The Best of 2018 Design Miami/

Once again, we headed down to Miami Beach to see what this year’s Design Miami/ had to offer. The show always exhibits a well curated collection of artists, designers, and galleries that bring a mix of work from the up-and-coming to the well-established and everything in between. While there were many favorites, we narrowed it down to 10 to share. Take a look.

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The Best of 2018 Design Miami/

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana partnered with American artist KAWS on a playful collaboration, KAWSxCampana, that featured seating covered with pink and black KAWS plush toys, presented by Friedman Benda.

Another collaboration, this time between Calico Wallpaper and designer Philippe Malouin who presented The Color and the Shape. Inspired by Henri Matisse’s cutouts, the interactive installation included oversized shapes that take collage to a large scale.

R & Company presented work by Katie Stout which included new hand-painted ceramic “Girl Lamps” that “satirize the objectification and traditional role of women by way of extreme kitsch.”

The Future Perfect displayed a new large-scale table by Dutch designer Floris Wubben that’s part of his Pressed project, where objects are made in combination of an extrusion machine (made by Wubben) and human action.

Salon 94 Design presented new work by Gaetano Pesce who revisited his 1984 series of cast resin Pratt Chairs. For Design Miami/, Pesce created 16 new ones in a range of colors that give them a candy-like appearance.

Théophile Blandet’s work, showcased by Functional Art Gallery, comprises industrial plastics and resin that looks as if it’s been dripped, stretched, bubbled up, and more to get the finished results (see more below).

Gallery ALL shared beautiful work by several artists, including Color Wheel rugs by Yan Lei, the R1 armchair and R2 stool from Aranda\Lasch, and the Synthesis Monolith (stainless steel) collection by Hongjie Yang.

Louis Vuitton continues to expand their limited edition Objets Nomades collection and one of the new pieces is Ribbon Dance, a sweeping dual seat by André Fu.

Brecht Wright Gander had work on display at Todd Merrill Studio that was crudely sculpted with glossy black exteriors that result in dramatic works of art.

J. Lohmann Gallery presented really fun contemporary ceramics by emerging South Korean designers, including Jongjin Park, whose work is shown in the front and on the right, and Ahryun Lee, who made the pink piece.

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.