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Design Miami/ returns for its 17th edition, curated by the fair’s curatorial director Wava Carpenter. Back in the tent across from the Miami Beach Convention Center, fairgoers will encounter the theme “Human·Kind,” which looks to the future of design, one that is more engaged, connected, and equitable.
Both in-person and online, the fair will feature a larger Curio section, as Carpenter recently told Whitewaller. She shared with us why collectors are more fearless and individualistic than ever, and what can be expected from the much-anticipated design fair.
WHITEWALLER: How would you describe your new role as curatorial director for Design Miami/?
WAVA CARPENTER: The role is all about storytelling, from which themes are most relevant in design culture today to why design works have value.
WW: Design Miami/ returns this year, amid a much different atmosphere than last year’s edition. What can visitors expect from this year’s edition?
WC: Visitors can expect amazing galleries and programming, as always. But the wider Design Miami/ community is really looking forward to being together in person. So the atmosphere will be especially upbeat.
WW: Are there any themes/special presentations/solo booths to watch out for?
WC: This year’s theme is “Human·Kind,” spotlighting design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected future.
WW: Are there any fair first-timers to keep our eyes out for?
WC: This show will have a more robust Curio program, which is dedicated to very focused presentations that explore a single creator or single curatorial idea. This program gives a platform to up-and-coming designers and dealers. So there will be a number of new faces to discover.
WW: Design Miami/ has taken an innovative approach to its digital platform. Can you tell us about your vision for expanding Design Miami/’s digital footprint?
WC: We have recently launched DM/BX, a curated shop that also offers a platform to up-and-coming designers and dealers while nurturing the next generation of design lovers.
WW: Can you tell us about your approach to curating the objects available in DM/BX?
WC: The objects in DM/BX are both very special but also more accessible. Much of the work is made by hand in smaller studios and workshops.
WW: How are you seeing this next generation of design enthusiasts approach collection?
WC: The next generation is more fearless to curate collections that are very individualistic.
WW: As the co-founder of Anava Projects, an agency that supports design for good, what kind of impact do you believe design/designers can have on a local and global level?
WC: In today’s world, we all need to do our part to work toward a better future. We each need to become better stewards of nature and of each other. Innovative design thinking is a dynamic lens through which to envision something better. We can’t be it until we can see it.
WW: Outside of the fair, what are you most looking forward to in Miami this winter during the fairs?
WC: As a Miami resident, I always look forward to the perfect weather that comes with the winter.