Design Miami/ 2019: Colour & Material Highlights
Coinciding with Miami Art Week, Design Miami (December 3-8) brings together some of the most directional and inspiring pieces from around the globe. Here are three of our favourite visual highlights and standout uses of colour and materials from the 2019 edition.
- Mexican designer Fernando Laposse presented a selection of pink hairy sloths and fringed hammocks – part of his ‘Pink Beasts’ installation for Miami Design District. The pieces are handmade by a community of Mayan weavers in Yucatán, Mexico, using natural fibre sisal (derived from the agave plant) and coloured with cochineal (small insects from which natural dye carmine comes from).
While seemingly jovial and contemporary, the project seeks to empower indigenous communities while advocating sustainability, traditional craft techniques and natural materials. Native nature-inspired design was also an important theme at Design Week Mexico 2019.
- Paris-based furniture designer Robert Stadler explores digital craft in marble, with two collections showcased by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. His New Paintings dining table translates Photoshop brushstrokes into marquetry, while his Ditto chairs are digitally milled out of a solid block of Bardiglio Imperiale marble.
- Japanese studio Takt Project presented Glow Grow, a live installation of light sculptures that morph shape gradually and organically. The objects, which resemble icy vases, ‘glow’ and ‘grow’ simultaneously; the light emitted by the programmed LED solidifies and hardens the resin casing, causing it to change into a new form.
Although not a direct imitation of nature, this real-time process draws on the extraordinary phenomena found in the natural world, demonstrating how technology can be commanded to create engaging, organic experiences. Artificial phenomena and nature as theatre are important themes in our S/S 21 Colour & Material direction Bio-Fantasy.
For more highlights from Miami’s week of art, see Miami Art Week 2019: Brand Spaces.