Best Of: installations at Design Miami 2019
London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse brought pink sloths to the streets of Miami. Italian fashion house Fendi combined fashion and architecture with its ten-piece object capsule and French heritage brand Maison Perrier-Jouët reproduced the French vineyards indoors. Additional installation highlights included a kunstkammer twist on Daniel Arsham’s Long Island home, Instagram’s pneumatic bubble gallery, and a recreation of Jacques Tati-designed chairs. Read on for our top installation picks from Design Miami 2019.
Fernando Laposse for Miami Design District
London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse roped a family of palms with bright pink tassels alongside hairy sloths hanging in sculptural hammocks. Pink Beasts nods to the traditional weaving and dyeing practices of Laposse’s native Mexico: the tassel fibres are harvested from agave plants in Yucatán, and their pink hue is a product of an insect-based dye native to central Mexico. The entire installation was handwoven by a Mayan community in Sahcabá.
Keung Caputo for Fendi
Fashion house Fendi teamed with Keung Caputo to produce Roman Molds, a ten-piece object capsule. The leather and terracotta-brick pieces are inspired by Fendi’s iconic Roman headquarters, the Palazzo della Civiltà, and classic Roman architecture. Materially, Caputo plays a game of structural inversion: pliable leather takes on the loadbearing characteristics of masonry, and brick is cut in the sort of arcs expected of a dressmaker’s fabric.
Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project for Maison Perrier-Jouët
Champagne brand Maison Perrier-Jouët brought the great vineyards of France indoors. For Metamorphosis, designer Andrea Mancuso arranged 11,000 ceramics plates in a cave-like structure. The dimpled plates recalled the underside of champagne bottles, creating a spatial experience not unlike that of being inside a wine cellar. Simultaneously, the plates’ spectrum of hues – ranging from dark green to autumnal reds and oranges – evoke an impressionist painting of a French vineyard during harvest.
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Daniel Arsham for Friedman Benda
Part kunstkammer, part domestic reconstruction, Daniel Arsham conceived a fictitious version of his Norman Jaffe-designed home. Arsham recreated the 1969 interior in a translucent green, dressing the installation with his signature ‘fossilized “future” relics’, explains a spokesperson. Think futurized-looking furnishings with a century or so of tasteful weathering.
Studio Swine for Instagram's @design
How many creatives can say they’ve exhibited inside a pneumatic bubble gallery? Not many, unless you count four designers curated by Instagram’s latest campaign, #designforall. Designers Alleles Design Studio, Yona Care, Kano, and For All Womankind were picked on the basis of inclusivity and sustainability. Studio Swine’s 100 per cent recyclable inflatable PVC structure, suspends the designers’ works ‘mid-bubble’, so to speak.
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Les Ateliers Courbet and Thirlwall Design
In celebration of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s 1958 satire Mon Oncle, studios Les Ateliers Courbet and Thirlwall Design reproduced three Tati-designed chairs from the film. The purposefully impractical chairs poke fun at the mid-century modernism prevalent in the director’s time – a critique arguably as relevant today as it would have been then.
Swarovski showcased its dedication to environmental stewardship and education with Water, a two-part crystal lighting installation. In one room, luminous suspended fixtures mimicked raindrops. The second room featured branch-shaped chandeliers, resembling blossom branches frozen in an ice storm.