Design Miami/, which sits alongside its bigger, more mature sister Art Basel Miami Beach, describes itself as the "global forum for design". In summary, it's a hell of a big get-together for collectors, industry chiefs, designers, architects and enthusiasts, such as Messrs Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Riccardo Tisci and Terry Richardson (who were all in town under last December's winter sun) to discover, discuss, debate, explore and purchase design. The boutique fair is both a marketplace for collectable design presented by leading galleries from across the globe and a forum, with site-specific installations and collaborations where design goes beyond product and into experience. The five days are peppered with talks, guided tours and more than a few openings, dinners and parties.
Many important galleries show highly prized collectables from 20th-century masters. Last month's Design Miami included the likes of Mr Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (better known as Le Corbusier), Mr Pierre Jeanneret, Ms Charlotte Perriand, Mr Jean Prouvé, Mr Jean Royère and Mr Carlo Mollino, while the rest presented new works, more often than not produced in editions of no more than 12.
Last year the double whammy that was Art Basel and Design Miami/ was enhanced by the improved muscle of the fashion brands. Miami's fast-moving Design District was packed with shop openings and launches: Hermès presented its Éditeur project with Mr Hiroshi Sugimoto, Louis Vuitton debuted its new Objets Nomades line, Dior Homme premiered a new film by Mr Bruce Weber, while Prada and Céline opened their doors in Miami in time for the week. Dinners were held for Chanel and Moncler, the latter atop the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road car park, and last but not least MR PORTER and Net-A-Porter joined forces with Visionaire magazine, and the artist Mr Jonathan Horowitz, for a poolside, beach-front bash at the SLS Hotel South Beach.
Mr Nick Vinson is the director of luxury brand consultant Vinson&Co.