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Looking Back: Design Miami 2014 and Design Miami 2013

Design Miami 2014 and Design Miami 2013

With almost 40,000 visitors, the Design Miami/ 2014 Tenth Anniversary Edition was it’s most successful iteration to date.  35 galleries from as far as Seoul, Lebanon and South Africa and, for the first time, from Miami’s own Wynwood art district, shared their distinctive individual visions and beautifully curated displays featuring the best in both vintage and contemporary collectible design.

As fashion icon supreme Diana Vreeland said, “…The eye has to travel…” and mine sure did as you can see in the following video collection of photos I took there:

In attendance were notable visitors including collectors like Patricia Cisneros and Adriana Cisneros Griffin, Peter Brandt, Tico Mugrabi, Aby Rosen, Barry Friedman, Beth DeWoody, George Lindemann, Paula Crown, and Svetlana Uspenskaya, architects Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye, artists Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Marina Abramović and Trevor Paglen, magazine editors Glenda Bailey and Margaret Russell, model and business woman Elle Macpherson, actors Owen Wilson and Jane Fonda, gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, designer Ron Arad, musician André 3000 Benjamin and hotelier André Balazs.

For my complete event photo/video album with over 100 photos and 3 videos, go here!

Looking further back to 2013, it was evident that this design event had set the bar for design events in the U.S.

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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.

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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:

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#DesignMiami : Craig Robins and Miami Design District Press Conference

#DesignMiami : Craig Robins and Miami Design District Press Conference

MDD Hard Hat Tour - Craig Robins
MDD Hard Hat Tour – Craig Robins

This past Monday afternoon I had the great privilege of being included in the hard hat tour of the Miami Design District’s latest projects and previewing the exhibitions and in-store installations during Art Basel and Design Miami/ 2013 given by real estate developer extraordinaire Craig Robins, recently featured in the New York Times, together with Mathieu Le Bozec on behalf of Dacra and L Real Estate. 

MDD Hard Hat Tour_The amazing design team of Briggs & Cole from Glasgow and me
MDD Hard Hat Tour_The amazing design team of Briggs & Cole from Glasgow and me
MDD Hard Hat Tour_Onsite
MDD Hard Hat Tour_Onsite

From December 3 – 8, the Miami Design District will present a dynamic line-up of installations, events and environments highlighting the best artists and designers from both Miami and abroad. The range of exhibitions mix art, design, fashion and culture in striking and unusual ways – A Maison Martin Margiela collaboration with Swarovski, Berluti’s presentation of pieces by designer Maarten Baas, a TAPAS exhibition that explores Spanish design adapted to gastronomy, limited edition pieces by Paul Noble produced by The Rug Company, Wallpaper* Handmade’s exhibition with Jaguar, a presentation from Louis Vuitton of work by renowned French designer Charlotte Perriand and a diverse array of exhibitions from the KIWI Arts Group including an interactive experience featuring Goggle Glass™ (for David Datuna’s Viewpoint of Billions). The breadth and scope of the programming is a reflection of the neighborhood’s commitment to celebrate creativity in all its forms.

Also, tucked among some of the top luxury stores in the world, including Céline, Dior Homme, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Prada, are a selection of top galleries, and private collections such as the de la Cruz Contemporary Art Space, Craig Robins Collection and Locust Projects.

Afterwards we treated to a fabulous reception at the Rooftop Garden.

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MDD Hard Hat Tour_Rooftop Reception
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MDD Hard Hat Tour_Sunset

The Miami Design District is well on its way to becoming a global center of luxury, art, design and fashion !



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#DesignMiami : Miami Design District Events

Design Miami : Miami Design District Events 


Wallpaper* Handmade
Wallpaper* Handmade, the groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design, will make its US debut during Art Basel / DesignMiami this December with several newly commissioned design pieces in collaboration with iconic British car manufacturer Jaguar.

The exhibition, now in its fourth year, is traditionally hosted by Wallpaper* magazine during Milan Design Week in April. Acting as patron, client and creative director, Wallpaper* commissions designers, artists, craftsmen, makers, brands and manufacturers to create unique and one-off items of furniture, fittings, fashion and more. For this much anticipated exhibition, Wallpaper* has again teamed up with Jaguar to present a curated selection of the best Handmade pieces from the past four years
Now, for the first time, Wallpaper* Handmade will be shown in the US. Around 50 works from some of the world’s leading designers, artists and brands, all previously commissioned by Wallpaper* editors for the exhibition, will be on display in the heart of Miami’s Design District.

