South Florida Art News and Cultural Events


-          139 pieces will be exhibited from across the Americas and the world for the debut Podium exhibition

-          Digital talks series announced featuring conversations with Virgil Abloh, Adam Silverman and Katie Stout amongst others

-          Long-time partners return with new exhibitions and debut collaborations announced

Broom Thing by Stephen Burks in collaboration with the Berea College Student Craft,  part of Design Miami/Podium ©Stephen Burks

Broom Thing by Stephen Burks in collaboration with the Berea College Student Craft,

part of Design Miami/Podium ©Stephen Burks

Miami, November 12, 2020/ Design Miami/ will present 139 exceptional pieces from 57 designers as part of the debut Podium exhibition in the Moore Building when the fair returns with a new format from 27 November – 6 December. Curated by Curatorial Director, Aric Chen, the Podium exhibition will span historic artefacts to contemporary designs to present a diverse and inclusive look at the theme America(s). Alongside this new format exhibition, Design Miami/ welcomes 10 international design galleries and four innovative Curio presentations to this year’s show. All work on show will simultaneously be available to view and purchase online via Design Miami/ Shop and complemented by a dynamic program of virtual talks and events. The exhibitions will be further complemented by a series of creative brand collaborations and satellite exhibitions, both within the Moore Building and across the Miami Design District.


The new Design Miami/Podium format has been embraced by Design Miami’s many international gallery and design studios partners. Objects range from important examples of Folk and Native American art and rare mid-twentieth century pieces by George Nakashima, Paul Evans and contemporary designers to debut new works including Isaac Scott, whose new ceramics draw from photographs he took (featured in the New Yorker and also on display) of the Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia earlier this year. Further expanding the America(s) theme, the show will also include two nearly complete Camptosaurus and Allosaurus dinosaur skeletons excavated from Wyoming, and presented by Jason Jacques Gallery.



"Power to the People": a Collection of Ten Walking Sticks with Clinched Fists from the 19th and 20th Century ©Olde Hope

above: Camptosaur and Allosaur skeletons presented by Jason Jacques Gallery ©Jason Jacques Gallery. below:  Olde Hope Paint-Decorated Blanked Chest from c. 1830-1840 ©Olde Hope

The main gallery program will be set-out on the Moore Buildings second, third and fourth floors. Here, R & Company will spotlight new work from its contemporary artist program including new pieces by Johnny Swing, a hand-built paper pulp shelf by Katie Stout and a triple-necked bronze table by The Haas Brothers. Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present BRIGHT FUTURE, an exhibition of colorful, sculptural and whimsical light works, featuring new work by Nacho Carbonell and iconic designs by Studio Job and Stuart Hayarth. Exploring the newly-normalized marijuana culture in America, Ornamentum will present Up in Smoke, a collection of functional objects for use in smoking designed by jewelry designers and silversmiths, including Gijs Bakker.


Historical work will be at the forefront of Moderne Gallery’s presentation which also taps into the America(s) theme with a collection of American Studio Craft Movement furniture, ceramics, metalwork and wood art on show. Mercado Moderno will also showcase exceptional mid-century Brazilian design including work by Carlo Hauner, Jean Gillon and Jorge Zalszupin, alongside captivating  contemporary pieces by Inês Schertel's, that will highlight the design excellence and diversity of two different Brazilian generations.


South Florida is well represented within both the gallery and Curio program. Mindy Solomon Gallery has collaborated with Design Team Hettler Tüllmann on Flamingo Sunrise, a space that will feature a flamingo-inspired colour palette and lively, multi-colored hand knotted carpets inspired by large flamingo swarms at the edge of the water and seen from above. Miami gallery Tile Blush also returns to the main gallery program with “UNRSESOLVED” a presentation of new work by Geovanna Gonzalez and Jonathan Gonzalez, critically examining the use of everyday objects. Within the Curio program, West Palm Beach gallery Ponce Berga debuts at Design Miami/ with a presentation of iconic historic work including Gio Ponti, Richard Nuetra and Jean Royère. While first time exhibitor Miami-based designer Vivian Carbonell has developed new work alongside local craftsmen in Los Angeles and Miami to debut at Design Miami/.






