Design Miami Highlights
As winter closes in, what better way to lift the spirits than to see the creme de la creme of design art in sunny Miami? Put your sunglasses on, grab a cocktail and enjoy our selection of most inspirational products at Design Miami 2016.
Chamber gallery from New York gallery presented a strong collection of unique objects, including XXX by Niek Pulles, a couple of of car seats covered with blue acoustic foam which look like something out of Aliens. We also like Car Crash by Studio Job, a striking sculpture / occasional table in their trademark extravagant style.
Cristina Grajales Gallery
Cristina Grajales Gallery has long been in the forefront of design art with focus on contemporary works, including furniture. Our eyes were caught by Betil Dagdelen's Alloy Bench, made with marine ropes and upholstery, as well as the stunningly sculptural Mathias coffee table, made with hand-hammered polished brass.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery
Sarah Myerscough offers a multidisciplinary platform for artist-makers with special interest in craftsmanship. They showed new works by Joseph Walsh and Christopher Duffy, who both have very different interpretations of nature.
New York based gallery Friedman Benda is well known for its collaborations with superstars of the design world. For Design Miami they exhibited the embroidered leather chairs from Marcel Wanders as well as the Block series of carved chairs from Wendell Castle which truly blur the distinction between furniture and sculpture.
ammann//gallery set up a beautiful display dominated by a stainless steel and marble table by Barberini Gunnell appropriately entitled "Chained Up Miami". We also like the Stone Fossil series of resin blocks by Studio Nucleo, all made to resemble precious stones and fossils.
Also in Inspired by...
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of seeking beauty from imperfections by mending broken ceramics with gold lacquer. Artist Glen Martin Taylor has taken this one step further by incorporating an array of unusual found objects with broken porcelain pieces, some of which carry strong personal emotional significance.
Rone is a Melbourne street artist best known for his haunting images of stylised women's faces, which always seem to project an air of wistful melancholy. His latest project, Empire, amplifies this into a deeply immersive experience which promises to evoke profound emotions.