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.
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 handcraftedworks 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.”
MICHELE OKA DONER
With a career spanning over five decades, the Miami Beach-born, New York-based Oka Doneris 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.
NICOLA NOMSA MOYO
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.
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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