Countdown for Design Miami/

How can we fail to lose our bearings amidst dozens and dozens of events and proposals in Miami, from 3 to 8 December? Here are the must-see selections for 2019 during Design Miami/

Design Miami/ 2019
Design Miami/ 2019

We’re back in Miami for the event that more than any other puts the accent on collectible design. The new iteration – number 15 – of Design Miami/ puts the international spotlight on 34 galleries and 15 presentations of the Curio program, from 3 to 8 December, held for the first time at Pride Park, right next to the Miami Beach Convention Center which hosts the parallel exhibition Art Basel Miami with over 200 modern and contemporary art galleries (from 5 to 8 December). Calling the shots is Aric Chen, at his second stint as curatorial director after the debut at Design Miami/Basel in June; he moves forward with the thematic focus on materials and the future of the planet, with “Elements: Water” functioning as an inspiration for the gallerists on hand.

As in the case of Luis Pons Design Lab and the interactive Tangara Collection created in collaboration with Vermeil, whose colors have been selected in reference to the hues of the ocean; or Carpenters Workshop Gallery, with reflections on the troubling subject of rising sea levels, in the installation by Virgil Abloh Aqua Alta, referring to the dramatic phenomenon that has recently worsened in the city of Venice.

Along with the exhibits, Design Miami/ is enhanced by a vast range of collaborations, installations and satellite events all across Miami Beach and the whole city. A variegated mixture of design, arts, architecture, culture and fashion. We have selected some of the best offerings, to create an experiential itinerary in the boundless variety of creativity that converges on Design Miami/.

Design Miami/ in 8 pills

Fernando Laposse, Pink Beasts
Fernando Laposse, Pink Beasts

Miami Design District presents Pink Beasts by Fernando Laposse
Miami Design District
The Miami Design District has chosen the London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse for their 2019 Neighborhood Commission, where he will be debuting Pink Beasts: long, pink sisal tassels, hammocks, and sloths suspended through the trees. Laposse explores materials and techniques native to Mexico and has collaborated with like minded textile designer Angela Damman as well as local artisans in Sahcabá, Yucatán.

 

The archive Doug Ordway photographs for Versace selected by Sasha Bikoff
The archive Doug Ordway photographs for Versace selected by Sasha Bikoff

Versace’s South Beach stories in collaboration with Sasha Bikoff
Palm Court Event Space
140 NE 39th Street, 3rd Floor
Miami Design District
A new exhibition by Versace and friend of the House, interior designer, Sasha Bikoff will debut during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Bikoff will be displayed together with the archive looks they reference. Versace’s Miami Design District boutique will also showcase three settings designed by Sasha, first presented at FuoriSalone during Milan Design Week 2019.

 

Virgil Abloh's Sculpture. Photo © Luis Gomez
Virgil Abloh’s Sculpture. Photo © Luis Gomez

Virgil Abloh: “Dollar a gallon” III, 2019
Paseo Ponti
Between NE 40th & 41st Streets
“Dollar a Gallon” is a sculpture by artist Virgil Abloh presenting a window into the artist’s study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable. The work serves as a comprehensive lighthouse of mixed media.

 

Visionnaire, The Garden of beauty

Visionnaire and Marc Ange present “Garden of Beauty” exhibition
Visionnaire Showroom
2063 Biscayne Blvd
Celebrating the symbiosis between Art and Design Visionnaire chooses Design Miami and Art Basel for the official unveiling of Il Pavone. The capsule collection designed by Los Angeles based Artist and Designer Marc Ange is an ode to the romantic and seductive beauty of the peacock. The collection will be presented for the first time at the Visionnaire flagship in Miami this December 2019, with an exhibit entitled “The Garden of Beauty”.

 

The Uncollected Collection by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani

Luminaire celebrates Piero Lissoni, Konstantin Grcic and Ann Demeulemeester
3901 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Design District
Luminaire explores the work of three prolific designers whose bodies of work have shaped the landscape of contemporary design and fashion. On display is The Uncollected Collection by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani, Noctambule lamps by Konstantin Grcic for Flos, and the US debut of fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester’s first foray into tableware.

 

Fendi, Roman Molds by Kueng Caputo
Fendi, Roman Molds by Kueng Caputo

Fendi presents Roman Molds by Kueng Caputo
Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets
Fendi has commissioned the Zurich-based design studio Kueng Caputo to create ten design pieces intended to decorate the exterior colonnade of its iconic Roman headquarters, the
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The collection of ten pieces are meant to be building blocks that in multiplication would create a series of intimate “rooms” for socializing, escaping, and working on the grand loggias of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.

 

Limited edition by Pierre Jeanneret
Limited edition by Pierre Jeanneret

Berluti and Laffanour Galerie Downtown present the limited edition Pierre Jeanneret pieces
161 NE 40th St. Suite 100
A small exclusive series of 17 original Pierre Jeanneret pieces. Created by the Swiss Architect in the 1950s, to furnish Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex in India, these original pieces have been restored respecting conservation standards and upholstered with Berluti’s emblematic Venezia leather.

 

Louis Vuitton, Objets Nomades
Louis Vuitton, Objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton presents Objets Nomades
Paradise Plaza Event Spac
151 NE 41st Street, 3rd Floor
Miami Design District
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades is an ever-expanding collection of limited, collectible furniture inspired by the House’s DNA and by reinterpretations of its travel spirit. Pieces from the collection have been imagined by some of today’s most creative designers: India Mahdavi, the Campana brothers, Marcel Wanders, Tokujin Yoshioka and Andrew Kudless. This year, Louis Vuitton presents new pieces inside Design Miami/ and will be hosting an exclusive event showcasing its savoir-faire from December 3 to 8 at Paradise Plaza.