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Design Miami/ unveils high-end design playground

Design Miami/ opened today for an exclusive preview. Now in it’s 11th year, we’re seeing collectible pieces becoming more and more covetable with each edition of the global forum. 

This year’s prevailing themes include: historic revival; personal connections; monumental design; simulacra (a representation of a person or thing); earthly materials; naturally occurring geometry; transparent and luminescent; and hard steel and soft leather.
While the mélange may overwhelm an untrained eye, the show creates a space where first-timers, collectors and enthusiasts are able to mingle amidst the best in design. 

At first glance, whimsical (almost trippy) sculptures and installations stand out, signaling a shift toward unconventionally lighthearted and playful motifs. 

It was quite warm inside the massive tent this afternoon because of an apparent mechanical issue with the air conditioning. Gallery representatives said the temperature was much worse around noon. 

We bumped into renowned Spanish chef Jose Andres, who was casually taking a gander at the exhibits and seemed unaffected by the lack of air. He was comfortably wearing a vest. We also spotted Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine with a gaggle of people in tow. 

Swarovski commissioned Mexico City-based architecture and design firm Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) for the latest in a long-running series between Design Miami/ and the Austrian company. This collaboration resulted in a mesmerizing installation titled
“El Sol,” which is a geodesic structure designed to scale (one billion times smaller than the sun) with the help of 2,880 Swarovski crystals. 


The fair also introduced the Design Miami/ Market with a curated selection of design-driven retail in a space created by an up-and-coming designer. The first shop is the vision of Miami-based designer Emmett Moore, who used whitewashed wood and canopies
to evoke a tropical vibe. The look dovetails nicely with the Design Miami/ J.Crew capsule collection featuring wearable goodies with drawings of flamingos, crocodiles, Art Deco architecture, palm trees and key lime pies by illustrator Pierre Le-Tan.

-- By Galena Mosovich