Design Miami appoints Maria Cristina Didero as curatorial director and announces a new Parisian edition
Maria Cristina Didero will define the creative vision of the fairs throughout the year, also organizing the inaugural edition of Paris in October 2022 with a general theme of Golden age
Design Miami has announced that Maria Cristina Didero will serve as the fair’s curatorial director for 2022, leading the Basel and Miami editions. At the same time, the show also communicated that an inaugural Parisian edition is scheduled for October 2022.
The Paris fair will coincide with the Grand Palais edition of Art Basel, the exact date of which will be confirmed in the coming weeks. “The decision to present an event in Paris in October 2022 is the next natural step in the evolution of Design Miami,” said show CEO Jennifer Roberts when the news was released. “Rooted in the past with a grasp on the future, the city truly complements Design Miami’s commitment to showcasing the best in historic and contemporary collectible design.”
Maria Cristina Didero named Curatorial Director of Design Miami 2022
Working with Wallpaper* as its Milanese editor since early 2021, Maria Cristina Didero is also a long-time collaborator of Design Miami, working closely with many of the galleries, brands and designers who are regular attendees at the fair.
“We are incredibly thrilled to welcome Maria Cristina to our Design Miami family,” says Roberts. ‘Maria Cristina has an outstanding reputation among her peers and as a longtime collaborator of Design Miami, we already have a deep appreciation for her creative vision. We can’t wait to see how his unique insights will shape our events for 2022.’
Through her curatorial practice, Didero has worked with many of the fair’s regular exhibitors, from Snarkitecture to Philippe Malouin, and she curated three editions of Fendi’s presence at Design Miami (commissioning Cristina Celestino, Chiara Andreatti and Sabine Marcelis to create works inspired by the visual codes of the fashion house). Among his most recent projects, Didero has launched a new digital exhibition platform in collaboration with Milanese design consultancy Mr Lawrence titled Perfettooo, showcasing a series of virtual spaces by Wallpaper* Designers of the Year 2022, Objects of Common Interest.
“My multidisciplinary approach aligns perfectly with the fair’s mission to promote culture, talent, innovation, creativity and education” – Maria Cristina Didero
In his new role, Didero will be the curatorial voice for the Basel, Miami and Paris editions of the fair, working closely with Vice President of Fairs Grela Orihuela and the entire team to develop an overarching theme for all three, as well as the development of on-site and online programming fairs.
“I am delighted to embrace this new adventure”, commented Didero. “My multidisciplinary approach fully 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 limits.
Design Miami 2022: The Golden Age
Didero’s chosen theme for the 2022 fairs is the Golden Age, an idea, she says, that has been shared by many cultures across time and space. She continues: “Whether projected onto an idealized past or a utopian future, The Golden Age envisions a world at peace, in which advances in the arts and technology precipitate an ease, cooperation, pleasure and beauty without previous ; a time when all living creatures on Earth coexist in harmony.
The first edition of Didero will be the next Design Miami/Basel, which will take place from June 14 to 19, 2022, followed by Paris in October, and Miami from November 30 to December 5, 2022. §