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Design Miami 2017: 6 not-to-be-missed design galleries you would better keep an eye on

Time is ticking away, so check out our 6-step short guide to the global forum for design currently ongoing in Miami

Courtesy photo: Friedman Benda and Marcel Wanders, photography by Dan Kukla

Design Miami 2017 is definitely on a roll, and it is time for major design galleries and recent break-throughs to be properly unveiled: in case you are inattentive, well, we’ll better remind you that one of the world’s leading design trade fairs is currently ongoing in Miami, Florida (until 10th Dec., 2017), attracting thousands of designers, curators, critiques and collectors from any corner of the globe to roam its huge pavilions and exhibition stands. The event happens concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, meaning the winter edition of the Modern and Contemporary Art Fair annually taking place in Basel, Switzerland. To help you winding your way across the infinite news and offerings, here’s a short guide to 6 major design galleries that joined the play at Design Miami 2017. Time for fresh new trends!

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Courtesy photo: left, Friedman Benda and Ettore Sottsass Photography by Erik &Petra Hesmerg; right: Friedman Benda and gt2P (Great Things to People)

First founded by Marc Benda and Barry Friedman in 2007, Friedman Benda has playing a key role in expanding the boundaries of design by promoting a multidisciplinary approach which blends craftsmanship, art and architecture. The gallery boasts a wide, prestigious roaster of international designers of different ages, including Marcel Wanders. The 1963-born Dutch master is author of Born, Raised, Protected (cover photo), a work in-between a lamp, a cloud and a contemporary art installation made of steel, nichel and crystal. The gallery collection also include a must-have featured in Ettore Sottsass’ Yantra line (1969), which is listed among Design Miami 2017’s all-time faves by influencer Virgil Abloh. The project LESS CPP N. 2 by studio Gt2p (Great Things To People) is also worth a taste: a selection of light pieces, appliqués and chandeliers powered by LED technology and built in porcelain and lava. The shape of its components is obtained with the special technique given by the Catenary Pottery Printer. 

Courtesy photo: Galerie kreo/copyright Michel Giesbrecht - Studio Bouroullec

French duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec originally inaugurated their own design firm almost 20 years ago now. Galerie Kreo, Paris-based gallery run by Clemency and Didier Krzentowski, not only explores their tireless design production but also creates and presents limited-edition series born from the collaboration with relevant contemporary creatives (Bouroullec’s, François Bouchet, Pierre Charpin, Konstantin Grcic and many more). On the occasion of the Design Miami 2017, the gallery launched Losanges, a limited series of unique flower vases rendered in enameled ceramic and available in two colours, a dark moss-like green and a mottled baby blue. The Bouroullec’s also designed Chains (2016), a series of decorative light chains made from links now coming in red.

Courtesy photo: Clemens Kois for Patrick Parrish Gallery

Courtesy photo: Clemens Kois for Patrick Parrish Gallery

Resettled in Tribeca since 2014, New York-based gallery Patrick Parrish endorses the work of modern and emerging designers and artists, often young and occasionally overlooked. Here in Miami, the gallery unveils Mobilé 2, a mobile sculpture by Danish designer Kasper Kjeldgaard. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts of Design in 2016, and has already been acknowledged for his extraordinary and poetic design universe and featured in leading design magazines around the world. Brian Thoreen delivers Cantilever Table, made of marble and brass. A young designer from Los Angeles, Thoreen is pretty much keen on materials.

Courtesy of Volume Gallery

Over the 1970’s and 1980’s decades, Chicago-based architects Krueck + Sexton have been focusing on private commissions to realise architecture that embraces creativity and innovation. Volume Gallery rediscovers their hyper-charming Lounge Chair (1985), alongside more recent works by designers of the likes of Andres Ruhwald, Christy Matson and more. Specialising in American design, Volume Gallery explores the cultural dimensional aspect of globalisation. 

Courtesy photo: left, Eric Roinestad; right, Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

A great promoter of American contemporary design, The Future Project was established by David Alhadeff in 2003. He was the one who fist introduced international designers such as Michael Anastassiades, DIMORESTUDIO and Piet Hein Eek to the American audience. In celebration of Design Miami 2017, the gallery launched the ceramic lamp HL05B by LA-based Eric Roinestad, founder of ER Studio. Widely known for being the mind behind Flaunt Magazine and Senior Art Director of Capital Records, Roinestad specialises in one-of-a-kind ceramics turned into lamps and home accessories. 

XXL, Matheiu Lehanneur’s round table featured in the Ocean Memories collection is as evocative and elegant as an obscure monolith. Recommended by international influencer Erica Choi, it is on show at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, founded by Loic Le Gaillard & Julien Lombrail with headquarters in London, New York and Paris. The goal? To make art and design all-in-one. 


by Roberto Fiandaca / 11 December 2017


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