Design Miami: Day Two

500-ton pile of sand makes the entry of Design Miami’s entrance at Miami Beach.

It’s ’s third showdown at Miami Beach and they say that the number of exhibitors and partners is growing. Dutch gallery launched collectible design by , , and . brought two Brussels-based designers: and , as well as from Stockholm. presented a variety of contemporary decorative ceramics. Designers come to show, sell, and if they get lucky – as Pharrell Williams sang last night at the party in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District – get commissioned to make new work.

Perrier-Jouët House of Champagne commissioned designer to make an installation. Phare No. 1-9 consists of nine hand-blown glass vessels partly filled with transparent liquid and a light rose fluid. Suspended in a white room, it becomes an elegant combination, thanks to the effect created by the light refracted by the water. 

The entrance of the Design Miami tent is designed by New York-based architecture studio . They decided to use sand as the main element of their commission by Design Miami – almost an obvious choice considering the event takes place at Miami Beach. ‘Tent Pile’ is a pavilion that harnesses the properties of sand combined with a cantilevered roof made of aluminium that creates an area of shade.

The luckiest of all is Charlotte Perriand, who unfortunately won’t witness her prominence at this year’s event. She was regarded as one of the most influential designers of the early modern movement. At the fair, her work is shown by , and in the Miami Design District, at the  showroom and the boutique. The fashion house also brought one of her lost masterpieces back to life. La Maison au Bord de l’Eau is a modern interpretation of a beach house, an idea of an affordable vacation home that she designed in 1934. I wonder who finds it so affordable now, 80 years later, when buying a piece of design can mean a lifetime’s investment.

Photos Matylda Krzykowski.

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