the campana brothers, 2015/
firma casa/ sao paulo
“the campana brothers’ cangaço chair offers a vibrant mix of materiality, color and pattern that feels effortless and natural. this piece would make any good interior great.”
alberto biagetti, laura baldassari, 2015/
“i am incredibly fascinated by cavallina argento by alberto biagetti and laura baldassari, how it takes a generic object outside the world of high design and transforms it into the sublime. the delicate and precious palette of materials is beautifully composed to evoke sensuality and desire.”
wendell castle, 2015/
friedman benda/ new york
“his work always makes me smile with its humanity. he has the courage to reconsider what he has done in the past and explore new directions.”
design miami 2015/
in collaboration with the harvard university graduate school of design
“although it looks as if i will be needing a cherry picker to get really close, i am looking forward to seeing the gsd pavilion, with its forest of pink representations of designs for pavilions designed by students faculty and alumni. under mohsen mostafavi’s leadership – who previously made his mark at the architectural association in london, and then at cornell, harvard has been making waves again.”
gallery all/ beijing & los angeles
“i love the idea of an infinite line that can be used to define furniture and architecture and thus reduce the late 20th century barrier between these two disciplines. also this pieces speaks as much about the new york subway as the los angeles freeway network.”
gerrit th. rietveld, 1934/
galerie vivid/ rotterdam
“as a designer, i’ve always been fascinated by things that were built with a cantilever effect. i admire this chair because it broke the paradigm for conventional furniture.”
pouf vague, wave bench/
maria pergay, 1968/
demisch danant/ new york
“this bench by one of my favorite designers of all time, maria pergay, is graceful, elegant and chic and in 1968, when it was made, most likely a revelation for her use of materials and the fact that it was designed by a woman. a very chic woman at that!”
wall light #7417/
serge mouille, ca. 1960/
1950 gallery/ new york
“this classic piece is as much a work of art as it is functional. i have used it in my home and many projects as it is iconic, faultless and its timeless beauty will never tire for me.”
4×4 demountable house/
jean prouvé, 1935/
galerie patrick seguin/ paris
“prouvé is always an inspiration in how the functional, in this case a prefab military shelter, can still have elements of beauty and proportion. the general concept of well proportioned prefab modularity by modernist masters like prouve influenced our neuehouse studio design”.
george nakashima, 1952/
moderne gallery/ philadelphia
“i love the interesting balance and clear comfort of this piece. it is such a clever design – both tough and organic, disproportionate, yet softened beautifully by the welcoming webbing, and the warmth of the cherrywood. excellent design which stands the test of time.”
– rose uniacke
[ design miami/ ]
As the market for collectible design continues to evolve and mature with each edition, Design Miami/ celebrates the full diversity of its field. With the 11th edition of Design Miami/ this December, the fair offers extraordinary works from galleries based on five continents that specialize in everything from classic early twentieth century design to the conceptual cutting edge. Work ranging from full-sized architectural elements to the most delicate jewelry, by designers from as far afield as the Philippines and Japan, South Africa and Brazil, will be on show under one roof at the global forum for design.
There’s a story behind every piece of great design/.
[ latin spirit/ ]
cangaço – bookstand/ fernando and humberto campana, 2015/ courtesy of campana studio and fernando laszlo/
Firma Casa, the first participating gallery from Brazil (São Paulo), offering a program that is notably strong in design from Latin America. The distinctive and innovative work of the Campana Brothers – Design Miami/ Designers of the Year in 2008 – are represented at both Firma Casa and Friedman Benda. A rare jacaranda wood bench by Modernist pioneer Joaquim Tenreiro is showing at R & Company. Cristina Grajales Gallery exhibits a spectacular coffee table by Gloria Cortina topped with golden obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. ADN Galeria of Mexico participates in the Design Curio program with a project by the Mexico-based sculptor and furniture designer Eduardo Olbés.
[ design reborn/ ]
pair of lamps from villa arreaza, caracas/ gio ponti, 1954/ courtesy of casati gallery/
The scholarship, research and the preservation of historic works that are so important to the world of collectible design are aspects that are perhaps less visible to visitors to Design Miami/. A number of exhibitions at this year’s fair will put the spotlight on projects honoring design history. Galleria Rossella Colombari will recreate an interior in the style of Villa Planchart in Caracas designed by Giò Ponti, using colors and materials dear to the architect. Another apartment – this one from Milan, designed by Ponti’s protegé architect Attilio Colonello – will be recreated from historic drawings and photographs by Casati Gallery, in a scenography that will include a number of pieces from the original scheme.
