Design Miami 2017 preview

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  • Institute of Contemporary Art

    Adding an additional 50 per cent of exhibition space to its previous location in Miami, the ICA opens the doors to its impressive new home. An ambitious programme kicks off with the Institute’s first thematic survey of both contemporary innovators and modern masters, alongside the debut display of six large-scale works, on view throughout the museum and its sculpture garden. In addition, a major group exhibition exploring the cultural, political and creative significance of the artist’s workspace – ‘The Everywhere Studio’ – charts the post-war period to the present day, and encompasses some 100 mixed media works from 50 artists.

    Pictured: exterior of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photography: Iwan Baan

    Opening 1 December; 61 Northeast 41st Street, Miami; www.icamiami.org

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  • Objets Nomades by Louis Vuitton

    The feted Objets Nomades range of collectable travel-inspired furniture from Louis Vuitton returns to the fair with a new addition: an exclusive version of the ‘Bomboca’ sofa (pictured) by Fernando and Humberto Campana. Recreated in five different hues of turquoise and blue, this piece joins the selection of 2017 novelties that will be on display including Atelier Oï’s ‘Swing Boat’, ‘Belt’ chair, and ‘Spiral’ lamp. Photography: Phillipe Lacombe 

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.louisvuitton.com

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  • ‘Nuage’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

    As part of the growing Miami Design District, the Bouroullec brothers are presenting an outdoor installation that interacts with its surroundings. The steel and coloured-glass pergola is shaped like clouds that manipulate shadows and natural lighting around it. The permenant fixture has another organic element: native plants will engulf the elevated stucture, further merging it with the enviroment.

    From 6 December; Miami Design District, 3841 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami; www.miamidesigndistrict.net

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  • Visionary Award Furniture Commission

    The Mwabwindo School (designed by Selldorf Architects and set to open 2018) is the recipient of this year’s Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. Set in rural Zambia, it is the second school in the region developed by 14 Plus Foundation. For the project, Design Miami tapped Swiss firm Christ & Gantenbein to create children’s furniture for the art classroom. It has developed sustainable wood tables, chairs and stools that will be on display in an exhibition about The Mwabwindo School at the fair.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.designmiami.com

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  • Paradise Plaza

    Miami Design District’s latest addition – a new, walkable art-filled plaza surrounded by boutiques and galleries – features retail buildings designed by the likes of MOS and Johnston Marklee. The latter’s clean-cut offering comprises a curtain-wall façade punctuated by large, square window frames. The façade extends across two storeys, topped off by a rooftop garden. The rationalist grid is wrapped in concave, curved stainless-steel cladding. Stripped of ornament, the far-reaching surfaces are designed to make the most of the district’s abundant natural light.

    From 6 December; Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st Street, Miami; www.johnstonmarklee.com

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  • ‘Welcome!’ by Fendi and Chiara Andreatti

    For their tenth Miami foray, Fendi has again partnered with curator Maria Cristina Didero to commission a suite of living room furniture. Designed by Veneto-born, Milan-based Chiara Andreatti, the collection – entitled ‘Welcome!’ – has been inspired by a host of influences including ideas of countrified luxury, the designs of Gabriella Crespi, and elements of the Fendi universe. Featured in the range is large Japanese-inspired pendant lamps, ceramics that riff off primitive and classical forms, and two thrones that pay homage to Koloman Moser.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.fendi.com

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  • Atelier Courbet at Surf Club

    Set within the newly revamped Surf Club, the inauguration of Atelier Courbet’s Miami space kicks off with presentations of Tadao Ando’s architectural glassware designed for Venini and a near-fluorescent porcelain collaboration between Scholten & Baijings and Manufacture nationale de Sèvres. The gallery’s new locale has also prompted a beach-friendly twist, which is especially noticeable in a limited-edition furniture and design pieces created with the hometown icon, The Webster. The Miami-inspired collection includes special pieces made by Maria Milano, Lobmeyer, Puiforcat and S2G rugs, armed with a pastel-toned palette, art deco touches and plenty of tropical flora and fauna imagery.

    7 December – 2 February 2018; Surf Club, 9101 Collins Avenue, Surfside; www.ateliercourbet.com

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  • Lindsey Adelman at Design Curio

    Exhibiting as part of Design Miami’s Curio programme this year, Lindsey Adelman presents a particularly personal project that combines her lighting expertise with her interest in the overlap of science and nature. Inspired by the writings of physicist and philosopher Carlo Rovelli, the designer was prompted to question our understanding of the world in sculptural form. The resulting creation comprises seven suspended pieces and is adorned with sensual bronze, porcelain, alabaster and stone embellishments. We can’t wait to peek into her glowing cabinet of curiosities. Photography: Lauren Coleman

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.lindseyadelman.com

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  • The Future Perfect

    The Future Perfect’s continuing efforts to support and champion modern American design hit new heights this year with a selection of newly commissioned work from some of the country’s most exciting emerging names. Ranging from lighting by John Hogan, ceramics by Reinaldo Sanguino, furniture from Chris Wolston and sculptural objects and lighting from Eric Roinestad (pictured), the design gallery’s vision for the future certainly seems bright.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.thefutureperfect.com

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  • Muller Van Severen and Airbnb

    The pleasure of snooping around someone else’s home is the basis of a collaboration between Muller Van Severen and Airbnb. For this year’s Design Miami, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen will recreate their living room as an interactive installation. Blurring the lines between design and art, the Belgian design studio has hidden speakers alongside objects so visitors can hear anecdotes and personal histories. ‘We all love to wander through the homes of unknown people. The invisible threads between the objects whisper the owners’ secrets into our soul,’ say the pair, whose own home in Ghent will be available to rent on Airbnb for the duration of the fair.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.designmiami.com

