Design Miami returns to Pride Park, Miami Beach, in 2022, with 50 galleries and exhibitions exploring the theme The Golden Age: Looking to the Future
Now in its 18th edition, Design Miami, returns from November 30 to December 4, 2022. The Golden Age is the general theme of Design Miami for 2022, chosen by curator Maria Cristina Didero. The curator sees the theme as a good omen for the future, an ideal continuation of Design Miami/ Basel’s theme, The Golden Age: Rooted in the Past. Therefore, The Golden Age: Looking to the Future, the theme of the upcoming edition, celebrates the tomorrow we create for ourselves.
Design Miami 2022: Debut Galleries
Several galleries from different parts of the world are making their debut at Design Miami 2022. Ippodo Gallery (New York) presents Extreme Surfaces, an exhibition of contemporary Japanese kogei (art and craft). The exhibition is a juxtaposition of three distinct object types: the surfaces of form-active works—represented by Kodai Ujiie, Kota Arinaga, and Yukiya Izumita—are fabricated from mosaic shapes. Surface-active works—Terumasa Ikeda and Koji Hatakeyama—are distinguished by an expressive decoration of the external layer, while Shigeru Uchida’s works are engineered with linear and regular shapes that join seamlessly.
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Gallery Negropontes (Paris) makes its Miami debut presenting creations by exceptional designers and craftspeople who use new techniques and materials, or those transformed from their traditional use. These include pieces created especially for Design Miami by Etienne Moyat, a monumental wood sculptor, and some works in polished bronze by Erwann Boulloud. Hervé Langlais explores pure lines with his Collection Pop, which includes the Triptyque mirror, the Arche console and the Métaphore side table.
Diletante42 (São Paulo) presents a selection of Brazilian furniture from the modernist period and works from the 1940s-1980s. Authors include Lina Bo Bardi, José Zanine Caldas, Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues and others. One particularly rare piece set to go on show is a Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair #41, crafted from natural fiber and all original parts.
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Biomorphic art and design
Galerie BSL (Paris) produces and exhibits works that challenge the established boundaries of art and design. It will debut at the fair with The Power of Biomorphism, an exhibition of rare and exceptional pieces. Among these are bronze works by Pia Maria Raeder, with a beaded texture inspired by the cosmos and the starry sky, as well as a set of works from Ayala Serfaty’s Soma series composing a landscape of luminous sculptures evoking biomorphic forms.
Historic Gallery Highlights
The galleries also include several historic galleries that are returning to this edition. Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris) will present 20th century furniture from a number of its celebrated designers. Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia) will return to the fair with a booth devoted to both vintage and contemporary American Studio furniture, including works by George Nakashima and Tanaka Tomomi. John Keith Russell (South Salem) specializes in the material culture of the Shakers, objects synonymous with beautiful and utilitarian American craft and design. For Design Miami 2022, the gallery will present a set of four Shaker dining chairs created in 1834 by Brother Micajah Tucker of the Canterbury, New Hampshire, Shaker community. The spindle-back Dining Chair is a rare and sought-after Shaker design; it is presumed that only 80 – 90 of these dining chairs were ever made.
Contemporary Gallery Highlights
Lastly, this year’s fair also presents a diverse selection of contemporary works. Among the many highlights is the return of Southern Guild (Cape Town), who will present Inkundla, an exhibition of handcrafted furniture and objects presented in an imagined domestic environment. The booth will feature specially commissioned pieces by 16 of the African continent’s most celebrated artists and designers, including ceramicists Zizipho Poswa, Andile Dyalvane and Madoda Fani; internationally renowned artists Nandipha Mnthambo, Porky Hefer and Rich Mnisi; design duo Dokter and Misses, and sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski.
Another spotlight preview comes from Sarah Myerscough Gallery (London). The gallery will present Material Shores, an immersive curated collection of design and art objects that champion sustainable and restorative design practices. Another interesting highlight comes from Ateliers Courbet (New York). For Design Miami 2022, the gallery will focus on one material—bronze—and its manifold craftsmanship techniques. The works on show include EROS BRUT, a sculptural dining table by Hamza Kadiri carved from a single solid block of ash wood, as well as the Bonsai series of sculptural bronze tables and lights by Donnersberg and Cárcamo, and produced by Fonderie Fusions’ revered founders in the South of France. The limited-edition series consists of tables and lights evoking the abstracted forms or outlines of Bonsai trees.