7 quirky and surreal furniture designs debuting at Design Miami/ 2021

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

Tables that dream of being lights, weird creatures from another planet, a glittering disco chair, and a clay celebration of African womanhood… We picked seven bold and surreal furniture designs in Miami.

Design Miami 2021 dodges hypes exploring the ‘Human Kind’ theme

Design Miami 2021 Exterior - Photo by James Harris.

Design Miami 2021 focuses on human-based projects. From ceramic vessels reinterpreting the African diaspora to ‘floral’ cabinets exploring ideas of ephemerality, decay, and more.

NYCXDESIGN 2021: 10 furniture designs on show at ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan

GIGI collection by Studio D'Armes and Verre D'Onge - Photo via IG by @icff_official.

ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan 2021: pendant lamps inspired by fireflies in the Mexican forest, an ergonomic seat doubling as a tool for posture exercises, ethical carpets combating illegal child labor and more…

Colony’s ‘Join’ exhibition in New York explores togetherness through design

JOIN exhibition @ Colony, NYCXDesign 2021 - Photo by David Mitchell.

Colony, the designers’ co-op, presents the ‘Join’ exhibition featuring new work from 12 independent American designers exploring the tactile meanings and emotional complexities of togetherness. A mother/son lighting design, two armchairs for slow conversation and shared meditation and a set of urns/vessels in honor of a beloved family member lost during the pandemic.

New York Design Week 2021: 7 must-see exhibitions, fairs and destinations

New York Design Week 2021. Liam Lee x Patrick Parrish Gallery @ Salon Art + Design.

New York Design Week 2021: a collective showcase reflecting on the power of post-pandemic togetherness, a wall-light anchoring ourselves among the chaos and psychedelic furniture drawing from the natural and biological world.

Tanween 2021: 4 design, science and material innovation projects inspired by the UAE

Tanween 2021 - The Kapok series by Tasnim Tinawi - Courtesy of Tanween.

A Biosand cabinet, a tech-crafted ottoman with river tamarind leather-like fabric, ghaf tree lamps and desert cotton upholstery. With the Tanween 2021 program, Tashkeel platform for the UAE design scene presents the work of four emerging female designers who teamed up with local botanists, scientists, engineers and manufacturers to develop innovative materials and create bespoke furniture and lighting collections.

DAE Graduation Show 2021: 8 projects by Design Academy Eindhoven graduates

DAE Graduation Show 2021. Melodic Gestures by Edern Janneau - ©Pierre Castignola

DAE Graduation Show 2021: from human-made clouds to musical tennis tables and trauma healing garments… 8 out-of-the-box projects by Design Academy Eindhoven graduates.

Edit Napoli 2021: 8 design projects on show at the Neapolitan fair’s central exhibition

EDIT Napoli 2021 - ©Serena Eller.

Archipanic explored Edit Napoli 2021, the third edition of the international fair focusing on creativity between industrial and collectible design. A lava alphabet, new oil rituals and porcelain toothbrushes vessels… Check what we liked the most at the Monumental Complex of San Domenico Maggiore.

Objects for a New Kind of Society: Dutch Invertuals envision future ‘design-scapes’

'Objects for a New Kind of Society' Dutch Invertuals at Dutch Design Week 2021 - All photos by Ronald Smits, courtesy of Dutch Design Week.

The Dutch Invertuals’ ‘Objects for a New Kind of Society’ exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2021 explores our relationship with objects and designers’ social role.

Design Miami/Basel 2021 rethinks the relationship between humans, nature and human nature

Joseph Walsh Studio @ Design Miami/ Basel 2021 - Photo by James Harris

Design Miami/Basel 2021: Space Age-inspired parametric sofas, blackhole mirrors between the parallel universe and the antiverse and a constellation of lighting designs blooming in mid-air. We round up 12 must-see best exhibitions on show.

3 Days Of Design 2021 focuses on well-being through design

ISLET dining tabe by Maria Bruun x Fredericia - Via IG, styling by @henrietteschou⁠, photography by @v.neumann via @yellowsstudio⁠.

Textile ‘rural graffiti’ inspired by flocks of sheep, the beauty of imperfect objects with a past and psychologically supportive mirrors. 3 Days Of Design 2021 took over Copenhagen, exploring how the objects we live with can help us to feel better.

Elena Salmistraro: “Milan is back. This year I felt excited as if it was my first design week”

AXO IN FABULA by Elerna Salmistraro X Cappellini - Courtesy of Cappellini.

We sat down with Elena Salmistraro to talk about her projects at Milan Design Week, what the pandemic has taught us for good, women in design, and her positive attitude toward the future.

MISSED YOU CALL: Design Academy Eindhoven grad-show debuts in Milan

MISSED YOUR CALL, Design Academy Eindhoven @ Milan Design Week 2021 - Photo by Archipanic.

Can tomato plants and a server live in symbiosis? How much would you pay for a cloud? Would you use an influencer starter kit for your kids? We selected ten out-of-the-box graduation projects by Design Academy Eindhoven students on show at the MISSED YOU CALL exhibition in Milan.

NOMAD St. Moritz 2021 brings design from Rio to Milan and Beirut to the Swiss Alps

NOMAD St. Moritz 2021 - All photos by J'adore ce que vous faites - unless stated otherwise.

NOMAD St. Moritz 2021: Christo’s wrapped furniture, bespoke Lebanese carpets, an Alpine Wunderkammer, and more… We selected 10 great projects from around the globe on show.