Not only art lovers were in attendance during Miami Art Week! High Fashion Houses also brought forth some of their amazing new creations, many of them now linked to interior home design. Though the tried and tested approach of teaming up with artists for Design Miami/Art Basel is still going strong, this year’s proceedings stepped it up a notch.
In ‘South Beach Stories’, interior designer Sasha Bikoff reunites with Versace, building on their spectacular Salone del Mobile showcase earlier this year. Bikoff’s one-of-a-kind furniture pieces are every bit as bold, bright and brash as you’d expect, drawing from archival Versace prints and sitting glamorously alongside Doug Ordway’s archive campaign shots.
American designer Andrew Kudless joins the prestigious stable of Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades this Miami Art Week with his Swell Wave Shelf. The unit, crafted from oak and leather, is an elegant meditation on the powerful forces and delicate balance of the natural world, sensitively evoked through the undulating, smoothly polished wood planks, perfectly held in place by leather straps. As is tradition, the San Francisco-based designer’s addition sits surrounded by other limited-edition pieces from previous years, including the work of India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola, RawEdges, Nendo and the Campana Brothers.
The French fashion brand is putting the circular economy and needs for greater transparency at the very heart of the home, with an oblong sofa designed by Crosby Studio’s Harry Nuriev. The design is familiar, referencing the overstuffed recliner we would all recognise, subverting it through material choice. The transparent vinyl exterior replaces what would traditionally be leather or fabric, allowing the stuffing to be clearly seen. Within, damaged, unsellable and obsolete Balenciaga stock fills the sofa with colour, texture, patterns and even visible tags.
Bringing a spot of Eternal City to the Sunshine State, the Roman fashion house enlisted Swiss studio Kueng Caputo to create ten pieces of furniture, ranging from stools and benches to a stylised palm tree. Inspired by the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà HQ, the immersive installation at Miami Art Week is as playful as it is bright, inviting spectators to take a seat and get up-close-and-personal with the Zurich-based studio’s intriguing material combination: glazed terracotta bricks and supple Selleria leather. Beyond creating a refined salon space, these pieces pay homage to Fendi’s tradition of craftsmanship and experimentation with style.
Now in its fifth year, ‘Chance Encounters’ returns to the Spanish luxury brand’s Miami outpost, transforming the imposing 18th-century Spanish granary that runs the length of the boutique into a sensational setting for dialogue once again. This year Loewe’s brought together two British artists: Turner Prize-nominated Hilary Lloyd and Ewen Henderson. Lloyd’s films – displayed on monitors dotted throughout – are praised by Anderson for their ability to capture the way we relentlessly consume images. Her textiles echo her rough-cut, spontaneous videos, which in turn relate to the late Henderson’s textured large-scale ceramics.
If the promise of The Pouch or the Italian leather brand’s sought-after slides doesn’t lure you into Bottega Veneta’s new store in the Design District, that sweeping staircase of pink Portuguese marble certainly will. Marking creative director Daniel Lee’s first foray into interior design, the two-story space proves that there is little Lee can’t do. Fresh from winning big at the Fashion Awards in London, this Miami Art Week outpost is the perfect fold to Lee’s design aesthetic. Rough materials play with polished surfaces – plaster, marble, concrete, brass and, of course, leather – creating a balance that is at once familiar and surprisingly refreshing.
In the 1950s, Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret created a series of solid furniture pieces for Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, Berluti creative director Kris Van Assche – who used the building as the location for his A/W19 digital campaign – and François Laffanour, founder of Paris’ Laffanour Galerie Downtown, teamed up to restore17 of Jeanneret’s pieces back to their former glory.
New York-based designer Thom Browne unveiled his first large-scale public work, a soaring 20 foot-sculpture, at Zaha Hadid’s instantly recognisable Moore Building. Curated by Deana Haggag, president and CEO of United States Artists, ‘Palm Tree I’ holds a deeper meaning than its cheerful, pop art exterior belies. The tropical tree may symbolise paradise and relaxation, but it is also a meditation on the disturbing similarities between the workplace and holidays with their respective recognisable uniforms and schedules.
Following on from the popular M/M Colour Stool launched at Salone del Mobile earlier this year, Miu Miu and M/M (Paris) have joined forces once again. Their latest creation? The M/Marbles Stool: a three-legged design crafted from walnut and palm wood, rubber and glass. Only 40 seats have been created, and are on show during Miami Art Week. Like its predecessor, the M/Marbles Stool is punctured with perforations that transform the functional seat into a rather playful one. Individually crafted glass matchsticks inject each seat with colour and delight.
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