T+L Design Awards 2011
David Almeida/Courtesy of The Wolfsonian
Design Champion Micky Wolfson
Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson Jr. has been a collector since he was 12, but it wasn’t until 1986 that he opened what is now the Wolfsonian-FIU museum, in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District. This remarkable trove of curiosities, all from the period 1885 to 1945, explores the power of design in both political and aesthetic contexts and has become a destination for scholars of Modernism and the history of propaganda. There are decorative objects from all around the world, from a Fascist board game to King Farouk of Egypt’s matchbook collection, each powerful and provocative in its own way. “I mean to stimulate people to think,” Wolfson says; he also embarks on frequent trips to far-flung places, including Algeria and Easter Island. We honor this year’s Design Champion for his remarkable preservation efforts, for his deep engagement with history, and for his abiding, global curiosity.