Muller Van Severen Welcomes Guests to Their Living Room at Design Miami/ with Airbnb

In this most meta of meta experiences during Miami Design Week 2017, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen welcome guests into their living room with A Wild Thing, at Design Miami/ 2017. Commissioned by Airbnb, the installation by muller van severen is an intimate exploration of the shared home.

The space at Design Miami/ is a precise replica of the designers’ living room in Ghent. Their furniture, artworks, books and other objects will be on location in their ‘home away from home’, a special opportunity for visitors to experience how they live. Interactive lightboxes with recorded scenes from their living room windows will transport visitors to their home in Belgium, immersing visitors in their local surroundings as well as their home. Simultaneously, the design duo has shared their home in Ghent on Airbnb.

Known for their creation of beautiful pieces of furniture and art, with this collaboration muller van severen intends to share the deeper meanings that exist for treasured objects at home – which they label Wild Things. Using directional sound, narratives from their lives have been paired with selected items within the living room, creating a highly immersive installation  and illustrating  the invisible connection between hosts and guests- a truly Airbnb experience.

Each narrative is a personal anecdote from Fien and Hannes, reflecting the meaningful connections they each have with the objects on display. A painting by Hannes’ grandfather, noted artist Dan Van Severen, is juxtaposed with a chair made by the couple’s young daughter. Ambient sounds of the fireplace and the family dinner table are interspersed with sculpture, important books and other artworks – playing on the contrast between high design and the sentimental keepsakes that make up their home.

 The installation aims to conjure an understanding of muller van severen’s family stories, daily routines, personal style, and network of friends, creating the essence of home and homecoming in a public space.

“Airbnb is committed to giving voice to a new generation of designers. With this installation we also give voice to objects of beauty and design. The design, arrangement and mood of our homes, as well as the connections and experiences that occur within them, can represent our values and ourselves. As a platform, Airbnb empowers interactions between people who might never otherwise connect, cultivating an appreciation of place, resources, and rituals. When staying in an Airbnb home, one experiences life as it is, not as it is pretended.” says Andrew Speyer, Airbnb Regional Brand Marketing Director for the Americas.

A Wild Thing continues Airbnb’s mission of curating creative talent from around the world. Following Passeggiata (Milan, April 2017), Sobremesa (Miami, December 2016), Makers and Bakers (Milan, April 2016), Housewarming (Milan, April 2015), and A Place Called Home (London, September 2014), A Wild Thing is the brand’s latest project inviting some of the world’s most innovative and exciting designers to explore the shared home.

     

Open to Public – December 6 – 10, 2017

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

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DESIGN MIAMI/ 2017: COS X STUDIO SWINE STAGE NEW SPRING, MIAMI

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For Miami Design Week 2017,  Design Miami/ has partnered with COS, the fashion brand of choice for men and women who like their design timeless and modern, to stage the COS x Studio Swine installation, New Spring, Miami  at  one of the most iconic Miami Beach Art Deco locations, The Temple House

Following its celebrated award winning debut during Salone del Mobile in Milan, New Spring,Miami is the first stop for this multisensory project.

Studio Swine duo Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves

Studio Swine, is the artistic collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves.  They designed the installation around a focal sculpture that emits mist-filled blossoms that burst and evaporate on contact with skin, but that live on momentarily when met with textured fabrics.

Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS, said of the plans “New Spring, Miami, to me symbolizes exactly what we aim to do with our artist collaborations at COS: create work that reaches as many people as possible and ignites long-lasting partnerships. Alex and Azusa are such wonderful talents, we are so pleased to take this project to Miami Beach.”

“Design Miami/ is thrilled to partner with COS for our 2017 show,” said Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer of Design Miami/. “Experiencing COS and Studio Swine’s New Spring installation at Milan Design Week was especially meaningful for Design Miami/ as Studio Swine were selected by us as 2015 Designers of the Future. Collaborating with a thoughtful brand like COS who continues to support new and emerging talent in innovative ways is extremely satisfying and we all look forward to bringing this energy and vision to the fair with Studio Swine’s multi-sensory, interactive offering for all design enthusiasts to enjoy in Miami.”

