Design Curio is Design Miami’s Debut Works at the Fair 6th-10th December

November 27, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Design Curio is Design Miami/’s newest exhibition platform which invites designers, curators, innovators and gallerists to present cabinets of curiosity throughout the fair. Each Curio reveals a total environment of objects, textures, artifacts and ideas that challenge and contextualize familiar design narratives.

The program spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and emphasizes surprising installations of scientific and technological research alongside handcraft and creative production. The Curios are interspersed amongst Design Miami/’s core galleries, infusing the fair’s exhibition program with inventive snapshots of today’s design landscape.

Louis Vuitton presents new Objets Nomades
Louis Vuitton presents from its Objets Nomades collection, an exclusive turquoise-coloured edition of the Bomboca Sofa, a new piece by Fernando and Humberto Campana. The Bomboca Sofa, named after sweets served at weddings and children’s parties in Brazil and meaning “very good”, is a modular piece that was originally inspired by cloud shapes and colourful round sea apples. The result is like a puzzle?in which eight removable cushions are arranged in a rigid, leather-covered shell. Other Objets Nomades making their Design Miami/ 2017 debut include the pieces created by international designers such as Atelier Oï, India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders… A selection of Objets Nomades will also be visible at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Store. Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades is an ever-expanding collection of limited-edition, collectable furniture, which is inspired by the House’s historic Art of Travel, while reinterpreting its essential spirit.

Debut Works at the Fair

Galleries and Design Curio presentations are debuting new works at Design Miami/ this year from a diverse range of designers, architects, and jewelers:

New jewelry is on view from Allen Jones, Blanca Muñoz, and Emily Young at Louisa Guinness Gallery, which commissions jewelry from contemporary artists.

The Future Perfect presents a new body of work by Eric Roinestad featuring ceramic hanging lamps, totemic floor lamps, and modernist wall sculptures.

Glazed earthenware by Anders Ruhwald and new wall textiles by Christy Matson debut at Volume Gallery.

Giampaolo Babetto’s exclusive gold and silver necklace commissioned for the fair by Galleria Antonella Villanova is unique for its distinctive golden patina.

Johannes Hemann, mischer’traxler, and Tom Price show new works at Victor Hunt Designart Dealer, which specializes in limited-edition commissions.

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at Galerie kreo show a new collection of vases.

Two bowls designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana––one in terra cotta, one in cast bronze––in an edition of seven each is on view at LIZWORKS.

At Camp Design Gallery, David Lindberg presents a commission that melds imagination and engineering in a series of LED light grids attenuated by colored layers of resin.

Friedman Benda is bringing a selection of new works from contemporary designers including a Console Table and Rasta Mirror by Misha Kahn.

Miami Design District presents Nuage by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Nuage is a pergola designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec that brings shade, shelter, seating, and charm to the Paseo Ponti in the Miami Design District. The steel and colored glass structure engages with nearby buildings and facades and casts graphic shadows––over time, it will gain depth and patina as it wears in the Miami climate and is colonized by native plants.

Design Miami is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.

Design Miami is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.

By continuously expanding and enriching its program, Design Miami seeks to not only satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, but also to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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