#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/ 

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.


The #Coolness – Design Miami 2012

Design Miami 2012 is where all the top influential galleries, collectors, curators, critics and gallerists from across the globe will gather from Dec 4-9  to celebrate, promote and engage in all things design !  This year Design Miami/ will celebrate its eight edition with an impressive roster of 29 international participants in the gallery program and 7 emerging galleries as part of the Design On/Site program.

Key themes for Design Miami 2012 include:

  • Nature Inspirations: Jason Jacques (presenting Art Nouveau glass and ceramic), R 20th Century (bronze and ceramic candlesticks by David Wiseman), Galerie BSL (nature inspired work by Noë Duchaufour-Lawrence and Taher Chemirik), Cristina Grajales Inc (Walking Bench by Pedro Barrail), Priveekollektie (light installations by Dominic Wilcox) and Galerie VIVID (new unique vases by Glithero).
  • American Design: a strong roster of historic and contemporary design made by US designers. Mark McDonald (homage to the Eames House), Moderne Gallery (work by California Modern masters Nakashim and Wharton Esherick), R 20th Century (work by Wendell Castle, godfather of the American studio furniture movement), Volume Gallery (a solo show by Snarkitecture).
  • Italian Design: Nilufar (presenting selected work by Michelangelo Pistoletto), Rossella Colombari (with pieces from the most important Italian designers of the twentieth century such as Gio’ Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Ico Parisi, Ettore Sottsass and Andrea Branzi), first-time participant Erastudio Apartment-Gallery (a solo show by Gaetano Pesce) and Antonella Villanova (with hand crafted jewellery by Delfina Delettrez).
  • Innovation in glass work: novel ways of expression and experimentation in the ancient medium glass at Pierre Marie Giraud (with work by Ritsue Mishima), Venice Projects (with Pieke Bergmans) and Victor Hunt (presenting a solo show of work by Sylvain Willenz).
  • Statement jewelry by women: sculptural works by female jewelry artists. Didier Ltd will present a strong selection of work by female artists such as Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois and Janine Antoni. Antonella Villanova will present a solo-exhibition of work by Delfina Delletrez including new commissioned pieces and private early works. Ornamentum will premiere Swiss designer Johanna Dahm’s project ‘William Tell’s Shot’, a presentation of rings created by shooting through silver and gold bars or coins with a machine gun.

Check out  Top Picks from this year’s fair and their fabulous blog,  Design Log,  that provides up-to-the-minute information on all the event happenings.

 *Special Thanks to Valentina Giani from Camron PR for providing event details.