Ascend with you

Ascend with you installation by Diego Montoya @ SuperFine! – Photo by James Miille, courtesy of SuperFine!.

Miami 2015Architectural roller discos and digital crafts, solar installations and “whishing” walls… ArchiPanic preview on the upcoming Miami art and design week is dedicated to those want to plunge into the Latin American vibe of the city.

Miami skyline

Miami skyline – Photo by Ines Hegedus Garcia.

From the 2nd to the 6th of december, designers, architects and performers will spice up the city with projects from Mexico to Venezuela, from Chile to Brazil and then back to Miami districts of Little Havana and Little Haiti.


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Cangaco furniture collection by Campana Brothers - Courtesy of Firma Casa.

Cangaco furniture collection by Campana Brothers – Courtesy of Firma Casa.

With a population of just 417.000 residents and a hinterland of over 5.5. million people the so-called Magic City could have never become a lifestyle icon without its Latin imprint. Center and South American vibe is evident when it comes to go on show with the upcoming international art and design week.

Armchair - Courtesy of Firma Casa.

Armchair – Courtesy of Firma Casa.

Sao Paulo design gallery Firma Casa debuts at DesignMiami/ with the Cangaço collection by Humberto and Fernando Campana who took inspiration by the adventures and the style of heroic bandits who changed the history of Northeastern Brazil. Read more…

The Campana Brothers are represented also at Friedman Benda with the Pirarucu Sofa, a seating made with Pirarucu leather, foam and curtains of bamboo covering a steel and wood structure.

Pirarucu Sofa by Humberto and Fernando Campana for gallery FriedmanBenda - Courtesy of FriedmanBenda.

Pirarucu Sofa by Humberto and Fernando Campana for gallery FriedmanBenda – Courtesy of FriedmanBenda.

The gallery will present also a marble and brass table by Guillermo Parada of Chilean design and architecture studio gt2P (Great Things to People).The Santiago-based studio promotes new technologies such as digital crafting with the richness of traditional techniques driven by their cultural heritage.

Marble vs Bronze coffee table Sofa by gt2P for gallery FriedmanBenda - Courtesy of FriedmanBenda.

Marble vs Bronze coffee table Sofa by gt2P for gallery FriedmanBenda – Courtesy of FriedmanBenda.

gt2P joins also Belong. Here. Now., AirBnb design program at DesignMiami/. The designers will ask guests to participate in making a wishing wall mural.

Galleria Rossella Colombari from Milan presents an exhibition that pays homage to the masters of Italian design re-evocating the interiors of Gio Ponti-designed villa in Caracas, Venezuela.

Interiors of Villa Planchart by Gio Ponti in Caracas. Photo: courtesy of gallery Rossella Colombari.

Interiors of Villa Planchart by Gio Ponti in Caracas. Photo: courtesy of gallery Rossella Colombari.

R & Company, that recently inaugurated the Brazil Modern exhibition in New York, brings to Miami works by some of Brazil most influent designers like Lina Bo Bardi, Sergio Rodriguez, Joaquim Tenreiro and Jose Zanine but also emerging talents like Hugo França from Sao Paulo.

Brazil Modern exhibition by R & Company - Photo by Joe Kram, @randcompanynyc Instagram.

Brazil Modern exhibition by R & Company – Photo by Joe Kram, @randcompanynyc Instagram.

ADN Galeria from Mexico joins Design Curio program with an installation by Eduardo Olbés themed “On Reflection: Smoking Mirrors and other vanities”. The Mexico-based sculptor and furniture designer was inspired by the symbolism of the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, whose name literally translates as Smoking Mirror. Olbés created a series of sculptures that use either obsidian or black jade to create a reflective surface that acts as a mirror.

"Smoking Mirrors" by Eduardo Olbés for ADN Galleria - @ DesignMiami.

“Smoking Mirrors” by Eduardo Olbés for ADN Galleria – @ DesignMiami.

Latin vibe is on show also at SuperFine!, a debuting fair which takes over the massive Citadel workspace with a curated line-up of indipendent creatives who blend art and design. “While located in the contiguous United States, Miami is an ever-growing Latin American capital city” say at SuperFine!

The Citadel

The Citadel, SuperFine! venue in Little Haiti, Miami – Courtesy of SuperFine!.

That’s why the fair embraces this imprint with Caja de Cultura, a pavilion dedicated to art and design with origins in the diaspora of Latin culture that makes up Miami. Little Haiti-bred designer Diego Montoya will showcase the Ascend With You installation. A 3,000 square foot immersive hanging chandelier of light beams and sparkling bejeweled human forms ascending from the stage. Local and international street artists will join forces to create a massive mural on the back of the building.

SuperFine! Diego Montoya

“Tabelau Vivant” installation by Diego Montoya @ SuperFine – Courtesy of SuperFine!

After the succesfull roller disco by Studio Job at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, Faena Forum in Miami Beach invited Brazilian-French duo assume vivid astro focus (avaf) to spice up the nearly complete art space designed by Rem Koolhas. Neons, roller rinks and colour explosion become the set for parties and dj-set.

Roller Disco @ Faena Art Center.

Roller Disco by Studio Job @ Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires.

As one of the fair’s main partner, Swarovski commissioned an installation by to Mexico-city based architect Fernando Romero of FR-EE. The studio explored the man’s relationship with the sun and created a geodesic composed of 2.880 custom-made precision-cut Swarovski crystals. The structure is designed to scale. one billion times smaller then the sun.

Fernando Romero @ DesignMiami

Swarovski’s installation by Fernando Romero @ DesignMiami.

Below: Phillip Pessar’s  architectural portrait of Little Havana district in Miami.

Phillip Pessar – Little Havana Miami Walgreens Store by Phillip Pessar
Phillip Pessar – Home Of Miami’s First Mayor John Riley Little Havana
Phillip Pessar – Former Gulf Gas Station 1941
Phillip Pessar – Courtyard Little Havana
Phillip Pessar – Art Deco Apartment Building Little Havana