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It was a beautiful evening for #PechaKucha Miami #MiamiDesignDistrict

The Miami Design District x AIGA x PechaKucha Miami Typography:The Bold and the Beautiful event packed a design school semester’s worth of typography knowledge into one concise hour!

In the PechaKucha traditional format,the presenters showed 20 images for 20 seconds and included such talks as Augusto Mendoza’s loving tribute to the Futura font, Dr. Amanda Alders Pike’s review of the effects of colors and Cushy Gig’s Alex Vahan’s meditation on his evolution as a graffiti artist.

Taking place at the Rooftop Garden in the Miami Design District,you couldn’t have asked for a better setting to gather to share typography-love !

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An evening program exploring the topic of Typography with a cast of Miami characters including professors, entrepreneurs and publishers // 6 Luminaries x 20 Slides x 20 Seconds

(Miami, FL) On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 7 PM to 9P M on the Rooftop Garden in the Miami Design District, PechaKucha Miami will present its 26th volume on the topic of Typography in collaboration with the Miami Design District and American Institute of Graphic Arts Miami Chapter. Type bombards our daily life in a way that is inescapable. From the exquisite to the mundane, the bold and the beautiful, type plays a very important role in our lives because what we see is almost as important as what we read. Back to back, six speakers will present 20 images each for 20 seconds exploring the importance of type in our visual landscape. Music will be provided by DJ Andie Sweetswirl and photography by Peter Vahan.

Speakers include:
 JILL C. WEISBERG // Creative Director of Schrift & Farbe with over 12 years of industry experience designing print and digital media.
 ERIC LANDERS // Teaches a variety of courses from three-dimensional design to interactive media and his personal work elucidates conditions and issues related to American culture.
 ALEX VAHAN // A creative force behind Cushy Gigs which provides a wide spectrum of design services from printing, multiple silkscreen press, street mural painting and hand painted signage.
 DR. AMANDA ALDERS PIKE // She has exhibited, published, and taught internationally on topics related to creativity and is currently President of the Florida Art Therapy Association.
 AUGUSTO MENDOZA // He strives to promote printed matter through blogging, publishing and events. Also, he has curated a selection of photography, graphic design and editorials that strive to inspire and educate.
 JESSY NITE // A multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer specializing in interactive, experiential and site-specific installation.

For more information, please contact:
Lauren Junge / Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. / / 212.228.5555

For more information from PechaKucha Miami, including photos by Peter Vahan, please click here.

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This TEFAF art symposium is not to be missed !

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Design Miami : Kartell by Laufen Collection

Design Miami : Kartell by Laufen Collection

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The Kartell by Laufen Collection was presented this past December during Design Miami at the Kartell Miami flagship store. After its launch in Frankfurt (ISH) and the Milan Design Week last year, this innovative project has been presented around the world .

Helmed by the super-power architect and design team, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba (who was in attendance) this award winning collection created a new dialogue as pointed out in the collection description:

The new Kartell by Laufen bathroom is a complete and integrated project inspired by the iconic design of Kartell, combined with the quality of Laufen in the production of ceramics for the bathroom, designed by the International renowned designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba. On one hand Kartell, Italian, creative, colourful, ironic. On the other Laufen, Swiss, rigorous, reliable. From this union and with the interpretative project work of Ludovica+Roberto Palomba there comes about an unprecedented collection, which takes its place on the market as an aspirational project with great persuasive capacity. A liveable dream, with sophisticated yet affordable aesthetics, chic yet understated.

This was indeed one of the best events of Design Miami 2013 and you can see more about the development of this innovative collection in the following Kartell by Laufen – PURE EMOTION – Backstage video:



The Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014  winners have been announced and they include the people, places, creations and concepts that have intrigued people for the past year.

This year’s judges panel included: Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad, Spike Jonze, Thom Mayne and Thaddaeus Ropac. 

After seeing these preview pages, shown below, I can’t wait to get this spectacular issue !

Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 Preview_Victoria Beckham
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 Preview_Victoria Beckham


Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 Preview_Spike Jonze
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 Preview_Spike Jonze

Design Design Miami 2013

#DesignMiami : Perrier-Jouët x Simon Heijdens

 #DesignMiami : Perrier-Jouët x Simon Heijdens

Perrier-Jouët has announced its design collaboration with London-based Dutch designer Simon Heijdens. Simon will create an immersive experience to be unveiled at Design Miami/ 4 – 8 December. Titled Phare No. 1–9 this ‘lightwork’ explores the relationship between the medium and the message with an entirely new way to express a story in a poetic, sensory work. Playing with materials, volume and movement, Phare No. 1–9 merges the conceptual and the tangible to propel the Art Nouveau aesthetic into the 21st Century.

Simon Heijdens’ key works such as LightweedsTree and Shade have narrative threads that bring the natural world, and a sense of ‘coincidence’, into man-made spaces. Known for creating immersive, site-specific pieces, Heijdens’ works often use new media to add a particular notion to a space, creating an unforgettable experience. With a fine-tuned practice and clear voice, Simon Heijdens’ works are transformative yet subtle, concerned with temporality and the human experience.

To make Phare No. 1–9 Heijdens delved below the surface of the classic Art Nouveau aesthetic to find its core, which inspires this new work. Heijdens is also fascinated by the context surrounding Art Nouveau. It was an era that saw technological advancements important to the visual arts, such as the popularisation of the lithographic poster by Jules Chéret and the genesis of cinema by Louis Lumière.  The conversation between Heijdens’ own practice and Art Nouveau grew when Heijdens visited the home of Perrier-Jouët, La Maison Belle Époque in Epernay; it is here that Art Nouveau came to life as an experiential genre.

We are thrilled to be working with Simon Heijdens this year. Simon introduces a new medium of expression, which we believe makes an important and forward-thinking contribution to the design world. The installation space becomes a screen upon which Simon tells his story. Light and liquid create the narrative; it has to be experienced.” Says Axelle de Buffevent, Style Director for Martell Mumm-Perrier-Jouët.

 Phare No. 1–9 will be unveiled in at Design Miami/, of which Perrier- Jouët is a proud partner. Since the champagne house’s first artistic collaboration in 1902 with the significant  French Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé, who created the iconic anemone of its Belle Époque cuvée, the house has continued to commission established and emerging designers and artists. Through the partnership with Design Miami/, Perrier-Jouët helps support the best in new design talent. This marks the second year Perrier-Jouët is participating in Design Miami/ to create a curated Salon project. It follows their acclaimed 2012 project Lost Time by designers Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson of London-based studio Glithero.

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#DesignMiami : formlessfinder x Design Miami 2013

#DesignMiami : formlessfinder x Design Miami 2013

formlessfinder has been selected to design the Design Miami 2013 Entrance Pavilion. Based in NYC, the formlessfinder team of Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose is dedicated to releasing the formerly siloed input and output aspects of architecture so that each project has the ability to have its own flavor.

As the press release states:

“Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to
build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual Design
Commissions program.

Harnessing multiple, often unexpected, properties of sand and aluminum,
formlessfinder’s Tent Pile pavilion provides shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for the city’s public. The pavilion appears as a dramatic aluminum roof miraculously balanced on the apex of a great pyramid of loose sand. Milled aluminum benches give resting space in the shade, where visitors will be fanned by the cool air naturally generated by the structure….
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The pavilion acts as a refuge for the more than 50,000 visitors who come to Miami for the
fairs each year, as well as inhabitants of the city’s South Beach neighborhood. It is
intended as a public installation that marries the practical requirements of shelter and
seating to spectacular creative architectural ideas from a young practice. Formlessfinder’s
Tent Pile engages not only with materials and aesthetics specific to Miami, but with the
location of the fair within the city–the pyramid of sand is there to be sat on and played in,
the cooling fans to be approached, examined and enjoyed. “We’re hoping to create
something that people would want to participate in,” says Ricciardi, and the result is a
structure designed to be occupied and explored, as much as it is to be admired. ”

For further information, please visit Design Miami’s website and blog, Design Log, for
regular news and updates.

Photographs courtesy of DesignMiami/