Ambra Medda with Maarten Baas, the 2009 Designer of the Year.
Design Miami/ kicks off in Basel in a few weeks and there’s news swirling around the super design fair that’s not about furniture! Not only is the co-founding director Ambra Medda stepping down, the twin show to Art Basel Miami Beach is moving to the beach from the Miami Design District.
Craig Robins, also a founder of the fair and the main player in the Design District, notes that programming announcements will be made soon and that a replacement for Medda, who leaves the team to become a creative consultant, will be in place before December. “I am tremendously enthusiastic about the upcoming phase of my professional life,” Medda remarks, “and I am pleased that I will continue to have input into the creative programming of Design Miami/."
The responses from Design District showroom owners and managers are mixed. While Giulio Cappellini believes the fair should stay on the mainland, Dmitry Prut, owner of Avant Gallery, believes Robins will work his magic on the nabe as he has in the past. “Given the fact that Art Basel and Design Miami are sister companies with a huge overlap in audience, I think it is only natural for the two fairs to be co-located so that exhibitor exposure is maximized,” he remarks.
Nasir Kassamali, who owns the Luminaire showroom, is looking at the Zen side of the equation: “It will be nice and quiet so that you can contemplate and appreciate the passion that will remain.”