Design Miami 2013: fusing the modern with the past

(Courtesy of Design Miami)

(Courtesy of Design Miami)


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Miami Beach finds itself at the center of the design world this week, as the ninth edition of Design Miami opens its doors. The event, which runs parallel to Art Basel Miami, features over 30 leading global galleries and offers a retrospective of the best of 20th century design, whilst championing new and emerging talent.

Highlights include Louis Vuitton's tribute to French designer Charlotte Perriand, "La Maison au bord de l'eau". The prefabricated holiday home was designed by Perriand in 1934 and has been constructed by the fashion house for the first time ever for Miami Art Week, following the designer's original plans.

Also premiering at the event is Swarovski Crystal Palace's Mangue Groove, an architectural installation produced in collaboration with Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres. A fusion of lead-free advanced crystals, recycled wood and light and sound displays, the sculpture was inspired by the mangrove forests of Brazil.

Female designers both past and present are strongly represented across the exhibits, with new works by American lighting designer Johanna Grawunder and Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius on display. New York Gallery Demisch Danant will concentrate on Paris-based Maria Pergay's metal work over the past half century and Charlotte Perriand will be represented by Galerie Downtown in an exhibition referencing her friendship with the Borot family.

In a further display of 20th century French design, the public will finally be granted access to a full-scale house designed by Jean Prouvé in 1944. The latest jewelry collection from Gijs Bakker, co-founder of Dutch design studio Droog, will also be revealed.

A diverse conference program will run alongside the exhibitions, with guest speakers including Paul Goldberger and Martha Stewart.

Design Miami is open to the public December 4 -8.