above: Heroes Bench by Vivian Carbonell ©Carbonell Design Studio. Below: Tea Cart by Jorge Zalszupin ©Mercado Moderno

Brass Triple Zoidberg Table Lamp by The Haas Brothers, presented by R & Company ©Katharine Suarez

“It has been a remarkable year to join the Design Miami/ team and it is with great pride and gratitude that we present this very special edition of Design Miami/. With the continued trust and commitment of our exhibitors, partners and collaborators, I believe that what we will present this year is an extraordinarily robust showcase of the best in collectible design today–including voices both established and new. We look forward to welcoming our ever-expanding community to this year’s show, both onsite and online,” Jillian Choi - Global Exhibitions Director, Design Miami/


With many visitors unable to attend in-person this year, Design Miami/ is embracing opportunities to share content virtually and is excited to offer it’s Design Forum/ Talks program digitally for the first time in 2020. Over 19 talks are planned across the ten days of the fair exploring a wide-range of themes and subjects, many of which marry with the Design Miami/Podium theme of America(s), including Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America which is being led by The Museum of Modern Art in the run-up to its highly-anticipated upcoming exhibition of the same name, and Makers and Shakers, a three-part series produced by Shaker Museum and Design Miami/ that explores the influence of Shaker ideals and aesthetics, in particular their feminist ideals, on contemporary designers. All talks will be hosted via Design Miami/ Shop with further details and schedule to be announced.


Design Miami/ is pleased to welcome back many of its partners this year including Perrier-Jouët, LEXUS, and USM alongside new collaborators PERRIER®, Maison de Mode and Irthi. The location in the Miami Design District, where the fair originated, also offers new opportunities for creative satellite exhibitions including with FENDI in their boutique within the district.



Perrier-Jouët presents Curiosity Cloud x mischler' traxler

A partner of Design Miami/ since 2012, Maison Perrier-Jouët commissions emerging and established talents to reinterpret the brand’s enduring relationship with art and nature. This year, Perrier-Jouët renews its long-standing collaboration with Austrian design practice mischer’traxler to present Curiosity Cloud, a project originally developed for an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2015. With its focus on biodiversity, Curiosity Cloud,  reflects Perrier-Jouët's  ambitious, multi-year program dedicated to the promotion of sustainable viticulture and the reduction of its own environmental impact.


LEXUS Collaborates with Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah

Lexus partners with Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah to present a one-of-kind conceptual design collaboration this December in coordination with Design Miami/. Tosin Oshinowo, an architect and designer based in Nigeria, will work with British-Ghanaian textiles designer Chrissa Amuah to debut a concept design that marries Lexus’ craft techniques and technology with sweeping international significance.


PERRIER® presents PERRIER x MURAKAMI Rooftop Lounge

PERRIER® joins Design Miami/ for the first time to display its vibrant, new collaboration with renowned artist Takashi Murakami, creating a unique rooftop lounge inspired by the pop universe of the artist and the creative, pioneering spirit of PERRIER®.


With a story that began in 1863 in Vergèze, South of France, PERRIER® Carbonated Mineral Water is enjoyed in more than 140 countries worldwide, recognized for its refreshing bursting bubbles and iconic green bottle. For over a century, PERRIER® has collaborated with some of the world's most distinguished artists, including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Bernard Villemot.


PERRIER®’s latest collaboration is with Takashi Murakami, who creates paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and mutating characters of his own creation, drawing from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market. In October 2020, PERRIER® x MURAKAMI’s premium line of limited-edition Perrier® was launched globally.


IRTHI presents Crafts of MENASEA and Reviving Beirut

IRTHI joins Design Miami/ with a two part program: an exclusive online sale of handmade works from artist-makers from the MENASEA and Central Asian regions along with an inspiring conversation about how we can all support design and architecture practices to revive Beirut.


IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council works to empower women professionally and socially by supporting traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia regions, working in partnership with global organizations. The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women artists, designers, and makers by developing new market opportunities and delivering social development programs and vocational training, while also preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.


