We hit up Miami Beach for this year’s Art Basel and along with Art Basel comes dozens of off-site events to check out, like Miami Design/ and SCOPE Miami Beach. There was endless amounts of eye-candy and inspiration all over Miami Beach but we narrowed down some of our favorites from these events to highlight. Take a look.
Above: Flotsam & Jetsam, by SHoP, commissioned by Design Miami/ for an outdoor installation
Friedman Benda presented a menagerie of eye-popping work, including this mirror from artist Christopher Schanck. The mirror continues his process of covering materials in tin foil and then coating them in colored resin. The mirror pops against this custom, site-specific wallpaper from Calico Wallpaper featuring a pattern that plays with your visual perception.
French gallery, Galerie kreo curated a booth featuring the works of many great contemporary designers, like Hella Jongerius’ Knots and Bead Curtain. Each of the ceramic beads is handmade and every single knot was tied by Jongerius herself. The glass table below is by Konstantin Grcic and it raises up and down with the aid of a hand crank. Behind that is Jaime Hayon’s whimsical Cardinal Mirror that’s made using venetian mirror cutting and engraving.
At Patrick Parrish’s booth, Chris Wolston’s Magdalena Plant Chair was a favorite. It’s sculpted by hand out of clay and comes with a built-in chamber for live plants to grow. The Assemblage Wood Coffee Table by Fort Standard holds various vessels from Ian McDonald. They also had some mesmerizing sconces by Chen Chen & Kai Williams that we featured on our Instagram.
Thaddeus Wolfe makes these hand blown, cut and polished glass assemblage vessels that were on display at R & Company. With unique, architectural silhouettes, each object is made from a single-use mold (so they’re one-of-a-kind), with layers of color that are revealed as he carves them.
Showing at Art Basel as part of the Rhona Hoffman Gallery’s exhibition, Jacob Hashimoto’s Inside the Galactic Bubble is a three-dimensional piece made of wood, acrylic, bamboo, paper, and Dacron. We featured his work back in 2014 and if you ever get to see it in person, I highly recommend it. You take in and see something new from every angle and they’re quite beautiful.
Multimedia artist Pae White designed this mobile at the neugerriemschneider gallery’s space. The geometric shapes, mirrored on one side with colorful patterns on the other, are suspended on strands that move around as the air hits them causing reflections on the surrounding walls.
It’s hard to determine what Francois du Plessis creates these colorful assemblages out of, but they are in fact, made from books. On display at Chiefs & Spirits, at first glance you can’t tell that the colorful spirals in Oliver Twist are layers of books that have been manipulated into various forms to get the final results.
Seoul-based GAMO Gallery had this piece, entitled Boy, by Sung-tae Park, which features a life-like face sculpted out of aluminum screening. The face is suspended within an ornate frame giving it a haunting feel.