Miami 2016 – Art and design by Damien Hirst, Gaetano Pesce, Studio Job and the Haas Brothers but also limited edition pieces handmade by women craft collectives in Swaziland and South Africa. We selected ten 1 unexpected creatures taking over DesignMiami/ 2016.
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The Wild One China Cabinet by Misha Kahn for New York gallery Friedman Benda is a sweet and spooky furry creature made in wood with drawers that open like a mouth. The cabinet was created in collaboration with Gone Rural, an artisan collective with the aim to empower women in some of the most remote areas of Swaziland.
Inspired by dark Nordic storytelling tradition stemming from H.C. Andersen’s fairytales and Edvard Munch’s paintings, the Moss People sculptures by Finnish ceramist Kim Simonsson reveal a twisted world with cute creatures. The pieces are coated with a nylon flock reminding of green moss. On show at Jason Jacques Gallery.
A one eyed dinosaur lamp and a walking metallic mollusc with louminous eyes. South African gallery Southern Guild presents furniture-creatures by emerging designer and artist Atang Tshikare, founder of Zabalazaa. On show also a Porky Hefer crafted nest inspired by a piranha.
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R & Company showcases furry beings designed by the Haas Brothers: a set of seatings covered in Icelandic sheepskin. On show also the new pieces developed in collaboration with Monkeybiz crafting collective of South African women who create the Afreaks, weird, stoner-chic monsters covered with patterned beadwork.
New York gallery Salon 94 presents a solo exhibition of famed architect and industrial designer Gaetano Pesce. On show vintage furniture including the Face Cabinet alongside his new resin vases specially produced for the fair.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery showcases a tongue in cheek treasure chest by Studio Job. The piece is titled Monkey business and features a cheeky monkey studded with Swarovsky on a golden safe made in polished and glided bronze.
A gilded skeleton of a three-metre tall woolly mammoth on display in the garden of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. It’s the Gone but not forgotten installation by British artist Damien Hirst “Despite its scientific reality, the mammoth has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science” said Damien Hirst.
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