Design Miami/ has just announced the launch of its very first Parisian edition next October, to coincide with the launch of sister fair Art Basel at the Grand Palais. In addition, Design Miami/ announced the appointment of Maria Cristina Didero, curator, consultant and design author, to head the curatorial office of the event.
This Friday, January 28, Jennifer Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/, announced: “The decision to present an event in Paris next October is the next natural step in the evolution of Design Miami.” For the organization, the city fits perfectly with Design Miami/’s commitment to showcasing the best in collectible design for both historic and contemporary pieces.
It underlines the role of the capital on the market, by its role in the field of decorative arts, but also by the presence of gallerists specialized in design. Founding and long-standing French exhibitors including Galerie Patrick Seguin, Laffanour – Galerie Downtown, Galerie kreo, Maria Wettergren, Jousse Enterprise and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, among many others, have indeed formed the basis of the renowned program of the fair over the years, and for many since its creation in 2005. Since then, Design Miami/ has evolved into a multi-dimensional platform, operating at the intersection of design, art, innovation and technology, across the real and virtual worlds.
Maria Cristina Didero, curator of the event
Jennifer Roberts also announced the arrival of Maria Cristina Didero at the police station of the Parisian event: “Maria Cristina enjoys an exceptional reputation among her peers and, as a longtime collaborator of Design Miami/, we already deeply appreciate her creative vision. We can’t wait to see how his unique ideas will shape our events in Basel and Miami, and now in Paris.”
Curator, consultant and freelance design writer based in Milan, Maria Cristina Didero has curated numerous exhibitions for institutions, galleries and brands around the world, including the National Building Museum in Washington DC, the Design Museum Holon, Israel, and at the Museum of Applied Arts in Dresden… She has curated exhibitions for international fairs such as Milan Design Week, Design Miami/, The Armory Show in New York, miart in Milan, Maison&Objet in Paris and Experimenta Design in Lisbon.
As a consultant, she has worked with international brands such as Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Lexus, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Valextra and Diesel, among others. She has also led projects with renowned international designers such as Campana Brothers, Philippe Malouin, Michael Young, Bethan Laura Wood, Richard Hutten, Snarkitecture…
Note, she is currently preparing a project for the MK&G in Hamburg, entitled Ask Me if I Believe in the Future (opening July 1, 2022) with Objects of Common Interest, Erez Nevi Pana, Zaven, Carolien Niebling, as well as a series of other collaborations in progress: an exhibition entitled VELENI (Poisons) with Lanzavecchia + Wai at the ICA in Milan, and a project by Mathieu Lehanneur for the next MDW22.
” Golden age “
For Design Miami / in Paris, Maria Cristina Didero places her program in a multidisciplinary approach, under the theme of “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 a world at peace, in which advances in the arts and technology precipitate unprecedented ease, cooperation, pleasure and beauty; a time when every living creature on Earth coexists in harmony.”
The first fair under Didero’s leadership will be D esign Miami/Basel, to be held June 14-19 in Basel, Switzerland ; it will also be presented simultaneously online at designmiami.com.
Further details on Design Miami events in 2022 will be announced in the coming months.