Design Miami is growing by the year and casting its shade over an increasing array of galleries and special projects. This year, in its 13th edition, the fair hosted thirty-four galleries from nine countries from the 6th to the 10th of December.
Several booths provided an opportunity to see the work of designers from parts of the world less frequently represented at Design Miami. Norwegian Crafts and Galleri Format Oslo presented the work of textile artist Ellen Grieg and ceramicist Elisabeth von Krogh. Crosby Studios, with its founder Harry Nuriev for their first participation in Design Miami, presented Stavropol, an installation inspired by Russian craft and architectural tradition – the izba. Long a fixture of the rural Russian landscape, the izba is a vernacular architectural form, a traditional log farmhouse.

To coincide with Design Miami and Art Basel Miami, Prada has opened a new store in the heart of Miami’s Design District, revealing a fresh interpretation of its architectural and retail design concepts. The new space emulates the domestic sphere, populated by original and unique furnishings by Brazilian mid-century practitioners, drawing influence from classical modernism as well as Art Deco designs from South America. For a three-night-only, artist Carsten Höller presented a collaboration with Fondazione Prada titled The Prada Double Club Miami; the installation is set in a 1920s film studio complex – formerly an ice factory – and comprises of an internal club and an outdoor tropical garden.

Loewe Foundation and Jonathan Anderson’s Chance Encounters exhibition series brings together artists from various disciplines in order to explore unexpected conversations. Anderson has chosen the works of three artists, presenting their works in ceramic, fabric sculpture and photography at the Loewe Miami Design District store. The artists span from the 1930s to the present day and include Sara Flynn, Richard Smith and Lionel Wendt. The store’s design, centred around a monumental 18th century granary from Galicia, represents the brand’s celebration of past, present and future, while providing a resonant setting for the work of these three artists.
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