Design Miami 2016 preview: the top 20 exhibitions and satellite events

Design devotees are making their annual shoreside pilgrimage next week for the twelfth edition of Design Miami/. Bigger and better than ever, the 2016 edition marks the official opening of the Faena district, which has been in development until now, among the many exhibitions, pavilions, installations, product launches, and of course, glittering soirees...

Welcoming crowds into the fair

Render of the 'Flotsam & Jetsam' pavilion at the entrance

(Image credit: Courtesy of SHoP)

Design Miami/ Visionary Award
Welcoming crowds into the fair this year is a 3D-printed pavilion by SHoP architects. The New York-based collective are the winners of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award, following on from Yves Béhar's coup last year. The architects have developed an organic oak structure – named 'Flotsam & Jetsam' – that is an impressive feat of engineering. Working with some of the world's best printers, they realised sweeping arches of intricately printed natural wood – a nod to the seaside location it inhabits. An additional highlight: the pavilion will be a permanent fixture, serving as a cultural events space in the district’s Jungle Plaza following the fair.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
From 30 November,,

The Happy Room

Render of 'The Happy Room', featuring products made with the thin, pleated leather that Fendi uses in its fashion collections

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When Italian designer Cristina Celestino was tasked with the brief of creating a travelling VIP room for Fendi, she took the luxury brand’s motifs and techniques and transformed them into a charming furniture collection. The collection features marble intarsia on table-tops, sofas and armchairs in Fendi's signature fur, and a screen whose panels are made of mink embedded in resin, a new technique that the designer developed to pay tribute to the brand’s savoir faire. The collection will be used to dress a ‘Happy Room’ in the Fendi boutique, before being rolled out to further stores worldwide.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

A theatre-style set for gourmet grocer

Render of 'Stage' by Ole Scheeren and Dean & DeLuca. 

(Image credit: Courtesy of Buro OS)

Ole Scheeren and Dean & DeLuca

German architect Ole Scheeren is masterminding a theatre-style set for gourmet grocer Dean & De Luca. Turning the act of serving food into a visual experience, Scheeren fashions a stainless steel ‘Stage’ to enhance the joy of making and sharing that comes with a culinary experience. Dean & DeLuca’s inaugural Miami project; the sculptural piece of design celebrates the ritual of preparing and serving food through experimental and topographical measures. Watch Scheeren walk us through his a 1:1 model of 'Stage' at his Berlin studio.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,,

Tree of Life

Left, the Faena Forum. Right, 'Tree of Life' 

(Image credit: Kris Tamburello and Studio Job)

Faena District
After several years of development, Miami's Faena District is celebrating its official opening. Here, Studio Job's 'Tree of Life' sculpture takes residence at the new OMA-designed Faena Forum. The colossal piece follows on from the fun 'Futopia: Faena' the duo realised last year in Buenos Aires for Faena Art Center. The tree embodies surreal motifs piled high on top of each other, starting with a bed of roses at the bottom, and climbing to a rainbow beneath a human brain with milk poured on top. Made of bronze and aluminium, rare marble, crystals and mosaic, the artistic piece is an ode to the multifaceted quality of the new cultural hub.

Faena Forum, 3300-3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,

Exterior view of residence

Render of Rene Gonzalez's Prairie Residence, which will host RGA Rocket's first exhibit

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RGA Rocket
For over two decades, Miami architect Rene Gonzalez has developed a series of projects that have helped define his city’s identity. His new venture is RGA Rocket, created in collaboration with curator Chloe Chelz, a nomadic platform that serves as a gallery to showcase Gonzalez’s interests in materials, environment, culture and sensory experiences, and acting as a brand extension to the practice. The inaugural edition will feature works by designers Vincenzo de Cotiis and Germans Ermičs, as well as a site-specific installation by landscape designer Mauricio Del Valle and handmade silver cutlery by emerging designer Nina Gonzalez. The works are presented in a new private residence by the architect, built on stilts to face the seal-level rise problems in the Florida area.

2038 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

The champagne house

Visualisation of L’Eden 

(Image credit: Andrew Kudless)

The champagne house is celebrating five-years of Design Miami/ collaborations with a spectacular showing. Following on from 'L’Eden' in London, the French brand has appointed American designer and architect Andrew Kudless for a South Beach edition. The paradise jungle will nod to multiple champagne motifs and integrate these into Kudless’ digital crafts. The interactive space will include four main elements, such as a bench inspired by Perrier-Jouët’s wine cellars, and a 3D-printed plastic table. In addition, Kudless has conceived new collections for the brand, including ice buckets made from grape skin powder bases.

