Nature Themes Dominate At Design Miami 2013 [Pics]
A 500 ton sand pile building, a crystal mangrove forest and lights inspired by the Venice lagoon sunset were some of the designs on display.
For the ninth year, Design Miami/ served as a warm weather meeting place for designers and collectors. For 2013 the main tent included a roster of 30+ galleries exhibiting items ranging from furniture to jewelry. As with its big brother, Art Basel located just across the street, a lap around the the booths will reveal trends. For 2013 we saw a move away from manufactured, synthetic and sleek looking. What was in abundance were organic shapes, pieces inspired by plants and animals and designs aiming to interpret the beauty of nature in new ways.
Below is our photo tour of highlights:
Tent Pile by Formlessfinder
Design Miami/ commissions an early-career architectural practice to create a site specific entry pavilion. New-York based Formlessfinder designed a temporary structure using one of Miami’s most plentiful materials, sand. 500 tons of Miami beach sand was brought inland and piled to form a support structure for the pavilion’s roof. Formlessfinder selected the natural, native material both for its low cost and ease of recycling. The whole pile could be scooped up and taken back to the beach. The aluminum roof structure is a nod to Miami’s hybrid outdoor/indoor architectural style.
Formlessfinder used the mass of the sand to create a cool zone under the pile shielded from the south Florida sun. Vents in the support wall allowed the naturally cooled air to flow into the visitor seating area.
Photo: James Harris
Maria Pergay for FENDI
Furniture designer Maria Pergay collaborated with FENDI on and installation and collection of furniture aiming to create a contrast between warm and cold, seriousness and humor. Rows of mirrored acrylic panels created an environment looking like a cross between a crystal cavern and a fun house. Pergay’s furniture, much of which was stainless steel, incorporated both real and illustrated fur as a tribute to FENDI’s use of the material over the decades.
Mangue Groove by Guiherme Torres
Inspired by the mangrove forests (mangue in Portuguese) Torres collaborated on this installation with Swarovski Crystal Palace which speaks to water conservation. Clean water is essential for crystal making and the Swarovski Waterschool program teaches water conservation to students in schools around the world. In 2014 it will expand to Brazil. Torres designed the installation to pay homage to the mangroves’ ability to protect Brazil’s coastal environments. The geometric shapes are inspired by the division of space into cells, the foundation for crystal growth. The structure is made of clear tubes filled with Swarovski’s lead-free advanced crystals.
Here Comes The Sun! was the Miami beach-esq theme that tied together the work of half a dozen designers. Pieces ranged from a giant sea anemone looking lamp by Nacho Carbonell to brass screens inspired by vegetation by Taher Chemirik.
Photo: James Harris
Brooklyn-based Nao Tamura designed the Flow [T] chandelier inspired by the colors of the Venetian lagoon. The lights can be freely arranged but when each of the ‘horizons’ on the lamps are aligned, viewers get the effect of looking out over water to a rising or setting sun.
Produced in the 1950’s, these outdoor chairs were made from copper pipe salvaged from ships. Each have a beautiful patina accented by cotton cord for the seat and back that resembles clothesline rope.
Hun Chung Lee’s enormous ceramic planters and chairs were an impressive use of clay at a large scale. Kim Sang Hoon exhibited a series of sleek metal tables resembling water or wind carved canyons.
Exhibited work from an array of ceramicists. The colorful work displayed on the meandering tables resembled a field of coral.
Photo: James Harris
Morten Løbner Espersen’s organic ceramic vessels were featured in a collection of work from other ceramicists all sharing handmade approaches.
Made from a single sheet of CNC-cut and heat formed Corian (commonly used material for kitchen counter tops.)
Nealy an entire zoo occupied this booth including rabbits, snakes and seals. Renate Müller’s “Therapeutic Toy” Rhinoceros, and “Therapeutic Toy” Hippopotamus were likely the first stuffed animals ever for sale at the show with a four figure price tag.
Photo: James Harris
Exhibited work dating from the 50’s and 60’s that looked freshly produced.
Also from the 1950’s are Jean Royère’s whimsical chairs and tables.
Presented a collection of modern furniture and artwork with the standout pieces being the crystal trays and plates from Ikka Suppanen meant to look like ice. Each contain a single small spec of red glass you can just see in the photo above.
Using optical illusions based on color, Diez’s jewelry work creates subtle color shifts and patterns when viewed from different angles. Each of the pieces are constructed using only thin strips of painted metal and don’t use mirrors or lenses to create the effect.
Galerie Patrick Seguin exhibited an entire house, the innovative mass-produced Maison 8×8 designed by Jean Prouvé in 1945. On display were original drawings and models of the structure which would make a perfect beach house.
Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas) were commissioned by Miami-based developer Terra Group to develop proposals for a new residential living complex adjacent to Biscayne Bay in Miami.
Spectacle Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth
Created in 2006, Haygarth’s Spectacle Chandelier was a crowd stopper both for it’s sheer size and unique reuse of objects.
Source: Design Miami/
Photos: Dave Pinter unless noted