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

HALO sculpture by Bradley Bowers x The Future perfect Gallery – Photos by James Harris, unless stated otherwise.

Design  We have selected seven fun and surreal furniture designs at Design Miami. From paper light sculptures to chairs made from occasional materials during lockdown and clay pop creatures exploring gender, race, and identity issues.

ACUESTATE Y NO JODAS MAS lounge chair by Reynold Rodriguez x Wexler Gallery - Photo via IG by @wexlergallery.

ACUESTATE Y NO JODAS MAS lounge chair (at the centre) by Reynold Rodriguez x Wexler Gallery – Photo via IG by @wexlergallery.

The Future Perfect presents the Halo light sculptures of varying sizes by Bradley Bowers, best known for his avant-garde interior objects. The New Orleans-based designer created a delicate play of contrasts: creased and smooth, light and shadow through a dance-like process of building up, folding, pleating, pinching, and tucking paper. “Each lantern is my own exploration of balance; the corrugated pleats and soft rolling folds oppose and harmonize with the light emanating from within.” Explains Bowers. “I created the Halo collection so I could offer people something unique while also being familiar. My career started when I began sculpting cotton paper by hand.”

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

HALO sculptures by Bradley Bowers x The Future perfect Gallery.

South African gallery Southern Guild commissioned Zizipho Poswa to create large-scale, hand-coiled ceramic sculptures and smaller studies specifically for the fair. The acclaimed artists took inspiration from the daily Xhosa rituals she witnessed as a young girl growing up in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and the life-sustaining roles that Xhosa women play in traditional and contemporary life. Together, they are bold declarations of African womanhood.

Large scale sculptures by Zizipho Poswa x Southern Guild - Photo by James Harris.

Large scale sculptures by Zizipho Poswa x Southern Guild.

SIDE Gallery presents The Metamorphosis collection by Tadeáš Podracký. The series was conceived in his studio during Prague’s first lockdown. The Czech designer turned the limited access to materials into a research opportunity. He started to work only with materials found around the studio or easy to find, like wood, textiles and even trash such as old car parts, old ceramic pieces and broken glass sheets. “The aim was to let the object grow through my hands by gluing and combining different elements like birds do when they weave their nest. This approach allowed me complete freedom, resulting in an unpredictable outcome.”

Tadeáš Podracký x Side Gallery - Photo by James Harris.

Tadeáš Podracký x Side Gallery.

Jason Jacques Gallery teams up with Nick Weddell to present CEREMONY, a fictional Ayahuasca celebration from the fictional planet Zeefromzeglop. The ceremony posits that “all that exists in the universe is connected through cracks in time-space.” On show are tapestry depictions of great spirit animals and plants, sculptures of quirky alien creatures and a dome structure merging a tree with a crystal. “We have an intergalactic space portal here today because we have great expectations for the upcoming seismic shift in the collective human unconscious— a shift towards a renewed connection with our planet, towards a world full of care and empathy for our fellow creatures.”

GORGON chaise lounge by Nick Weddel x Jason Jacque Gallery - Photo via IG by @nicks_ceramics.

GORGON chaise lounge by Nick Weddel x Jason Jacque Gallery – Photo via IG by @nicks_ceramics.

Jeffery Deitch Gallery presents Clay Pop, an exhibition documenting the reinvention of ceramic sculpture by a new generation of artists. Paralleling current concerns in painting, many of the artists featured in Clay Pop are also “exploring gender, race and identity issues, using clay in new ways to engage with social issues.” Explains curator Alia Williams.

CLAY POP exhibition by Jeffrey Deitch gallery - Photo by James Harris.

CLAY POP exhibition by Jeffrey Deitch gallery.

Rachel Schillander presents Disco Chair at The Future Perfect gallery’s exhibition. The seat is a hollow, thin-concrete monocoque shell formed over an inflatable mold and covered in 30,000 individually handset mirror tiles. When placed in direct sun, either inside or outside, it creates a “daylight disco” as the sun cycles throughout the day, year, and varying weather conditions. “As no two days are exactly the same, each day is a new, constantly changing light show.” Comments the designer.

DISCO CHAIR by Rachel Schillander x The Future Perfect gallery - Photo by Rachel Schillander.

DISCO CHAIR by Rachel Schillander x The Future Perfect gallery – Photo by Rachel Schillander.

Wexler Gallery presents several works by Reynold Rodriguez. The Acuestate y No Jodas Mas lounge chair explores the duality of plaster, “a material with a soft appearance but capable of holding a dynamically structured form,” explains the designer who creates with a blend of sketching, digital and machine technology processing and handcrafting. His Dreamer table design responds to a simple question: “do tables dream of being light?

DREAMERS tables by Reynold Rodriguez - Photo via IG @reynoldrodz by @hermrodz Herminio Rodriguez.

DREAMERS tables by Reynold Rodriguez – Photo via IG @reynoldrodz by @hermrodz Herminio Rodriguez.