Every December, if my busy schedule allows, I try to visit Miami, Florida's modern and contemporary art fairs - these events are full of information, inspiration and fun.
Earlier this month, I attended Design Miami, an annual design show featuring the work of some of the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world. The week-long event, which occurs alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami and in Switzerland, has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, collaborating, and discussing collectible design and upcoming trends. Each show also provides panels and lectures with top emerging and established designers and architects - it is definitely something to visit if you can.
Here are some photos from this year's Design Miami galleries - enjoy.
This gallery, from Patrick Seguin, showcases the talent of 20th century French designers including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère.
Galerie Kreo displays all kinds of vintage lights from the 1950s to the present day, including masterpieces by artist, Gino Sarfatti.
Citronnier au Laurier shows a 2016 piece with colored and plain mirrors, small and big convex mirrors, magnifying mirrors, brushed metal, semi-mat finishing painted wood, and memory foam.
Erastudio Apartment Gallery focuses exclusively on unique objects, prototypes and limited editions from artists such as Ettore Sottsass, Nanda Vigo, Archizoom, Mario Ceroli, and contemporary designers such as Carlo Trucchi, Simone Ricart and many others.
For more than 30-years, Philippe Jousse has supported designers such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and others. Jousse Entreprise focuses on furniture from the 1950s and 1970s as well as contemporary art.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery has spaces in London, Paris and now New York City. Here, it features modern pieces – showing lots of rounded edges.
This gallery is set up like a sleek therapist’s studio.
R & Company specializes in unique and rare historical works by designers including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Poul Kjærholm and Verner Panton.
These handmade ceramic trays exhibit use of color and texture – so simple yet so beautiful.
The Magen H Gallery has pioneered sculpture, decorative arts, architecture and ceramics since 1997. With special attention given to French post-war designers, the collection displays the artistic dialogue between historically significant works and contemporaries.
Hostler Burrows is a New York gallery specializing in Nordic and American design and decorative arts. Founded in 1998 by Kim Hostler and Juliet Burrows, the gallery’s program mixes contemporary and 20th century work, with a focus on studio ceramics.
The Future Perfect was founded by David Alhadeff in 2003 as a platform for work by distinguished contemporary designers and up and coming talent. The Future Perfect works closely with designers around the world to commission limited-edition pieces and develop special exhibitions that showcase the best of contemporary design.
This is Airbnb’s installation called “Sobremesa,” designed by the Mexico City studio Pedro&Juana. It celebrates the gathering around a table with friends and family.
Founded in 1984 by Robert Aibel, Moderne Gallery is an internationally recognized space for 20th century decorative arts. It features work from the American Craft and Studio Movement from 1925 through 1990.
The tables in this gallery are made of white onyx and brass and turmaline and brass, some showing very abstract curves.
This metal table caught my eye with its geometric shapes.
Here is a closer look – all are pentagons in various sizes and shapes.
Ammann Gallery has redefined design through a program fusing the elements of architecture, art and color.
In the forefront, Studio Job shows one-off pieces of sculptural furniture that are the opposite of minimalism and spareness. Often described as “neo-gothic,” Studio Job’s pieces are fanciful and colorful.
This piece is by Jaydan Moore, Gather (2016). Courtesy of Ornamentum Gallery. Antique silver trays take on new life after the artist carefully saws them apart and fuses them back together again in new forms like this one.
Some pieces are meant to serve as accessories, such as this furred throw.
This design booth shows more simplicity and minimalism – just the basics of contrast, space, organization, and color.