MIAMI, FLA.- Design Miami/
today announced plans to launch its first ever Paris edition this October to coincide with sister fair Art Basel's venture at the Grand Palais. In addition, Design Miami/ announced the appointment of Milan-based design curator, consultant and author Maria Cristina Didero to the global role of Curatorial Director.
Jennifer Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/ said The decision to present an event in Paris this October is the natural next step in Design Miamis evolution. Rooted in the past with a hold on the future, the city truly complements Design Miamis commitment to showcasing the best of historic and contemporary collectible design.
Building on the excitement, we are thrilled to welcome Maria Cristina to our Design Miami/ family. Maria Cristina has an exceptional reputation amongst her peers and as a long time collaborator of Design Miami/, we already have a deep appreciation for her creative vision. We very much look forward to seeing how her unique insights will shape our events in Basel and Miami and now in Paris.
Paris holds significant value in the market for its historical importance in the decorative arts and for the citys leading gallerists of contemporary and historic design. Long-standing and founding French exhibitors including Galerie Patrick Seguin, Laffanour Galerie Downtown, Galerie kreo, Maria Wettergren, Jousse Enterprise and Galerie Jacques Lacoste among many others have formed the foundation of the fairs renowned program over the years and many since its inception in 2005. Since then, Design Miami/ has evolved into a multidimensional platform, operating at the intersection of design, art, innovation and technology, across real world and digital realms.
Curatorial Director Appointment/
Didero has curated numerous exhibitions for institutions, galleries and brands around the world including projects with renowned international designers such as Campana Brothers, Philippe Malouin, Michael Young, Bethan Laura Wood, Richard Hutten, Snarkitecture amongst others. She also collaborated on three editions of the fair with Fendi where she curated the fashion brands annual exhibitions for Design Miami/ with commissions by Cristina Celestino, Chiara Andreatti and Sabine Marcelis.
Didero said I am excited to embrace this new adventure and to collaborate with the Design Miami/ team. My multidisciplinary approach wholly aligns with the fairs mission to promote culture, talent, innovation, creativity, and education; it will be a challenge and an aspiration to explore new possibilities and boundaries, which I look forward to sharing with Design Miamis global audience in 2022 under this years curatorial theme The Golden Age."
The Golden Age is an idea shared by different cultures across time and space. Whether projected onto an idealized past or a utopian future, The Golden Age envisions the world at peace, in which advancements in the arts and technology precipitate unprecedented ease, cooperation, pleasure, and beauty; a time in which every living creature on Earth coexists in harmony.
Grela Orihuela, VP of Fairs said Its a pleasure to be able to work closely with Maria Cristina in her new capacity as Curatorial Director. I have admired her work for some time and I know she is greatly respected by our exhibitors and partners. Im looking forward to helping realise and share her vision!
The first fair under the direction of Didero will be Design Miami/ Basel, held 14-19 June in Basel, Switzerland; also simultaneously presented online at designmiami.com. Further details on Design Miamis 2022 events will be announced in the coming months.
Maria Cristina Didero is an independent design curator, consultant and author, based in Milan. Didero has curated numerous exhibitions for galleries and institutions around the globe including at the National Building Museum, Washington DC, the Design Museum Holon, Israel, and the Museum of Applied Arts, Dresden. She also curated shows for international fairs such as Milan Design Week, Design Miami/, The Armory Show in New York, miart in Milan, Maison&Objet, Paris and Experimenta Design in Lisbon. As a consultant, Didero has worked with international brands such as Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Lexus, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Valextra, and Diesel among others.
Maria Cristina Didero is currently preparing a project for the MK&G in Hamburg, titled Ask Me if I Believe in the Future (to open July 1, 2022) starring Objects of Common Interest, Erez Nevi Pana, Zaven, Carolien Niebling and a series of other ongoing collaborations: an exhibition titled VELENI (Poisons) with Lanzavecchia + Wai at the ICA in Milan, and a project by Mathieu Lehanneur for the upcoming MDW22.