This week, Design Miami / announced the launch of a new business platform. Design Miami / Shop is expected to include pieces from over 50 international galleries while helping to raise funds for GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. Jennifer Roberts, CEO of Design Miami /, tells AD PRO: “We are delighted to be able to share the expertise [of these galleries] on a truly global scale. Whether you are looking to find ceramics from the most avant-garde emerging designers or classic pieces from French masters like Perriand and Prouvé, the impressive list of design galleries on Design Miami / Shop will be able to advise you. We are also expanding our platform to help educate people in the collectible design market by bringing in the diverse range of experts in our galleries and allowing them to share their knowledge and ideas in their own words.
NAADAA launches its first online art and antiques fair
It’s a new day for the National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America. The organization has launched its first online fair, which will run until July 8, and was the brainchild of Mark Schaffer, the former president of NAADAA. Mark Jacoby, the organization’s current senior vice president, tells AD PRO: “We wanted to reverse the pandemic and create a new opportunity. Most of our members do business through the Internet, but primarily through direct personal relationships with collectors, museums and designers. This show will allow us to expand our reach and introduce a new audience to the amazing things we love and learn to deal with every day. Also note, as reported by New York Times, Masterpiece London has also just gone digital, while helping museums.
Glamorous sole proprietorship ready for Christie’s London
Anglophiles would be well advised to have their auction paddles ready in July. This is because Christie’s London announced its next sale, “Gloria: Owned by the late Dowager Countess Bathurst”. From porcelain to portraits, the July 22 sale of the old Vogue and the personal belongings of the model Dior will surely make it a summer’s dream. Adrian Hume-Sayer, Head of Sales, told AD PRO: “It is very rare that a collection of this type is offered for sale. With works of art that have never been marketed for over 300 years, this represents a unique opportunity for collectors as well as a glimpse into modern British history through the objects they have collected.
La Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts gives an overview
The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will go live with a preview of the showroom tonight at 6 p.m. PST. The virtual behind-the-scenes event will feature interviews with some of this year’s star designers, including Kassy Dieujuste, Fiona Lau and Laura Muller. The event, which takes place this year at the Locke House designed by Gerard R. Colcord, a federal country house located in the historic Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of Arcadia, benefits music and arts programs across Southern California , including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The organization hopes to host an in-person show house in the fall and will announce further plans by July 31.
Leta Austin Foster and David Phoenix announce partnership
Leta Austin Foster and David Phoenix have joined forces to launch their new Palm Beach-based interior design company, Foster Phoenix. “Creative jokes and a desire to learn from each other’s rich design stories will support this practice,” Phoenix said in a press release. Foster recently made national news herself for being the only Florida city resident to join the global Black Lives Matter protests.
TEFAF has a new president
Hidde van Seggelen is officially the new chairman of the TEFAF executive committee, replacing Nanne Dekking. In a statement, the organization said, “We would like to thank Nanne Dekking for her tremendous efforts in bringing the organization towards its global goals with a forward-thinking strategy while maintaining its exclusive position in an ever-changing landscape. Advocating for transparency, TEFAF has developed under the leadership of Dekking the strictest control procedures to date. Its board of directors also has five new members: Alessandra di Castro, Laura Kugel, Filip Moerman, Catherine Walsh and Vanessa Wildenstein.