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Overheard In Miami


And now, before we collapse in a full-on post-festival coma, it’s time for our favorite feature of every design gathering, the Overheards. For all our Art Basel/Design Miami coverage, look here.

Man wearing a shiny, light-colored suit whispers on his cell phone in a dark corner of the garden at the Delano.
Man: Listen, I’m just trying to make this deal as lucrative as possible for BOTH of us.

A hip-looking couple stroll towards the convention center exit.
Woman: Do you want to go to the design show now?
Man [visibly agitated]: NO. For the LAST TIME I do NOT want to go to that DESIGN STUFF.

Guy at Photo Miami walking around with a computer and a phone, and apparently, with a live feed to his class.
Guy: Want to say hello to my students? We have to do it two ways–by phone and by picture. This is my new media class.

Art shopper: How much for the shoes?
Dealer: $275,000

Ultrathin “booth babe” on the convention center floor gazes at a painting; potential male client gazes at her.
Booth Babe: It really is a beautiful piece.
Male Client: You look amazing. Have you lost weight?

Festivalgoer: Are you here for the art or the Basel?

A Design Miami maintenance worker tells two festivalgoers that he saw Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Steven Spielberg milling around during the Thursday night opening.
Worker: You been inside? I wouldn’t pay two bucks to see this shit.
Festivalgoer: Did you like anything in there?
Worker: Yeah. The Audi.

A dealer describes a sculpture to a potential buyer.
Dealer: The inside is softer than the outside.

Woman: You want to eat at the fried rice place?
Man: Yeah, but I don’t want to eat fried rice.

Two metrosexuals stare at a photograph of a nude woman.
Man #1: I just don’t get any of this stuff when it’s about sex or madness.

Dealer: What happened last year happened this year.

A man returns a piece shortly after buying it.
Man: It just doesn’t go with the rest of what we have.

One extremely well-dressed older couple converses with another extremely well-dressed older couple.
Older Woman #1: So, are you taking any of this art home with you?
Older Woman #2 [puzzled]: Well, yes. But we’re having it shipped, of course.

And not really an Overheard per se, but perhaps more mention-worthy in our celeb-spotting round up: Pharrell Williams was spotted by several informants who saw him rolling into the Visionaire party with Arik Levy as part of his posse. Hip hop hearts design.

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Vultures Swarm All the Way to eBay After Murakami Gala


Among the classier guests who attended the Takashi Murakami gala opening at LA’s MOCA last Sunday were Christina Ricci, Pharrell Williams, Cindy Crawford, Courtney Love (if you can believe it) and special guests Kanye West and Marc Jacobs (who are apparently big fans of each others’ work). But on the seamier side of the VIP list was fluffalow, the eBay seller who is selling the Murakami charger from underneath their starting-at-$1,000 per plate dinner for the low, low price of $999.99, according to the LA Times (might as well try to break even, right?).

Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura (it’s his photo we snagged above and his Giant Robot Biennale that opens next door to the Murakami show tomorrow) describes the sheer insanity post-meal:

People were taking other people’s. If you stepped away to say hi to someone vultures crept in and took em. I saw one lady with an arm load, and she was even trying to take them off of our table. I guess they make nice gifts and also free for the cheapies.

Or how about this for a nice gift: The press kit, which could be yours if you top the high bid of $9.99. Or you could probably just call the press office and have them send you one for free. But really, what fun would that be?