Casa Faena, Faena District, 3500 Collins Avenue, Miami
28 November – 1 December,

A new collection of lamps

Installation view of 'Bespoke Loop' lights by Michael Anastassiades at the Future Perfect booth.

(Image credit: Lauren Coleman)

The Future Perfect
This year’s offering from American gallery The Future Perfect – its first outing at Design Miami/ – includes a new collection of lamps by Michael Anastassiades. The series of lamps include floor, wall and hanging designs in Anastassiades' signature poetic minimalism. This collection, titled 'Bespoke Loop', marks the designer’s first foray into colour, featuring brass structures painted a special green verdigris hue. Other designers on show at the gallery’s booth include Christopher Stuart, Dimorestudio and Lindsey Adelman.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

Elements such as wood veneer

Veneer bench 

(Image credit: Christopher Stuart)

Wallpaper* Handmade
Wallpaper* Handmade is travelling to Miami, bringing together the best American projects in its seven-year history. Partnering with Cadillac, we also offer a series of new projects created by US-based creatives in collaboration with the car marque. Using signature Cadillac elements such as wood veneer, metals and leather, Christopher Stuart, Allied Makers and Moving Mountains have devised new pieces that celebrate collaboration.

W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
1–4 December,

An array of local materials


(Image credit: David Krynauw)

Southern Guild
Trevyn and Julian McGowan's platform for African design returns to Miami with a 'future-primal' take on contemporary design. Working with wild and artistic silhouettes, from giraffes to piranhas, all of the pieces are handcrafted in an array of local materials. Highlights include new bronze creatures by Atang Tshikare, and sculptural furniture by Xandre Kriel and Dokter and Misses, while David Krynauw rediscovers his 'Haywire' light in a slightly new configuration.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

The Canadian-born

Render of ‘The Speed of Light’

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Philippe Malouin
The Canadian-born, London-based designer continues on his roll of kinetic installations again this year. Following the playful Caesarstone swing that had stints in both Milan and Miami last year, he returns with another whimsical take on movement. Commissioned by Craig Robin, this time Malouin adds light to the operation. ‘The Speed of Light’ sees LED globes meander through the district on rollercoaster-style tracks as a contemporary upgrade on festive street lighting.

Paseo Ponti in the Miami Design District, 3841 NE 2nd Ave #400, Miami
27 November 2016 – January 2017,

Art Basel

Left, 'Maquette for Compression' by Roxy Paine, 2016. Right, 'Faust' by Saint Clair Cemin, 2016 

(Image credit: David Krynauw)

Art Basel Miami Beach 2016
Art Basel returns to Miami with a rich programme and its usually impressive roster of participating art galleries. Highlights this year includes fair debut of New York gallery DiDonna, presenting works by Alexander Calder, Jean Arp and Joan Mirò. Meanwhile, Salon 94 will curate a a room of black & white photography featuring seminal works by Francesca Woodman, Katy Grannan, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons and Carlo Mollino, conceptual images that offer a new approach to portraiture.

Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
4–7 December,

The collectors lounge at Design Miami

Render of 'Flamingo' Collectors Lounge 

(Image credit: Tabanlıoğlu Architects)

Design Miami/ Collectors Lounge
This year, Turkish practice Tabanlıoğlu Architects was selected to create the collectors’ lounge at Design Miami/. The architects chose to bring the tropical essence of the city, naming their space ‘Flamingo Lounge’ and dressing it in a distinctive candy pink shade. Architects Melkan Gursel and Murat Tabanlıoğlu were inspired by movies of filmmaker John Waters as well as minimalism of Mies Van Der Rohe and flamboyant stance of Gaetano Pesce, and created an immersive space that combines a playful mood with a severe compositions. The practice chose to work not only with a single colour, but also using just one material, with floors and furniture all cast in the same resin.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

Bright orange wallpaper

Black and white ceramics by John Ward, 1993–1996

(Image credit: John Ward)

The Loewe Foundation is showcasing a selection of works by the late Irish artist William McKeown and British potter John Ward at its Miami Design District boutique. Fifteen of McKeown’s paintings will be presented on bright orange wallpaper designed by the artist, featuring a cuckoo illustration. The wallpaper will cover the entire store, offering an immersive space for visitors to experience the artist’s works. Furthermore, 40 of Ward’s ceramic pieces will be on display inside the 18th century granary building which the brand’s creative director Jonathan Anderson imported from Spain last year.

