Design Miami/ 2016 Highlights: Maison Perrier-Jouët Strand Garden by Andrew Kudless

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 Kudless combined 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: 

SCAD at Miami Presents Theater of Self featuring Daniel Lismore

The use of clothes to define, defend and defy societal conventions is at the center of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents SCAD AT MIAMI – Theater of Self: An Exploration of Identity, featuring works by  Daniel Lismore and photography by SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. Photography) that I previewed last week.  

The core of the exhibition is a phalanx of 20 Daniel Lismore life-size mannequins festooned in his spectacularly designed creations that are accompanied by five light boxes of photos of Lismore taken by New York-based photographer Colin Douglas Gray. These five featured looks are also included in Lismore’s upcoming monograph, published by Skira Rizzoli in collaboration with SCAD entitled Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, due out for international release in February 2017.

As I walked around each exciting ensemble, I realized that I could spend hours looking at Daniel Lismore ‘s creations and still not be able to fathom all the intricacies involved in creating them.   

Accompanying Limore’s works, Bin Feng’s self-portraits of himself living a stylized version of the  “American Dream” offer profound insights to the subjects of class, race and gender from a non-Western perspective. This inclusion of Feng’s works could not have been more timely as the recent brutal election season has shown that we Americans have vastly different interpretations of what those “dreams” mean as well how we should attain them. 

Also included are works from SCAD graduates including exquisite furniture designed Kalin Asenov and Eny Lee Parker,  thrilling paintings by Whitney Wood Bailey and  gorgeous lighting fixtures with embroidered cotton corded shades by April Rivers Locke.   

In addition to all this, SCAD AT MIAMI also is showcasing the world’s first ever virtual reality musical “Say It With Music”, produced &* written by Joshua Howard and directed and performed by SCAD students.  Fortunately, Howard was on hand along with SCAD student Lubomir Kocka to walk me through the process of getting set up and viewing this amazing production.

This totally immersive experience was extraordinary – it felt like I was not watching a musical as so much as being a silent participant .  While you will have to go to the exhibition to experience this, you can see a “behind the scenes” look here .

Here are more pics from the exhibition: 

Details are as follows (corrected from original post on 12/11/16):

Theater of Self

Dec. 2-13

11–6 p.m. daily

SCAD AT MIAMI

1601 N. Miami Ave.

Miami, Florida

Make sure to see this before it closes if you are in the area! 

Photo Credit: Simone Todd 

Upcoming Event: Design Miami/ 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4

This year’s edition of Design Miami/ brings the best in design from galleries and exhibitors from across the globe and includes such highlights as:

  • The launch of Building Legacy: Designing for Sustainability, a partnership between Design Miami/ and the United Nations
  • Dean & DeLuca unveil Stage by German architect Ole Scheeren, a new food retail concept
  • Design Miami/ x Maison Kitsuné launch a limited edition mini-capsule collection at this year’s fair
  • Audi presents The Extra Hour by Lego
  • Maison Perrier-Jouët partners with American artist Andrew Kudless to present L’Eden
  • FENDI reaffirms its commitment to design at the fair and presents THE HAPPY ROOM by Cristina Celestino
  • Airbnb presents Sobremesa, a lively exploration of shared space, by Mexico City-based design studio Pedro&Juana
  • Louis Vuitton presents new additions to the Objets Nomades series which have been specially commissioned for Design Miami/
  • COMPAC will present ICE, a collaboration between the leading Spanish surfaces company and renowned artist and designer, Arik Levy
  • CNN Style joining Design Miami/ as the official news outlet of the fair with an on-site newsroom

A definite must-see!  Continue reading “Upcoming Event: Design Miami/ 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4”

Upcoming Event: NADA Miami Beach 2016 Dec 1-4

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Miami Beach 2016 Dec 1-4 returns for its 14th edition to the Deauville Beach Resort with exhibitors showcasing the best of of emerging contemporary art.  This amazing arts non-profit organization’s dedication to celebrating new art from artists from around the globe offers a welcome respite to art collectors, artists and art aficionados. 

“We are very excited for the 14th edition of NADA Miami Beach. This year, we continue to support NADA’s growing international community through programs such as NADA Projects and the NADA x Exhibitionary International Gallery Prize, with exhibiting galleries visiting from 17 different countries, 43 of which are participating for the first time,” says NADA Executive Director, Heather Hubbs.

NADA is on my must-see list! 

VIP Preview by Invitation:
Thursday December 1, 10am – 12pm

Opening Preview By Invitation:
Thursday, December 1, 12 – 2pm

Open to the Public:
Thursday, December 1, 2–7pm
Friday, December 2, 11am–7pm
Saturday,December 3, 11am–7pm
Sunday, December 4, 11am–5pm Continue reading “Upcoming Event: NADA Miami Beach 2016 Dec 1-4”

Upcoming Event: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

Art Basel-Miami Beach 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4 features works of art from over 250 of the world’s leading international galleries from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  

Contemporary and Modern paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, digital art, art-historical showcases and projects, limited edition collaborations and more are all represented. 

 

2016 marks the fifteenth edition of the Miami Beach show, which has expanded over the years to include dedicated sections for film, outdoor sculpture, works in edition and curated shows of historical significance. The show has always offered both exploration – with new works created by emerging artists – and a continuity of a high quality international roster. Over 85 galleries exhibiting this year also tookPlus, not to be missed, is the Conversations and Salon Talks programming where prominent figures from the art world artists, curators, critics and collectors engage in thoughtful and highly engaging discussions. 

Art Basel Miami Beach

Every year that I get to attend, it feels like the world’s largest museum of contemporary and modern art has set itself up in proximity to me, albeit for a very limited time period.

It is not to be missed, so if you can be there, be there.

Media Reception
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9.30am, Collectors Lounge

Private View
Wednesday November 30, 2016, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Vernissage
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public opening dates and hours:

Thursday December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12noon to 6pm

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

*All images by Simone Todd (2015)

Upcoming Event: Red Dot Miami Nov 30 – Dec 4

The 10th edition of Red Dot Miami Nov 30 – Dec 6 launches under new ownership by the Redwood Media Group and will feature up to 75 international galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, photography, and secondary market works.

The theme for Red Dot Miami 2016 is [EVOLVE]: At every turn, the art world is shifting. Galleries, artists, and collectors alike are continuously evolving, in turn imploring us to expand our perspectives.

Site-specific Art Lab projects, Art Talks, specially selected Spotlight Galleries and special events are some of the reasons why Red Dot Dot Miami has made my Miami Art Week Must-See List!

Also, Red Dot Miami tickets will grant you additional access to Spectrum Miami and a percentage of all ticket sales go to benefit LIFE is ART, a local Miami-based charity.

SHOW HOURS:
Opening Night Preview Party: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 6 – 10pm

General Public Show Hours:
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 12 – 5pm

VENUE:
Red Dot Miami Tent
1700 NE 2nd Ave. at NE 17th St.
Miami, FL 33132

ADMISSION COST
Opening Night/5-Day Pass: $75 online / $85 at event
Opening Night Preview Pass: $50 online / $60 at event
General Admission, 1-Day Pass: $25 online / $30 at event
Seniors, 1-Day Pass: $15 online / $20 at event
Students, 1-Day Pass: $10 online / $20 at event