Miami 2020 – Earlier this month the United State Congress passed a historic bill to decriminalize cannabis across the whole country and to clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions which account to more of the 50% of incarcerations. The bill must still pass through Senate to become law. Meanwhile, at DesignMiami/, Ornamentum gallery presented the UP IN SMOKE project featuring high-end accessories for refined marjuana smokers. Archipanic’s Miami correspondent Laura Nicole Newman met Laura Lapachin and Stefan Friedemann, co-founders and directors of the gallery.
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“We thought it was ‘High Time’ for such an exhibition.” Says Stefan Friedemann to Archipanic. “If this collection was presented 10 years ago it wouldn’t be appreciated and accepted for being too bold and daring. In the past decade we saw a growing acceptance of marijuana use both therapeutically and recreationally, with full legalization now as part of the Democratic presidential campaign platform. To our knowledge, never before has an exhibition been mounted devoted entirely to the topic.”
All the pieces were created with functionality in mind whether to storage or just smoke. A small case was inspired by medieval boxes used to keep arsenic. Another case features two breasts-like mountains hiding a space for storage because historically women used keep different stashes of everything between their bosom.
A collection of pipes in various sizes come in different materials such as silver, emerald, synthetic sapphires and black coral. UP IN SMOKE comprises also silver and gold plated brooches, sculptural acrylic poison rings, silver vessels and a bong chilum in glass and cast bronze. The Bubble Dream modular set for the home and to-go is handwrought in silver and chrome-plated brass, the elements include a storage jar, an ashtray, a pipe and a one-hitter.
“We asked to our artists if they wanted to join the project but we also invited other creatives outside our gallery portfolio.” Among the designers who contribute to the collection are Gijs Bakker, Ralph Bakker, David Bielander, Laurene Leon Boym, David Clarke, Aaron Decker, Karl Fritsch, John Iversen, Jiro Kamata, Anders Ljungberg, Tiff Massey, Ted Noten, Gerd Rothmann, Philip Sajet and Petra Zimmermann.
“UP IN SMOKE also embeds conversations around racial and economic justice, popular and musical culture, and government overreach in legislating morality to name a few.” Adds Stefan Friedemann. “The collection presented in Miami is just the first chapter of a larger project we aim to expand and showcase in the future.”
All photos: courtesy of Design Miami, Ornamentum Gallery and Laura Nicole Newman.