[ personal connections/ ]
dining table for madeleine and jean prouvé/ pierre jeanneret, 1943/ marie clérin for laffanour – galerie downtown/
There’s a story behind every piece of great design, often one that reflects personal relationships, whether between a group of like-minded creative souls, friends and mentors, hard working duos, romantic partners, or siblings. One compelling personal connection central to the history of modern design is evoked in a piece presented this year by LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown: a table given to Jean Prouvé by Pierre Jeanneret in 1943, and which remained in use by Prouvé’s family at his house in Nancy, France. Family relationships are evoked in pieces by Xander Kriel, who created his Vos Altar in memory of his grandfather for Southern Guild, and by Wharton Esherick, who’s graceful sculptural form The Actress (1938/9), presented by Moderne Gallery, was inspired by his daughter Mary. Thomas Fritsch will present works by Verá Szekely, co-founder, with André Borderie and her husband Pierre Szekeley, of Borderie Szekeley, a trio that created work together until 1957.
[ monumental design/ ]
enignum xvi/ joseph walsh, 2015/ courtesy of the designer and sarah myerscough gallery/ photographer: andrew bradley
Large-scale design and architectural components continue to be a keenly anticipated highlight of the Design Miami/ program. Galerie Patrick Seguin will once again be sharing a work of pioneering mid-century modular architecture, in this case the only remaining example of Jean Prouvé’s 1939 baraque de campagne, a rapidly assembled 4 x 4m military hut. At Galerie Philippe Gravier, Kengo Kuma will present a small nomadic tearoom constructed from simple lightweight plastic materials and inspired by the humble, reclusive dwelling of the writer Kamo no Chōmei. Substantial works in wood by Wendell Castle will be on show at Friedman Benda, R & Company and Carpenters Workshop Gallery, in celebration of the American art-furniture pioneer’s equally monumental career. At Sarah Myerscough Gallery, a new generation of designers creating large, finely-crafted works in wood will be represented by Joseph Walsh. From a lighter perspective, first time gallery Orley Shabahang presents the durable, finely crafted silk rugs created by Haji Jalili in the late 19th century represent a highly portable form of monumental design. On the opposite side of the spectrum is the continuation of Naihan Li’s I Am A Monument series at Beijing-based Gallery ALL, which shrinks monumental architectural structures into playful functional pieces for the home.
[ simulacra/ ]
cardboard crown necklace/ david bielander, 2015/ courtesy of dirk eisel/
Playful and sometimes pointed references to familiar everyday objects infuse certain exhibitions at Design Miami/ with visual wit. Juxtaposing precious materials and functionality, Siegfried De Buck’s silver Praline Box (1993) is the ultimate vessel for Belgium’s prized chocolate confections, showing at Caroline Van Hoek. Fellow gold and silversmith David Bielander’s thin metal jewelry pieces at Ornamentum reference the simple cardboard crowns of childhood role-play. Another familiar childhood form – in this case a paper airplane – receives a nod in Karen Chekerdjian’s IQAR table for Carwan Gallery. Eric Serritella’s series of ceramic vessels crafted to resemble sections of weathered wood will receive its most ambitious addition yet in a new, larger, work inspired by the branches and bark of a birch tree can be viewed at Jason Jacques Inc. Wolfs + Jung’s ongoing Nature V2.01 explores the disconcerting contrast of apparently natural surfaces and manmade forms: ammann// gallery will be showing new works from the series including a teetering stool balancing on sticks cast in bronze and a rounded bronze vessel apparently clad in bark.
[ earthly matter/ ]
bodypart iii/ kristina riska, 2015/ courtesy of hostler burrows/
Echoing the burgeoning interest in clay as a sculptural medium over recent years, decorative ceramics remain a strong area of creative innovation at Design Miami/. The Finnish ceramicist Kristina Riska will show Bodypart III, a sculptural vessel of vast proportions and organic curvature at Hostler Burrows. Lee Hun Chung contrasts the glassy finish of ceramic glaze with the rough, stone-like surface of concrete in a low table at Seomi International. Patrick Parrish Gallery will show the first ceramic works of painter Guy Correiro.
