Located on Meridian Avenue across from the Convention Center, Design Miami/’s venue is slightly smaller this year with a total of 30 exhibitors, of which five are newcomers. Among these, we were particularly intrigued by the tables and consoles made of mineral constituents by Samuel Amoia on view at Delorenzo Gallery. The model from Buffalo turned interior designer won the Design Miami/ Maison & Objet Award last May. However, to see these works you will first have to make your way through the fair’s entrance where the Flotsam & Jetsam installation, made by robots, and designed by SHoP Architects will greet you, encircled by mirror cube tables reflecting rays of the shining Floridian sun.
Once in, the Dean & Deluca bar to your left will present itself as an ideal fare option. Alternatively to your right will be the Pierre-Jouët’s Collector’s Lounge offering bubblier options. The champagne house, part of the fair’s collaborators this year, has a stunning booth consisting of golden inversed bottles made of oak veneer screens designed by Andrew Kudless.
While the fair is more intimate than others this week, its highlights are numerous. We’ve particularly noticed Marten Baas’ chest piece and Nacho Carbonell’s concrete floor lamps on view at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. We’ve enjoyed the kinetic note brought by Victor Hunt Designart Dealer—the Belgium gallery presented brilliant light and mirror pieces by Maarten De Ceulaer, Commonplace Studio, and Sabine Marcelis, among others. The South African gallery, Southern Guild carried a local dimension to the fair with hanging chairs by Porky Hefer, chandeliers by David Krynauw, furniture pieces by Dokter and Misses, and figurines by Justine Mahoney.
The fair underscored the current organic tendencies in design making. This is visible notably with the Campana Brothers’ ceramics made of volcanic lava on view at Friedman Benda, or Christopher Duffy’s table made of wood, sculpted glass, emulating the earth’s sea bed at Sarah Myerscough Gallery. These were showcased in balance with more futuristic interiors; we enjoyed especially that presented at Maria Pergay.