| Oct 19, 2011 |
Design Miami shifts focus to architecture programs
Boh staff
By Staff

Design Miami/ boasts a newly expanded gallery program with choice exhibitors from America, Europe, Asia and Africa presenting important works of 20th and 21st century design, including furniture, lighting and objets d’art.

Taking place November 30 - December 4, this year’s fair will see a 50% increase in participating galleries and will host a program of talks, satellite exhibitions and custom commissions exploring the relationship between design and architecture.

Magistral by Sebastian Errazuriz at Cristina Grajales (left); Amphis Sofa by Pierre Paulin at Demisch Danant (right)

A curated selection of international galleries will represent important works by French architects of 40s and 50s, Brazilian and California Modern, Scandinavian Mid-Century, Postmodern Italian design, the French 60s and 70s, Korean craft, artists’ and designers’ jewelry and a large spectrum of experimental contemporary work from both lauded established and emerging designers.

Forrest of Cones by Axel Salto at Hostler Burrows (left); Predictive Dream XIII by Katsuyo Aoki at Todd Merrill (right)

A highlight of this December’s show is the site-specific installation by Designer of the Year Award winner, UK-based architect David Adjaye. As his award commission, Adjaye will create a pavilion, entitled Genesis. Adjaye calls Genesis his first work of “giant architectural furniture” that combines structure, seating, windows and doors into a single gesture.

For the second consecutive year, Design Miami’s Design Talks series will be moderated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi. Over the course of three days, these conversations will include a selection the world’s top architects, discussing their careers, collaborations and passions.

Hyper Surface Constellation II by Haresh Lalvani at MOSS

As part of the show’s series of satellite exhibitions, the Miami Design District presents in collaboration with the Buckminster Fuller Foundation, utopian architect Fuller’s 1970s Fly’s Eye Dome alongside Lord Norman Foster’s reconstructed Dymaxion car. The fair also welcomes a capsule exhibition of the french design show Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity presented by The Wolfsonian Museum.

Design Miami/ organizes a cultural program that profiles established and up-and-coming designers, commissions new architectural and design work and brings together luminaries from the worlds of design, art, fashion and architecture to discuss their influences and process.

The fair’s list of exhibitors include: Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris), Galerie kreo (Paris), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London & Paris), Demisch Danant (NY), R 20th Century (NY), Johnson Trading Gallery (NY), Jousse Entreprise (NY) and Cristina Grajales Gallery (NY). This Miami fair also welcomes back Galerie Downtown – François Laffanour (Paris), Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery (Zurich & Paris), Hostler Burrows (NY), moss (NY), Magen H. Gallery (NY) and Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam).

First-time exhibitors include Didier Ltd (London), Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris), Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud (Brussels), Mark McDonald (Hudson, NY), Modernity (Stockholm) and Novalis Fine Arts (Turin). In addition, the Design On/Site program, the showcase for small-scale yet high-level exhibitions of new work by individual designers or studios, will include Design Miami’s first ever participant from Africa, Southern Guild (Wilderness).

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