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Design Miami launches Paris edition and appoints Maria Cristina Didero as curatorial director

Design fair Design Miami will launch its first Paris edition in October and has named Maria Cristina Didero as its global curatorial director.

The fair is launching its Paris edition in October to coincide with a new event that its sister fair Art Basel is launching at Paris' Grand Palais. The exact dates of the events is yet to be announced.

"The decision to present an event in Paris this October is the natural next step in Design Miami's evolution," said CEO of Design Miami Jennifer Roberts.

"Rooted in the past with a hold on the future, the city truly complements Design Miami's commitment to showcasing the best of historic and contemporary collectible design."

The Art Basel event at Grand Palais will see Art Basel and parent company MCH Group launch a contemporary and modern art fair that aims to "build bridges with France's cultural industries."

The city of Paris "holds significant value in the market for its historical importance in the decorative arts and for the city’s leading gallerists of contemporary and historic design," the fair added.

Didero to lead Design Miami under the theme "The Golden Age"

Design Miami also announced the appointment of Didero as its new curatorial director. The Milan-based design curator, author and consultant previously worked with designers including Bethan Laura Wood, Philippe Malouin and Snarkitecture.

She was the curator of Open Talks, a series of panel discussions held at the Supersalone fair in 2021 which were livestreamed on Dezeen.

Didero previous worked with Design Miami, having curated three annual exhibitions for Italian fashion brand Fendi for the fair. Her first fair as curatorial director will be Design Miami/Basel in Basel on 14 to 19 June.

"I am excited to embrace this new adventure and to collaborate with the Design Miami/ team," Didero said.

"My multidisciplinary approach wholly aligns with the fair's mission to promote culture, talent, innovation, creativity, and education; it will be a challenge and an aspiration to explore new possibilities and boundaries, which I look forward to sharing with Design Miami's global audience in 2022 under this year’s curatorial theme 'The Golden Age'," she added.

"The Golden Age is an idea shared by different cultures across time and space. Whether projected onto an idealized past or a utopian future, The Golden Age envisions the world at peace, in which advancements in the arts and technology precipitate unprecedented ease, cooperation, pleasure, and beauty; a time in which every living creature on Earth coexists in harmony."

Number of 2022 fairs postponed

Design Miami was founded in 2005 and works with galleries and designers to present furniture, lighting and other design twice per year in Miami and Basel.

Numerous brands time launches to coincide with the fair, with Benjamin Hubert launching the LightVision headset at last year's Design Miami and Lexus showcasing a wireframe sculpture of a conceptual electric car at the same event.

A number of design events and trade shows have had to cancel and postpone events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this year, but there are still numerous events taking place as the industry is trying to adapt to the new normal.

Dezeen's guide to twenty-five of the best design weeks and festivals gathers all the information about which 2022 shows are being held and when.

The photography is by Stefan Giftthaler.

Design Miami's Paris edition will launch in October. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.