About Us


ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization, founded in 1977, providing public awareness for the evolution of contemporary industrial design. The foundation activities include exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and a public gallery for a permanent industrial design collection. The venue nurtures appreciation and communication of design.


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MISSION STATEMENT

Empowering citizens with accessible design education and experience,
and engaging designers to focus upon individual and community welfare.

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HISTORICAL

From 1977- 2006 the Foundation’s activities were designed to educate consumers about the role of design in everyday life, to recognize achievement in design and to draw the attention of industry, government,  the media and the public to the contributions of industrial design and architecture to society.

These efforts were based in the conviction that design determines the aesthetic quality of millions of lives; that design matters on every level. The Foundation emphasized the environmental consequences of design, stressing universal access - industrial products useful to all elements of society.

The Foundation’s exhibitions began with an international competition for the design of eating implements at the Lowe Museum, Miami. Decades later, the Foundation looks back on well-attended exhibitions on 10 subjects in 17 museums. These include the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts; the National Design (Cooper-Hewitt) Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Miami Art Museum, and MoCA in North Miami.

Among the distinguished jurors and guest curators have been Florence Knoll, Bruno and Jacqueline Danese, Dieter Rams, Lelia Vignelli, Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni.

Arango Exhibition Subjects have included educational toys, multi-purpose furniture, surface design for fabric, glassware, lighting, office accessories, low-cost design, and products from recycled materials.

Sponsors include: WilsonArt International, USA, Politex and Kartell of Italy, Philips of the Netherlands, LMV of Sweden, Yamagiwa of Japan, Riedel of Austria, Stelton of Denmark and Arango Inc.of Miami, the design store which began the project which evolved into the Foundation. Also, the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathan Cummings and Threshold Foundations.

The last exhibition, Re(f)use (Refuse without the F = Reuse)  was one of the first museum exhibitions anywhere to focus on consumer products in terms of environmental criteria.

The final projects for this period included a 4- year promotion of Design + Architecture Day in the United States, and lectures presented by landscape designers Walter Hood and Julie Bargmann.


The Foundation entered a dormant period after Judith Arango’s passing in 2003.


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PRESENT

In January 2014, following the closure of the mall-based arango design store, owners and previous board members Marianne and David Russell reinstated the ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION to continue its general mission through the (developing) creation of a gallery dedicated to the presentation of a permanent contemporary design collection.

The collection is intended to be used as an educational tool, stimulating interest and investment in public design education. The model includes a reference library, changing exhibitions, and a (future) workshop component to provide on location, hands-on design experience. The gallery will also offer selected design products via its design store both at the gallery and on-line. Profits from the store will directly benefit the Foundation.