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Design Miami 2014 Update

Design Miami 2014 Update – Here is the latest press release regarding Design Miami 2014 !

December 3-7, 2014
Miami Beach, USA

Press Release
The world’s leading fair for collectible design celebrates its 10th Anniversary with innovative programming that is rich in heritage

Schedule of Events

Preview Day (by invitation only)
Tuesday December 2
Press Conference 2:30pm
Collectors Preview 12-6pm
Vernissage 6-8pm

Public Days
December 3-7, 2014
19th Sreet & Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach

Public Hours of Admission
December 3-4, 10am-8pm
December 5, 11am-8pm
December 6, 12-8pm
December 7, 12-6pm

Design Miami/ Tickets
Tickets can be purchased for entry to the fair Wednesday to Sunday, December 3-7
General Admission: USD 25
Students & Senior Citizens: USD 20
Combination ticket to Design Miami/ and Art Basel: USD 55

Design Talks
December 3-5, 3-4pm and 6-7pm

Peter Marino named inaugural recipient of Design Visionary Award

Jonathan Muecke announced as recipient of 2014 Design Commission

Design Miami/ launches a new program of galleries, exhibitions and events to celebrate the fair’s tenth edition and ongoing legacy; names Peter Marino the recipient of the first Design Visionary award for his outstanding contributions to the field of design; and commissions Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke to create the Design Miami/ 2014 Pavilion.

Architecture Design

New Release – The Surf Club from Assouline

New Release – The Surf Club from Assouline

Miami’s legendary Surf Club, led by the vision of Nadim Ashi and Fort Capital Management, will re-open in 2016 as The Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, with a pool of extraordinary talents that includes Pritzker-Prize winning architect Richard Meier

The Surf Club Book Image
In conjunction with the restoration of this historic siteAssouline has published The Surf Club, which celebrates the spectacular past, present and future of what many regard as the jewel of Miami Beach.

The Surf Club Book Images

This gorgeous book also offers an interesting spotlight on the paintings of the historic cabanas done by Winston Churchill,whose works will be on exhibition throughout Atlanta this Fall

The Surf Club Book Images courtesy of Assouline
The Surf Club Four Seasons & Private Residences rendering courtesy of dbox


Cecil Balmond’s Critically Acclaimed Sculpture Debuts in the UK

Cecil Balmond’s Critically Acclaimed Sculpture Debuts in the UK

British designer, architect and artist Cecil Balmond‘s critically acclaimed sculpture H_Edge has it made its UK debut in London’s Spitalfields in a fascinating bespoke configuration in the reflecting pool opposite the Allen & Overy building (open until October 2014).

H_Edge by Cecil Balmond_1

Originally debuting at the Artist Space in New York in 2006, this installation has brought wonderment and joy globally to such places as the Graham Foundation of Fine Art in Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Tokyo Opera City Gallery in Tokyo as well as in and Milan and recently at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, see the video below.

As well as H_Edge, Cecil Balmond has a number of forthcoming public art projects including commissions for the Chicago Transit Authority and MESA Art Center, Arizona and one of his recent sculptures, a light sculpture Snow Words (for the State of Alaska Arts Council) was named one of the best public artworks of 2013 by the Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Year in Review.

Design London Design Festival

Upcoming Event – London Design Festival

Upcoming Event – London Design Festival

The London Design Festival (Sept 13th-Sept 16th) kicks off London’s fall creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, the Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival.

Established in 2003, London Design Festival’s role is to celebrate and promote London as the world’s design capital and gateway to the International design community and with last year’s Festival attracting an audience of over 350,000 people, from over 60 countries, it is well on it’s way to achieving that goal!

With over 300 events and exhibitions scheduled at the central hub at the V&A, and at the Design Districts (including the Brompton Design District, the Shoreditch Design Triangle, Fitzrovia Now, the Chelsea Design Quarter, and the Clerkenwell Design Quarter), this is the standout design show of the year !

Design Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014 has opened at the Hall 1 Süd, Messe in Basel, Switzerland!

Design Miami/ Basel’s gallery program is supported by a stimulating
week of design commissions and collaborations. Highlights include a technically
audacious design commission Triangular Series for the entrance hall, design
collaborations sponsored by Audi and Swarovski, talks with leading industry figures,
and satellite events showcasing new technology and challenging ideas.

