What comes around, goes around and this year's selection of vintage design pieces have aged gracefully. The star of this year's show, new or old, was Charlotte Perriand. The architect and designer was best known for her work for Le Corbusier—the creative directors at Louis Vuitton spearheaded a renewed interest in her life and work. Jewelry from designers and artists also had a prominent place on the Design Miami floor show including a special exhibition of Gijs Bakker's jewelry projects. Simple geometries and a focus on traditional craftsmanship are back in favor with fiber art and primitive shapes finding a new audience with today's collectors.
At top: Maria Pergay - Cord Structure, 1977 & Daybed, 1968
Demisch Danant, Design Miami
The works of these two important designers looks contemporary and fresh in the context of Demisch Danant's inviting exhibition space. The bold magenta ropes in Sheila Hicks' wall hanging are constructed with coil-wrapped yarn on a muslin backing. Maria Pergay's stainless steel daybed adds a sleek drama to any room. The 81-year-old Parisian designer's recent collaboration with Fendi was also profiled in our first Design Miami roundup.
La Maison au bord de l'eau, Louis Vuitton (1934) at The Raleigh Hotel
Of course, the star of the show was a Parisian architect and designer from a generation prior to Pergay. Louis Vuitton's research into Charlotte Perriand's life and work sparked a revival of interest in the influential designer's projects. Their La Maison au bord de l'eau installation at the Raleigh Hotel, a prefab beach cottage finally realized 80 years after the project was concepted, was furnished with reproductions of Perriand-designed furniture.
LC4 CP, Cassina (1928)
Cassina, the only authorized manufacturer of Perriand's furniture, re-issued a special LC4 chaise lounge with Louis Vuitton leather on the occasion of the designer's 110th birthday to coincide with the LV project. Perriand's research for Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret lead to the use of tubular steel in the iconic chair.
Une Maison a Montmartre (1959) at Galerie Downtown, Design Miami
And Paris' Galerie Downtown/Francois Lafanour showed furniture and interior features from a 1959 Perriand-designed house, Une Maison a Montmartre.
Jean Prouvé - 8x8 Demountable House, 1945
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Design Miami
Credited with taking industrial production techniques for furniture and applying those lessons to architecture, French designer Jean Prouvé was a true pioneer. Prouvé's studio committed to researching the potential of the axial portal frame system in 1938 and by 1945, a number of the 8x8 Demountable Houses were produced. (See our post from last week with a great time-lapse video of Jean Prouvé's 8×8 Demountable House being constructed for this year's Design Miami.)
Gijs Bakker - Sportfiguren Brooch, 1985
Caroline Van Hoek, Design Miami
Olympians, jewel-encrusted sports cars and an earring for Vermeer's "Girls with the Pearl" are all represented in the Dutch designer's jewelry collection for Caroline van Hoek. The series, Go for Gold highlights both the material's cultural and social significance as well as the designer's unique design process—laser-welding gold on titanium or laser-cutting gold under titanium.
Terence Main - Frond Chair 7, 1991
Magen H Gallery, Design Miami
This cast aluminum chair is part of Terence Main's Frond series--a bronze version is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection. The primitive looking frame is consistent with his style of craft referencing the human body.
Gino Sarfatti - Table Lamp Model 606, 1971
Casati, Design Miami
Originally manufactured under his own lighting company, Arteluce, this table lamp by iconic Italian designer Gino Sarfatti is as eye-catching now as it was in 1971. Constructed of enameled aluminum, acrylic and brass, the Model 606 perches lightly on the lip of the table—the weigh of the lamp body secures the u-shaped fitting from underneath.
Clockwise from upper left hand corner: Necklace, Citrine Earrings, Bracelet, Bar Brooch
Louise Nevelson - Jewelry collection, 1965
Didier Ltd, Design Miami
The Russian American sculptor Louise Nevelson is best known for her monolithic wooden wall pieces—her unique jewelry pieces still play with primitive and geometric wooden forms but on a much smaller scale. Here, the Didier gallery shows a set produced by Nevelson in 1965 and worn by the artist herself.
Carlo Bugatti - Ladies Writing Desk and Chair, c. 1900
Sebastian + Barquet, Design Miami
This ebonised wood Art Nouveau set has beautiful inlaid details created with pewter, copper and bone and reflects the turn of the century interest in an international style that drew from natural materials and forms. Bugatti was also the father of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti and car manufacturer and designer Ettore Bugatti.
Related: Design Miami 2013, Part 1: The New