Don’t Miss These 5 Things At Design Miami 2018

BY Katrina Kufer / Dec 4 2018 / 08:22 AM

Design Miami/ returns this week from 5-9 December as the city buzzes with activity for its annual Art and Design Week. Here are our top picks of what to see and why at the global design forum

Don’t Miss These 5 Things At Design Miami 2018
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Design Miami

'Designing Free-Space and Curating Free Time' at the Design Talks Programme
Presented by Therme Group, this talk on 6 December at 4pm stimulates conversation on contemporary design production by discussing the ever-evaporating concept of “free time” as technology, artificial intelligence, medical progress and demographics evolve. Speakers from the fields of art, galleries and curating, including Michaela de Pury, Simon de Pury, Studio Drift artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, Marc Glimcher, Robert C Hanea, Roth and Studio Swine will convene to tackle how art and design can create new infrastructure for and help rethink the blurred boundaries between work and leisure in a post-industrial age.

Harry Nuriev, The Office, Photography by Inna Kablukova, Image courtesy of the artist and Crosby Studios

Harry Nuriev’s The Office at the Curio Programme

The Curio programme debuted in 2014 and has since become a hot spot for experimental and innovative projects, including MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab in 2017. This year, 11 gallery, brands and designers are showcasing small-scale, immersive installations that engage traditional methodologies while drawing from cultural heritage. Of note is Harry Nuriev’s The Office, a playful, universal take on his prior career as a clerk in a small Russian office. Comical and sentimental, Nuriev transforms a chair, desk, hanger, printer and wallpaper, defying and subverting the conventional – and fully familiar – circumstances of mundane, window-less office life.

Mattia Bonetti. Meander armchair. 2015. Kasmin Gallery at Design Miami. Image courtesy of Kasmin Gallery.

Kasmin, New York, at the Galleries Sector
While the 2018 edition presents 33 galleries from 12 countries interpret themes like the reinvention of industrial materials and immersive environments – a major highlight since it's New York design gallery Kasmin's first booth. The gallery will showcase a black-and-white backdrop that spotlights never-before-exhibited works of Paris-based Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti. Bonetti’s furniture is a unique fusion of the intricate craftsmanship of 17th-century architecture and sculpture that meets early 20th-century Surrealist painting, and for an extra twist, is executed with the latest, most cutting-edge methods such as 3D printing and robotics.

Pedro Reyes. Disarm. Image courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery

Design Miami/ Visionary Award Winners Installation
Design Miami/ celebrates Latin American design this year, and Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández, recipients of the 2018 accolade that champions designers who have tangibly and sustainably impacted the world, will exhibit a concise retrospective in a curved steel wall booth. Their work tackles urgent contemporary concerns including immigration, gun control and the planned obsolescence that has occurred as human interaction makes way for digital advancement. Keep an eye out for Reyes’ three-legged Metate chairs, inspired by and made with the same methods as pre-Colombian artefacts; Disarm (2008), where he has created musical instruments out of destroyed firearms; and collaborative works between the duo including a map listing the 300 original settlements on the continental Americas prior to the conquest.

The Lexus LF-1 Concept Car from The Future is Limitless installation at Design Miami 2018

The Future is Limitless Installation by Lexus x Design Miami/
Lexus, which recently announced its official automotive partnership with Design Miami/ 2018, will exhibit its pioneering LF-1 Limitless Future Concept Vehicle within the installation The Future is Limitless. The concept, a popular import from Cavallerizze—Museo della Scienza/Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, will feature the future vision of Lexus vehicles alongside a special mixed reality presentation. Japanese architect Socha Ichikawa of doubleNegatives Architecture/hclab (dNA) will present the evolution of the projection mapping. Believing that the innate potential of architecture is limited only by conventional methods of mapping space, Ichikawa has programmed computers to interpret space from an omni-directional perspective, thus freeing the imagination to explore and manifest new dimensions.

Design Miami/ runs 5-9 December adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida.