The art and design worlds converge on Miami each year, and while most are and the many concurrent art fairs, Design Miami is just as big a draw for those interested in functional design and furnishings. Shumatsu Distortion made its annual pilgrimage south to this high-end global design fair to bring you the latest creations from some of the most influential established global designers as well as stellar emerging talent.
Even before walking through the door, visitors were presented with a truly innovative entrance plaza, donated by the world’s largest 3D printed structure — with it’s own Guinness World Record. Named “flotsam and jetsam,” the entrance plaza was designed by SHoP Architects, using biodegradable bamboo. If you missed Design Miami, you’ll be able to see the structure in the city’s Design District after the fair.
We’ve picked our top favorites from the show, from lighting to objects and furnishings.
Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery presented a range of spectacular pieces including this Agency Sofa by Vladimir Kagan. We were charmed by the sensuous curves that grace every line of this sofa.
Belgian artists Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of created this piece as a commission for . Car Crash was designed for Design Miami/, and is one of a continuing series of pieces conceived in collaboration the gallery and artists.
Artist and designer Arik Levy created ICE for COMPAC, the Surfaces Company. The installation is created from Levy’s expressive Genesis collection created for COMPAC. Inspired by the frozen Arctic lakes of ice, Genesis features visual fragments similar to those found in natural stone. He endeavored to give depth to a material that is hard and flat by nature.
This noteworthy chair by Henrytimi from features a bronze sheet that slices into an angled velvet base. The juxtaposition of the hard metal against the h, upholstered base is unexpected and lavish.
We were definitely charmed by Marcel Wander’s low faux leather chairs, “presented by . The gorgeous embroidery on the smooth, black surface adds texture and only highlights his mastery of the material.
Friedman Benda’s both was an installation, “Asymmetrical Symmetry,” featuring works by 11 international artists.
gallery’s booth included the Triple Loop Suspension light by Michael Anastassiades’ created exclusively for The Future Perfect. Thin green rings hold three orbital lights in this spare but stunning fixture. WE are also big fans of Lex Pott, whose fragments tables rough found boulders that are are bisected with planes of perfectly finished and honed stone.
Three-dimensional ceramic sculptures including pieces that seem to resemble everyday items were a feature in the Booth.
Maria Pergay’s Wave Bench is luxurious in its simplicity. The Paris-based, Romanian-born designer is known for the innovative use of stainless steel. Other Pergay pieces are in the background of the exhibit.
For Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades exhibit, Japanese Designer created a four-petal “blossom stool.” It is a reinterpretations of Louis Vuitton’s iconic petal monogram. Yoshioka created the piece in gold metal and leather-covered wood.
Charles Hollis Jones’ Post Chair is angular and distinctive, with its acrylic seat and bars, set of by the nickel-plated steel frame. It was presented by of Detroit and Miami.
massive “Platter/Gather” was the focal point of the Ornamentum Gallery display. The huge work features found silver plated platters melded into a unique piece. The artist says: “I am motivated by how an object moves through the world, changing in meaning as it is passed down, and how it is cherished as its significance grows. This history of objects has led to my continued exploration of heirlooms.”
The Haas Brothers are a perennial favorite and their fantastical pieces never disappoint. Alongside their freaky little creatures, was this wooden table and chairs with whimsically carved legs. Their take on table legs gives the piece a strong humorous personality. They are presented by .
An enormous sofa by Johnny Swing consists of thousands of swelled quarters. Swing is a member of the American Studio Furniture movement and a master welder. He creates his designs by first carving the form from Styrofoam, casting a negative mold in concrete, and then welding the coins. Very grand!
The Southern Guild represents African locally made, limited-edition design by artists and designers in South Africa. This is the
In a departure from colors and shine, this André Borderie glazed ceramic table top caught our attention for it geometric deign and appealing simplicity. Created in 1959, the table is one of Border’s pieces that had a style that was related to the ethnic pottery of the period. It was shown by the .
Finally, Victor Hunt Designart Dealer featured some spectacular art lighting, such as this dramatic and colorful wall sconce of gains glass crystals.
Commonplace Studio’s Wall Lumiere is an enthralling work. Not really a light fixture, it is rather an interactive digital lighting piece. The Studio’s founders focus on “context driven objects, quality craftsmanship, and quiet interactions” while trying to overcome some of the typical limitations of the digital medium, such as tactility.
As always, Design Miami had a wide variety of new contemporary pieces that appeal to a large cross section of visitors. From fantastical and funky to spare and minimalist, it was a visual and tactile delight.