On The Road

An Art Basel Diary from the Founder of Design Miami

You know Craig Robins had the best “seat” in the house.

By: Jodi Taylor

What do you do when the developer of the Miami Design District, as well as founder and Chairman of Design Miami, asks to take you BTS at Art Basel and Design Miami Basel? You scream “yes,” of course (at the top of your lungs)! Craig Robins—a Miami native, past real estate developer, art collector and philanthropist (phew)—has been acquiring South Beach properties since the 80s, after developing a desire to own his own studio space. From there, he launched the first Design Miami collectors fair in 2005, and has had a chair on the board ever since. Robins is applauded for reshaping the culture of the Miami Design District, thus making him the perfect person to give us an inside look—via iPhone photos—at his week at Art Basel, below. 

“Hello, Basel!”

“Starting the Art Basel preview off right with amazing Ear Sofa and Nose Sconces by Baldessari.”

“Sometimes it’s ok to touch the art! Sammy and Katie [Robins] with a Jaume Plensa sculpture for Ruinart.”

“Another incredible Jaume Plensa piece.”

“Seashells, dream catchers, and...”

“This year Design Miami invited Thom Browne to curate the Design at Large program—the first fashion designer to stage the exhibition.”

“Browne directed an hour-long performance in which 16 local female art students produced an artwork seated at one of the 15 historic desks in the installation.”

“Up close with the performers.”

“A storm brewing above the Rhine.”

“A rare, special commission cabinet by Ettore Sottsass at Design Miami.”

“Kenny Schachter’s Rove Cars, all of which are handmade and from Schachter’s personal collection.”

“Our friends at Studio Job with their limited-edition pieces.”

“Patrick Seguin presented a Jean Prouvé house. Luckily, they’re designed for easy assemblage!”

“Caroline Rupert and Princess Eugenie of York at the UNAIDS gala.”

“My stepdaughter, Kate, with Princess Eugenie.”

“My wife Jackie and I.”

“An Erika Verzutti sculpture of bronze bananas as part of Art Basel Parcours.”

“Celebrating the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award recipients with colleagues, designers and friends.”

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