The exhibition will also exclusively introduce, for the first time in the US, five new collaborations between Jaguar and designers Fredrikson Stallard, Moritz Waldemeyer, Mathieu Gustafsson, architects Neri & Hu and marble specialist Salvatori. The five new concept products, each representing an avant-garde take on Jaguar’s contemporary design, creativity and technology, have been commissioned by Wallpaper* especially for the exhibition.

Kiwi Arts Group
Viewpoint of Billions [+Plus]
David Datuna For Glass™ + Solo Exhibition
Guests are invited to wear Google Glass ™ for the first time and participate in an interactive experience with David Datuna’s latest series ‘Viewpoint of Billions’ –  a selection of his ‘Viewpoint of Millions’ series will be exhibited to include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Flowers, Marilyn & the UK flag.

Loving Robert Indiana [+Plus]
William John Kennedy + Robert Indiana
An exhibition of American photographer William John Kennedy’s images of Robert Indiana in New York City at his Coenties Slip studio from the early 1960s + several of Indiana’s works on paper and a very important LOVE banner from 1966 commissioned by Marian Goodman.

The Warhol Museum Edition [+Plus]
William John Kennedy + Andy Warhol

A portfolio created in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum, featuring five very personal photographs of Andy Warhol at the Factory in 1964 with some of his most famous works plus a selection of rare, early original drawings by Andy Warhol from the 1950s.

Andy Dandy [+Plus]
The Hilton Brothers + Christopher Makos + Paul Solberg
The exhibition presents the unique and personal vision of the Hilton Brothers Christopher Makos + Paul Solberg as seen in their celebrity portraits of Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei, Pedro Almodovar, Tom Ford, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Steve Tyler, Georgia O’Keefe, Dylan McDermott, Liza Minnelli, Chris Reeve & others.

Art Britannia
 The exhibition showcases the very best of British contemporary art. The show will feature established mid-career artists as well as young emerging talent, who have already been represented in important shows and collections, such as the recent ‘New Order’ show at the Saatchi Gallery. British art resists condensing down to a few, yet this exhibition aims to deliver a range of work that captures key aspects of artistic practices currently in the UK, acknowledging the role of painting in contemporary practice. The sub-title of the show is a ‘special relationship’ as it points to the Anglo/American friendship and ‘hands across the ocean’, but also the special relationship between artworks that co-exist and at times compete within a space.


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Tappas_Miami Design District

 TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food, organized and produced by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) –a public body tasked with showcasing and promoting Spain’s culture and heritage at home and abroad– explores the interaction between design and cuisine –two creative disciplines that are experiencing a boom in Spain and are establishing a major international profile. TAPASshowcases Spanish design adapted to gastronomy through more than 200 objects and instruments used in the preparation or tasting of food, from the more traditional to the most cutting-edge, and through videos and photographs. It is a spectacle of imagination and talent at the service of the sense of taste.

Curated by the designer and architect Juli Capella, TAPAS gives us a foretaste of design’s varied contributions to cuisine through three spaces: Kitchen –preparation and its utensils; Table –the objects for sampling the food- and Eating –the actual food design.

Locust Projects presents “Intethe”

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Locust Projects_Intethe_Miami Design District

Now celebrating its 15th year of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is pleased to present Intethe (Sketch for an Opera), South African sculptor Nicholas Hlobo’s first major project in Miami. Hlobo is known for sprawling sculptures whose organic forms seem to tumble and unfold through the exhibition space. The installation will incorporate these large-scale leather sculptures into a multifaceted performance space and video installation. For the first time, he will collaborate with Miami-based Haitian band Papaloko and Loray Mistik on a sketch for an opera entitled Intethe (“Locust” in the Xhosa language), exploring notions of shared identity throughout the global African diaspora.

Cassina Showroom at Poltrona Frau Group Miami
Cassina pays tribute to Charlotte Perriand, a Modernist Pioneer, from Avant-garde Design to Photography

Charlotte Perriand_Cassina Showroom at Poltrona Frau Group Mami
Charlotte Perriand_Cassina Showroom at Poltrona Frau Group Mami

Cassina, the only authorized company to manufacture the furniture designed by Charlotte Perriand, celebrates this exceptional collaboration with a preview of the travelling exhibition of the architect’s photography at the Cassina Miami showroom during Design Miami/Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. The photographic memories are an insight into her passion for architecture, nature and humanity discovered during her travels: all constant themes in her works.  A selection of furniture designs by Perriand- manufactured by Cassina- will be displayed along with the photography exhibit.  An inspired installation in collaboration with Louis Vuitton will underline this Perriand homage.

