Design Miami Update: Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler

Photo Credit: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler

Perrier-Jouët has announced their new design partnership with Vienna based duo mischer’traxler. The project, titled Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler is an extended collaboration between the designers and the champagne house that will run throughout the next year. Mischer’traxler’s master work of Small Discoveries is called ‘Ephemerā’, and will be revealed at Design Miami/ 2 – 6 December 2014, marking the starting point of a year long artistic residency.

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler founded their studio in 2009. They have quickly made their mark in the contemporary design art space, with a wealth of delightful, thought-provoking pieces that have gained international recognition. This includes pieces in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Vienna’s prestigious MAK.

The aim of the Small Discoveries collection is to tell the story of the magical dialogue between nature and mankind, and to stimulate curiosity of the individual through several designed pieces. With Small Discoveries, Katharina and Thomas explore the moments between the unknown and known, being and not being, with a delightful collection of iterations that will be launched throughout the year. In this way mischer’traxler will add to the conversation between Art Nouveau and Perrier-Jouët with a rich layer of contemporary design, told through their own unique voice. The artistic residency will run throughout 2015.

The master work, Ephemerā, plays with the audience, inviting participation, discussion and questioning. Objects will be set in a plain room, suggesting a deceptively simple installation of design-objects. This ostensibly legible set-up will act as a foil for a delicate game of hide-and-seek, played out through a mechanical and magical ornamental garden. The audience will find themselves drawn into an enjoyable, charming conversation with the work, and also with each other.

This is the third year that Perrier-Jouët has commissioned original work to be part of Design Miami/. It is a continuation of their support of exciting young designers, and demonstrates the brand’s core belief to infuse art in the everyday experience.

From their live/work studio in Vienna, mischer’traxler creates works that are intelligently crafted, using a balance of traditional techniques and making use of newer technologies. This approach results in pieces that are both rooted in familiarity, and yet also high concept. Katharina and Thomas work closely through constant and open dialogue, each bringing their own skills to create truly collaborative pieces.

Threads of exploring the natural world and our relationship with it run throughout their work in a subtle, yet constant, way. Their particular approach to this dialogue between nature and mankind is one of the reasons that Perrier-Jouët has chosen Mischer’traxler for their latest design partnership.

Perrier-Jouët is the official champagne partner of Design Miami/, and will serve its exceptional prestige Belle Époque cuvee champagne at the Design Miami/Collectors lounge. Throughout Miami, Perrier-Jouët will support major cultural partnerships and events.

Photo Credit: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Ultimate Tech – Leica M Edition 60

Ultimate Tech – Leica M Edition 60

Leica M Edition 60 (Image Credit:  Leica)
Leica M Edition 60
(Image Credit: Leica)

The Leica M Edition 60 is a magnificent creation bringing together gorgeous design with tech innovation.

Constructed of stainless steel, with a body and lens designed by Audi, this digital camera features a 24 megapixel full frame sensor and ships with a stainless steel Leica Summilux-M35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens.

The most glorious feature is the lack of a feature: removal of the ubiquitous LCD screen.

Leica M Edition 60_Back (Image Credit: Leica)
Leica M Edition 60_Back
(Image Credit: Leica)

As Leica’s press release states:

“Reduced to only the essential camera features, the Leica M Edition 60 is the first digital camera to concentrate exclusively on the bare functions required for digital photography – shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. This is also the reason for the replacement of the camera’s display with an ISO selector dial. For reasons of quality, exposures are saved as raw data in DNG format. Working with the Leica M Edition 60 intentionally demands the same care and attention as working with an analogue model. Only the sensor and the entire electronics reflect the state of the art of contemporary camera technology…”

Only 600 will be made of this $20,000 digital camera and I sure to wish I had one to take pictures with when I attend Design Miami this year !

Leica M Edition 60_Right (Image Credit: Leica)
Leica M Edition 60_Right
(Image Credit: Leica)

Design Miami 2014 Update

Design Miami/ 2013 Credit: Image by World Red Eye

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. Continue reading “Design Miami 2014 Update”


Swarovski Crytsal Palace x Guilherme Torres

#DesignMiami : SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE x BRAZILIAN ARCHITECT                                                                         GUILHERME TORRES

For Design Miami 2013, Swarovski Crystal Palace has commissioned award-winning, Brazilian architect and designer Guilherme Torres to create an installation inspired by water conservation and stewardship. The importance of water as a resource in the crystal making process led to the creation of the Swarovski Waterschool in 1999. Currently active in many countries worldwide, the Swarovski Waterschool program will expand to Brazil in 2014 to teach school-aged children about water conservation.

Mangue Groove

Titled Mangue Groove, this experimental architectural installation will be unveiled at Design Miami/, December 4 – 8, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Guilherme Torres to create our Swarovski Crystal Palace for Design Miami this year.”

Torres’ built environment occurs at the intersection of the natural, architectural and mathematical spheres. Inspired by Brazilian mangrove forests and the Voronoi diagram (in which space is divided into a number of cells with corresponding focal points), the structure will mathematically explore the balance between nature and science.

Mangrove forests – mangue in Portuguese – have long been considered emblematic of Brazil’s natural beauty and are essential for protecting coastal environments. Torres has deliberately placed the mangrove at the heart of his concept in order to draw attention to the growing conversation around the preservation of Brazil’s endangered aquatic ecosystems.

Torres’s design will incorporate Swarovski’s lead-free Advanced Crystal  that will fill synthetic tubes, linked by geometric joints and lit with energy efficient LEDs. The structure itself will resemble a mangrove forest, with the joints at intervals throughout the space that follow the naturally occurring Voronoi diagram. Visitors will navigate through the space by walking on pathways of certified and reclaimed wood, in between the rising mangrove structures positioned above a shallow pool. Torres’s concept will artistically reflect Swarovski’s commitment to conservation.

Swarovski LED

“I am always studying nature and science – these are things that fascinate me!” says Torres. “Mathematics is part of my creative process and I feel privileged to be working with Swarovski Crystal Palace. This project has allowed me to think outside of the box and explore the combination of crystals, nature and science.”

To maximize the interplay between the varied shapes and materials, Mangue Groove will be an immersive experience, experimenting with the introduction of light and sound. Each day at 5:00pm, a dynamic mixture of light patterns and sound recordings will slowly grow in movement and tempo, until the environment is marked by the symbols of an Amazonian sunset.

“Torres’ piece is a reflection on the topic of conserving natural resources, a central theme of Swarovski’s newly created foundation. He has brought to life the powerful but fragile beauty of Brazil’s endangered mangrove forests in a resonantly beautiful and inspiring work, continuing his design vision with Swarovski crystal,” says Nadja Swarovski.

A once in a lifetime experience that is definitely on my Design Miami 2013 list to be seen !