7 quirky and surreal furniture designs debuting at Design Miami/ 2021

HALO sculpture by Bradley Bowers x The Future perfect Gallery - Photo by James Harris

Tables that dream of being lights, weird creatures from another planet, a glittering disco chair, and a clay celebration of African womanhood… We picked seven bold and surreal furniture designs in Miami.

Design Miami 2021 dodges hypes exploring the ‘Human Kind’ theme

Design Miami 2021 Exterior - Photo by James Harris.

Design Miami 2021 focuses on human-based projects. From ceramic vessels reinterpreting the African diaspora to ‘floral’ cabinets exploring ideas of ephemerality, decay, and more.

September floor lamp by Fernando Mastrangelo celebrates Nature in the Post-Antropocene

SEPTEMBER floor lamp by Fernando Mastrangelo - Photo: courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo.

With its carved organic body and brass branches embracing a luminous glass globe, Fernando Mastrangelo’s ‘September’ floor lamp delivers a ‘sort of’ optimistic message on the climate change issue. Because Nature will survive us and thrive again.

NYCXDESIGN 2021: 10 furniture designs on show at ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan

GIGI collection by Studio D'Armes and Verre D'Onge - Photo via IG by @icff_official.

ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan 2021: pendant lamps inspired by fireflies in the Mexican forest, an ergonomic seat doubling as a tool for posture exercises, ethical carpets combating illegal child labor and more…

Colony’s ‘Join’ exhibition in New York explores togetherness through design

JOIN exhibition @ Colony, NYCXDesign 2021 - Photo by David Mitchell.

Colony, the designers’ co-op, presents the ‘Join’ exhibition featuring new work from 12 independent American designers exploring the tactile meanings and emotional complexities of togetherness. A mother/son lighting design, two armchairs for slow conversation and shared meditation and a set of urns/vessels in honor of a beloved family member lost during the pandemic.

New York Design Week 2021: 7 must-see exhibitions, fairs and destinations

New York Design Week 2021. Liam Lee x Patrick Parrish Gallery @ Salon Art + Design.

New York Design Week 2021: a collective showcase reflecting on the power of post-pandemic togetherness, a wall-light anchoring ourselves among the chaos and psychedelic furniture drawing from the natural and biological world.

Tanween 2021: 4 design, science and material innovation projects inspired by the UAE

Tanween 2021 - The Kapok series by Tasnim Tinawi - Courtesy of Tanween.

A Biosand cabinet, a tech-crafted ottoman with river tamarind leather-like fabric, ghaf tree lamps and desert cotton upholstery. With the Tanween 2021 program, Tashkeel platform for the UAE design scene presents the work of four emerging female designers who teamed up with local botanists, scientists, engineers and manufacturers to develop innovative materials and create bespoke furniture and lighting collections.

Dubai Design Week 2021: 10 must see exhibitions and installations

Yovalah instalation by Bits to Atoms - Courtesy of Dubai Design Week 2021.

Dubai Design Week 2021: a pavilion referring to the UAE moving desert, communal spaces inspired by traditional Emirati dance and more…

Edit Cult 2021: 6 design exhibitions reinterpreting Naples’ DNA

Edit Napoli - Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Istituto Caselli Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte @ Edit Cult 2021 - Photo by ©Serena Eller.

Edit Cult 2021: San Carlo Theatre, San Gennaro’s Museum, the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte and some of Naples’ major cultural venues host exhibitions by Italian and international designers, all paying tribute to the vibrant spirit of the southern Italian city.

DAE Graduation Show 2021: 8 projects by Design Academy Eindhoven graduates

DAE Graduation Show 2021. Melodic Gestures by Edern Janneau - ©Pierre Castignola

DAE Graduation Show 2021: from human-made clouds to musical tennis tables and trauma healing garments… 8 out-of-the-box projects by Design Academy Eindhoven graduates.

Edit Napoli 2021: 8 design projects on show at the Neapolitan fair’s central exhibition

EDIT Napoli 2021 - ©Serena Eller.

Archipanic explored Edit Napoli 2021, the third edition of the international fair focusing on creativity between industrial and collectible design. A lava alphabet, new oil rituals and porcelain toothbrushes vessels… Check what we liked the most at the Monumental Complex of San Domenico Maggiore.

Objects for a New Kind of Society: Dutch Invertuals envision future ‘design-scapes’

'Objects for a New Kind of Society' Dutch Invertuals at Dutch Design Week 2021 - All photos by Ronald Smits, courtesy of Dutch Design Week.

The Dutch Invertuals’ ‘Objects for a New Kind of Society’ exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2021 explores our relationship with objects and designers’ social role.

Dutch Design Awards 2021: sustainable archipelagos and virtual fashion

Dutch Design Awards 2021. LEELA by The Fabricant - Courtesy of Dutch Design Foundation

The winners of Dutch Design Awards 2021 mark a new impetus for the design world that thrives on change and cross-pollination and radiates hopeful optimism.

CERSAIE 2021: 6 ceramic surface designs with a more human-centred post-Covid 19 attitude

MASTEPIECE by Ferruccio Laviani x Lea Ceramiche - Photo by Lea Ceramiche.

Craftsmanship, childhood memories and earthy tones. Nature and human-centred surface design strives at the post-Covid 19 Cersaie 2021, the world’s leading international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings.