Design Miami seeks nominations for 2008 Designer of the Future


The organisers of Design Miami have asked Dezeen readers to nominate upcoming designers for their 2008 Designer of the Future award.

The award, presented each year at the Design Miami Basel fair in Switzerland, goes to the most promising young designer, chosen from a shortlist of five nominees by a selection committee that includes design luminaries including Murray Moss, Didier Krzentowski of Galerie Kreo and Design Miami director Ambra Medda.

Nominees should have been practising for fifteen years or less. The five shortlisted nominees will all be invited to exhibit at Design Miami Basel from 3-5 June this year, while the winner will be celebrated at a VIP dinner in their honour and be given a commission for a new work.

Last year's Designer of the Future award went to Swedish design group Front.

See all our stories from last year's Design Miami Basel.

To nominate a designer: email your suggestions to Wava Carpenter ( or leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

Here's a bit more info about the award and the submissions criteria:


The nominated candidate must be an emerging designer or collective who...

  • Creates furniture design, architecture, decorative and applied arts, or design-oriented sculpture and installation
  • Has been practicing for less than 15 years
  • Has produced a body of work demonstrating promise in creative approach and quality of finish
  • Exhibits an interest in working in experimental, non-industrial or limited edition design, or otherwise makes a noteworthy contribution to design discourse

Benefits: the Design Miami/ Designer of the Future Award recipient will receive...

  • A commission to produce a new prototype
  • An on-site installation of existing work in a prime location at Design Miami/ Basel
  • A VIP dinner, in which Design Miami/ invites an exclusive group of design influentials and enthusiasts
  • Substantial press exposure during the highly publicized Design Miami/ Basel events
  • Immediate access to the most prominent designers, dealers, collectors, curators and critics shaping design commerce and culture today

Posted on Tuesday January 15th 2008 at 2:09 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Okay we get the message about Avril Korman, you can stop suggesting her now!

    The designers proposed here will be forwarded to the Design Miami team so it doesn’t make any difference how many times a designer is suggested…


  • Line Numme

    Katrin Greiling, Big Game, Sylvain Willenz, Max Lamb and Fulguro

  • Catherine Kim

    Please note the nomination for Timothy Schreiber above was submitted by myself and friends….accidentally placing his name so he is not voting for himself!! thanks

  • Line Numme

    Shortlist of five nominees – five names.

  • Sarah

    Most sexiest designers from the “Design Miami Basel” Hometown: zmik

  • me

    Max Lamb rocks my world

  • jan

    Chris Bosse

  • roxy

    what can i say, no question about that theme. most marvelous design by zmik designers. go for it.

  • Andrew

    Innovative materials; functional novelty

  • tom

    Buchegger, Denoth, Feichtner / Austria

  • mira

    thanks roxy for linking zmik. just visited the webpage. very fresh but yet inteligent. zmik think about the first picture! the frogy style looks pretty dorky. continue on being successful. hope to see you at «Design Miami Basel».

  • Raymond