If you are in the area, make sure to see Design Miami/Basel !

More about this event here after the break…


Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Cafe designed by AfroditiKrassa Opens at Heathrow

Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Cafe designed by AfroditiKrassa Opens at Heathrow

Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant,The Perfectionists’ Café, designed by leading London-based restaurant and hospitality design specialist AfroditiKrassa, is now open at Heathrow’s newly-redeveloped Terminal 2.

AfroditiKrassa’s design concept for The Perfectionists’ Café is taken from the menu itself – Modern British signature dishes of the 1960s and 1970s and a celebration of travel in that era. To drive the design language, AfroditiKrassa looked for inspiration in iconic movie and TV references such as Mad Men and Catch Me If You Can. Inspiration was also drawn from influential furniture and interior designer Verner Panton, and the colourful, humorous and ironic work of American graphic designer Saul Bass, who created the branding for various airlines in those decades.

“I have a simple challenge each time, to design the true category definer. It takes come guts to want to challenge the status quo, yet this is where my studio operates, this is where interior design gets really exciting because it becomes much more than colours, finishes and trends. I want to turn spaces into three-dimensional stories infused with meaning, innovation and timeless value,” says Studio Founder, Afroditi Krassa.

Celebrating its famous chef, Blumenthal, the open and theatrical kitchen anchors the space and creates a centre point from which the layout radiates. The kitchen is divided in zones: the ice cream parlour offers Blumenthal’s iconic liquid nitrogen ice cream, a first in an airport. Located in decanters the nitrogen is brought to the working station through bespoke pipes. Progressing into the space, there is a bar with a bakery and deli offer. Food is always in prime position in the space and reflects Heston Blumenthal’s passion for its art. The protagonist of the kitchen is the exposed wood fired oven, again, a first within an airport. Finally, a retail space dedicated to the famous chef is located at the entrance.

“This restaurant design extends beyond the layout, the colour and the finishes; it is the sound of the space, the smell of the kitchen, the weight of furniture and the clever lighting on the dishes that accentuate the creativity behind the cooking. We picked up on the multi-sensorial element of Heston’s cooking and set ourselves a brief that challenged the boundaries of restaurant design. I wanted this restaurant not to feel like a compromise, as so many airport restaurants do, but a destination; a place that has a real sense of arrival and a buzz of optimism running through its DNA, just like the food you are about to be served,” explains Krassa.

Hopefully, I will travel through Heathrow soon so that I can check The Perfectionists’ Cafe out !

Afroditi Krassa
Afroditi Krassa







*Images courtesy of Camron PR

Design Events

Upcoming Event – WANTEDDESIGN 2014

Upcoming Event – WANTEDDesign 2014

WANTEDDesign, the inspirational and energetic platform for the design community, students, the media, design institutions, and design lovers alike, takes place May 16th-19th in NYC.

Adding fresh direction to this year’s show, programs will follow the daily themes of Design Around the World, Designing, Making, Transforming, and What’s Next in the U.S.A.?, with each day featuring supporting conversations.

Beyond the talks, set to take place in Grimshaw’s Conversation Room, and the show’s nearly 60+ exhibitors, attendees can preview prototype products in the Launch Pad and check out the visionary outcomes from the Design Schools Workskhop – “The Future of Paper”– that includes participating schools from around the world.

Part of NYCxDESIGN, WANTEDDesign will officially open on Friday, May 16th, to press, bloggers, interior designers, and VIPs. All programs take place during the three days from May 17th to May 19th at the Terminal Stores – The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, between 27th and 28th streets in New York City.

The event is free to the trade (registration required); general public ($20 online, $25 at the door).

Visitors’ information – at a glance:

Friday, May 16
• Starting 12pm — Bloggers “First Look”
• Starting 2pm — Press preview
• Starting 4pm — VIP Interior designers preview
• 7am–10pm — VIP opening night celebration (by invitation only)

Saturday/Sunday, May 17/18
• 10–7pm (trade and general public)

Monday, May 19
• 10–7pm – (trade)