Design Miami: A Forum for Collectible Design

MIAMI—From furniture and lighting to home accessories and “Transformations,” a visual identity project commissioned by Fendi, Design Miami is featuring the best in collectible design. Located adjacent to the Miami Beach convention Center where Art Basel is being held, Design Miami is a global forum for design that “brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce.”

Design Miami runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9, 2012.

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The imaginative lounge space at the entrance to the Design Miami is by Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture. Complementing the white vinyl of the fair’s tent, the inflated hanging tubes are intended to create a “topographical landscape in suspension.”

A composition from “Transformations,” a design performance by Maarten de Ceulaer presented by Fendi.

The luxury designer Fendi describes the project composed of lacquered wood boards, tree stumps and handmade leather as “exploring the boundaries between hard and soft, natural and hand-made, organic and geometric, luxurious and mundane.”

Bent wood tables by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong at Galerie VIVID of Rotterdam.

Lighting at Galerie Kreo of Paris.

Detail of “American Table” by Gaetano Pesce.

“American Table and Jefferson Chair,” by Gaetano Pesce for Erastudio Apartment-Gallery of Milan.

The project is the artist’s tribute to what he calls the “last American presidential election” and commemorates Jefferson’s leadership as author of the Declaration of Independence.

“Strawberry,” 2012 (bronze, ceramic, ancient enamel, rope) by Willemijn de Greef at Caroline van Hoek of Brussels.

45 painted and lacquered wood chairs that replicate the profile of the Caribbean Sea by Michelangelo Pistoleto and Juan E. Sandoval at Galleria Nilufar of Milan.

Stools by Robert Laughlin (1949-2011) at Johnson Trading Gallery of Woodside Queens, N.Y.

Detail of “Fragile Future 3.9 Chandelier,” 2012 (dandelion seeds, bronze, LEDs) by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta at Carpenters Workshop Gallery of London and Paris.

The outdoor space created by Snarkitecture is composed of “Drift,” the inflated hanging tubes and “Bend,” the upholstered foam seating.

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