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Alcova launches first international edition at Miami art week

Design platform Alcova, which usually shows as part of Milan design week, has announced that it is expanding internationally, with its first overseas exhibition set to take place during Miami art week.

This marks the first time that the platform, which was founded by designers Valentina Ciuffi and Joseph Grima, will show outside of Italy.

"We are excited to bring Alcova to Miami, a city renowned as one of the most important international platforms for art and design," said Ciuffi and Grima.

Alcova founders Valentina Ciuffi and Joseph Grima
Top: an Alcova space in Milan. Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Above: founders Valentina Ciuffi and Joseph Grima

Alcova's exhibitions showcase independent designers in a variety of locations that change each year, with the latest edition taking place inside a former abattoir in Porta Vittoria, Milan.

The design platform usually chooses disused buildings for its exhibitions, with previous locations including the former Fabbrica Sassetti cashmere mill in Isola and an ex-military hospital in Baggio.

Founders Ciuffi and Grima believe that Miami will be a good fit for the exhibition concept due to its unique cityscape.

"We are convinced that Miami's unique urban fabric, rich in traces of a dynamic and vibrant architectural history, is the perfect place to create a dynamic platform that fosters meaningful connections and interactions between exhibitors and visitors," they said.

"Alcova Miami will offer a fresh perspective and an opportunity to present new forms of practice in a city that has always embraced a freethinking approach to design."

Porta Vittoria exhibition space in Milan
The latest edition of Alcova took place in Porta Vittoria. Photo by Agnese Bedini

Alcova's Miami edition will take place during the city's art week on 5 to 9 December and will showcase "a diverse selection of forward-thinking and diverse design," Alcova stated.

Though the design platform hasn't yet revealed where it will be showing in Miami, it described its new location as "distinctive and immersive".

Furniture on show at Milan exhibition
The Miami edition marks its first overseas show

The Miami edition will feature both established and emerging designers, with further information about the program, designers and location set to be unveiled closer to the time.

Ciuffi and Grima previously told Dezeen in an exclusive interview that by always changing venues, Alcova is dodging "the bullet of gentrification".

During this year's Milan design week, Alcova featured installations including soft bio textiles made from surplus brick by Natural Material Studio and a terrazzo-like material called ForestBank made from unusable wood.