Design Miami has returned to its roots. The scaled-down 2020 edition of the influential design fair, which opened last week and runs through December 6, is being held in a former Moore and Sons furniture showroom in Miami’s Design District—the same setting where the original fair debuted in 2005 as a bookend to Art Basel Miami Beach.
For the first Design Miami, the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid created Elastika, a site-specific installation that draped an architectural lattice across all four floors of the Moore Building. Hadid’s intervention became a permanent feature of the site and created a striking backdrop for this year’s fair, which showcases installations from such global galleries as Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Converso, Mercado Moderno, and Todd Merrill Studio.
The furniture and objects in this year’s edition of Design Miami/ include work by such familiar names as Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, Stephen Burks, the Haas Brothers, Katie Stout, and Ini Archibong. There are also pieces by Avant makers like Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who will be showcasing 3D-printed clay cookware based on New Mexico’s pueblo culture.
No matter the format, Design Miami/ is a hub for design discoveries and international trends—and this year is no different. Discover some of the highlights on view.
Gaetano Pesce (Salon 94)
Pesce’s latest take on his classic Pratt chairs produced this year as the design legend turned 80, was awarded Best in Show in the contemporary category selected by the collector Al Eiber, Wolfsonian–FIU chief curator Silvia Barisione, Design Miami/ director of exhibitions Jillian Choi, and New York architect Lee Mindel. “It’s amazing to see someone have such a long career and remain as relevant today as he was 40 years ago,” said Mindel.
The self-taught Irish designer known for his sensuous, organic woodwork presents his Enignum chair as a homage to the American textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen.
Khaled El Mays (House of Today presented by R & Company)
Contemporary Lebanese designer Khaled El Mays crafted this striking Palmea wall unit in wicker, wood, leather, and brass, with fur seat in Lebanon this year.
Selia Aparicio (Gallery Fumi)
London’s Gallery Fumi sent a series of chairs by the Spanish artist Selia Aparicio, whose painting of women in Chinese ink shine a light on the racial injustices in America.
A ceramicist from Philadelphia, Scott has crafted a new body of vessels incorporating images that he took of the city’s Black Lives Matter protests over this summer.
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