It’s always difficult to narrow down the best work at Design Miami/, but this year was especially hard. Located in Miami Beach, the curated design fair filled up a massive tent adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center where Art Basel was held. Global galleries and various brands present work from both emerging and established designers for collectors, curators, gallerists, and consumers to peruse and be inspired by. Keep reading to see some of the highlights that made Design Miami/ 2019 a must-see.
Tokyo-based TAKT PROJECT not only brought their finished ‘glow ⇄ grow’ pottery pieces, they displayed the machine that makes them, allowing visitors to watch as clear resin dripped down onto the form and then hardened when hit with the programmed LED. The result looks like frozen icicles.
The Todd Merrill Studio booth included lots of intriguing pieces, including the always favorite, labor-intensive work of Brecht Wright Gander, who creates cartoonish, other-worldly, creature-like lights (above and below) that I wanted to take home.
Also at R & Company were new objects and lighting by Jeff Zimmerman, made in collaboration with James Mongrain. The sculptural globes were made by melding an age-old Venetian technique with Zimmerman’s glassblowing.
The Future Perfect also featured cool ceramic planters and stools by Floris Wubben.
Harry Allen Design displayed Portrait Vessels that are made from images captured by structured light scanning that are used to then 3D print the busts out of ceramic.
Daniel Arsham presented an installation (above and below) with Friedman Benda that showed a combination of upholstered and resin pieces he has made for his home office and his Queens studio over the years.
Friedman Benda also shared an eclectic mix of work, like the Custard Ma Ma lounge (left) and Pink Hot Solar Buzzers lights (right) by Jonathan Trayte.
Functional Art Gallery brought a group show of chairs, including this OrtaMiklos surrealist chair inspired by “the disappearing beauty of the sea.”