Among our picks of what to see at Design Miami this year is the stand of Paris' Galerie BSL, which is bringing along new works by David Adjaye, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Taher Chemirik and Charles Kalpakian. The gallery describes the cabinets by Kalpakian (pictured), a French Lebanese designer, as ‘functional paintings’.Location: main fair at Design Miami
Material and colour are at the core of Kalpakian's design ethos. The designer investigates duality in his furniture by juxtaposing different materials and audacious colour palettes, drawn from his former foray into street art, to alter the visual narrative.
The former graffiti artist applies to furniture his exploration of the scientific phenomenon of bistability - a fundmental phenonomen in nature in which an object can be resting in either of two states.
The Brussels-based gallery is presenting new pieces by Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz. The 'Block' collection is the result of Willenz's four-year residency at the International Glass and Visual Arts Research Centre (CIRVA), based in Marseille.Location: Design On/Site Galleries exhibition
Each piece in the series is made by coating an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mould in hot glass.
The ‘Shift’ table (pictured) was also produced at CIRVA. It is blown from a single piece of glass, using a specially developed steel mould with moving parts.
Cristina Grajales Gallery
New York gallerist and Wallpaper* favourite Cristina Grajales is exhibiting new works by Sam Baron, Christophe Côme, Sebastian Errazuriz, Hechizoo, and Suzanne Tick. 'The Walking Bench' (pictured), in marble, is a new piece by Paraguayan designer Pedro Barrail.Location: main fair at Design Miami
Cristina Grajales Gallery
Barrail's work combines the traditional indigenous crafts of South America with modern ideas and technologies. In this particular instance he was influenced by the sounds of the migrating birds he heard while constructing a pavilion on the coast of Paraguay.
Paris' granddaddy of design galleries is appearing at the main fair with new works by Pierre Charpin, including this coffee table covered in Bisazza tiles.Location: main fair at Design Miami
Tel Aviv’s Design Space commissioned design partnership Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum for this year's fair. ‘Concrete’ (pictured) is a series of vases made in a material not usually associated with the hand-crafted. The vases were cast in the same mould but designed to fray and fragment at the top.Location: Design On/Site Galleries exhibition
Dover and Cederbaum specialise in collaborations with others artists and designers and for this series they have worked with theatre director and design Amit Drori; the designer, Yoav Reches; the artist and musician Tom Tlalim; and video artist Jerome Vernez. The ‘Saj’ tables (pictured) are hand crafted in steel and use pressed steel domes usually used for making thin pita bread.
Eindhoven’s Booo is on a mission to bridge the gap between mass-production and avant-garde design, and radically re-invent the lightblub along the way. As part of Design On/Site, it is presenting 'The Surface Tension Lamp' by the Swedish design collective Front. The lamp is essentially a hybrid LED light source/bubble blowing machine that will create three million short-lived bubble-bulbs during the 50,000 hour lifetime of an LED. Front were particularly interested in the way the bubble could act as shifting mirror.Location: Design On/Site Galleries exhibition
Milan’s excellent Erastudio is introducing new works by the Italian architect Geatano Pesce in Miami. The ‘America Table’ and ‘Jefferson Chair’ are Pesce’s tribute to American democracy. The ‘America’ table features an epoxy resin top in the geographic shape of the US and supported by letters (pictured) which spell the word ‘Independence’.Location: Design On/Site Galleries exhibition
Rotterdam’s Galerie Vivid is presenting new works by Anglo-Dutch design duo Studio Glithero, including a series of silverware vases (pictured), and new tables by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong.Location: main fair at Design Miami
Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson, collectively Studio Glithero, have adapted a photographic technique to created impressions of seaweed on porcelain.
These hand-turned porcelain vases have a photo-sensitive surface. Studio Glithero place seaweed, foraged from the English Channel, on to a vase and then expose it to light to create a permanent photogram.
'The Bent Wood Table' is a collaboration between British artist Richard Woods and designer Sebastian Wrong.
The tables are produced by craftsmen in Udinese, northern Italy, who curl wooden planks using steam. Woods then printed one of his now familiar wood grain patterns on to the surface of these ‘blanks’.
The New York gallery is introducing new works by the Minneapolis-based Rolu design studio. Pictured is 'Nature/Nurture (after Otto Herbert Hajek)'Location: Design On/Site Galleries exhibition
Rolu started as a landscape design firm but has since moved into architecture, public art and furniture making. These pieces are described as 'sculptural book cases' and are handmade in walnut and formica.
'Seven Stacked Benches (After Shelves)' by Rolu
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