It came as welcome news last week that Art Basel and its sister fair Design Miami will both launch Paris editions this October. Though the French capital is spoilt for world-class fashion and photography events, it has for years felt increasingly irrelevant on the design calendar. The pandemic has not helped the matter but even before 2020 the city’s main design forum, twice-yearly trade fair Maison & Objet, was beginning to feel out-of-touch with the international conversation. Also, the reach of Paris Design Week, which coincides with September’s Maison, never became quite strong enough to cut through on the global stage.
While those events were always useful for those in the industry, they have recently failed to highlight much of what is happening in the galleries and ateliers of the City of Light. This is where the new edition of Design Miami has its opportunity to shine. When it comes to design and home furnishings produced with savoir-faire at the most luxurious level, Paris is awash with talent.
From respected galleries such as Kreo (already a known name at Design Miami’s other editions) to emerging collectable-design practices including Theoreme Editions and Garnier & Linker, the city sets a high bar for refined craft. If Design Miami’s new curatorial director Maria Cristina Didero finds a way to channel the energy being generated by the city’s creative practices, Paris’s designers and galleries might finally have the global platform that they deserve.