Ambra Medda

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Ambra Medda
NationalityBritish, Italian, Greek, Austrian
OccupationDesign consultant
Known forDesign Miami

Ambra Medda (born 1981)[1][2] is a London based design consultant who is the co-founder and director of Design Miami. She also co-founded the design website L’ArcoBaleno and headed a department at Christies auction house.


In 2005, Medda co-founded Design Miami, along with real estate developer Craig Robins, and was also the fair’s director until 2010.[3][4][5][6][7] The annual event, which is considered to be "one of the most influential design fairs in the world",[8] first began as a salon for Italian design.[9] A sister show, called Design Miami Basel, was launched in Switzerland and is also held yearly.[3] As director, Medda created partnerships with notable galleries, collectors and companies, bringing together the international design community.[10][6] After stepping down, she continued to sit on committees and acted as a creative consultant for the fair.[10]

In 2013, Medda co-founded an e-commerce design website named L’ArcoBaleno, meaning "rainbow" in Italian.[11][4][9][7] The site included collaborations with David Adjaye, Tom Dixon and Reed Krakoff.[9][12] In 2015, Medda became Global Creative Director of the "20/21 Design" department at Christies.[11][4] Her department focused on auctioning design objects, such as furniture and lighting, from the 20th and 21st century.[11][4] In 2016, she founded Ambra Medda Office (AMO), a design consultancy firm where she advises clients like Airbnb and Louis Vuitton.[13][14][15] Medda is also involved with the Design Museum in London as a trustee and committee member.[13][16]

Medda's other projects include curating an exhibit for Madrid artist José María Cano in 2004.[17][18] In 2008, she authored the book "Destination: Limited-Edition Design", which examined the top exhibition places in the world.[19][20] In 2009, she collaborated with Fendi, bringing together designers for the project Craft Punk.[21] She also helped design a 2014 collection of handbags for the Roger Vivier brand and was featured in its ad campaign.[22][23][24] In 2018, Medda organized visits to the Villa Borsani, designed by Osvaldo Borsani, for the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy.[25][26][27][28][25]

Medda has been described as being an "icon of the style" by the French magazine Madame Figaro.[7] She has stated that "putting the historic and the contemporary together brings out the best in both".[21] By mixing the old and new, her design aesthetic has been interpreted as creating tension with unexpected combinations.[21] Medda also came up with the phrase "designers are the new rock stars".[29][30]


Medda was born in Greece, to a Sardinian mother and Austrian father, and later lived in London and Milan.[9][21][31][7] Growing up she attended auctions with her mother, who was a design dealer and co-founder of the Themes and Variations gallery in London.[32][30] She studied "Chinese Language and Culture", as well as "Asian Art", at London University[33][30] Medda was previously married to American singer Damian Kulash.[34][6] She currently lives in London with Edward Barber and they have two children.[31]


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  2. ^ "How the LES Inspires Ambra Medda".
  3. ^ a b "Artnet News: Ambra Medda leaves Design Miami, Banksy does band art, Charles Saatchi's "Newspeak" - artnet Magazine".
  4. ^ a b c d "Ambra Medda joins Christie's design department". 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Ambra Medda -".
  6. ^ a b c "20 Odd Questions With Design Guru Ambra Medda". 28 June 2013 – via
  7. ^ a b c d "Déco : les hot spots de la création new-yorkaise d'Ambra Medda".
  8. ^ "Design Gatekeepers: Ambra Medda - Core77". Core77.
  9. ^ a b c d "The online design store you should already know about - Vogue Australia".
  10. ^ a b "Ambra Medda to leave Design Miami/ - Dezeen". 27 April 2010.
  11. ^ a b c "A Conversation with Design Insider Ambra Medda - Architectural Digest".
  12. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (18 June 2013). "Ambra Medda launches online design shop L'ArcoBaleno".
  13. ^ a b "Ambra Medda - Judges - Dezeen Awards".
  14. ^ "AMBRA MEDDA OFFICE LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)".
  15. ^ "Ambra Medda - Crafts Council".
  16. ^ "Trustees". Design Museum.
  17. ^ Contreras, María (4 November 2017). "La segunda vida de José María Cano" – via
  18. ^ "Artists". Kristy Stubbs Gallery.
  19. ^ "Ambra Medda: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg".
  20. ^ Medda, Ambra (16 June 2018). "Destination: limited-edition design. 60 mete imperdibili". Mondadori Electa – via Google Books.
  21. ^ a b c d Browne, Alix. "Profile in Style Ambra Medda".
  22. ^ "collaborazioni: Ambra Medda designer per la Miss Viv di Roger Vivier".
  23. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (5 October 2014). "Frieze frame: Roger Vivier teams up with Ambra Medda on a limited-edition Miss Viv'".
  24. ^ "Roger Vivier Fetes Limited Edition Bag at Art Basel Miami". 5 December 2014.
  25. ^ a b "Milan Design Week preview: 10 installations not to miss". 9 April 2018.
  26. ^ "10 great architectural moments of Milan Design Week -".
  27. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (13 April 2018). "Italian modernist Osvaldo Borsani's innovative home opens up in Milan for Salone del Mobile".
  28. ^ "In Milan the long awaited unveiling of villa Borsani". 18 April 2018.
  29. ^ "1000 Retail Graphics". Rockport publishers. 16 June 2018 – via Google Books.
  30. ^ a b c "The Future of Design". 1 July 2006.
  31. ^ a b S.r.l., Studiolabo. "Ambra Medda - Fuorisalone Magazine".
  32. ^ "Tom Dixon, Interviewed by Ambra Medda".
  34. ^ "Designed to Last: Ambra Medda Launches L'ArcoBaleno".

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