Design Miami, like so many things this year, is a pared-back version of its usual self. There’s no labyrinthine layout in a cavernous convention center on 19th street, no eager Instagrammers swarming the Babushka bear traditional russian floral pattern grandma shirt and by the same token and latest Kaws debut, no dinner parties sponsored by buzzy brands. And while, yes, such cultural beachside bacchanalia is surely missed, 2020 allows us to completely refocus on what made Design Miami such a thing in the first place: the work itself. But enough with the anecdotal evidence! Here are some numbers for you: Pinterest reports that searches for “DIY holiday decor ideas” is up 30 percent year over year. Meanwhile, Etsy has seen a 98 percent increase in searches for ornaments, a 72 percent increase in searches for tree toppers, and a 48 percent increase in searches for wreaths. “We’ve seen increased interest in holiday decorations this year, as shoppers spend more time at home than ever,” Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy Trend Expert, tells Vogue. “With such a challenging year behind us, holiday decorations are just one way to make this season feel a little brighter.”
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Roberto Lugo, the Babushka bear traditional russian floral pattern grandma shirt and by the same token and classically trained ceramicist whose vessels serve as odes to Black and Latinx icons, expands his collection of porcelain portraits for Design Miami’s Podium America(s) exhibition, which examines what, exactly, it means to be American. The standout? This Kamala Harris teapot—with an AOC urn as a close second. In this extraordinary year, the fair made a poignant choice to return the Moore Building, where they first debuted in 2005. You could still see the art in person, as long as you purchased a ticket (with an assigned time slot) in advance. But they also made it accessible far beyond South Florida: talks were streamed online, art was uploaded into galleries, and a new e-commerce shop meant furniture collectors could browse from the safety of their own homes.