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Design Miami: Discover The Creatives Of Collectible Design

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Design Miami

Inspired by the 2020 Design Miami/ Podium theme America(s), and all the complexities that go along with it, especially at this moment, Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter of Anava Projects connected with a selection of outstanding designers with personal ties to the Americas to get their take on “American” design today. Their responses were insightful, inspiring, and diverse: From thoughts on the most pressing issues and challenges facing designers now to hopes and suggestions for a more equitable future, and reflections on their own American design journeys to date.




Design Miami: Discover The Creatives Of Collectible Design
Pedro Barrail holding a chair he designed, “tattooed” by members of Paraguay’s Pai Tavytera tribe. Photo © Pedro Barrail

The Paraguayan multitalented on authentic expressions, single-malt scotch, and everything in-between. Inside his studio in Paraguay’s capital city of Asunción, Barrail creates handcrafted works that meld South American craft traditions with a contemporary approach, such as his ongoing collaboration with the native Paraguayan Pai Tavytera tribe, wherein wooden pieces are “tattooed” by burning nature-inspired illustrations into the surface. The resulting objects are conversations between different places and times—which is fitting for a maker who holds firmly to the notion that, in both art and life, there are “no boundaries allowed.”


Design Miami: Discover The Creatives Of Collectible Design
Michele Oka Doner. Photo © Bruce Weber; Courtesy of Doner Studio

With a career spanning over five decades, the Miami Beach-born, New York-based Oka Doner is known for romantic, thought-provoking works that reflect on the natural world, executed in a seemingly endless range of form—public art, functional objects, costume, and set design, drawings, video, and beyond.


Design Miami: Discover The Creatives Of Collectible Design
Nicole Nomsa Moyo; image courtesy of the designer

This emerging urban and architectural designer is turning heads across the globe, thanks to human-centric designs that champion future thinking, innovative and disruptive sustainable development, and community engagement. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Nomsa Moyo is also a proud Canadian who has called Toronto home for the past 5 years.


Design Miami: Discover The Creatives Of Collectible Design
Jason Jacques, his dog Ragnar, and Sheela-Na-Gig, a 2020 work by Gareth Mason. Photo © Jason Jacques Gallery

Offered as an online course for the first time, Collecting Design: The Legends seeks to engage architects, interior designers, design lovers, and art collectors in an exploration of the fascinating world of collectible design, presented as one-on-one conversations between Daniella Ohad and leading experts. For Design Miami, Ohad recaps each weekly program (co-sponsored by AIA New York), sharing rare insights into how to enjoy and “read” objects while cultivating a critical eye and elevated discernment.


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