Colour & Material Highlights from Design Miami/
Each year, Design Miami/ unveils some of the most inspiring, unconventional and directional work on the design calendar. December’s edition in Miami, Florida, did not disappoint, with rising designers given a platform to show new avenues in their work through collaborations and gallery representations. Here are four of our favourites.
- Italian fashion house Fendi commissioned Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis to create 10 water fountains symbolising the historic Fendi logo, and the importance of water in the production of its luxury goods. Streams of water cascaded from polished resin blocks in warm hues of rose, amber and yellow, which were placed on plinths of travertine stone.
- New York’s Cristina Grajales Gallery’s sensory, tactile space showcased notable new furniture from Korean designer Sang Hoon Kim (also featured in our A/W 20/21 Colour & Materials Direction Grounded). For three generations, Kim’s family has run a foam factory – allowing him to explore the peripheries of the material’s possibilities. Expanding foam treated with different chemical solutions resulted in layered goopy surfaces, viscous drips and stippled textures.
- Behind billowing sheer curtains featuring a faded sand-dune pattern, sat the liquid algorithmic forms and sensory furniture selected by New York’s Friedman Benda gallery. Centre stage was Lebanese sculptor Najla El Zein’s sandstone bench, featuring two forms nested together. Meanwhile, Dutch designer Joris Laarman’s Maker Bench showcased the possibilities of digital manufacturing with a seamless construction of Maple and Walnut woods.
- French champagne producer Maison Perrier-Jouët commissioned London design star Bethan Laura Wood to create an enchanting space to drink and relax amidst a riot of colour. Called HyperNature, it featured anodised aluminium tree structures with tendrils of Perspex foliage overlaid with rainbow tints. Nestled within the branches were spirals holding flutes of champagne, which visitors were encouraged to take.