Design – Love, consciousness and harmony are some of the feelings explored by leading international creatives at CURIO, Design Miami/’s platform for unexpected design. We have selected five ‘emotional’ Curio exhibitions on display.
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Lara Bohinc marks her first American solo exhibition with Afternoon Tea. “The pandemic forced us all to spend more time at home, and I realised that I wanted my pieces to make you feel loved, cocooned and happy.” Says Laura Bohinc. “I also wanted to make pieces that look like they are good enough to eat.” The exhibition includes functional works sculpted to reflect their namesake: Profiterole table, Kipferl desk, Patisserie table, Afternoon chair and the Kissing armchair.
Bea Pernia, the founder of BEA Interior Design, unveils the ATUS furniture collection combining Portuguese marbles with natural white oak, black walnut and weathered teak wood. Blurring the boundaries between sculpture and functional design, the bespoke pieces merge materials into stunning structured assemblages that bring nature into any space and transmit a harmonious and positive environment. ATUS comprises a round table, a desk, a high chair and a chair with faux fur.
Harry Nuriev of Crosby Studios continues his recent explorations of transitory spaces that serve as a metaphor for “traveling through different layers of space, reality, and consciousness”—a theme found in much of Nuriev’s work. The Bedroom is a silver bedroom installation featuring a Ryokan-style mattress, situated within a zen-like cube that underscored the value of the room as a space to escape reality, meditate, experience vulnerability, and access different levels of consciousness.
Apical Reform & Zeel Studio present the Emotional Rocks project. The installation tries to capture the essence of the present time through the impact of the intangible aspects of emotions on hard objects such as rocks. “The pebble form in the installation is a depiction of our evolved thoughts and perspective. The hard rocks are almost melting and flowing due to experiencing strong emotions. The Reflective surface in the seating represents the self-introspection that takes place during the process.”
Jean and Olivier Pelle of Brooklyn-based Pelle design studio present Infinite Lure, a collection of new works featuring two distinctive lighting experiences. Within an infinitely mirrored space shines the NANA LURE chandelier, “hand cast in cotton paper and hand-painted in our studio.” A vanity mirror, lights, and tray tables are surrounded by a decorative whorl of hand-cast cotton flowers and leaves, individually made and hand-painted. Based on precision and massing, the BE PATIENT floor and wall lamps “combine our love of both architectural and automotive styling.” It features a sculptural play of material components and architectural meaning.
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