The wealth of things to see at Design Miami/ 2012 is enough to impress anyone who visits the fair. Such a large amount of design history, thinking and practice requires events tailored to contextualize, explain, and explore – and Design Miami/ has the programming needed to accomplish this. Through a series of creative partnerships, design collaborations, and unique exhibitions by some of our sponsors, this year’s fair will provoke thought and pique curiosity in big ways.
Design Miami/’s partners are brands that share this drive to learn and innovate. Audi, the exclusive automotive sponsor of the fair, worked with designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram to create the R18 Ultra Chair – a super-light seat created with methods borrowed from Audi’s Lightweight Design Center and the R18 race car. An intimate look into their studios and laboratories will be given with drawings, samples, models, and prototypes from the various stages in the development process.
Swarovski Crystal Palace commissioned award-winning architect Asif Khan for the fair, who’s using crystals as inspiration for his installation titled Parhelia. Khan drew from his interest in ice formations to recreate an ice halo – a visually stunning work that uses Swarovski crystals to produce the re-creation.
Exclusive champagne sponsor Perrier-Jouët will not only keep their Cuvée Belle Epoque flowing, they’ve also recruited London-based design duo Glithero to install a room environment of hanging, curvilinear forms that evoke the design of Perrier-Jouët’s bowed bottle and Art Nouveau tradition.
Fendi invited Belgian designer Maarten de Ceulaer to do a Design Performance Program. Using Fendi’s visual identity to spur him, de Ceulaer will be transforming wood boards and tree trunks into works that are multicolored compositions with eye-catching 3D forms.
To complement these discussions on the history and heritage of design, BE OPEN will be hosting a forum with some of the most novel and experimental designers working within (and across) the fields of food, scent, haptic and bioengineering design. They’ll be discussing the role of the human senses: how each sense is being explored, manipulated, and enhanced through the use of groundbreaking design technology and thinking.
Dawn Goldworm, who will be one of the panelists on the BE OPEN forum, led the effort with her olfactory branding company 12.29 to develop a unique scent for Design Miami/, which will be wafting throughout the fair.
America’s premiere art and design bookseller, ARTBOOK | D.A.P., has teamed up with The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to offer a selection of intriguing and collectible books and objects related to the exhibition program of Design Miami/ 2012.
A number of satellite exhibitions will also be held, including an exhibition by Design Miami/’s 2012 Designer of the Year, Acconci Studio, in the Design District’s Buena Vista Building. This will be held December 5th-9th, 11am-7pm at 180 NE 39th Street, Unit #109 and #110. Also, Architecture for Dogs, a new concept and commercial company founded by Imprint Lab in conjunction with Kenya Hara, will be showing their breed-specific structures. This will also be at the Buena Vista Building, in Unit #112.
Cassina Miami, located at 3800 NE Miami Court, will be showing an authentic reconstruction of the actual interior of Le Corbusier’s Cabanon, which he built in 1952 for his holidays in Cap-Martin, France. This will run from December 6, 2012 – January 12, 2013.
The programming at Design Miami/ 2012 is substantial, so there will certainly be a need for nourishment and a chance to relax. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink will be providing a selection of favorite dishes as well as snacks to go, along with their Genuine Home Brew and sweet treats.
The Design Miami/ Collectors Lounge will be a welcoming retreat from the busy fair week. The Lounge is hosted by Regalia, Miami’s most exclusive oceanfront residences designed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, architect and principal of Arquitectonica. Cassina designed the Lounge with furniture from the Outdoor Collection by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.