Every winter, the design and art aficionados throng to South Florida for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach.
Design Miami has become the place to congregate since it first burst on the scene 15 years ago. This colourful fair erupts each year with amazing pop-ups, innovative installations and collaborations that amalgamate design, luxury, technology and fashion. Here are some highlights of the show!
Fendi asked Swiss design studio Kueng Caputo to create 10 design pieces inspired by the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, where the fashion house is located. The collection called Roman Molds, assimilated the Colosseum’s characteristic architecture with archetypal Fendi colours and materials, accompanied by a custom Peekaboo bag by Kueng Caputo, redesigned in canvas with colourful leather features.
Order of Importance by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich consisted of 66 sand-sculptures of cars and trucks coved with sand, parked along Lincoln Road beach. The project was curated by Ximena Caminos and commissioned by the City of Miami Beach.
Balenciaga and on-the-rise artist, architect and designer Harry Nuriev created a sofa constructed completely from its disposed clothes. Inspired by comfy, sink-in recliners, the sofa is packed with unusable items of clothing, upholstered in them and sheathed in re-used vinyl – an ode to sustainability.
Designer Marc Ange, best-known for the Instagrammable pink Le Refuge canopy, took over Italian interiors company Visionnaire’s showroom with The Garden of Beauty. The plush display showed Ange’s Il Pavone – a beautiful series of decorative furniture inspired by peacock feathers.
Broadening its fine furniture collection, Objets Nomades, Louis Vuitton presented its first American designer Andrew Kudless and his Swell Wave Shelf. Made from oak and leather it was shown alongside other new pieces that debuted at Salone del Mobile earlier this year, as well as some of the past year’s editions by famous designers like Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Nendo.
New York based designer Harry Allen, the creative mind behind Moss, the groundbreaking Soho design store and Bank in the Form of a Pig, presented his latest venture, Portrait Vessel, where each sculpture is made from a 3-D scan of a person’s face and neck and is then printed in custom ceramic, 9-carat gold, or platinum-a reference to both classical busts and present day selfies. The installation featured on-site digital scanning and collectors could choose to have their portrait rendered in a vase, coin bank or urn to be delivered in eight to twelve weeks!
After introducing its limited edition series with M/M Paris at Salone del Mobile in April, Miu Miu showcased its stools for the first time in the U.S. Made from palm wood and crepe rubber with hand blown Murano glass pegs, the seats were fun yet practical, echoing the fashion brand’s maxim to the tee.
The Miami Design District commissioned artist Fernando Laposse as the neighbourhood’s artist. Inspired by sustainability and folk art, he worked with fibre artist Angela Damman and artisans from Sacabah, Yucatán, to create an immersive world that pays homage to local materials found in Mexico, such as the cochineal insect and agave fibers.