He is back. Miami’s sunny South Beach will be awash with design obsessives for the week ahead, each looking to get their eyes on the next best thing. At the Design Miami trade show, which coincides with Art Basel, galleries will present new work alongside carefully curated vintage pieces, while throughout the Design District, installations and activations will appear left, right and center. Among the packed program of events, we have selected the launches, galleries and exhibitions not to be missed:
At the fair
Milan’s favorite gallery, Nilufar, is showing new works by Audrey Large and Khaled El Mays at the fair. For founder Nina Yashar, there is no place like Miami to show off its rising stars: “I have always looked with interest at the pioneering role and vision of the American market. That’s why I’m bringing two contemporary creative visions that I really like and that reflect the energy of this city,” she says.
Gufram x A$AP Rocky
A collaboration we didn’t see coming – A$AP Rocky teamed up with Gufram. His new decoration studio HOMMEMADE has adapted one of the pieces from the Italian radical design brand’s catalog, resulting in the “Shroom Cactus”, which comes in a limited series of nine pieces and features hand-painted mushrooms growing on its trunk.
Cape Town-based Southern Guild always packs a punch with their functional sculptures. This year, they explore materiality and spirituality, including side tables by Chuma Maweni, which draw inspiration from her Xhosa ancestry.
At the fair, Tuleste Factory feels blue – and will delve into the history and philosophy of color. Ian Alistair Cochran’s Plump Side Table (crafted from blue resin) is a must-have and sees its pieces put together to refract light across all of its surfaces.
Lukas Gschwandtner x Fendi – Triclinium
Viennese artist Lukas Gschwandtner has been commissioned by Fendi to create a new body of work, which sees lounge chairs placed alongside the artist’s own interpretation of Fendi’s iconic Peekaboo handbag, for which he completed each compartment of the bag with plaster, before cutting away the original material to reveal the interior construction of the bag imprinted on the plaster.
Lately, Superhouse has been making tours with its exhibits. At the Design Miami fair, the New York gallery will present Dreamroom, imagining the bedroom of the near future. The daring works of Ellen Pong, Kim Mupangilaï, Ryan Decker and Sean Gerstley will be presented, in the form of a platform bed, a screen and a bedside table in the shape of a dolphin.
Harry Nuriev presents a solo stand at the fair. The designer, who runs Crosby Studios, has literally turned trash into treasure, creating a sofa from what appears to be a pile of shiny black trash bags.
Chronos, objects of common interest
Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis of Objects of Common Interest are bringing their work across borders to Miami, having exhibited at New York’s Noguchi Museum and the Brussels Design Museum. Their latest project is called “Chronos” and explores the perception of time. New acrylic resin floor lamps will sit alongside a cast aluminum chair and a range of other functional and non-functional objects.
Roberto Lugo x R & Company
Philadelphia-based artist Roberto Lugo will bring his digital platform, The Village Potter, to a physical format alongside R&Company. The space is expected to take the form of a neighborhood bodega and be filled with branded pieces – with an overall mission to foster a sense of community.
Bottega Veneta x Gaetano Pesce
Bottega Veneta comes to Design Miami for the first time and will present a site-specific installation that pays homage to its recent collaboration with Gaetano Pesce. For the brand’s Spring/Summer 2023 show in Milan, the Italian icon was commissioned by creative director Matthieu Blazy to design the space and the decor. The multicolored spectacle will be specially recreated for this year’s flagship Design Miami show, with a selection of chairs designed by Pesci available for purchase.
Around the city
Arca x Kelly Wearstler and Alicia Kwadje
Kelly Wearstler and Alicia Kwadje team up with Arca to produce a collection and an installation respectively. Wearstler is set to unveil a range of knot-shaped marble pieces, while Kwadje is creating something more large-scale, using layers of nine-billion-year-old stone shaped into the silhouette of melting ice cream balls.
ARCA Wynwood, 260 NW 27th Street
Suchi Reddy & Lexus
At the ICA, Lexus enlisted the skills of architect Suchi Reddy to create an installation for the museum’s sculpture garden. Reddy took inspiration from the Lexus Electrified Sport – specifically the idea that it was “shaped by air”, and her design will see the vehicle shaped by mist and light.
ICA Miami, 61 NE 41st St
Rock | Laying rollers, Germane Barnes
This year’s neighborhood commission for the Miami Design District will come from architect Germane Barnes, who designed a series of seat capsules that sway back and forth and feature shaggy surfaces inspired by feathered carnival costumes. A series of colorful wind chimes will also be featured – a nod to the instruments used in Soca music.
Miami Design District
Virgil Abloh: Codes c/o Architecture
Starting December 1, a four-day experience paying homage to the creative legacy of Virgil Abloh is planned. Executed by Nike and VA Securities, the show also marks the debut of the Off-White™ x Nike Terra Forma and pays homage to the late designer’s legacy, his culture-changing partnership with the Swoosh, and the methodologies that were essential to its creative identity.
Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23rd St
Ares House, Daniel Arsham x The Row
Metaverse real estate designed by Daniel Arsham will be brought to life by The Row, in the city’s Design District. Named Ares House, the space is described as a “real-life metaverse experience that brings together the physical and digital worlds”, with an aesthetic inspired by an ancient otherworldly civilization.
Miami Design District