Loewe, 110 NE 39th Street, Miami Beach
30 November 2016 – 31 March 2017,

Sculptural public furniture

Render of Fabien Cappello's 'Play Furniture'

(Image credit: press)

Wallpaper* and Dots
Fabien Cappello has realised a selection of sculptural public furniture inspired by the addictive mobile game Two Dots. Taking cues from the minimalist shapes and colours from Dots' gaming profile, and emblematic graphic icons from Wallpaper*, the furniture is an upgrade on outdoor seating, with its geometric silhouettes inviting different types of interaction when in use.

Shore Club, The Fasano Hotel, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1–4 December,

Contemporary collections

Ceramics by Cody Hoyt

(Image credit: press)

Patrick Parrish Gallery
The New York-based gallery is hosting a selection of its contemporary collections at the fair this year. From the roster, Brooklyn-based artist Cody Hoyt's  geometric ceramics that launched earlier this year embrace natural flaws and damage, while lighting designer Bec Brittain offers up new abstract lighting, and Chen Chen & Kai Williams presents a mystical ornament.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

The geometric cuttings of synthetic stone

Render of 'Ice' by Arik Levy, for Compac

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Arik Levy and Compac
The Isreali-born designer is applying his experimental flair to the quartz and marble of Spanish surface company Compac. The installation explores Levy’s technical ways with ‘Genesis’ – a special collection that is inspired by the harsh nature of frozen lakes in the arctic. Levy is set to give the geometric cuttings of synthetic stone an architectural lease of life, creating abstract sculptures and functional furniture.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,,

The fashion brand's travel-led furniture foray

Left, 'Cocoon' seat by Campana Brothers. Right, 'Blossom' stool by Tokujin Yoshioka

(Image credit: Campana Brothers, Tokujin Yoshioka)

Louis Vuitton
The fashion brand's travel-led furniture foray has a plethora of heavy-weight names behind the refined collection – Patricia Urquiola, Barber & Osgerby and Raw-Edges, to name a few. Its 2016 Miami voyage sees it set up the luxury wares in the fair tent for the first time, where Louis Vuitton will be celebrating two new additions: the 'Blossom' stool in gold (pictured) and leather versions by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, and a new fur iteration of the Campana Brothers' hanging 'Cocoon' seat.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

A public space

Render of Sobremesa by Pedro&Juana with Airbnb at Design Miami/ 2016

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Airbnb is embracing Mexican social culture in Miami this year. The accomodations giant has enlisted architecture/design firm Pedro&Juana to create a public space that is imbued with warm Latino accents and foliage, for a space that is as friendly inside as it out. Sobremesa – which translates to over the table – will not only host traditional eating, drinking and musical events, but will also allow visitors to add tiles to the pavilion's walls, contributing to its vibrant interior ambience.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

Four Bowls

Four Bowls by Juliette Bigley

(Image credit: Juliette Bigley)

British Craft: The Miami Edit
The New Craftsmen and Crafts Council partner with architect and interior designer Natalia Miyar to present the latest edition of ‘A Future Made’, a three-year programme that promotes British craftsmanship globally. The exhibition is staged in a residential setting in South Beach, to show how the pieces can transform a home. The collection includes pieces by Juliette Bigley, Jochen Holz and Marcin Rusak, exploring different techniques and materials. It will also include glass sculptor Joseph Harrington’s first-ever showcase in Miami.

1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, 102 24th Street, Miami Beach
28 November – 2 December,

Plusdesign Gallery

'Picos' by Jonathan Nesci

(Image credit: Jonathan Nesci)

Plusdesign Gallery
Making its Design Miami/ debut is Plusdesign Gallery, expanding a project originally unveiled in Milan earlier this year. The gallery will present ten 'Picos', large sound machines typical of Colombia. Five were produced and manufactured by Colombian craftsmen and five were created by designers such as Jonathan Nesci (pictured above), Nathalie Du Pasquier, Lucas Munoz, Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram.

Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
30 November – 4 December,

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.