Design Miami is now back in rude health, after the inevitable late-noughties wobble. The shift to South Beach and closer ties to Art Basel/Miami have helped the revival. As has a much stronger showing from domestic galleries, further proof that the American design scene is well out of it’s long stretch in the doldrums. And the exhibition organisers are determined to maintain the upward momentum.
This week’s show will be held in a pop-up pavilion, designed by New York multi-disciplinary darlings Snarkitecture, next to the Miami Beach Convention Centre. 'Drift', as the Pavilion has been called, is a striking cluster of inflatable tubes carefully lifted and arranged to create a walk in topographical model.
Snarkitecture are also appearing inside the pavilion. Chicago’s Volume Gallery (see W*133) are showing new design pieces by the duo as part of the Design On/Site satellite show, alongside galleries such as Milan’s Erastudio Apartment gallery, Tel Aviv’s Design Space and Beirut’s Carwan Gallery, premiering new designs by Gaetano Pesce, India Mahdavi and Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum, respectively.
Here’s our selection of exhibitors who definitely deserve a visit during the fair and the new designs they will be premiering. Thinking and re-thinking ‘making’ and craft remain the key concerns for contemporary designers. And if there is a common theme to all the works we have highlighted here, it is this elevation and exploration of process.