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December 1, 2016

L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët is being hosted at Casa Claridge's during Design Miami


By Bethan Ryder

27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 11:07PM


Design Miami is by far the most exuberant of design fairs – the sunshine, expansive sense of space and palm-fringed pastel art deco architecture of Miami South Beach providing an uplifting backdrop often reflected in the bold, expressive works on display. And this global forum for design promises to be just as flamboyant and colourful as ever when it returns, a stone's throw from neighbouring partner fair Art Basel, for its 12th edition this November.


Since its 2005 debut, when just 12 galleries took part, Design Miami  has grown in stature and size. Today it's hosting 31 galleries, from longtime regulars such as Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Patrick Parrish to four first-timers: New York’s Chamber, The Future Perfect of New York and San Francisco, Mercado Moderno of Rio and local gallerist Giovanni Beltran. 


But it’s not just about the pavilion. A host of events, openings, parties and installations are staged concurrently at the hotels on Collins Avenue and in Miami’s Design District as brands and gallerists capitalise on the thousands of artists, designers and collectors who flock there for a week of creative inspiration. Here’s our preview of what to look out for if you’re heading to Miami.


A sparkling collaboration


Champagne house Maison Perrier-Jouët returns to the fair for a fifth year with two installations. Its immersive art nouveau-inspired urban oasis, L’Eden, featuring Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s iridescent “tree” – the branches of which support champagne flutes – will take up residence at Alan Faena’s intimate 50-room hotel, Casa Claridge’s. 


San-Francisco-based architect Andrew Kudless is collaborating with Maison Perrier-Jouët


Meanwhile at the fair, the champagne house, which has partnered in the past at Design Miami with Studio Glithero, Simon Heijdens and mischer’ traxler, is collaborating with San Francisco-based architect and designer Andrew Kudless. His cutting-edge projects – produced by his studio Matsys – explore the cross-pollination between architecture, engineering, biology and computation. Kudless looks to organic forms in nature, investigating how their growth and behaviour might inform and enhance architecture.


His Design Miami installation will be composed of oak-veneer screens, showcase furniture and an ice bucket all inspired by the organic nature of winemaking. Maison Perrier-Jouët's heritage is interwoven with craftsmanship and nature, ever since it commissioned art nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé to design its floral arabesque motif in 1902, so it will be interesting to see how Kudless’s digital craftsmanship and interdisciplinary approach will interpret the philosophy of the house. 


The British craft arrival


British craft is having a moment this year, with two installations promoting our artists and designer-makers. British Craft: the Miami Editbuilds on Nature Lab, a collaboration between The Craft Council and The New Craftsmen that was displayed as a Design Curio booth at June’s Design Miami/Basel fair. 


Juliette Bigley, Four bowls, patinated base metal, 2015 on show at British Craft: the Miami Edit


For Miami they’ve co-curated a range of work with architect and interior designer Natalia Miyar, whose transatlantic practice is based in London and Miami. On display in a residential setting of a new penthouse residences at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach (102 24th Street, Miami Beach) are pieces by the master of floral resin, Marcin Rusak; sculptural metal vessels by silversmith Juliette Bigley; and colourful glass objets by Edmond Byrne, among others. 


Also promoting British art and craft is fashion brand Loewe, with a presentation of the works of Irish artist William McKeown and British potter John Ward at its store in the Miami Design District. Loewe’s creative director and designer J.W. Anderson’s appreciation of craft is well documented and he has created a poetic platform here for work in the form of an 18th-century granary building that he transported from Portugal. 


Last year Loewe showcased the vessels of legendary ceramicist Lucy Rie. This year McKeown’s paintings will be presented on a wallpaper f