Design Miami launches shop to support Covid-19 key workers

Design Miami/ Shop will include collectible design from 52 international galleries, and the new charitable initiative in collaboration with international designers and artists

Bright light coloured print
Blinded by the Light, A4 photographic print by Germans Ermičs for Design Miami/ Shop
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Design Miami/ launches a new retail platform and presents a new collection of works on paper created by international designers, artists and architects, to offer support in areas most hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Featuring works by the likes of Annabelle Selldorf, Marlene Huissoud, Formafantasma, Kiki & Joost and many more, the full proceedings will support GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, an initiative helping key workers worldwide. The collection was created in partnership with Anava Projects, set up by curators Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter to support ‘design for good’, and will be available to purchase via the design fair’s new Shop platform.

‘From the beginning, we wanted to create a platform that could support our community at large. As the pandemic unfolded, it was important for us to use our network and our platform for the greater good,' says the fair's Director of Global Exhibitions, Jillian Choi. Designers were asked to create works that described their experience during the pandemic. ‘We were heartened but not surprised, by the overwhelming response and desire to contribute,' continues Choi. Available to purchase will be over 100 works ranging from the abstract to the practical, including a sketch from David Adjaye's Smithsonian project, a photograph by Germans Ermičs, collages by Humberto Campana and Justin Morin amongst others. 

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Smithsonian Sketch by David Adjaye

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Launching today, Design Miami/ Shop is a new online marketplace dedicated to collectible design, offering over 800 pieces from 52 international galleries. Having cancelled its Basel date this year, the fair has been exploring ways to support its international roster of design galleries, and this new project creates an outlet for both commercial as well as creative and collaborative connections. ‘The feedback so far [...] has been incredibly positive with almost every gallery that exhibits in Design Miami/ Basel participating,' observes Design Miami/ CEO, Jen Roberts. ‘The quality and quantity of works presented gives an excellent indication of just how excited the gallerists and studios are. Our galleries have been incredible partners in this effort and have generously shared material along with their expertise to create a more robust site. They have all been extremely supportive of this initiative while understanding that it’s really an effort to support them short and long term.'

Pieces on sale will start at $100, and will include unique works such as a 6x6 Demountable House by Jean Prouvé (priced at US$1,500,000). Collectors will be able to browse the catalogue by product, era and gallery, as well as  specially curated areas selected by the fair's team and including collections on Contemporary Ceramics and Brazilian Modernism.

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Ceramicist Anna Badur’s Man & Nature, A4 work on paper

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‘While we are looking ahead to the Miami fair in December, we wanted to find a way to support our galleries and partners in the interim,’ says Roberts. ‘The collectible design market has seen some upsides to the pandemic as people have had to spend the majority of their time in their homes. When I speak to the galleries, they all note that these new circumstances have meant that their clients are finally able to spend time in one place which is helpful for making decisions about pieces they had been considering. We believe that our new online platform will be a valuable addition to the Design Miami/ portfolio, and become a destination where visitors can browse and purchase the best in collectible design from the foremost experts in the field as they would at our fairs.’

Blue ink on white background

Untitled 08 (Women in Parts Series 2020), hand-painted ink drawing by Simone Brewster

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Collage of people & body parts

Collage by Humberto Campana

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Watercolour heart print

Mountain Rains, a watercolour by Satyendra Pakhalé

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'Ahora' print over drawing of woman's body

Ahora by Argentinian designer Agustina Bottoni, A4 digital drawing 

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Marbled ink prints

Captured Process by Amsterdam-based studio BCXSY, work on paper

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Drawing of 2 figures

Drawing from architect Kulapat Yantrasast

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White ceramic wall fixtures with black spots

Juju Wang, Strawberries (edition of 10 ceramic pieces)

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Hand drawn tree

'Sayl Chair and Treet of Hope' sketch by Yves Behar

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Drawing of plants on red card

Sprouts for My Garden, a sketch by Kiki van Eijk

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Blue water colour print on white background

Copper Mine Etching Print #3 by David Derksen

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Hand written list of shipping rates

Postage Rates sketch by Chen Chen & Kai Williams

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.