Design Miami/ 12/4/13-12/8/13

Design Miami/
designDecember 4-8, 2013
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Miami Beach

Preview Day (By invitation only): Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Collectors Preview, 12-6pm, Vernissage, 6-9pm

General Show Hours:
Wednesday, December 4, 11am-9pm
Thursday, December 5 – Saturday, December, 7,12-8pm
Sunday, December 8, 12-6pm

Gallery Highlights and Key Themes at Design Miami/ 2013

Design Miami/, the global forum for design, presents the best in collectible design from the world’s most prestigious galleries. Design Miami/ returns with its largest and most international gallery program to date. Featuring 37 galleries overall – 31 in the main exhibition program and six in the On/Site program for solo exhibitions of new work – this year’s participants have been invited from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors from Russia and Lebanon. Design Miami’s gallery selection represents a broad range of specialist areas, from late 19th century art pottery, through masterworks of the mid 20th century to the most exciting developments at the cutting edge of contemporary design.

/ Digital Design
The fascination with the aesthetic tension between old and new is typified by the output of designers such as Maarten Baas, Astrid Krogh and Humans Since 1982 who utilize contemporary technologies and materials to create works that communicate at a strongly human level. Krogh’s optic fiber tapestries use traditional techniques to otherworldly ends, while Random International’s A Study of Time re-captures importance of light and shadow to the understanding of the passage of time within early civilizations.

/ Artist and Studio Jewelry
This year finds an unparalleled selection of galleries specializing in jewelry, including first time exhibitors Louisa Guinness and Elisabetta Cipriani. Ranging from specially commissioned pieces by visual artists, such as Carlos Cruz Diez, to the output of masters in the studio jewelry field, such as Iris Eichenberg and Margaret De Patta, whose works unite sculptural and architectural elements redolent of the modernist aesthetic, these are works on an intimate scale, often with particular personal significance.

/ Emerging American Designers
The highly diverse work of young American designers on display encompasses everything from the experimental, organically formed ceramics of the Haas brothers to Sebastian Errazuriz’s meditations on mortality delivered in the form of furnishings rich with funeral pomp. Jonathan Muecke, meanwhile, engages in more formal, philosophical investigations into the nature of products, examining how far form and function can be pushed before an object changes identity. While Jon Stam, recipient of the 2013 WDOF Award, explores abstractions of time and place, depicting bucolic American scenography in his new series of Claude Glass.

/ Material Investigations
Some of the most fascinating works are the fruit of investigations into possible applications of unusual and everyday materials. Nucleo creates a contemporary fossil, preserving decaying wood inside a block of epoxy resin resembling amber. Baroud and Dibeh also investigate preciousness in their Wires series that uses simple components and archetypal shapes. Jeweler Taher Chemirik, meanwhile, uses his knowledge of precious and semi-precious gems to create a series of tables featuring tops sliced out of rare hard stones, including a single 71-inch rock crystal.

/ Designing Women
Fantastic designs by influential women are on display throughout the fair, including an important body of work created by Charlotte Perriand for the Borot family in Paris over many decades. Elsewhere we find Glass artist Ritsue Mishima’s exquisite colorless forms created with master craftsmen from Murano. Design Miami/ also gives a platform to Hella Jongerius’ spectacular recent investigations into the structural application of polychrome resin.

/ Twentieth Century Masters
Notable works by leading lights of twentieth century design on display for the first time include Jean Prouvé’s unique prefabricated building prototype War Victims House, which receives is US debut at Design Miami/. The half-century-long career of Maria Pergay is receiving special focus, including the exhibition of dynamic stainless steel work alongside historic tapestries from Sheila Hicks.

Design Talks/
Design Miami’s Design Talks program brings together leading creative minds, collectors, and critics in the field of design to discuss the most compelling topics of the moment. The headlining conversations between well-known figures that have shaped the American home will be supplemented this year by Designers on Site, a new strand of talks that spotlight designers featured in the fair.

Design Talks presented by The Surf Club Hotel and Residences/
December 4, 6-7pm Richard Meier in conversation with Paul Goldberger
December 5, 6-7pm Muriel Brandolini in conversation with Margaret Russell
December 6, 6-7pm Martha Stewart in conversation with Stefano Tonchi

Designer on Site Talks/
December 4, 3-4pm Nadja Swarovski in conversation with Guilherme Torres
and Mark Tercek
December 5, 3-4pm Formlessfinder in conversation with Zoë Ryan

Design Collaborations/
Design Miami/ partners with leading brands who promote innovation in both the technical and aesthetic spheres of contemporary design. The fair offers an opportunity for these creative brands to showcase specially commissioned collaborations that illustrate their particular relationship to the world of design.

Design Commission/
Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual program of Design Commissions.

Design Satellites/
The Design Miami/ fair is a hub for diverse and original design events, pop-ups and exhibitions that run concurrently, both on and off site. The satellite program complements the content of the commercial gallery exhibitions, allowing for a different perspective on the designers’ work.

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