Cassina will also participate in Louis Vuitton’s authentic to-scale reconstruction of the Maison au Bord de l’Eau, designed by Perriand in 1934, which will be on show in the spectacular setting of Miami Beach during Design Miami/ and Art Basel.

Berluti presents four unique pieces by designer Maarten Baas.  One valet, two mirrors and a chaise longue, all created and developed in collaboration with, and for, the Berluti house. The pieces are staged in the Miami store’s two windows. The first window displays the valet – the central piece of the Berluti man’s dressing room – and the two mirrors.  The Clay Fan and the Chaise Longue are displayed in the second window, in reference to Miami’s “dolce farniente” spirit.

Berluti is working with Maarten Baas around their common passion for fun, off-the-wall, handcrafted items.  Objects are hand-modelled in Baas’ unique clay collection, the designer’s exclusive, synthetic resin-based clay, which coats a metal structure giving it round softness.  In reinterpreting these pieces, Maarten Baas is breaking the ground rules regarding classic furniture, with creations that are full of humour and in total sync with Berluti’s sometimes unconventional tone.

Un-Built by Paul Clemence
This large scale photographic installation features an original photo by award-winning photographer Paul Clemence and a selection of poems by Robert Landon through a Christo-like wrap concept

Transport between the Miami Design District and DESIGN MIAMI/
A courtesy shuttle bus will provide transportation between the Miami Design District and Design Miami/.  Stops are conveniently located on NE 40th Street on the promenade between Ligne Roset and Agnona in the Miami Design District and at Design Miami/ on the corner of Meridian Avenue and 19th Street in Miami Beach.

December 4th        10:30am – 9:30pm

December 5th-7th  11:30am – 8:30pm

December 8th         11:30am – 6:30pm

Design Miami 2013

#DesignMiami : Design Miami 2013 Guide – Part 2

Design Miami 2013 Guide – Part 2

/ Artist and Studio Jewelry
This year finds an unparalleled selection of galleries specializing in jewelry, including first time exhibitors Louisa Guinness and Elisabetta Cipriani. Ranging from specially commissioned pieces by visual artists, such as Carlos Cruz Diez, to the output of masters in the studio jewelry field, such as Iris Eichenberg and Margaret De Patta, whose works unite sculptural and architectural elements redolent of the modernist aesthetic, these are works on an intimate scale, often with particular personal significance.

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/ Emerging American Designers
The highly diverse work of young American designers on display encompasses everything from the experimental, organically formed ceramics of the Haas Brothers to Sebastian Errazuriz’s meditations on mortality delivered in the form of furnishings rich with funeral pomp. Jonathan Muecke, meanwhile, engages in more formal, philosophical investigations into the nature of products, examining how far form and function can be pushed before an object changes identity. While Jon Stam, recipient of the 2013 WDOF Award, explores abstractions of time and place, depicting bucolic American scenography in his new series of Claude Glass.

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Design Miami 2013

#DesignMiami : Design Miami 2013 Guide – Part I

Design Miami 2013 Guide – Part I

Design Miami, the global forum for design, presents the best in collectible design from the world’s most prestigious galleries. For the 2013 edition, Design Miami returns with its largest and most international gallery program to date. Featuring 37 galleries overall – 31 in the main exhibition program and six in the On/Site program for solo exhibitions of new work.

This year’s participants have been invited from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors from Russia and Lebanon. Design Miami’s gallery selection represents a broad range of specialist areas, from late 19th century art pottery, through masterworks of the mid 20th century to the most exciting developments at the cutting edge of contemporary design.

/ Digital Design
The fascination with the aesthetic tension between old and new is typified by the output of designers such as Maarten Baas, Astrid Krogh, Random International and Humans Since 1982 who utilize contemporary technologies and materials to create works that communicate at a strongly human level. Krogh’s optic fiber tapestries use traditional techniques to otherworldly ends, while Random International’s A Study of Time re-captures importance of light and shadow to the understanding of the passage of time within early civilizations.