USM x USM FOUNDATION present Hue+man: Die Wunderkammer by Kevin Jones and Don C

USM MODULAR FURNITURE x USM FOUNDATION joins Design Miami/ with Die Wunderkammer, an onsite experiential installation created by Kevin Jones of Joba Studio and Don C of RSVP Gallery. Offering a curated collection of art objects and streetwear, Die Wunderkammer represents the debut of USM’s Hue+man series of design awards and executive collaborations for people of color.


In production for over 50 years, USM’s signature Haller modular furniture system is an icon of modernist design that can be found in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection since 2001.


Kevin Jones, award-winning designer and professional athlete, is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Joba Studio, a multidisciplinary team focused on creating impactful design experiences and communications. Joba Studio’s work can be found in retail and brand environments in over 25 countries throughout the world.

Don C is the co-owner of Chicago’s RSVP Gallery and founder of Just Don. Known for its sought-after Just Don hats, Just Don fuses fashion, sports, entertainment, music, and art.


MAISON DE MODE presents Amen Candles and Mushroom Conversations

MAISON DE MODE joins Design Miami/ with a two part program: an exclusive online sale of its sustainable, luxe Amen Candles—which recently launched groundbreaking carbon-negative packaging made from mycelium and agricultural waste—along with a fascinating panel discussion on the future of circular design, featuring panelists Hassan Pierre, Burak Cakmak, Jan Berbee, and more.


Hassan Pierre, Amanda Hearst, and Carmen Busquets are thought leaders and innovators in the sustainable fashion movement, each lending their voices and dedicating their lifestyles to this cause over the last decade. Together they cofounded and operate MAISON DE MODE, the global platform for sustainable fashion, connecting creators, curators, and consumers for a better tomorrow.




FENDI presents an original Satellite Exhibition and Design Talk

FENDI, a Design Miami/ partner for over ten years, joins with a Satellite Exhibition and Design Talk that celebrate new directions in craft.


The house of FENDI was established by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome in 1925 with the opening of the first FENDI boutique—a handbag shop and fur workshop soon followed. Quickly garnering international acclaim, FENDI emerged as a brand renowned for its elegance, craftsmanship, innovation, and style.


The collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld began back in 1965 and lasted 54 years; in 1992, Silvia Venturini Fendi seconded him in the Artistic Direction. In 1994, she took on the direction of Leather Goods Accessories, and then the direction of the Menswear line.  In 2000, the LVMH Group acquired FENDI and became its majority shareholder in 2001. In September 2020, Kim Jones was appointed Artistic Director of Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Fur Collections for Women.  





Convelio is the official shipping partner for Design Miami/. They are a fine art shipping company with a technological approach, and this partnership highlights the focus on new digital ways of working. Convelio has offices in New York, London, and Paris, but their network is global. Through their online platform, you can instantly book shipping for design and art pieces for local, state to state, and international shipments. You can tailor the booking  to your exact specifications by selecting from a range of services including packing, crating, customs, insurance, front-door, and white-glove delivery. The company was launched in 2017 and has since empowered over 1,200+ art market businesses across 70+ countries.




