The Best of 2017 Design Miami/

For the second year, we headed down to Miami Beach to check out Design Miami/, a well curated show that exhibits contemporary art and design alongside vintage works. It’s a great place to discover new talent, as well as beautiful work from the past that you might have never seen before. Take a look at 10 of our favorite things at this year’s Design Miami/.

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The Best of 2017 Design Miami/

One of the latest pieces in Louis Vuitton’s Objet Nomades collection is the Bomboca Sofa from the Campana Brothers. The sofa is made up of eight cushions in various shapes that assemble together on a frame to form the blue-toned piece. The shades of blue are a nod to the colors of Miami.

Small Chawan Cabinet, 2014

Salon 94 presented the work of Tom Sachs, including pieces from his Chawan exhibition. Sachs’ has often explored space-related themes in his work, especially NASA, which he views as the “ultimate brand”, and this particular show displayed his journey to make the perfect chawan, the Japanese bowl used in traditional tea ceremonies. This cabinet features a sampling.

Thaddeus Wolfe removes most of the color in his latest round of hand blown, cut and polished glass assemblage vessels that were part of Volume Gallery’s booth. Each piece is unique and will have you staring at them from every angle to take it all in.

It’s hard not to smile at the work of The Haas Brothers, comprised of twin artist and designers Simon and Nikolai Haas. Their ceramics explore eye-catching color palettes and playful forms that result in slightly trippy pieces that will catch everyone’s eye. They’re repped by R & Company, who carry a large selection of their work.

Gallery ALL featured this massive, undulating screen by Marc Fornes, who’s known for pushing the boundaries of digital fabrication for some really jaw-dropping results.

Rami Dalle was chosen to showcase his work at the House of Today booth where his wall installation includes ceramic pieces that are painted, embedded with crocheted pieces and found fragments from the streets, and adorned with glass and other objects.

Handmade by designer Doug Johnston, “Islands Are Just Ground (Extent of the Apse Outstretched)” was featured at Patrick Parrish and it’s a three-dimensional wall sculpture made from nylon cord that’s coiled and sewn.

The Isolation Sphere, on display at Maison Gerard, was designed by Maurice-Claude Vidili in 1971 and it seems like it was way ahead of its time. It seats three and is designed to create a maximum level of silence when inside (yes, please!).

FENDI partnered with Chiara Andreatti to celebrate their 10th time exhibiting at Design Miami/. The living room space included pieces with low, horizontal lines and a high-end, luxurious feel.

From The Future Perfect comes Eric Roinestad’s ceramic lighting (Right: FL01, Left: FL02), which have totem-like silhouettes with various components stacked to form sculptural floor lamps.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.