Design Miami has grown exponentially since it began as a fledgling design-art offshoot of Art Basel/Miami, and has since spawned a number of satellite events. Over the next four days, the show proper – taking place at Meridian and 19th Street, with a circular entrance pavilion custom-created by Jonathan Muecke – will be complemented by events around town.
The shops and galleries in the blossoming Design District in Midtown, will play host to a number of shows. And Ironside, a hot new creative co-working space in the the Upper Eastside will host a various talks, exhibits and parties under the umbrella of Design Escape. And these are just the design-related events.
Anyone who heads to Miami also needs to check out Art Basel/Miami, and score a ticket to the most eclectic parties, including one hosted by Yabu Pushelberg and featuring the DJ Horse Meat Disco.
Speaking strictly design, here are just a few things you have to see:
1 Studio Job and Naihan Li at Design Miami
Carpenters Workshop presents Landmark, a solo show of the best monumental work created between 2009 and 2014 by Belgian-Dutch duo of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. Their jaw-dropping gilded bronze sculptures, some of them functional – like the Chartres cathedral turned on its side for use as a wardrobe – reimagine major structures. Big Ben is topped with a double decker bus, the Burj Khalifa is scaled by King Kong.
Another designer who rethinks iconic buildings, Naihan Li will show off her cabinet modelled after OMA’s CCTV headquarters in Beijing. The wooden version will be presented by Gallery ALL.
2 Bridge in the Design District
Just one of the events taking place in Miami’s Design District, this exhibit organized by Francesco Pirrello, the founder of Italy’s Meet My Project, and curated by Clement Sauvoy, fills the Cartier showroom, at 151 NE 40th Street, with new product design and art pieces. Look for Fred Rieffel’s PHLOX vases, which also turn 10 years old this year; and Gael Manes’ Ô fil du temps mirror.
3 Design Escape at Ironside
Ron Arad presents a new lounge for Moroso and a limited-edition of the Fiat 500, and the Standseven pop-up shop shows off David Adjaye’s new stool at this multi-pronged series of events. That’s just what’s happening at Ironside, located at 7610 NE 4th St. The event boasts its own satellite event. The InterContinental will light up with a giant projection of E-Boy’s colourful depiction of the Miami skyline.