Design Miami 2018
The 14th edition of Design Miami (5-9 December) offered an eclectic mix of art, fashion and design against a backdrop of palm-fringed art deco architecture and beach glamour. From auctions and private members spaces, to gallery launches and immersive installations, team Wallpaper* scoured the neighbourhoods from the hotel strip of Collins Avenue to the sleek Design District, bringing you the live highlights as they happened...
Offering some respite away from the bustle of Design Miami and Art Basel mania is fashion house Prada’s private members space, Prada Mode. Following last year’s Carsten Höller club, Prada Mode will similarly offer live DJ performances in its late night schedule, plus art, dining and conversations throughout the day. Stationed at Freehand Miami, the members club will also include an intervention by artist Theaster Gates, in addition to other performative treats.
4-6 December; 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140; www.prada.com
Anónimo exhibition and auction
It’s a year of firsts for Mexican and Latin American anonymous art auction Anónimo. It will be the first time the exhibition and sale will be held at Faena Forum, and the first time design pieces will go under the hammer too, thanks to input from Ximena Caminos, director of Faena Forum. Contemporary works in the non-profit sale include a coffee table made from Monterrey pine and grey satin (Lot 23, pictured) and solid Ziricote wood chair and ottoman (Lot 3). Following this Floridian foray, Anónimo will travel to NYC, Oaxaca, Los Angeles and Mexico City in 2019. Courtesy of Anónimo
5 December; Faena Forum 3300-3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33140, Estados Unidos; www.anonimocolectivo.com
Arte by Antonio Citterio
Italian architect Antonio Citterio’s first building on US soil is being celebrated during Design Miami. Arte by Antonio Citterio is a collection of 16 condominium residences inspired by Miami’s 1930s modern architecture, the exterior articulated by a series of expansive terraces, clad in travertine and accented by bronze-framed windows. Landscape architect Enzo Enea is responsible for designing the surrounding environment and, as the name suggests, art will play a major role – Robert Indiana’s ‘Art’ sculpture decorates the forecourt. In the same vein, Stuart Parr and Sophia Hanover have created ‘Ritual’, a video art installation that will projected onto the building by night. Citterio will discuss the project, slated for completion in early 2019, at Design Miami on 5 Dec, 12:30pm-1.30pm.
Henrik Vibskov at Forty Five Ten Six
Set inside a low-profile industrial building in Little River, spanning 2,000 sq ft, fashion store 4510/SIX is filled with a tasteful selection of independent and emerging designers. For Design Miami, the boutique will house a ‘shop-in-shop’ installation by Henrik Vibskov. Inspired by the Danish designer’s playful runway style it will take the form of various modules of brooms showcased in its window.
4 December - 4 January; 7338 NW Miami Court, Miami, FL 33150; www.fortyfiveten.com
Ricardo Fasanello at Espasso
The charming garden enclave of Miami Ironside is home to modern Brazilian furniture purveyor Espasso gallery, which will celebrate the work of designer Ricardo Fasanello during Design Miami. Coinciding with his 50-year anniversary, the showcase will display an exclusive Esfera lounge chair by the late Brazilian designer (pictured) in this inaugural comprehensive exhibition of his work at the space.
7-20 December; Espasso, Miami Ironside, 7580 NE 4th CT #102; www.espasso.com
Argentinian entrepreneur Alan Faena continues his transformation of Miami Mid-Beach into the Faena District. Faena Bazaar is the latest venture to launch, following the Foster + Partners-designed private residences, flamboyant hotel and OMA-designed arts forum. A partnership with global retailer Maris Collective, this retail hub designed by OMA will mix fashion, accessories, beauty, and jewellery from established and emerging brands including The Elder Statesman, Delpozo and La DoubleJ. It will include an art gallery on the first floor and rotating retail concepts on the second and third floors.
3400 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 USA; www.faena.com
Sabine Marcelis for Fendi
It‘s the tenth year of the Italian fashion behemoths participation in Design Miami. Fendi has previously enlisted leading female names such as Chiara Andreatti, Maria Pergay and Cristina Celestino for its annual showcase at the fair. This time they turned to Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis for a flowing installation The Shapes of Water. The project is composed up of ten cast-resin and travertine fountains that each allude to a Fendi icon. Read more in the December 2018 issue (W*237). Photography: Qiu Yang
5-9 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, USA; www.fendi.com
Chance Encounters by Loewe
The Spanish fashion house is opening up the fourth exhibition in its ‘Chance Encounters’ series. Last year saw Jonathan Anderson select the works of Irish artist Sara Flynn’s clay vessels to adorn the 18th-century Portuguese granary housed in the design district store, while this year it’s the turn of German artist Andrea Büttner, British ceramicist Ian Godfrey (works pictured) and Montreal-based Anne Low, who bring techniques ranging from woodcut printing to clay sculpting, and glass and metal casting. Photography: Lewis Roland
4 December - 31 January; Loewe, Miami Design District, 110 NE 39th Street, Miami; www.loewe.com
The Haas Brothers at The Bass
It’s the first ever-solo show for the LA-based design duo. Titled ‘Ferngully’ after the 1992 musical fantasy animated film, the show hones in on the twin brothers’ natural processes in recent sculptural works. Sculptures in beadwork, ceramics, velvet, blown glass and more will create an immersive environment that showcases their art-meets-design approach that veers away from functional design and into their own utopian planet of style.
5 December 2018 – 21 April 2019; 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA; www.thebass.org
For its fifth edition, Design Curio brings together 11 experimental partnerships from an international mix including a Henri Matisse-inspired collage of colour by French designer Philippe Malouin in collaboration with Calico Wallpaper (pictured), while five Korean ceramicists get a platform with New York gallery J. Lohmann Gallery and handcrafted works by Giancarlo Valle and Mauro Morim are presented by Les Ateliers Courbet.
5-9 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, USA; www.designmiami.com/curio
Inspired by the urban infrastructure of Miami, interior and landscaping design exhibition CasaCor invites creative firms from the Americas to realise 20 different micro-environments. Its the second iteration of the show that is hosted at Brickell City Centre and studios such as Inês Martins, Jesus Pacheco, Léo Shehtman and D’Apostrophe (concept pictured) will contribute to the eclectic display. This year’s CasaCor sees the addition of In Good Company, an installation and platform for emerging talent that launched this year in New York by designer Fernando Mastrangelo and writer Hannah Martin.
30 November - 16 December; Brickell City Center 700 Brickell Avenue building 701 S Miami Ave, 33131; www.casacormiami.com
Design Visionary Award
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernández are the recipients of the 2018 Design Miami/ Visionary award. The married couple will present a retrospective of their multi-disciplinary work at the fair, which will include textile works from Fernández (pictured) mixed with Reyes’ chairs and more in a socially- and culturally-engaged showcase. Read more here
5-9 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, USA; www.designmiami.com
Galleries from across the globe come together to promote their finest collectible wares including LA-based Gallery All who will present new works by designer Hong Kong-based Michael Young, while New York gallery Cristina Grajales is showcasing innovative new memory foam pieces by South Korea-based designer Sang Hoon Kim. Elsewhere, Friedman Benda will open an installation inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of a dry rock garden (karesansui) that will present crafted works Byung Hoon Choi, gt2P, Faye Toogood, Joris Laarman, Florian Idenburg (SO - IL), Najla El Zein and Calico Wallpaper. Pictured: Title Seduction, Pair 01 by Najla El Zein 2018. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Najla El Zein
5-9 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, USA; www.designmiami.com