House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition

Back in March for almost three full weeks, the House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition , a groundbreaking collection of seminars, installations and an expo, organized by Kenya Hara and Tsuchiya Sadao took place. House Vision seeks to introduce the current Japanese urban lifestyle and discuss how traditional Japanese design elements can be pulled into its future.


In the U.S. our connection to our homes and urban lifestyle is based on the “melting pot”, we take in influences from everywhere.  However, in Japan, the relationship between home design and  preservation of traditional Japanese culture is strongly connected.

A few things about this exhibition were very interesting to me. First, is the idea of  how “housing literacy” needs to be taught to the now maturing Japanese urban dwellers with emphasis on the “proper lifestyle” that is more a fit with their mature identity and thus will bring in happiness to their lives. This “identity” anticipates children moving out of the home and parents giving up having too much stuff. The mature Japanese urban dweller should be able to live in a smaller space that includes multipurpose appliances in a traditional Japanese living space design format.

This is totally different from the latest trend in the U.S. of generations families living together, as demonstrated by Lennar’s very successful NextGen homes. In a Nextgen home, a complete suite that includes a separate kitchen and living space can be added to the home.

In a way, our homes can be said to be ‘curated” by us; after all, we fill our homes with items that we hope represents our aesthetics and beliefs. Is it right to have all that stripped from you at a certain age because it is the “proper” way to live  is a question that comes up when listening to the House Vision discussions.


2013 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award Winners

Design Miami/Basel and W Hotels have announced the winners of the 2013 W Hotel Designers of the Future Award.  This award recognizes emerging designers and studios that are pioneering the field of design.

The 2013 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award winners are: Seung-Yong Song from Korea , Canadian-American Jon Stam  and Bethan Laura Wood from the U.K. !

These winners were selected by an international jury that included Jan Boelen of the Design Academy Eindhoven and Z33; Tony Chambers of Wallpaper* Magazine; Aric Chen of M+ Museum Hong Kong; Alexis Georgacopoulos of Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL); Marianne Goebl of Design Miami/; Benjamin Loyauté, author, curator and journalist; and Mike Tiedy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, parent company of W Hotels Worldwide.

For 2013, the theme of “Making Connections” challenged aspirants to go on-site to a specific new or renovating W Hotel to create a space that captured the vibrant ambiance of the location and synced it with the experience of the international visitor whether for business or pleasure.

Congrats to this year’s winners !

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Kartell Miami Louis Ghost Chair 10th Anniversary Celebration

During Design Miami 2012 Week earlier this month, the Kartell Miami Louis Ghost Chair 10th Anniversary Celebration paid tribute to Philippe Starck’s iconic design with a special in-store installation in the Miami Design District.  As the press release states:

“Louis Ghost becomes not only a Kartell absolute best-seller but, on the strength of 1.5 million pieces sold, it is, furthermore, an icon and the most widely sold design chair in the world. This is the chair that consecrated Kartell as world leader in the production of “transparent design furnishings” and through which the aesthetic aspect of transparency became accepted globally by revealing the enormous functionality of the material. “

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Tai Ping Carpets x Rita Motta Perez

During Design Miami 2012, the Tai Ping Carpets x Rita Motta Perez installation at Inventory 03: Experience of a City showed that rugs can be elevated to art.   A vibrant purple creation that captured the essense of effervescing bubbles, it was truly an amazing piece to behold.

Special thanks to Tai Ping’s fabulous Digital Marketing Manager Lauryn Soden for guiding me through this beautiful exhibition.

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Design Miami 2012: Style,Substance & Innovation

Design Miami 2012 was a happy confluence of outstanding design galleries, glorious collaborations, rousing conversations and amazing, highly collectible pieces.

As the latest press release states:

“The eighth edition of Design Miami saw record attendance and robust sales throughout its six-day run in Miami, Florida from December 4-9, 2012. Thirty-six of the world’s leading galleries presented contemporary and historic design, which sold well among the 31,000 design collectors and enthusiasts who attended the fair.”

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Bisazza Foundation x Arik Levy Design Miami Breakfast

Last Thursday, I was up early to attend the Bisazza press breakfast for Arik Levy‘s  presentation of his permanent commission for the Bisazza Foundation, “Experimental Growth”, including  it’s  interactive video installation, “Virtual Truth”,  at their flagship store in Miami’s Design District.

Marie Cristina Didero, Director of the Foundation, was there to introduce this incredible multi-disciplinary artist and to announce the Foundation’s activities for 2013. As she states:

“We are delighted to be part of Design Miami this year by bringing, with the Virtual Truth video, an abstract of the Experimental Growth design installation created by Arik Levy for the Bisazza Foundation in Vicenza, Italy. Experimental Growth is our first project dedicated to contemporary design, entirely produced by the Bisazza Foundation. Arik Levy has conceived an imposing and impressive installation for us, a work of great scope that will enhance the foundation’s Permanent Collection.”

“Experimental Growth” consists of the significantly-sized RockChamber, which is covered in black mosaic tiles designed to look like a meteorite that has crashed to earth. Once inside the visitor has no visual cues to refer to thus separating them from any formal relationship with architecture. “Virtual Truth” invites the visitor to take a step further by interacting with moving images, changing their perception about space.

Also among the invitees was Lorrenda Newman Sherrer, the amazing Publisher of Modern Magazine along with her equally amazing Editor-in-Chief, Beth Dunlop and the fantastic Jenny Palmer of the innovative, next-level Alarm Press.

A great event to start my Design Miami Day !

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The #Coolness – Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon at Cassina

The famous Le Corbusier Cabanon is being reconstructed in the United States for the first time during Design Miami 2012 at the Cassina Miami Showroom and is launching with an exclusive first-look on Thursday December 6th at 7PM.

The exhibition features the authentic reconstruction of the actual interior of the Cabanon, which Le Corbusier planned and built in 1952 for his holidays in Cap-Martin, France. The Cabanon is an apparently unpretentious sea-side hut, comprising a remarkable example of significant micro-architecture. The Cabanon will be reconstructed in the Cassina Miami showroom. Jean-Louis Cohen, a renowned Le Corbusier scholar and professor of architecture at New York University, will curate the exhibition.

Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon is on my must-see list !

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Photo Credit: Cassina