Ubreakable design in Miami. Above: Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain - Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

Unbreakable design in Miami. Above: Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain – Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

Miami 2016 – Marble, quartz, concrete and lava. International brands and designers blur the lines between urban and domestic, nature process and craftsmanship unveiling new aesthetics for heavy and unbreakable design.


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Plusdesign gallery - Marble tanks by Will West - Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

Plusdesign gallery – Marble tanks by Will West – Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

Inspired by the great frozen lakes of ice which can be found in the Arctic, the Genesis collection by Arik Levy for surface company COMPAC enhances the genuine characteristics of quartz and marble. The pieces reveal visual fragments similar to those found in natural stone and invite to delve into the ethereal qualities and surprising transparency of the material.

Ice installation by COMPAC with Genesis collection by Arik Levy - Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMiami/.

Ice installation by COMPAC with Genesis collection by Arik Levy – Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMiami/.

These slabs are as beautiful as a painting on the wall and as powerful as an ancient stone.” Says Arik Levy. The Miami installation featured Genesis in vertical and horizontal formats, as both a surface and product – showing many potential applications.


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Ice installation by COMPAC with Genesis collection by Arik Levy - Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMiami/.

Ice installation by COMPAC with Genesis collection by Arik Levy – Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMiami/.

Ivanka conrete brand launches the QTZ furniture collection by Alexander Lotersztain. The series comprises faceted seatings, tables and footrest accessories inspired by the naturally occurring forms and crystallization process of quartz.

Ubreakable design in Miami. Above: Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain - Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain – Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

The QTZ series represents a new generation of urban elements” says Katalin Ivanka to ArchiPanic. The designs that debuted at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week, were exhibited in two different venues in Miami Design District mixing private and public bespoke design.


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Ubreakable design in Miami. Above: Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain - Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

Ivanka concrete QTZ collection by Alexander Lotersztain – Photo by Flashback, courtesy of Ivanka.

Milan gallery Plusdesign blurred the lines between urban landscape and the domestic realm as well. The Streetscape exhibition featured also marble jugs by Will West. The British designer took inspiration by abandoned objects found by a marble factory in the middle of rural Italy.

Plusdesign gallery: "Making relics" marble tanks by Will West - Photo: courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

Plusdesign gallery: “Making relics” marble tanks by Will West – Photo: courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

The collection highlights the obvious contrast between two contrasting materials – the luxury of marble and the cheap, throwaway nature of plastic containers” says the designer.

Plusdesign gallery: "Making relics" marble tanks by Will West - Photo: courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

Plusdesign gallery: “Making relics” marble tanks by Will West – Photo: courtesy of Plusdesign gallery.

Milan-based designer Vincenzo de Cotis presented marble and cast brass tables for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. “The aesthetic of De Cotiis’ works comes from an imaginary home where unexpected artistic forms meet the functionality of everyday objects.” Say at CWG.


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Carpenters Workshop Gallery: marble and brass table by Vincenzo De Cotiis - Photo: courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery: marble and brass table by Vincenzo De Cotiis – Photo: courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

The Asymmetrical Asymmetry exhibition by New York City gallery Friedman Benda featured Chilean design studio gt2P’s new Remolten Lava table lamps made from lava excavated from Chile’s Villarrica Volcano. “In Nature, lava covers every shape. What if we could control this process in order to keep the original design?” Comment at gt2P.


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Rmolten Lava series by gt2P - Photo by gt2P.

Remolten Lava series by gt2P – Photo by gt2P.