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Live interview with Jillian Choi as part of Dezeen x Miami Design Talks

The second instalment of the Dezeen x Miami Design Talks featured a live conversation with Design Miami's director of global exhibitions Jillian Choi.

Choi spoke to Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about the launch of Design Miami/Podium, a selling exhibition curated by Aric Chen that platforms leading galleries alongside independent design studios.

The Podium exhibition, which is themed America(s), features a collection of 141 artefacts from 57 designers that takes a provocative and inclusive look at what it means to be American.

Design Miami/Podium
"Power to the People": a Collection of Ten Walking Sticks with Clinched Fists from the 19th and 20th Century

"The timely exhibition calls into question the meaning and understanding of America and its identity through the juxtaposition of important works of design and craft," said Design Miami.

Choi, who worked on the exhibition with Chen, discussed some of the highlights, which include examples of folk and Native American art and rare mid-twentieth century pieces by designers such as George Nakashima and Paul Evans.

The exhibition also features contemporary pieces by international designers including debut work by ceramicist Isaac Scott, ceramics which draw from his photographs of the Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia earlier this year.

All of the collectible designs are available to purchase through Design Miami's new online shop, Design Miami/Shop.

Dezeen x Miami Design Talks
Jillian Choi

Choi is an art and design consultant whose work aims to create connections around the world. She joined Design Miami in January 2020 as director of global exhibitions.

The full programme for the Dezeen x Miami Design Talks collaboration can be found here.