DesignMiami/2015. AirBnb joins Miami design week with Belong. Here. Now. a program of events for the fair’s visitors with a line up of emerging international talents and a “space to retreat and connect with others, a place where to be suprised and inspired”.
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Chicago-based collaborative Design With Company created an interactive space modeled on an ancient Greek Agora, a public area designed to bring citizens together. “The space is conceived as an creative lounge where visitors are rewarded with new experiences and opportunities for unscripted discourse” say at AirBnb.
The new Agora comprises a ring of columns broken into fragments. Here, a series of outdoor rooms naturally arrange people into new and unexpected configuration in order to promote dialogue and improvisation.
With the Hope keeper installation Chilean architecture and design studio Great Things to People – gt2P asks guests to participate in making a wishing wall mural. Visitors can write or draw the place in the world that they would most like to visit. Each paper/wish will be kept in a cell on the wall, creating a unique monument to visitors who are present in the space.
“The design of the installation is inspired by small colonies of crustaceans found in Chilean coasts which are attached to rocks or other sea animals” Say at gt2P. The projects was firstly launched in 2013 for Gallery Gosserez at PAD London .
Yinka Ilori, a furniture artist who upcycles chairs, invites guests to learn about his Nigerian heritage through parables and then create their own, all while interacting with him during his creative process.
Malaysian artist Hong Yi (‘Red’) uses social media to invite people from all over the world to share stories about the most meaningful objects they own. Expressed through a large-scale balloon installation, this space symbolizes a warm welcome from global citizens, as well as creating a unique, collaborative experience built on human connection and trust.
“Belong. Here. Now. speaks to AirBnb mission to create spaces where people can belong anywhere” says Jonathan Mildenhall, AirBnb Chief Marketing Officer. “The installation is designed for people to experience the unexpected, inviting guests to come in with a sense a sense of discovery and leave inspired”