For design connoisseurs there is no better place to be than Miami in December as DesignMiami/ comes to town. Thankfully, design-related exhibitions, talks and showcases spill beyond the annual fair and marketplace staged under a tent in Miami Beach. Among the offerings open to the public:
▪ For the first time, the marriage of a luxury mosaic company and a marquee fashion house will be showcased in a new line of large-scale mosaics. Bisazza wears Emilio Pucci collection, inspired by vintage Pucci prints, will be displayed at both showrooms in the Design District starting Wednesday. Bisazza is located at 3740 NE Second Ave. and Emilio Pucci at 155 NE 40th St.
▪ Butter Gallery presents Departure, a series of new works by Miami-based artist Yuri Tuma exploring motion, color and materiality. The large-scale chromatic works focus on the pattern and repetition of structures and architecture using cellphone technology. The solo exhibition is open through Jan. 8 at Butter Gallery, 2930 NW Seventh Ave. A free reception will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. During Art Basel, the hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 305-303-6254.
▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum shop, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, hosts the DesignPop Pop-Up, a collection of products curated by Lisa S. Roberts. The author of the recently released DesignPop, Roberts selected some of her favorite design items, which are also featured in the book. For hours, check www.wolfsonian.org.
▪ Bally presents a reconstructed mid-century postwar home designed by Jean Prouvé in the garden of The Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Inside the house: a custom art installation by contemporary artists Kolkoz and Zak Kitnick. The house is open to the public Thursday through Dec. 7 . Visitors can organize using the website, www.functionandmodernity.com.
▪ The Future of Design Talk will be held 11 a.m. Thursday with panelist Ron Arad, Patrizia Moroso, and Piero Lissoni moderated by Alastair Gordon, WSJ. contributing editor of architecture and design. The panel is at Miami Ironside, 7601 NE 4th Court, Miami.
▪ The Modus Miami showroom will host a still-life installation featuring design pieces by famed Israeli designer Ron Gilad. The showroom, 4100 NE Second Ave, also serves as a canvas for pieces designed by Italian designer Gio Ponti. The installation is open to the public Saturday through Dec. 31. Call 786-363-9111 for hours.
▪ DesignMiami/ itself, a combination of high-end design-related commerce, displays, panels and lectures, takes places Wednesday through Dec. 7 at Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets and information available at www.designmiami.com.