This week Design is celebrated in the Magic City not only with the trade show Maison et Objet in it’s 2nd installment at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but also with a growing list of events hosted by other cultural institutions. Gallery openings, showroom inaugurations, workshops, lectures and of course parties are all going down this week in honor of Design.

Here are just a few venues that are hosting some fun events:

Espasso has an official location in Ironside and is inaugurating it’s gallery space with a cocktail and the best of Brazilian Design, contemporary and historic. 05/09

Maison et Objet opens on Tuesday and they have a great line up of guest speakers throughout the week among them: Landscape Designer Raymond Jungles, Humberto Campana from the design duo the Campana Brothers, Bernard Fort-Brescia, Principal of the architecture firm Architectonica, among many other talented and renown key speakers and moderators for more information visit the Program section of the show.

Miami Center for Art and Design is hosting a panel discussion and cocktail on Brazilian Italian Designer Lina Bo Bardi- 05/11 & 05/12

Gallery Diet opens Thursday evening with a second solo exhibition by Miami designer Emmett Moore 05/12

Design Pub hosted by Design Curator Jessica Acosta Rubio is hosting a series of workshops, brunch and cocktail parties, check out her website for detailed information.

This is all very exciting and Miami is due for a proper Design Week. We have world class architects producing masterpieces in our city and some of the top quality design brands are here in the Design District. However, besides Design Miami/ every year during ABMB, there really is no celebration of Design, much less of contemporary design. It will be even more interesting come October when the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) makes it's debut in our hometown. Let's also mention that right now it's New York Design Week (May 3-17), so will Miami Design Week remain in the Spring or transfer to the Fall? I guess only time will tell. Until then we enjoy it all!

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