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Nature Themes Dominate At Design Miami 2013 [Pics]

Nature Themes Dominate At Design Miami 2013 [Pics]
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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.

by Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 26 december 2013

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:

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

Tentpile entry installation by Formlessfinder

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.

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Photo: James Harris

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Metamorphosis - Maria Pergay for FENDI

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 Grove by Guilherme Torres for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Mangue Grove by Guilherme Torres for Swarovski Crystal Palace

Mangue Grove by Guilherme Torres for Swarovski Crystal Palace

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.

Galerie BSL - Paris

Galerie BSL - Paris

Galerie BSL - Paris

Galerie BSL - Paris

Galerie BSL - Paris

Galerie BSL / Paris

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.

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Photo: James Harris

Wonderglass presenting Nao Tamura - London

Wonderglass presenting Nao Tamura - London

Flow [T] by Nao Tamura

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.

Mark McDonald/Hudson

Mark McDonald/Hudson

Mark McDonald/Hudson

Walter Lamb outdoor furniture

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.

Gallery SEOMI - Seoul

Gallery SEOMI - Seoul

Gallery SEOMI - Seoul

Gallery SEOMI

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.

Jason Jacques Inc - New York

Jason Jacques Inc - New York

Jason Jacques Inc - New York

Jason Jacques Inc.

Exhibited work from an array of ceramicists. The colorful work displayed on the meandering tables resembled a field of coral.

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Photo: James Harris

Pierre Marie Giraud - Brussles

Pierre Marie Giraud - Brussles

Pierre Marie Giraud

Morten Løbner Espersen’s organic ceramic vessels were featured in a collection of work from other ceramicists all sharing handmade approaches.

Galleria Rossana Orlandi - Milan

Peacock Chair by Eiri Ota

Made from a single sheet of CNC-cut and heat formed Corian (commonly used material for kitchen counter tops.)

Jousse Enterprises - Paris

Sheep Stool by Pierre Paulin

R 20th Century - New York

R 20th Century - New York

R 20th Century - New York

R 20th Century - New York

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