After a particularly nasty and grueling U.S. election season complete with shocking outcome, I have to admit my usual Art Basel – Miami Beach Week excitement had been smushed a few notches.
As the invites rolled in, I found myself confronting a post-election malaise. I wondered if I should just take a pass this year from the many fabulous contemporary art and design world events and Netflix binge instead, sequestering myself in a dark room hoping that this all was a bad dream.
I am so very glad I did not go down the path of least movement but instead ventured out to commiserate with fellow attendees, exhibitors, designers, curators, artists and journalists at the temporary crossroads of the best in contemporary art and collectible design.
Wherever I went, no matter the happening, event or exhibition, I had the best conversations with complete strangers or people who “knew” me from my social media channels but hadn’t met me in person yet. I took tons of photos and some videos (not as much as I would have liked).
While I did not get to see everything I wanted to see, I did see a lot, so stay tuned for upcoming posts!
The Maison Perrier – Jouët Strand Garden by Andrew Kudless at Design Miami/ was an oasis of serenity and calm in the midst of the biggest design show in North America.
Drawing from Perrier-Jouët’s history with Art Nouveau, San Francisco based designer Andrew Kudlesscombined those elements with those involved in the ritual of serving champagne:
“I was interested in the way that strands, fibers, branches and vines were applied across every aspect of Art Nouveau, from paintings to architecture, says Kudless. “The curving strand motif evokes nature and movement over time. I wanted to look at four of Perrier-Jouët’s emblematic materials – wood, chalk, glass and grapes – and see how I could create strands out of each one.”
The three screens of 8′ curving strands were meant to evoke tree trunks or vines.
The interlocking oak-top benches were meant to evoke the riddling racks and wine wine presses while their concrete legs resemble the chalk that shelters the cellers and nourish the vines.
This table placed in the center of the space was made from bio plastics and was illuminated from within thus evoking the radiant clarity and vibrant personality of Perrier-Jouët wines .
And placed on top of this magnificent table was this extraordinary ice bucket 3D-printed from ground Chardonnay grape skins! Entitled The Perrier-Jouët Marc Metamorphosis, it is a fitting tribute to the freshness, subtlety and sophistication of the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque cuvée using the cognizant metaphor of the wrinkled raisin.
So happy I was able to spend some time in Strand Garden!
More images from this wonderful installation courtesy of Perrier-Jouët:
This 11th edition featured strong programming, like the Design Talks/ panel with designers Formafantasma, rugmaker Alexandra Kehayoglou and jewelry maker David Bielendermoderated by Christian Larson, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There were also epic collaborations like the CollectorsLounge/ designed by Kuehn Malvezzi with the support of Artek and Kvadrat. And wonderful satellite exhibitions, including one that featured innovative works by the iconic Zaha Hadid.
And if you weren’t able to be at this year’s spectacular edition, watching the updates from the forum on Instagram , Facebook, Twitterwas almost as good as actually being there.
Design Miami/ welcomes Firma Casa, its first participating gallery from Brazil (São Paulo), into a program that is notably strong in design from Latin America. The distinctive and innovative work of the Campana Brothers – Design Miami/ Designers of the Year in 2008 – are represented at both Firma Casa and Friedman Benda. A rare jacaranda wood bench by Modernist pioneer Joaquim Tenreiro is showing at R & Company. Cristina Grajales Gallery exhibits a spectacular coffee table by Gloria Cortina topped with golden obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. ADN Galeria of Mexico participates in the Design Curio program with a project by the Mexico-based sculptor and furniture designer Eduardo Olbés. Continue reading “DESIGN MIAMI/2015: GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS”