Metsidian by Jane Kyttanen for Gallery ALL Kevin Do 1 of 41
Brass, Split Chair (SQN3-A) by Zhoujie Zhang Kevin Do 2 of 41
Sculpture by Guy Corriero Represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery Kevin Do 3 of 41
Belgium Blue Stone Table by Lex Pott For Future Perfect's "Fragments" display Kevin Do 4 of 41
Belgium Blue Stone Table by Lex Pott For Future Perfect's "Fragments" display Kevin Do 5 of 41
Hand Carved Vessels by Ernest Gamperl for Sarah Myercoucgh Gallery. Kevin Do 6 of 41
Bowl Coupe and Elegant Bowl by Ursula & Karl Scheid for Jason Jacques Inc Kevin Do 7 of 41
Hand Built Object by Bente Skjottgaard Kevin Do 8 of 41
Acrylic, Dawn Lights by Sabine Marcelis for Victor Hunt Kevin Do 9 of 41
Black Gold by Quintus Kropholler commissioned for Chamber NYC Kevin Do 10 of 41
Black Gold by Quintus Kropholler commissioned for Chamber NYC Kevin Do 11 of 41
Aluminum Turned Lamp by Sebastian Brajkovic presented by Carpenter's Workshop Gallery Kevin Do 12 of 41
Swarm Study IV/ Small Swarm designed by Random Studio presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery Kevin Do 13 of 41
Ceramic Tub by Lee Hun Chung presented by Seomi International Kevin Do 14 of 41
Ceramic Tub by Lee Hun Chung presented by Seomi International Kevin Do 15 of 41
Secondome presents Body Building designed by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari and curate by Maria Cristina Didero Kevin Do 16 of 41
Secondome presents Body Building designed by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari and curate by Maria Cristina Didero Kevin Do 17 of 41
Secondome presents Body Building designed by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari and curate by Maria Cristina Didero Kevin Do 18 of 41
Secondome presents Body Building designed by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari and curate by Maria Cristina Didero Kevin Do 19 of 41
Paper object by David Bielander for Ornamentum Gallery Kevin Do 20 of 41
Afreaks Collection A collaborative design between The Hass Brothers and Hass Sister Kevin Do 21 of 41
Accretion Vessels for the Afreaks Collection design collaboration between The Hass Brothers and Hass Sister. Kevin Do 22 of 41
Afreaks Collection design collaboration between The Hass Brothers and Hass Sister Kevin Do 23 of 41
Katie Stout presented by Cultured Kevin Do 24 of 41
Writing Desk by Pierre Jeanneret presented by 1950 Kevin Do 25 of 41
Mid-century Woven Lounge Chair presented by 1950 Kevin Do 26 of 41
Ceramic Vessels by Tony Marsh presented by Pierre Marie Giraud Kevin Do 27 of 41
Raft Dogs Lamp by Stuart Haygarth presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery Honorable mention. Kevin Do 28 of 41
Reticence (bronze) by Driaan Claassen presented by Southern Guild Gallery Kevin Do 29 of 41
Mighty Ndebele by Justine Mahoney presented by Southern Guild Gallery Kevin Do 30 of 41
Souvenir of The Last Century Bench by Nucleo A bench made from epoxy resin, presented by Ammann Gallery Kevin Do 31 of 41
Cangaco Bookshelf designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana presented by Firma Casa Kevin Do 32 of 41
Cangaco Bookshelf designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana Presented by Firma Casa Kevin Do 33 of 41
FF3 by Studio Drift presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery Kevin Do 34 of 41
FF3 by Studio Drift presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery Kevin Do 35 of 41
Double Ladder One Cocoo Lamp by Nacho Carbonell presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery Kevin Do 36 of 41
Freeze Chair by Paul Cocksedge presented by Friedman Benda Kevin Do 37 of 41
Freeze Multi Circle Table by Paul Cocksedge presented by Friedman Benda Kevin Do 38 of 41
Volu Dining Pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher Kevin Do 39 of 41
Volu Dining Pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher Kevin Do 40 of 41
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Coinciding with the annual Art Basel show, Design Miami packed just as much energy and hype as the vibrant art event itself. With over 30 galleries from around the world, fair highlights included mid-century classics, offbeat design-art explorations, and design star project debuts.
The venue was impressive in terms of the quality of the booth sets ups, which highlighted the beauty of each piece. Keeping with the commercial purpose of art and design fairs, Design Miami is geared towards pushing sales and less about the designs and designers. Galleries did not always have the answers to specific processes used in creating the work, and at times I felt a disconnect to the spirit of the work (not to mention amenities were extremely expensive— $16-24 for a sandwich!).
Despite some of its faults, there were several noteworthy furniture debuts and gallery displays to look forward to. Here is a breakdown of some of the fair's best:
Best Use of Space
Body Building: the theme for this booth, which featured works from Atelier Biagetti, was inviting and gave me to the urge to use the workout equipment. The thick court lines were a nice framing detail to carry out the sports theme on the metallic floor. The beaver fur covered medicine balls reminded me of a modern bean bag. Although the equipment might not be optimal for performance, the hand crafted pieces exuded quality while perfectly hugging the line between art and design.
Best Line Up
Carpenters Workshop Gallery: I was impressed with the work found at CWG. There was a high level of design that ranged from playful art geared towards luxury collectors to objects experimenting with innovative materials and technology. Drift Studios FF3 light was impressive with its use of real dandelion seeds that surround LEDs on a 3D bronze open circuit. The FF3 light sparks an interesting conversation about the symbiosis between technology and nature and how they intersect with our lives.
Booth with the Best Story
The Future Perfect: Lex Pott uses a rare Belgian blue marble to create luxurious tables. The designer was able to use the wasted rough chunks left behind during mining large slabs of marble. The table top surfaces are polished to reveal a beautiful smooth surface speckled with small fossils. The booth was draped in Calico Wallpaper (the company was inspired by Pott's use of the Belgian Bluestone and developed a paint using the pigment created from the pulverized stone). During the event, the gallery staged a live demonstration of the wallpaper being painted on site with the custom paint.
Most Captivating Booth
The Afreaks collection, a collaboration between the Haas Brothers and Haas sister felt like a page out of a perfectly twisted fairy tale. While I stood underneath the canopy of a 6 ft tall mushroom, it was not difficult to feel immersed into the make believe world the Haas brothers were able to produce. The pink booth was filled with playful critters and furniture covered in vibrant and detailed beadwork.
Paul Cocksedge's Freeze Table: Cocksedge is able to build precision metal furniture without the use of any welds. His process is raw, and simple. With the use of freezing the metal before fitting the pieces the parts together, Cocksedge utilized the shrinkage that occurs during the contraction of the frozen metal. Once the metal is warmed up, the metal expands to create a very strong tension fit.