Design Miami/ Podium

Asif Khan Studio/London

Carpenters Workshop Gallery/ New York, London, Paris and San Francisco

Cristina Grajales Gallery/ New York

Duke Riley/ Brooklyn

Friedman Benda/ New York

Gallery ALL/ Beijing and Los Angeles

Gallery FUMI/ London

Isaac Scott ceramics/ Philadelphia

J Lohmann Gallery/ New York

Jason Jacques Gallery/ New York

John Keith Russell/ Salem

Jolie Ngo/ Alfred

Joseph Walsh/ County Cork

Leila Heller Gallery/ New York

Les Ateliers Courbet/ New York

Malcolm Mobutu Smith/ Bloomington

Malene Barnett/ Brooklyn

Mercado Moderno/ Rio de Janeiro

Michelle Erikson ceramics/ Hampton

Mindy Solomon/ Miami

Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia

Morentz/ Waalwijk

Olde Hope/ New York

Ponce Berga/ West Palm

R & Company/ New York

Rael San Fratello/ Antonito

Salon 94 Design/ New York

Shiprock / Santa Fe

Stephen Burks/ Berea

The Future Perfect/ New York

The Wolfsonian/ Miami

Volume Gallery/ Chicago

Wexler Gallery/ Philadelphia


Design Miami/ 2020 Galleries/

Carpenters Workshop/ New York, London, Paris and San Francisco

Converso/ Chicago and Los Angeles

Jason Jacques Gallery/ New York

Mercado Moderno/ Rio de Janeiro

Mindy Solomon/ Miami

Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia

Ornamentum/ Hudson

R & Company/ New York

Tile Blush/ Miami

Todd Merrill Studio/ New York


Design Miami/ 2020 Curios/

Carbonell Design Studio/ Miami

Caribbean Modern curated by Rachael Barrett/ Jamaica

House of Today/ Beirut

Ponce Berga/ West Palm Beach


Schedule of Events/

Preview Day/ Friday, November 27

/ Members + Collectors Preview/ 12–5pm

/ VIP Preview/ 5–7pm


Public Show Days/ 12–1pm for private groups only on all public days 

/ Saturday, November 28/ 12–7pm

/ Sunday, November 29/ 12–5pm

/ Monday, November 30/ 12–7pm

/ Tuesday, December 1/ 12–7pm

/ Wednesday, December 2/ 12–7pm

/ Thursday, December 3/ 12–7pm

/ Friday, December 4/ 12–7pm

/ Saturday, December 5/ 12–7pm

/ Sunday, December 6/ 12–5pm


Notes to Editors/

About Design Miami/

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating collectible design. In its latest, virtual incarnation, Design Miami’s mission continues: Design Miami/ Shop is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the global design community, proselytizing the artistic value of historical and contemporary design, and providing an exciting yet accessible platform of discovery for collectors and newcomers alike.


The Design Miami/ Shop marketplace comprises a curated selection of one-of-a-kind, limited-edition, and small-batch-production design objects; namely, historic and contemporary furniture, lighting, and objets d’art offered across a range of price points and culled from the most reputable galleries.


By continuously expanding and enriching its program, Design Miami/ seeks to not only satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, but also to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.


About Miami Design District/

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines design showrooms, luxury shopping, galleries, museums,, restaurants and major public art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its own rich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city is deserving of its place on the global stage.


For more information, visit

Facebook: /MiamiDesignDistrict

Instagram: @miamidesigndistrict

Twitter: @designdistrict


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 19, 2020) – Funding Arts Broward (FAB!), a nonprofit volunteer-based arts organization committed to supporting, sustaining and enriching the arts in Broward County, will present its Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom. The luncheon will feature special guest speaker Lourdes Lopez, artistic director of Miami City Ballet. A Q & A with the company’s dancers will follow the presentation.

“FAB! is thrilled to host the immeasurably talented Lourdes Lopez and the versatile Miami City Ballet dancers during our Spring Luncheon,” said Carolyn Lee, president of FAB!. “Lourdes’ multicultural vision, creativity and commitment to the art form has raised the standard for dance, nationwide. We invite the community to learn more about how the Miami City Ballet is redefining the art form.”  

Lourdes Lopez was recently named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance magazine. She became artistic director of Miami City Ballet in 2012, bringing with her a nearly 40-year career in dance, television, teaching and arts management. Under Lopez’s direction, Miami City Ballet has become one of the country’s premier ballet companies.


As a soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Lopez danced for two legends of the art form, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Lopez is a former WNBC-TV cultural arts reporter and senior faculty member and director of student placement, student evaluation and curriculum planning at New York’s Ballet Academy East. She served on the dance faculty of Barnard College and guest taught at numerous dance institutions and festivals in the United States.  In 2002, she became the executive director of the George Balanchine Foundation, and subsequently co-founded The Cuban Artists Fund, which supports Cuban and Cuban-American artists in their endeavors. In 2007 she received an award from the American Immigration Law Foundation honoring Cuban Americans for their accomplishments and contributions to American society. Lopez also co-founded Morphoses with Christopher Wheeldon in 2007 — a New York-based dance company aiming to revitalize dance through innovative collaborations with important artists from the worlds of music, visual arts, design, film and fashion; and by inviting younger and broader audiences to engage in and actively experience dance.


