By kristin


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Photo courtesy of Design Miami/

Design Miami/ is a global forum for designers, curators, collectors, gallerists and journalists to meet, discuss ideas and discover new work. Although last year’s event can be characterized as somewhat somber, the 2009 edition of Design Miami/ (Dec 1-5) will see three new galleries (Droog, Mitterand + Cramer, and Paul Kasmin), a new “Temporary Monument” to house the fair (designed by Aranda\Lasch), and one of the most ambitious event programs to date.

Encompassing an array of official and non-official parties and events surrounding the international design fair, here are a few that piqued our interest:


Design Miami/ officially begins and will be open to the public from 11am – 7pm daily until Saturday, December 5.

Witness the breathtaking, atmospheric installation for the Swarovski Crystal Palace in the Designers’ Lounge. Crafted by award-winning architect, Greg Lynn, the hi-tech structure will feature more than a million crystals and 117,000 meters of carbon and aramid fibers assembled by computer-guided robots.

Droog will unveil its first ever Droog Townhouse, designed by Atelier Bow-Wow and furnished with an all-Droog interior.


Running concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, Photo Miami – an acclaimed contemporary international fair of photo-based art, video, and new media – will open its doors. Taking place in a 30,000 sq. foot venue at NW 34th Street and North Miami Avenue in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, it will run until December 6.

Ink Miami will host an opening brunch celebration from 10am – noon. Located at the Suites of Dorchester (1850 Collins Ave. Miami Beach), it will showcase contemporary works on paper until December 6.

New York-based Gallery R’Pure will present works from François Azambourg, who was named the 2009 Designer of the Year at Meuble Paris/Maison&Objet. Public hours are 11am – 7pm until December 5.

Audi celebrates the “Art of Progress.” For their 100th anniversary, Audi will reveal the 2010 edition of the brand’s flagship sedan, the Audi A8. The Audi Pavilion, a temporary museum structure built on Miami Beach, will be open to visitors until December 5.


Home and Design contributing editor Saxon Henry will celebrate the launch of her new book, Four Florida Moderns, at Design Within Reach from 5pm – 7pm. Special guests include: Alberto Alfonso, Rene Gonzalez; Chad Oppenheim; Guy Peterson; and Miami Magazine Editor-in-chief Richard Martin. 927 Lincoln Rd, Suite 101. RSVP to:

Go for a swim in the Plunge pool, grab a drink at the rooftop bar or stay wired in the media lounge section of Surface Lounge on top of Gansevoort Miami. Complimentary Orzel cocktails will be offered from 11am – 1pm daily. The lounge will be open from 11am – 5pm until December 5. RSVP here.

After a dip in the pool, swing by Maxalto Miami (4141 NE 2nd Ave) Opening Reception party, which starts at 5pm.

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair Miami will present a program of large-scale sculptures and installations as well as daily outdoor concerts at Miami’s Ice Palace (1400 North Miami Avenue). It will run until December 6.


Karim Rashid will be making an appearance at Ornare (930 NE 2nd Ave.) from 5pm – 8pm to discuss his luminous creations.

Graffiti Gone Global, presented by SushiSamba, will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists across the globe. Better yet, it will be housed in a Brazilian-inspired favela structure designed by Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema).

Stay tuned for more event coverage in the upcoming days.

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