Design Miami: The Experts Picks

As the market for collectible design continues to evolve and mature with each edition, Design Miami/ celebrates the full diversity of its field. The fair offers extraordinary works from galleries based on five continents that specialize in everything from classic early twentieth century design to the conceptual cutting edge. Work ranging from full-sized architectural elements to the most delicate jewelry, by designers from as far afield as the Philippines and Japan, South Africa and Brazil, will be on show under one roof at the global forum for design. Here are the ten expert picks of this years’ Design Miami:

 

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Cangaço/
The Campana Brothers, 2015/
Firma Casa/ Sao Paulo
“The Campana Brothers’ Cangaço chair offers a vibrant mix of materiality, color and pattern that feels effortless and natural. This piece would make any good interior great.”

– Martin Brudnizki (Martin Brudnizki Design Studio)

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Cavallina Argento/
Alberto Biagetti, Laura Baldassari, 2015/
Secondome/ Rome
“I am incredibly fascinated by Cavallina Argento by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari, how it takes a generic object outside the world of high design and transforms it into the sublime. The delicate and precious palette of materials is beautifully composed to evoke sensuality and desire.”

– Chad Oppenheim (OPPENHEIM)

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Happiness/
Wendell Castle, 2015/
Friedman Benda/ New York
“His work always makes me smile with its humanity. He has the courage to reconsider what he has done in the past and explore new directions.”

– Tom Kundig (Olson Kundig)

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Design Miami 2015/
Pavillion/
In collaboration with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design
“Although it looks as if I will be needing a cherry picker to get really close, I am looking forward to seeing the GSD pavilion, with its forest of pink representations of designs for pavilions designed by students faculty and alumni. Under Mohsen Mostafavi’s leadership – who previously made his mark at the Architectural Association in London, and then at Cornell, Harvard has been making waves again.”
– Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum)
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5/
Off-Railing Series/
Aranda\Lasch 2015/
Gallery ALL/ Beijing & Los Angeles
“I love the idea of an infinite line that can be used to define furniture and architecture and thus reduce the late 20th century barrier between these two disciplines. Also this pieces speaks as much about the New York Subway as the Los Angeles freeway network.”

– Elliott Barnes (Elliott Barnes Interiors)

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Zig-Zag Chair/
Gerrit Th. Rietveld, 1934/
Galerie VIVID/ Rotterdam 
“As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by things that were built with a cantilever effect. I admire this chair because it broke the paradigm for conventional furniture.”

– George Yabu (YABUPUSHELBERG)

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7/
Pouf Vague, Wave Bench/
Maria Pergay, 1968/
Demisch Danant/ New York
“This bench by one of my favorite designers of all time, Maria Pergay, is graceful, elegant and chic and in 1968, when it was made, most likely a revelation for her use of materials and the fact that it was designed by a woman. A very chic woman at that!”

– Robert Stilin (Interior Designer)

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8/
Wall Light #7417/
Serge Mouille, ca. 1960/
1950 Gallery/ New York
“This classic piece is as much a work of art as it is functional. I have used it in my home and many projects as it is iconic, faultless and its timeless beauty will never tire for me.”

– Kelly Hoppen (Interior Designer)

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9/
4×4 Demountable House/
Jean Prouv
é, 1935/
Galerie Patrick Seguin/ Paris
“Prouvé is always an inspiration in how the functional, in this case a prefab military shelter, can still have elements of beauty and proportion. The general concept of well proportioned prefab modularity by modernist masters like Prouve influenced our NeueHouse studio design”.

– David Rockwell (Architect) 

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Long Chair/
George Nakashima, 1952/
Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia 
“I love the interesting balance and clear comfort of this piece. It is such a clever design – both tough and organic, disproportionate, yet softened beautifully by the welcoming webbing, and the warmth of the cherrywood. Excellent design which stands the test of time.”

– Rose Uniacke