[ sacred geometry/ ]
zig-zag chair/ gerrit thomas rietveld, 1934/ courtesy of galerie vivid
Geometric shapes occur both by natural and man-made design, the former often inspiring the latter. Ralph Bakker’s jewelry designs, coming to the fair with Antonella Villanova, are based on naturally occurring geometric patterns found in nature. Galerie VIVID presents geometry that changed the face of design in post World War I Europe in the form of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld’s Zig-Zag Chair. Brian Thoreen’s work, appearing at Patrick Parrish Gallery, demonstrates his passion for geometric forms that evolve from nature.
[ transparent and luminescent/ ]
light pods/ terrence main, 2015/ courtesy of magen h/
The technical challenges and diverse effects afforded by glass continue to inspire forms both ethereal and unexpected. At Galerie kreo Julie Richoz shows new works created with glass blowers at Marseilles’s legendary CIRVA (Centre International de Recherce sur le Verre et les Arts plastique). Kyoto-born designer Ritsue Mishima – represented by Pierre Marie Giraud – moved to Venice in 1989 to work alongside the city’s fabled glassblowers, deviating from Venetian tradition to create un-pigmented works. Commonplace Studio’s Lumière series marries blown glass to contemporary technology, illuminating each globe with projections of moving images in a ghostly tribute to the early days of cinema at Victor Hunt Designart Dealer. Terence Main’s branchlike Light Pods set budlike glass elements at the tips of cast aluminum twigs to create a ‘growing’ chandelier at Magen H. Gallery.
[ hard steel, soft leather/ ]
wave bench/ maria pergay, 1968/ courtesy of demisch danant/
The contrast of cold, hard metal with hide is one addressed in a multiplicity of ways at Design Miami/. The unyielding, cool lines of Maria Pergay’s stainless steel furnishings find soft contrast in their leather and hide upholstery. Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari make a more playful juxtaposition in the Body Building collection at Secondome, an ‘anti gym’ that takes formal inspiration from metal workout equipment, undercutting the hard edge with soft pink upholstery. Nanda Vigo’s fur is of the faux variety: at Erastudio Apartment-Gallery synthetic leopard skin covers her hybrid brass forms from 1971 that perform both as coat racks and lighting elements. The classic combination of hard steel face and soft leather straps appears in a number of the vintage watches with extraordinary provenance at the fair’s first watch gallery Le Collection’Heure.
[ Design Miami/ ] is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.
Visitors to Design Days Dubai, which runs from March 18-21, 2012, in a custom-designed structure in Emaar’s Downtown Dubai, will see many of the world’s most prestigious galleries showcase important 20th and 21st century design, along with new limited series works commissioned exclusively for the fair.
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above: double buffet nouvelle zélande 2010 | vincent dubourg | carpenters workshop gallery
above: mermaid bench 2011 |myungsun kang | gallery seomi
above: ariane 3 | jedd novatt | galerie diane de polignac
above: coletivo | leo capote 2 |amo de madre
Says Fair Director, Cyril Zammit. “From French and Italian mid-century modern to Korean craft to modern Arabesque to cutting-edge contemporary work, Design Days Dubai’s gallery programme will be a balanced mix of both historic and contemporary design.”
[ participating galleries ]
COLETIVO AMOR DE MADRE, SAO PAULO
FRANZISKA KESSLER GALLERY, ZURICH
GALERIE DIANE DE POLIGNAC, PARIS
GALERIE NATIONALE, PARIS
GALLERY SEOMI, SEOUL
NAKKASH GALLERY, DUBAI
GALLERIA COLOMBARI, MILAN
R 20TH CENTURY, NEW YORK CITY
SARAH MYERSCOUGH FINE ART, LONDON
SOUTHERN GUILD, SOUTH AFRICA
VICTOR HUNT DESIGNART DEALER, BRUSSELS
[ design days dubai schedule of events ]
Sunday 18 March – Wednesday 21 March, 2012
Public Hours of Admission
Sunday, 18 March, 4 – 10 pm
Monday, 19 March, 4 – 10 pm
Tuesday, 20 March, 12 – 6 pm
Wednesday, 21 March, 2 – 8 pm
[ about design days dubai ]
The first design fair of its kind in the Middle East and South Asia, Design Days Dubai will be an annual event in the international art and design calendar attracting influential galleries, collectors, designers, critics and curators from around the world with its exclusive showcase of collectible and limited edition design and cultural and educational programme.
Design Days Dubai is held in partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and will be located in Emaar’s Downtown Dubai – the city’s premium lifestyle community – by the base of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, and a short walk from Address Hotels (where the fair’s launch event will be held), The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination that houses the region’s prime retail outlets, and some of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife