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DesignMiami/ 2018

By Katie Suh

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What is design in the 21st century, how is it defined, or is there even a way to define it? How does design play a role in our day-to-day lives and how does it impact the way we interact in society? DesignMiami/ addresses these questions and presents the ongoing ever-evolving discipline of culture, art, and architecture when it makes its return this December (on view December 5-9, 2018)!  Over the past 13 years, DesignMiami/ has quickly evolved to become one of the foremost design and architecture fairs in the world bringing together a global spectrum of people including collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics. This year, DesignMiami/ is bringing together another spectacular roundup of leaders for the Design Talks program. These industry leaders have been actively influencing the design discourse and production and they will be addressing and discussing the most compelling current topics of design.

The very core of DesignMiami/ is a marketplace for collectible design, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. Featured works are by pioneering modernists to cutting edge contemporary designers of the 20th and 21st century. In addition, DesignMiami/ collaborates with partners such as Airbnb, Audi, Douglas Elliman, Fendi, Maison Perrier-Jouet, and Louis Vuitton in order to present new works of design. These collaborations take the form of immersive installations, curated exhibitions, and exquisite objets d’art.

"One of Airbnb's most appealing features is staying at a stranger's home. With that in mind, the online lodging company enlisted Belgium studio Muller Van Severen to recreate the shared home of its founding principals...Simultaneously inviting and mysterious, the replication includes details that make this 'fake' version an intimate portrait of a home away from home." - Harris, Azure Magazine

Airbnb installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Audi installation from DesignMiami/ 2015

Audi installation from DesignMiami/ 2015

Fendi installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Fendi installation from DesignMiami/ 2017

Curio, Design Miami/’s newest exhibition platform is a series of special installations on display throughout the fair that showcase cabinets of curiosity. The program includes works from the 20th and 21st centuries, and embodies thought-provoking installations of scientific and technological research alongside handcraft and creative production.

Design Curio: Gallerist Patrick Parrish collaborated with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and Christophe Guberan to present the Lab's Rapid Liquid Printing technology.

Design Curio: Gallerist Patrick Parrish collaborated with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Christophe Guberan to present the Lab’s Rapid Liquid Printing technology.

Design Curio: "Me and my brother teach primary school kids to work with their hands, making things from the leftover materials around them - things like slats of wood and plastic toys." Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana.

Design Curio: Oatmeal bowls by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana. “Me and my brother teach primary school kids to work with their hands, making things from the leftover materials around them – things like slats of wood and plastic toys.”

DesignMiami/ also partners with museums, foundations and schools to support the cultivation of design. Every year, DesignMiami/ commissions rising architects to design the expo’s entrance. Last year, the award was given to “Basel-based architecture and design firm Christ & Gantenbein” to design the Mwabwindo Series, a series of furniture to donate to the Mwabwindo School. The firm created simple wooden blocks that could be interlocked like Lego pieces to create stools and tables for the Mwabwindo School. The firm was selected because of the precision of the design on its contextual terms. The making of the pieces would support the Zambian economy since the pieces would be produced locally and delivered for local assemblage. Furthermore, the furniture proved to be economical and sustainable as it could be arranged in an array of configurations, adapting to the changing needs of the classroom.

Furniture prototypes that display the lego-like feature for diverse arrangements.

Furniture prototypes that display the lego-like feature for diverse arrangements

Blueprint of the Mwabwindo School

Blueprint of the Mwabwindo School

DesignMiami/ is located at Meridian Ave., and 19th St., just adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Get your tickets here when they are available for sale. 

Coming Soon: The Salon Art + Design

By Katie Suh

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Every fall, The Salon Art + Design opens with the world’s most prestigious galleries presenting their exquisite collections of historical, modern, and contemporary art, design, and furniture. This year, The Salon is scheduled to take place on November 8th-12th at The Park Avenue Armory, New York. 56 galleries from 11 countries will exhibit their dazzling collections of decor that span from the early modernist Nouveau to the late 20th century – works by the masters to the young and upcoming talents.

Book signings, design discussions, and talks and screenings, are just some of the plethora of events scheduled for The Salon. Several special installations from leading brands will also be on view throughout the event. Maison Goyard will present an exclusive installation with the theme,“In Praise of Slowness,” which will showcase a snail pulling a net of Goyard trunks – a playful and poetic metaphor for slowness as the epitome of grand craftsmanship and design. Another installation will be from Eileen Fisher, which will highlight the blurred boundaries of design in today’s world. The installation will feature wall hangings and interior decor made from stitching together old garments, effectively showing today’s dynamic, circular economy in which art, design, textiles, and activism intersect.

Goyard at The Salon 2017. Courtesy of Maison Goyard.

Goyard at The Salon 2017. Courtesy of Maison Goyard.

Exhibition from Milan, Salone de Mobile 2018. Courtesy of Eileen Fisher|DesignWork

Exhibition from Milan, Salone de Mobile 2018. Courtesy of Eileen Fisher|DesignWork.

Our friends at Architectural Digest think “The Salon is one of the few happenings of this sort that can’t be missed.” We couldn’t agree more!

Get Ready for The Alpha Workshops’ Masquerade Ball!

By Katie Suh

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The Alpha Workshops is back with its annual Masquerade Ball! This year’s theme, Alpha After Dark, invites guests to dress up as their favorite nocturnal creatures and dance the night away at Stage 48 in Manhattan. Garnering over 300 of New York’s most prominent professionals within the design community, including interior designers, architects, manufacturers, and press, the Masquerade Ball is one of the most anticipated design events of the year. For over a decade, this event has benefited the Alpha Workshops Studio School – the only school in the nation that professionally trains people with HIV/ AIDS in the decorative arts field. Alpha After Dark will be hosted on Tuesday, October 30th.  

Here’s a look at last year’s Exotic Aquatic-themed event which was co-hosted with Benjamin Moore and Drake Anderson.

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Courtesy of The Alpha Workshops.

About The Alpha Workshops:

The Alpha Workshops is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 in Manhattan’s Chelsea area. It was modeled after Omega Workshops, the Wiener Werkstätte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement. It is the umbrella organization of: The Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS) and The Alpha Workshops Studio. AWSS is a vocational school formally licensed by the New York State Department of Education and the Alpha Workshops Studio is an acclaimed profession design studio staffed by AWSS graduates. The Alpha Workshops has rapidly grown over the years and has touched the lives of many along its path. It has received press coverage in Architectural Digest, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Contract, Domino, ELLE DECOR, House & Garden, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, Interior Design, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Metrosource, Newsday, Newsweek, New York Magazine, New York Spaces, O at Home, POZ, The Daily News, The New York Times, The Robb Report, Time Out, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Vogue Living. Today, it is recognized as the nation’s one-and-only non-profit organization that provides a decorative arts education and employment to talented people of communities that are at-risk or with disabilities or other vulnerabilities, and it continues its dedication to “creating beauty and changing lives”.

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