Adding this exhibition to my Miami Design Week  “Must See” list! 

The installation will be located at The Temple House, 1415 Euclid Ave, Miami Beach from Wednesday 6 December until Sunday 10 December 2017.

Opening times:

Wednesday 6 December: 11am-7pm

Thursday 7 December: 11am – 5pm

Friday 8 December: 11am-7pm

Saturday 9 December: 11am-7pm

Sunday 10 December: 11am – 6pm

*Images courtesy COS and Studio Swine

Superfine! x Sorra present Miami’s First Midnight Vernissage

On Wednesday, December 6, high-impact LED lighting company Soraa and locally-grown accessible contemporary art fair Superfine! are joining forces. Capped off at only 400 attendees, Miami’s art collector and art-curious community will join Superfine! and Soraa for a witching hour preview of thefair that was ranked Miami’s favorite of 2017 by the Miami New Times.

The Midnight Vernissage will kick off with a cotton candy-topped champagne toast via the talented drink slingers of MiMo mainstay The Vagabond Hotel. Vernissage guests will take in over 1,200 original works by top emerging artistic talent from Miami and around the globe while enjoying ethereal harp sounds by Katherine Honey, the Biltmore’s longtime harpist. Whimsical interactive performance art by Veronika Rabinovich’s Dream Caverns troupe will also set the stage for an enchanting evening preview, along with surprises in the fair’s rear garden.

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Soraa’s Nobel Prize-winning LED technology will enlighten the booth of Apostrophe NYC, an iconoclastic New York art gallery that defies traditional white-box paradigms by working personally with their “Base 12” artists to present boundary-pushing exhibitions. All 12 of these artists will be showing work at Superfine! Miami and each work will be lit individually to showcase the dynamic range of Soraa’s intelligent lighting. Artist Max Hodgson of Apostrophe NYC will also create a massive abstract mural facing the fair’s rear garden. A time lapse film of the mural’s realization will be created and shared by Soraa, and the final product will be lit by the company’s museum-quality color rendering lights, flooding the verdant lounge area with vibrant color.

The Midnight Vernissage runs from 11:30PM through 1:30 AM on Wednesday December 6th. The Soraa lounge at Superfine! will be open to the public in the rear garden of the fair at 56 NE 29th Street from Thursday December 7th through Sunday December 10th. Full fair hours and ticket information are available here.

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DESIGN MIAMI/ 2017 DESIGN Talks Schedule

This year’s edition of DESIGN MIAMI/ DESIGN Talks offers an outstanding selection of discourses involving a global cornucopia of some of the leading design and production creatives, collectors, and critics.

Wednesday, December 6/

1:30–2:30pm/
Rethinking the City through Blackness/

 

3–4pm/
Redefining Cultural Impact: How New Technologies
Influence Artists and Creatives/

4:30–5:30pm/
Architecture and the Future of the American City:
Miami and Chicago/

6–7pm/
Mwabwindo School: Winner of the Panerai Design Miami/
Visionary Award/ An Elliman Talk/

Thursday, December 7/

11am–12pm/
Art and Advocacy: How the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
is Collaborating with Artists to Raise Awareness
about Climate Change/

1:30–2:30pm/
Performative Representation and Black Aesthetics/

3–4pm/
Ideal City: New Architecture in the Miami Design District/

4:30–5:30pm/
The Crying Game: Opulence and Melancholy
Make Architecture at Large/

6–7pm/
Order from Chaos: the Art and Design of
Self-Assembly/ An Elliman Talk/

Friday, December 8/

1:30–2:30pm/
Concept, Abstraction, and Blackness/

6–7pm/
A Need for Green: Improving Urban Life
with Plants/ An Elliman Talk/

Design Miami/ 2017
Tickets Available Now/
Visit designmiami.com to purchase tickets to Design Miami/ 2017, taking place December 6–10.  

