year due, the 17th annual edition of the international design fair, which is held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach, is kicking off on December 1. An invite-only preview day will be held November 30.

The theme of the Design Miami/ 2021 is Human Kind, which spotlights “design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected future” per fair organizers.

Running through December 5 at Pride Park opposite the Miami Beach Convention Center, this is the first edition of Design Miami/ to be held under incoming curatorial director Wava Carpenter. Carpenter’s appointment was announced in April after it was revealed that Shanghai-based Aric Chen, the inaugural curatorial director of Design Miami/ since 2019, would be departing to serve as general and artistic director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, a cultural center in Rotterdam focused on architecture and design. Before joining Design Miami/, Chen, who curated the fair’s September edition in Basel, was lead curator of M+ in Hong Kong. A massive landmark museum dedicated to contemporary visual culture, M+ will finally, following a series of seemingly never-ending postponements, open its Herzog & de Meuron-designed physical doors in the West Kowloon Cultural district next month.

Wava Carpenter (Karli Evans)
Wava Carpenter (Karli Evans)

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