Design Miami/ is just around the corner, and I was honored to be asked to participate in one of the talks of the famed program which presents the design world’s most compelling current topics, bringing together the creatives, collectors and critics actively influencing design discourse and production. With LA-based design historian and contributing Design Editor to T, the New York Times Style Magazine David Netto, we will look at the history of collecting design, and the cultural influence of design connoisseurs and tastemakers from the past and the present. Our discussion will explore the legacies of early iconic collectors Jacques Doucet and the Maharaja of Indore, along with contemporary design connoisseurs Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge (their home in Paris above), and NYC-based architect Lee Mindel. We will also touch on our own experience as collectors, and will share our passion and interest for this subject, which has come to shape our homes and personal taste. The programs are open to anyone visiting Design Miami/ and will be taking place on Friday, December 4th at 3 pm.