In 2014 Lopez was elected to serve on the Ford Foundation’s board of trustees, marking the first time an artist was elected to serve on its board and in 2011, she received the prestigious Jerome Robbins Award for her years in dance. She has served as a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.


FAB! Spring Luncheon tickets are $55 (members and non-members). To purchase tickets, visit To learn more about FAB! including how to become a member or support the arts, visit or email


About Funding Arts Broward (FAB!)

Funding Arts Broward, (FAB!) is a non-profit volunteer-based arts organization committed to preserving and cultivating the arts in Broward County, Florida. FAB!’s mission is to enrich the local community by funding programming for Broward County-based visual and performing arts organizations. Since its inception in 2003, the organization has granted more than $3.3 million to local visual and performing arts programming. More information about FAB! can be found at


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Lourdes Lopez, artistic director of Miami City Ballet, will be the featured speaker

at Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) Spring Luncheon on March 10 at the Broward Center

for the Performing Arts.


Adriana Plaza Opening Night Reception May 31st 2019
Creative Culture Shines in Greater Fort Lauderdale With First-Ever Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week
Greater Fort Lauderdale’s growing art scene will be in the spotlight with the debut of Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, January 19-27, 2019. Anchored by the third annual Art Fort Lauderdale – “The Art Fair on the Water,” the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week will bring together the destination’s cultural community  for a week of museum exhibitions, shows, art studio tours, gallery openings, architectural walks, dining experiences, roundtables, exclusive parties and more.
“Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week is an organic collaboration between artists and cultural institutions highlighting the rich artistry of our creative community,” says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Building on the continued growth and success of Art Fort Lauderdale, an art fair only in its third year, this weeklong celebration elevates Greater Fort Lauderdale’s transformation as an international cultural destination.” 
Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week includes:

Art & Dine Lauderdale (January 19-27) – A delectable restaurant promotion showcasing Fort Lauderdale’s culinary arts.

Sistrunk-A-Fair (January 20-26) – Presented by Art N Soul, this weeklong expo features several activations that include exhibits, performances and films throughout the historical black communities of Broward County.

A1A Architectural Fair (January 21-25) – This inaugural event presents the creativity of architects based in South Florida and beyond through innovations in architecture.

Symphony of the Americas: "Magico" Visual Concerto (January 22) – Big screen images through ground-breaking performance art, features symphonic photochoreography to familiar classics by Nicholas Bardonnay, noted photographer & multi-media artist, who has premiered works with over 180 orchestras worldwide paired with a new work of Mexican Grammy Award-winning composer, Eduardo Magallanes.

Late Night Catechism (January 23) – A show The New York Times calls "hilarious, well-written and inspired," the interactive comedy is one of the longest running shows in U.S. theater history.

Broward’s Artistry N Soul Experience (January 24) – B.A.S.E. (Broward's Artistry N Soul Experience) exhibit will highlight local black artists as they illustrate the past and present beauty of Broward's black history. 

Art Fort Lauderdale (January 24-27) – This “Art Fair on the Water,” transports visitors through the Intracoastal Waterway via regularly scheduled water taxi tours to visit pop-up galleries and exhibits housed in multimillion-dollar waterfront mansions.
       Notable exhibiting artists: ​
Jen Stark
Paola Studios

Art Fort Lauderdale will be the first art fair appearance for internationally- acclaimed artist-trio OBVIOUS after selling world's first AI-generated artwork, 'Edmond de Belamy,' (ABOVE) for $432,500 in October 2018.
FATVillage + MASS District Art Walk (January 26) – Fort Lauderdale’s most popular monthly art walk features open galleries showcasing new art exhibits, local artisans, craft makers, food vendors and musicians.
For more information, event details and tickets for Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, visit

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About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping.
For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit Get social and engage with Greater Fort Lauderdale on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @visitlauderdale.

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