Design Miami/ has announced their 2018 gallery program. Returning for the fourteenth edition from December 4th–9th, this edition features thirty-four presentations from twelve countries.
Exhibiting founding galleries include Cristina Grajales Gallery, LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown, Galerie Patrick Seguin and Magen H Gallery.
Newcomers to Miami Beach include Functional Art Gallery, Etage Projects, John Keith Russell and Side Gallery.
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
Miami Beach, FL
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/
Rethinking the City through Blackness/
Redefining Cultural Impact: How New Technologies
Influence Artists and Creatives/
Architecture and the Future of the American City:
Miami and Chicago/
Mwabwindo School: Winner of the Panerai Design Miami/
Visionary Award/ An Elliman Talk/
Thursday, December 7/
Art and Advocacy: How the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
is Collaborating with Artists to Raise Awareness
about Climate Change/
Performative Representation and Black Aesthetics/
Ideal City: New Architecture in the Miami Design District/
The Crying Game: Opulence and Melancholy
Make Architecture at Large/
Order from Chaos: the Art and Design of
Self-Assembly/ An Elliman Talk/
Friday, December 8/
Concept, Abstraction, and Blackness/
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/
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.
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
Maison & Objet Paris 2017 ( January 20th-24th) will be a design industry wonderland featuring exhibitors from around the globe!