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Design Miami/ reaffirms its position as the world's leading fair for collectible design with strong sales
Installation view of Galerie Jacques Lacoste.
MIAMI, FL.- The eighth edition of Design Miami/ saw record attendance and robust sales throughout its six-day run in Miami, Florida from December 4-9, 2012. Thirty-six of the world's leading galleries presented contemporary and historic design, which sold well among the 31,000 design collectors and enthusiasts who attended the fair.

There was a notable increase in the number of collectors, personalities and designers visiting the fair, including Peter Brant, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Maxine and Stuart Frankel, Pharrell Williams, Wendi Murdoch, Will Farrell, Todd Eberle, Patrick McMullan, Leonard and Jane Abess, Kanye West, Don Soffer, Silvia Fendi, Donna Karan, Lady Victoria Harvey, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Joshua Rechnitz, George Lindemann, Terry Richardson, Joseph Altuzarra, Ricardo Tisci, Wendell Castle, Martha Stewart, David Adjaye, Cecilia Dean, Juan Montoya, Kelly Wearstler, Jamie Drake, Waldo Fernandez, Steven Volpe, Alex Gorlin and George Yabu.

Museum representatives attended from the Metropolitain Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Victoria+Albert, the MAK Vienna, the Vitra Design Museum, MCA Denver, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Museum and the Guggenheim among many others.

Design Miami/ welcomed thirteen new galleries to the fair this year including, Galerie BSL and Galerie Jacques Lacoste from Paris, Jason Jacques from New York, Galerie Rossella Colombari from Milan, Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery from Cologne and Moderne from Philadelphia.

"Design Miami/ 2012 has been our most important fair in Miami to date in terms of program, exposure and attendance," says Marianne Goebl, director of Design Miami/. "With a 25% increase in the number of participating galleries, exceptional site-specific design collaborations and a strong educational program of talks, tours and online presence, we continue to expand our cross-disciplinary approach to design at the intersection of culture and commerce."

This year, visitors to Design Miami/ were welcomed by Drift, a pavilion created by New Yorkbased collaborative studio Snarkitecture at the entrance to the fair tent located next to the Miami Convention Center. A floating environment comprised of massive inflatable tubes was visible from a distance of several blocks. The design also featured a courtyard seating installation, which served as a place for visitors to relax, socialize and enjoy the view. Once again, Design Miami' partners actively contributed to the fair by commissioning sitespecific design installations from emerging design talents: Audi presented the "R18 Ultra Chair" designed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram. Asif Khan designed "Parhelia" for Swarovski Crystal Palace, the Design Performance "Transformations" by Maarten de Ceulaer was supported by Fendi, and the installation "Lost Time" by Glithero was commissioned by Perrier-Jouët.

The Miami Design District played host to several of the Design Miami/ Design Satellites, unique exhibitions with strong curatorial and educational perspectives, including Architecture for Dogs, curated by Kenya Hara, and an exhibition by Acconci Studio, Design Miami's Designer of the Year 2012.

The fair enhanced its educational offering with an engaging Design Talks series featuring the Design Pioneers Diane von Furstenberg, Vito Acconci and Wendell Castle. The BE OPEN Forum series of profile talks featured conversations with designers practicing outside the boundaries of traditional product design, utilizing food, scent, biochemistry and haptic technology to make research accessible to the global community and showcasing design through sensory exploration.

Design Miami/ enjoyed its strongest online presence to date with record social media activation. Thousands of people followed the show unfold on Design Log, Design Miami's blog (www.designmiami.com/designlog/) while Art.sy, the digital partner of the fair, created for the first time a digital experience to discover the work from the participating galleries online. Design Miami/ 2012 on Art.sy will be on view for the next week for those who missed attending the fair.

Tours by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, an ARTBOOK - Cooper Hewitt shop featuring collectible books and objects related to the exhibition program of Design Miami/, a bespoke scent by 12.29 New York I Paris, the Collectors Lounge hosted by Regalia and designed by Cassina and a Pop-Up Café by Michael's Genuine Food and Drink rounded out this year's visitor experience.

Design Miami/ reconfirmed its leading position as the global forum for design and the only fair dedicated to representing the most relevant positions in collectible design, from the advents of modernism to experimental contemporary work.



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