this year design miami celebrates 10 years. fittingly, luminaire, a design exemplar in miami presents two events. on monday 1 december, celebrating 30 years in coral gables a newly renovated flagship showroom and a b&b italia miami mono-brand space is unveiled.
and on thursday 4 december, in their design district luminaire lab, continuing a commitment to promoting good design and education curates exhibition DesignJapan featuring three design giants: naoto fukasawa, tokujin yoshioka and nendo,.
[ coral cables ] the award winning, 15,000 sq-ft flagship showroom is inspired by renowned italian architect and designer piero lissoni and the luminaire design team. the new interior continues to be a background to the unparalleled collection in contemporary design and now features b&b italia miami mono-brand space spread across 7,000 sq-ft on the first floor re-affirming the two companies’ 30 years relationship and the alignment of their vision and philosophies.
originally opened in 1984, the kassamali’s built luminaire’s flagship store in coral gables. in the same year, the miami chapter of the aia recognized the showroom with the award of honor in architecture, while the aia’s florida association gave it the award for excellence in architecture.
the building, which was created to showcase the company’s philosophy that good design is a way of life, has continued to earn accolades from the aia, garnering the florida association’s 10-year test of time award in 1996, the 25-year test of time award from the miami chapter in 2008 and again from the florida association, the 25-year test of time merit award of excellence in 2012. and now in 2014, the new luminaire interior, inspired by renowned italian architect and designer piero lissoni.
the interior project, the blend of architectural details and materials, and the interplay of light and shadow, give rise to a setting full of personality, with a strong, original and international image rich of ideas, proposals and solutions that inspire people and create environments that affect peoples lives.
[ designjapan ] blurring the boundaries between art and design, designjapan exhibits works by three japanese tokujin yoshioka, nendo and naoto fukasawa, who create enduring objects tokujin yoshioka, nendo and naoto fukasawa, who create enduring objects- ambiguous. though each designer has his own unique approach and vocabulary, designjapan invites guests to interact and explore how place, technology and material inform these designers.
harnessing its materials, whether natural or synthetic, japanese design is characterized for capitalizing on the material while at the same time combining respect for tradition with forward thinking experimentation. within the exhibit, the viewer is able to witness each of the three designers’ ability to reduce objects to their most essential elements. though pure in form, materiality adds richness to each product.
from the sculptural forms of yoshioka’s brook ottoman for moroso, designed especially for issey miyake, and the shimmering prism collection for glas italia, to the pureness of expression in nendo’s softer than steel collection for desalto, the zabuton for moroso and the brushstroke consoles for glas italia, to fukasawa’s approachable softness in the common bench system for viccarbe, each designer’s understanding of the world around them is on view.