Water and Traditional Crafts at Design Miami 2019

The fifteenth edition of Design Miami, 3-8 December 2019, will showcase several new features

Starting from the venue: for the first time the fair will take place at Pride Park, with its entrance facing the entrance to Art Basel Miami Beach. Moreover, a glazed façade will lead to the tent hosting the Design Forum, and conferences will also be broadcast outside the tent to engage passers-by.

Erastudio Apartment Gallery at Design Miami 2018

The exhibitions of Design Miami 2019 will revolve around various theme elements: water, a modern take on traditional crafts, Japanese and African design, and female designers from the mid-twentieth century. Design Miami encourages galleries and the participants in the Curio program to work on specific themes in order to have increasingly appealing booths.

Molecules by Porky Hefer. Steel orbs wrapped in leather and lined with sheepskin

Water and female designers

Several galleries present exhibitions focused on water, including Gallery ALL, which creates an aquatic environment with azure glass furniture by Studio Buzao and Saerom Yoon. On the other hand, Luis Pons Design Lab presents the interactive collection Tangara in collaboration with Vermeil, whose colors have been hand-selected in reference to the ocean. Design Miami will also host an intervention by Virgil Abloh, who will present the furniture collection Aqua Alta, inspired by the tide peaks of Venice, with Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Aqua Alta, by Virgil Abloh for Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Among other exhibitions, Erastudio Apartment-Gallery presents three female protagonists of Italian art and design of the ’60s-’80s – Dadamaino, Shama, and Nanda Vigo – in dialogue with contemporary female designers such as Clementine Keith-Roach. Galerie Patrick Seguin will continue to emphasize the importance of Charlotte Perriand’s work with a cabinet made for Cite Cansado in Mauritania.

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Galerie Patrick Seguin

Robert Wilson will make his debut in glassworks. His works, titled “A boy from Texas”, are made in collaboration with Cristina Grajales Gallery.

A boy from Texas, by Robert Wilson

Harry Nuriev’s Crosby Studios will present the Balenciaga Sofa in collaboration with Balenciaga. The Russian architect has designed a sofa, made from unsellable clothing and off-cuts from the Balenciaga warehouse, inspiring reflection upon sustainability. Transparent vinyl encases the fabrics that wrap a frame made up of mannequins.

Balenciaga Sofa, by Harry Nuriev

Miami Design Week

Italian design is well represented at Miami Design Week, thanks to the exhibition setup in the Luminaire showroom. Luminaire will showcase Ethereal Simplicity”, an exhibition dedicated to Piero Lissoni and Konstantin Grcic. Piero Lissoni presents the Uncollected Collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Living Divani and his 30 years as art director of the Italian company. Noctambule, by Grcic for Flos, is the focus of the show on the second floor, with a space dedicated to a special object such as this lamp in transparent glass.


Finally, in the Collectors Lounge of Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 Sanlorenzo will present “360° Horizon”. The exhibition by Marco Palmieri, with Piero Lissoni’s design concept, is dedicated to marine landscapes. [Text Spencer Foil]

360° Horizon by Marco Palmieri

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