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Elsewhere on Art Basel/Design Miami

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We couldn’t drink all the free drinks offered at the art and design fairs in Miami last week (although we tried, by golly, we tried).

Here, a roundup of others who managed to subsist for five days on appetizers the size of a fingernail:

· Michael Cannell was tearing it up over at Dwell’s blog. He snagged an audio interview with Craig Robins, and finagled the definitive quote out of tattoo parlor proprietor Aric Chen when asked if he was getting one: “No, are you crazy?”

· David Velasco has a spectacular round up of the scenesters and the scene at Art Forum’s Diary, with this pithy caveat: “One’s experience is defined as much by the events he misses as the ones he attends.” Double true.

· The NY Times made art and design highlight reels, and because you must know, a video of who went to their party. New blog The Moment has great coverage, too.

· On ANP’s blog Ed Templeton‘s report from the convention center floor aka “the frontlines of art-commerce” includes this price of a Basquiat: $2.5 mil.

· Art Fag City complains, and rightfully so, about how skilled the doormen and list ladies at these parties were at making even the most intrepid art blogger feel like a worthless pile of crap. Even in capris.

· A killer round-up of everything Miami with lotsa links at C-Monster.

· Lindsay Pollock has a nice big-picture view of the whole over-hyped affair at Bloomberg, and, in a very nice touch, even gets a local psychic to predict the future of the art market.

· Missed our Miami musings? All our Art Basel/Design Miami coverage can be found right here.

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Design Miami Opening Night

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Switching gears from the South Beach scene of Wednesday night, we found ourselves last night in the inland Design District, where familiar faces and serious fun made us feel right at home.

After a stop at the OLPC party, we witnessed the VIP rope drop at the Design Miami preview, where a swell of eager design groupies swarmed into the Moore Building. With that scene a little too, um, eager, for our tastes, we had more fun getting lost in the blocks nearby…

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The driving forces behind Design Miami: the unbelievably gorgeous Amber Medda, and the equally dapper Craig Robins.

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That handsome man facing the camera is Murray Moss, standing in his satellite store.

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This place totally blew! The Campana Brothers, Constantin Boym and Paul Haigh all blowing glass live throughout the night.

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The soothing Light Showers by Yoshiko Sato and Michael Morris (that’s Tania Ketenjian soaking up the experience; she’s doing a piece on the “As Long as it Lasts…” tattoo parlor for “Studio 360″).

T+L Awards the Best Design Near and Far

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This year, using an initial in your company name was the key to victory for Travel+Leisure’s Design Awards (in alphabetical order):

Best Large Hotel: G Hotel, Galway, Ireland
Best Resort: W Maldives
Best Travel Gear: Y‘s Mandarina

Other than those letter-perfect winners, Alessi’s new flagship store took top retail honors, and the widely-praised Serpentine Solar Shuttle in London was named best transportation. Ian Schrager is the mag’s first-ever Design Champion.

The illustrious jury featured Sheila Bridges, Rob Forbes, Cathy Leff, Craig Robins, Kate Spade, Robert A.M. Stern, consulting editor Chee Pearlman, and, of course, Yves “We fantasize about you when we use our Slingbox” Behar.