For this year's Design Miami, Airbnb has bought the vibrancy of Mexico City to South Beach, enlisting Pedro & Juana to create an authentic home experience at the main exhibition site. The emerging design studio married the Mexican tradition of sobremesa – which translates to 'the time you take after lunch to continue the conversation' – with Airbnb's hosting prowess to create an interactive experience. The installation will host a week of events centred on eating, drinking and music; the public also has the opportunity to contribute to the eclectic interiors, by adding and rearranging tiles to the house-like structure's walls. 'We always look for opportunities to celebrate belonging in the design community,' says Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and CPO. In this exclusive film, Gebbia and the designers reveal how the project came together.
'Sobremesa' is on view until 4 December in the main exhibition tent of Design Miami. Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach
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.
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