Art, Design – Curio is Design Miami‘s exhibition platform which invites designers, curators, innovators, and gallerists to present cabinets of curiosity throughout the fair. From an intense exploration of colour blue to an innovative bodega merging pottery with urban art and aquatic lighting design installations. We selected six of the best Design Miami Curios 2022.
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Rademakers Gallery presents Quelle Fête by Dutch art collective Rotganzen: a playful representation of past glory and a melancholic reminder of the glamour nights in clubs like Studio 54, Paradise Garage, and The Roxy. Rotganzen has also created a series of sculptural pieces honoring American design, manufacturing, industry, and popular sports and food.
Harry Nuriev, Crosby Studio’s creative director, presents a sofa made of fabric pouches stitched together and resembling trash bags found on New York City’s streets. The piece invites us to reflect on contemporary consumer culture. Is it really worth making your next purchase on something that could end up in the trash?
New York City-based Tuleste Factory presents an exploration of the color blue across a spectrum of saturation, opacities, and textures. On show are tables, side tables, shelves, seats, and a large wall sculpture. Together, they unveil the spirituality behind the hue’s vast character and address the significant impact the color has had on art and design.
Roberto Lugo – a.k.a. The Village Potter – has created an innovative ‘bodega’ shop for R & Company, New York. Here, you can find subway car-styled butter dishes, water tower coffee pour-overs, decorated putti bookends, Love & Hate knuckle rings, and vibrantly patterned umbrella stands shaped like Pitbulls. The Village Potter captures Lugo’s singular aesthetic approach and mission to foster inclusivity and community.
Aqua Creations, Englewood, NJ, launches a range of one-of-a-kind lights designed specifically for Design Miami/. The pieces draw inspiration from the shapes of freshwater lakes, with mirrored polished metal evoking the presence of water. The gallery also unveils a limited edition of the iconic Morning Glory Floor Lamp. The design is made with unique, raw silk crafted particularly for this collection.
J. Lohmann Gallery, New York, invites visitors on a fantastical voyage to a surreal and imaginative world of creative assemblage and biomorphic forms. Ahryun Lee and Toni Losey have created joyful, bizarre, and curious sculptural creatures that demonstrate new possibilities for clay, offering unexpected and humorous creations.
Design Miami Curios 2022 – All photos by James Harris, courtesy of Design Miami.