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  • Casacor’s Miami debut

    Making its Miami debut, Casacor is an urban lifestyle show that has taken place in the Americas until now. Bringing together design, architecture and art professionals from across Latin America, the show centres on interior design trends in an 18-day residency inside the Brickell City Center. Included in the showcase are sets by landscape designer Fernando Wong, architects Studio Guilherme Torres, and designer Jonathan Gonzalez (interiors pictured). Photography: Kris Tamburello for Casacor Miami

    1-18 December; Brickell City Center, 701 South Miami Avenue; www.casacormiami.com

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  • Perrier-Jouët and Luftwerk installations

    Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, the artists behind Luftwerk, are the creatives behind Perrier-Jouët’s ephemeral installations in Miami this year. The Chicago-based duo have not only tapped the champagne house’s art nouveau and nature-tinged heritage for its colourful, quixotic environment at Design Miami, but also for a fantastical takeover of Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road carpark that will be enveloped in light projections.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, and 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami; www.perrier-jouet.com

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  • ‘New Spring’ by COS and Studio Swine

    Hot on the heels of its global debut at Salone del Mobile in April, the hypnotic joint effort from COS and Studio Swine, ‘New Spring’, takes an appropriately tropical turn for its latest iteration. Installed within the light-filled, art deco Temple House, the latest iteration is a larger version of the original sculpture, comprising blossoms filled with mist in five different scents inspired by Miami and the Florida everglades. A reflecting pool on the building’s rooftop will house a new inflatable sculpture, while a concept store on the mezzanine reflects the installation’s design and features an edit of COS’ latest collection.

    6-10 December; Temple House, 1415 Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach: www.cosstores.com; www.studioswine.com

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  • Time for Oatmeal by Liz Swig

    For this year’s fair, Liz Swig is on a mission to make oatmeal sexy. Her revolutionary project sees her partnering with Brazilian design duo Humberto and Fernando Campana to introduce Time For Oatmeal within a sensory environment that reimagines food as material, and material as food. The Campana-designed installation uses wood panels laminated in oats. During Design Miami, a menu of seven Time For Oatmeal dishes will be introduced ‘to boost stamina, inspire brilliance, improve sex drive and cure ailments’. Swig has also commissioned two series of limited-edition Campana Brothers bowls, creating the perfect vessels for enjoying the daily ritual of eating oatmeal.

    5-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.lizworks.biz

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  • ‘Les Araignées et Le Refuge’ by Marc Ange

    Design devotees won’t soon forget Salone del Mobile’s most Instagrammed installation this year: Marc Ange’s pink oasis at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition. The oversized daybed is making a comeback for Miami, but this time, Ange is setting it to unreachable heights outside the Faena Hotel, and countering it with an installation polar-opposite in mood, in the form of a range of armchairs that evoke an ominous essence of spiders.

    5-10 December; Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; www.bloomroomstudio.com

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  • Art Basel Miami Beach

    Running in tandem with Miami Art Week, the Swiss fair expects its usual flurry of blue-chip galleries and well-heeled patrons this year. Other noteworthy art offerings throughout the city include the newly renovated Bass Museum, which hosts a Mika Rottenberg exhibition, while Studio Drift is collaborating with BMW on a performative artwork that will see 300 drones flying through the air.

    7-10 December; Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; www.artbasel.com

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  • ‘Chance Encounters III’ by Loewe

    The third iteration of the Loewe Foundation’s ‘Chance Encounters’ series sees new work from ceramic sculptor Sara Flynn exhibited alongside a great, swathing installation by Richard Smith, and photographs that document 1930s Ceylon by historical Sri Lankan artist Lionel Wendt. Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson called on Flynn to ‘respond to the space, rather than the other artists’ work’. To wit, Flynn’s voluptuous ceramic forms pay homag to the 18th-century Spanish granary inside Loewe’s Miami boutique.

    4 December – 4 February 2018; Miami Design District, 110 Northeast 39th Street, Suite #102, Miami; www.loewe.com

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  • Design Miami/

    From the 34 galleries that will come together at the Miami fairground this year, highlights include newcomers New York gallery Maison Gerard, who will be showcasing works like this 20th-centuty ‘Suspended Curved’ bar by Maxime Old (pictured). In addition, Galerie Kreo is putting on a solo showcase of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, spanning architectural scaled works, to a smaller, limited editions of unique vases rendered in enamelled ceramic that make their debut at the fair.

    6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.designmiami.com

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  • Outdoor collection by Espasso

    Celebrating its 15th birthday, the Brazilian design gallery Espasso will inaugurate its newly expanded Miami location in Ironside with the US launch of its outdoor collection. Comprising pieces by Arthur Casas, Zanini de Zanine and Carlos Motta, the collection welcomes fresh designs from Rodrigo Ohtake (pictured) and Ronald Sasson. Both available in limited editions and made from stainless steel, Sasson’s solid ‘Nin’ chair boasts a dramatic, yet minimal aesthetic while Ohtake’s geometric pieces are designed to make as little contact with the floor as possible.

    1-18 December; Miami Ironside, 7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami; www.espasso.com

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Time for Oatmeal by Liz Swig

For this year’s fair, Liz Swig is on a mission to make oatmeal sexy. Her revolutionary project sees her partnering with Brazilian design duo Humberto and Fernando Campana to introduce Time For Oatmeal within a sensory environment that reimagines food as material, and material as food. The Campana-designed installation uses wood panels laminated in oats. During Design Miami, a menu of seven Time For Oatmeal dishes will be introduced ‘to boost stamina, inspire brilliance, improve sex drive and cure ailments’. Swig has also commissioned two series of limited-edition Campana Brothers bowls, creating the perfect vessels for enjoying the daily ritual of eating oatmeal.

5-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; www.lizworks.biz