*Images courtesy of Design Miami/

Sean Kelly Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Sean Kelly brings a superbly curated selection of works to his eponymously named gallery’s presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Included is work by Sam Moyer, who  is also currently on show in a solo exhibition WIDE WAKE at Sean Kelly’s New York space, Antony Gormley  who has just had a significant monograph by Martin Caiger-Smith published by Rizzoli and Kehinde Wiley, who has been selected to paint the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama.

SAM MOYER
Georgia, 2016
stone, marble, dyed canvas mounted to MDF
85 1/2 x 67 x 1 inches (217.2 x 170.2 x 2.5 cm)
© Sam Moyer
Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York

Additionally, there are a selection of works from artists Marina AbramoviçLos CarpinterosJames CasebereJulian CharrièreDavid ClaerboutJose DávilaIran do Espírito SantoAntony GormleyLaurent GrassoCallum InnesHugo McCloudMariko Mori, and Alec Soth.

MARIKO MORI
Spirifer I, 2017
coated acrylic, Corian base
52 3/8 x 18 9/16 x 6 5/8 inches (133 x 47.1 x 16.8 cm)
edition of 8 with 2 APs
© Mariko Mori
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

The gallery will also present works  by Landon Metz and Janaina Tschäpe , two artists who are new to the gallery’s program. 

Janaina Tschäpe
Enchanted, 2017
casein and colored pencil on canvas
painting: 58 1/4 x 58 3/4 inches (148 x 149.2 cm)
framed: 59 1/8 x 59 5/8 inches (150.2 x 151.4 cm)
© Janaina Tschäpe
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Located at Booth D14, make sure to add the Sean Kelly Gallery to your “must see” list while at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Featured Image Credits:
JULIAN CHARRIÈRE
Baker – First Light, 2016
large format color photograph, double-exposed through radioactive material, archival pigment print on Hahnemüle Photo Rag, mounted on aluminum Dibond, Red Palmira veneered frame, Mirogard antireflective glass paper: 59 1/8 x 73 7/8 inches (150.2 x 187.7 cm) framed: 60 1/2 x 75 5/16 x 2 inches (153.7 x 191.3 x 5.1 cm)
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© Julian Charrière / VG Blid-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

LOT Office for Architecture+OBJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST x Marharam present ‘SPECTACLE’ the 2017 DESIGN MIAMI/ Design Talks Theater

Award winning architectural design firm LOT Office for Architecture  has teamed up with their design studio OBJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST in partnership with North American textile giant MAHARAM to present ‘SPECTACLE’ , the 2017 DESIGN TALKS THEATER, which will host the  Design Talks program December 6-10th at Design Miami/. 

Using idea exchange as the core principal of the space , there will a plethora of of interesting elements like a cylindrical lectern, sliding seats and rolling spheres to entice the active participation of attendees.  

The salubrious warm atmosphere created by the amber-gold mirrors surrounding the space will reflect both actors and audience members, multiplying and drawing them into engaged listening and lively discussion.

LOT Office for Architecture founders Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis

Founded in 2012 by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, with offices in New York and Greece,  this architectural firm and design studio is dedicated to pursuing strong design concepts with pragmatism and consciousness. Their work has been featured in press including The Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper* Magazine, Elle Decor, Frame, Surface Magazine and Phaidon publishers and presented in exhibitions, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Greek Architecture Biennale, and the Salone del Mobile in Milan. 

In 2013 LOT was shortlisted for the European Piranesi Awards and in 2014 was selected for the Wallpaper* Architects Directory, the iconic magazine’s list of the best architectural talent from around the globe. In 2016 LOT won the invited competition to install a Skyline, a large monumental public installation at New York’s Flatiron Building Plaza.

Definitely looking forward to attending the Design Miami/ Talks in this space! 

*Images courtesy of LOT