Miami 2016 – Design collectors will be surprised by DesignMiami/2016. Forget sober and posh attitudes and get ready for flamboyant shows. We picked 7 must see exhibitions including a high-tech organic pavilion by SHoP architects, the debut of galleries Chamber NYC and The Future Perfect.. But alsoStudio Job’s sculpture at the new Faena Forum and major collaborations with AirBnb, gourmet deli Dean & De Luca and Italian fashion house Fendi.
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FLOTSAM & JETSAM – The pavilion by SHoP architects welcomes DesignMiami/ visitors with sweeping arches of intricately 3d-printed natural oak wood. The structure will be a permanent fixture, serving as a cultural events space in the district’s Jungle Plaza following the fair.
“Flotsam & Jetsam was created thanks to an impressive feature of engineering nodding to the seaside location it inhabits” said at SHoP architects, the New York City-based studio won the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award.
CHAMBER – The New York gallery and boutique exhibits at DesignMiami/ for the first time with an exhibition of unexpected flamboyant design pieces. “The selected works are reminiscent of a collage being assembled in an age of fragmentation” say at Chambers “Each item responds to contemporary issues such as privacy and social interaction, manipulation of knowledge, instability and upheaval, industrialisation vs natural intimacy”.
Niek Pulles covered two car seats in blue acoustic foam inspired by and made of classical door frames, objects, and products found on the streets of Amsterdam. For his Botanical sofa and table, Azuma Makoko used fictional moss to camouflage everyday objects. The pieces playfully enable the semblance of nature to infiltrate our lives.
Mimi Jung designed a new neon fabric room that explores the tension between the desire for isolation and the need to participate with the outside world.
THE FUTURE PERFECT gallery debuts at Design Miami/ 2016 with exclusively commissioned work by a roster of global designers including DIMORESTUDIO, Lex Pott, Christopher Stuart and Michael Anastassiades who designed a series of orbital brass fixtures that “elevate lighting to illuminated sculpture”.
The Bespoke Loop collection marks the first use of colour in the London-based designer’s lightings. Verdigris hued brass hoops frame a spherical bulb creating a minimal and delicate play of shadows and light.
HAPPY ROOM – FENDI recreated a modular VIP room for refined travelers on the go. The new collection by Cristina Celestino combines pastel colours and bespoke materials. On show a marble and onyx vanity table, a standing mirror and a fox trimmed sofa with coordinated seatings.
THE STAGE – Delicatessen chain Dean & DeLuca propose a new food retail concept designed by Ole Shereen. The prototype on view elevates cooking to theatre. The stage is a corian structure. The performers are the chefs that go on show interacting with visitors.
“The “Stage” installation for Dean & DeLuca aims create a singular pristine object that celebrates food.” said Scheeren. Food is on display on a landscape of mountains and valleys, a topographical surface dancing along the perimeter of the object.
THE TREE OF LIFE: a golden jug spilling milk on a panama hat on top of a pink brain. A rainbow under the brain arches from branches nesting wheels, crowns, golden keys and even a red bricked castle… And so on. Studio Job’s Tree of Life permanent sculpture is on view outside the New Faena Forum. The 8-meter piece pays homage to 17th century goldsmith Johann Melchior Dinglinger and is made of bronze and aluminum, rare marble, crystals and mosaic.
Previous works of the creative firm are featured into the sculpture. “Tree of Life is an important centerpiece in our lifelong practice of extreme craftsmanship and we were inspired to bring a contemporary take on these historic techniques” Said at Studio Job. The design duo has been collaborating with Faena on several projects including also a Roller Disco installation at Faena Design Center in Buenos Aires.
SOBREMESA – Cocktail, music and experiences take place at the installation by Mexican studio Pedro&Juana for AirBnb. Inspired by iconic Mexican courtyard welcoming spaces, the installation interprets the concept of Sobremesa, the Mexican tradition of “sharing time and space lingering around the table after a meal in casual conversation“.