Day one of the 2015 Miami Art Week of nineteen various fairs scattered around Dade County opened today. Design Miami is up first and staged in a large tent with a broken air conditioner with humidity and rain lurking outside.
The trade show is a cross between Milan’s Salone de Mobile and Art Basel and leans toward luxury products manufactures like Louis Vuitton with their “fabulous” Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders and galleries that specialize in stripping movable objects off Jean Prouvé buildings like the wall of hooks for the deposit of keys from Maison Tropicale.
There were a few really unique pieces scattered throughout the tent including the entrance canopy, called Unbuilt, of pink foam models by Harvard GSD students (Joanne Cheung, jenny Shen, Steven Meyer, Doug Harsevoort, Yiliu Shen-Burke), professors (Luis Callejas, Hanif Kara, Dan Borelli), and new AIA New York Director Ben Prosky.
New creative work by experimental designers was in short supply but Aranda\Lasch’s stainless steel seat forms with silicon foam stood out at gallery ALL as did Fernando Romero’s hot setting sun of Swarovski glass.
The Campana brothers channeled primitive patterns into shelves and tables and Audi showed a new electric concept car with a solar panel roof due out in 2016.
Oh yes, it is $86 for three sandwiches and a bottle of water—and did I mention no A/C?