10 Highlights from Design Miami
Design Miami has developed into an epicentre where collectors and design fans meet. Nowhere else can you find such a concentration of aesthetics and visionary work from the sector. Ten things that you should know about the fair (2nd to 6th Dec., Miami Beach).
36 design galleries are taking part. As ever, most of them are from Europe. New this year are: Phos Art + Design (earlier Sarah Myerscough) from London, Gallery ALL from Beijing, Secondome from Rome and vintage watch specialists Le Collection’Heure from Brussels.
Highlights: design gallery owner Patrick Seguin from Paris is presenting unique architecture: the 4×4 m Military Shelter by Jean Prouvé from 1939. R&Company from New York is showcasing The Afreaks Series by The Haas Brothers and The Haas Sisters. Fantastic objects by a male sibling duo in collaboration with women from South African townships.
Design ideas that were never brought to fruition are as much a part of the design process as are a pad and pencil. Eye-catching pink foam models allude to such unrealized projects at the entrance of the fair this year. Unbuilt is the name of the installation by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The prices of the exhibits are very varied. There is nothing for under $1,000 at the galleries. At the further end of that scale, the $1 million mark was soon surpassed for individual items.
For the first time there is a design market for smaller wallets etc. at the fair. A creative mind will be invited to design this Market every year. The first such person was Miami-based Emmett Moore. His inspiration: the beach of his home town.
Design by Aztecs and Mayas
For the Collaborative series, Swarovski asked the Mexican-born architect and designer Fernando Romero to reflect on the connection between humans and the sun. The result is the installation El Sol with 2,880 crystals cut precisely according to the geometry of the Aztecs and Mayas.
2015’s Satellites series includes Airbnb. An open-air living room was built opposite the exhibition tent where creatives are doing planned and spontaneous interventions. At the centre of Belong. Here. Now. guests sit on the colourful stools on site – according to the concept of Airbnb.
The Pavilion series begins in Miami this year. It presents the dining pavilion Volu by star architect Zaha Hadid – optically reminiscent of an opening shell. And Marcel Wanders is talking about his prefab house Eden.
The strange and the visionary
Talking of Marcel Wanders: Louis Vuitton presented the lounge chair from the Objets Nomades collection – designed by Wanders – on the sidelines of Design Miami. It comprises three individual modules that can be put together like pieces of a puzzle and used in various ways: either as a chaise longue, chair or as a stool. Wanders describes his lounger as “an unfolding and portable oasis for relaxation.”.
The boss of Design Miami, Rodman Primack, wants to see innovations and visions at the fair alongside the museum-ready gallery pieces. Consequently, Design Curio pays tribute to somewhat stranger designs. This year: Smoking Mirrors from the ADN Galeria and an homage to the US delicatessen Dean & Deluca moulded from cheese. Why? Giorgio Deluca’s first store in Soho was called The Cheese Store.