Highlights from the Elite Design Fair


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Luis Gomez

Every year, the design and art elite descend on South Florida for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach. Can you blame them? The Northeast is snowed under an early winter storm; meanwhile, temperatures are hovering around the 60s on Miami Beach. And then, there’s so much to see at the fairs. Design Miami, which opens today, has exploded since its inception almost 15 years ago—then again, so has Miami itself—and now features a slew of pop-ups, installations and collaborations that transcend the world of design and cross over into luxury, technology and fashion. This year marks the debut of the fair’s new director, architecture and design curator Aric Chen. Here, a sneak preview of highlights you won’t want to miss. Start planning now!

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Instagram’s @design

Instagram goes IRL for the first time at Design Miami, working with design wunderkinds Studio Swine to create an inflatable booth that will present the work of new designers: Yona Care, Deva Pardue, Kano, Map Project Office, and ALLELES Design Studio. Curated by Fabienne Stephan, the designers were picked based on their commitment to sustainability and inclusivity, with projects that push the envelope in topics like women’s health and children’s education. December 4-9 at Design Miami, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Fendi Roman Molds

Fendi tapped Swiss design studio Kueng Caputo to create 10 design pieces inspired by the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana just outside Rome, where the fashion house is located. The collection, called Roman Molds, incorporates the colosseum’s classic architecture with quintessential Fendi colors, such as yellow, red, and pink, and materials, like the rich selleria leather. Accompanying the collection will be a custom Peekaboo bag by Kueng Caputo, reimagined in canvas with colorful leather accents. December 4-9 at Design Miami, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Rooms

Georgian designers Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia of Rooms will be presenting at Design Miami for the first time with an exhibition that pulls from their childhood. Janberidze and Toloraia were in the fourth grade when the Soviet Regime collapsed—Western concepts of personal self-expression and freedom were still new ideas to them. Based on the public benches they remember seeing covered with carvings of people’s names, they created two benches: One of wood where they will invite visitors to carve into and another of stone covered in graffiti by Georgian artist Max Machaidze. December 4-9 at Design Miami, Curio Program, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Miu Miu M/Marbles Stool

After launching the limited edition series with M/M Paris at Salone del Mobile in April, Miu Miu is presenting its stools for the first time in the U.S. Made from palm wood and crepe rubber with hand blown Murano glass pegs, the seats are playful and practical—just like the fashion brand itself. December 6-8 at The Standard Hotel Garden and The Historic Buena Vista Post Office

Pink Beasts by Fernando Laposse

The Miami Design District commissioned artist Fernando Laposse as the neighborhood’s artist. Inspired by sustainability and folk art, he worked with fiber artist Angela Damman and artisans from Sacabah, Yucatán, to create an immersive world that pays homage to local materials found in Mexico, such as the cochineal insect (which produces vibrant red dye), and agave fibers. December 3-9 Palm Court (NE 39th St.), Jade Alley (NE 40th St.), and Frei Otto Tent (NE 41st St .)

Yayoi Kusama at ICA Miami

Shockingly, this marks the first time one of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms will be on display during Miami Art Week. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins will be at an off-site installation by the ICA Miami through January 31, 2020. October 12 – January 31, 112 NE 41st St., Suite 106

Harry Allen

New York designer Harry Allen, the creative mind behind Moss, the seminal Soho design store, and Bank in the Form of a Pig (image on left), will present his latest venture, Portrait Vessel. Each sculpture is made from a 3-D scan of a person’s face and neck, and is then printed in custom ceramic, 9-carat gold, or platinum—a reference to both classical busts and present-day selfies. The installation will feature on-site digital scanning and collectors can choose to have their portrait rendered in a vase, coin bank, or urn to be delivered in eight to twelve weeks. December 4-9 at Design Miami, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Versace x Sasha Bikoff

New York design darling Sasha Bikoff and Versace reunite after their wildly popular installation at Salone del Mobile to present a new series of one-of-a-kind furnishings. Designed by Bikoff and inspired by the fashion house’s vintage ready-to-wear, the furniture will be displayed alongside archival pieces in what is sure to be a splashy Design Miami/ debut. December 6-8 at Versace, 186 NE 39th St. Suites 116 & 216, Miami

Balenciaga x Harry Nuriev

Balenciaga worked with emerging artist, architect, and designer Harry Nuriev to create a sofa made entirely from the brand’s discarded clothing. Inspired by homey, overstuffed recliners, the sofa is filled with unsellable garments, upholstered in them, and wrapped in re-used vinyl to inspire visitors to think about sustainability. December 4-9 at Design Miami, Curio Program, Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

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