Norwegian Crafts – Norwegian Crafts’ Curio booth proves that Scandinavian design isn’t always quiet. In collaboration with Galleri Format Oslo, it’s presenting Insubordinate Creatures in Design Miami, a showcase of bold, colorful work by Norwegian textile artist Ellen Grieg and ceramic artist Elisabeth von Kroghin. In the punchy installation, a setting devised by Sean Griffiths of Modern Architect enhances the perspective-pushing qualities of the works themselves.
The New York-based gallery went full-on Miami in its tropical color scheme this year—an ocean-hued sofa by Pierre Paulin snakes through their booth against a watermelon-hued wallpaper. A fiberglass outline of a figure leaning against the wall has a purpose, too. “It can also be used as a lounge,” Suzanne Demisch notes of the playful piece by Olivier Mourgue.
R & Company
The boundary-pushing work of the Haas Brothers (a mammoth rug, some fuzzy footed chairs, a wildly carved door) proved a showstopper, as usual, at R & Company’s booth.
The Future Perfect
Founder David Alhadeff continues to push the designers on his roster into new media: Los Angeles–based ceramicist Eric Roinestad has unveiled sculptural new lighting (totemlike floor lamps, chandeliers, and mask-shaped sconces), ceramicist Reinaldo Sanguino unveiled a series of painterly garden stools, and furniture designer Chris Wolston brought his sand-cast aluminum pieces to new heights.
The fashion house unveiled the latest iteration of its portable Objets Nomades collection: an edition of the sculptural Bomboca Sofa by the Campana Brothers inspired by Miami—this time, its removable cushions are done in varying shades of of turquoise and blue.
Industrial designer Lindsey Adelman showed her work independently this year, in one of Design Miami’s curio booths. The new collection, where bits of bronze, porcelain, stoneware, and alabaster hang in delicate balance, is inspired by the ideas of Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli and showcases Adelman’s more experimental side.
The Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen have re-created their Ghent home at Design Miami. They flew in personal items from their own house, installed them in a space made in the image of their own living room, and even replicated the views out the window.
Since she founded House of Today in 2012, Cherine Magrabi has been working to expose the works of talented Lebanese designers who are bringing Beirut’s rich decorative history into the present. For her Curio booth, she exhibited work by three contemporary designers—Sayer & Garibeh, Khaled El Mays, and Rami Dalle—who have each re-envisioned traditional craft techniques for the future in their own ways.
“It’s like a conversation,” says Mike Starn, of creating the monstrous bamboo-and-rope pieces he makes with his brother Doug and their team. “One person adds something here, another person adds something there, and the piece changes.” This massive chair and other showstoppers are on display at Cristina Grajales’ Design Miami booth.
Artist Tom Sachs dipped a toe in the design world with a collection of Plexi and plywood furniture on display at Salon 94.
Source: Architectural Digest