This is Aric Chen’s second fair as Curatorial Director, following his debut at Design Miami/ Basel in June. Chen will continue to direct the fair’s focus in Design Miami toward the material future of the planet with the theme Elements: Water.
Among the novelties of this edition, Cristina Grajales Gallery will present A Forest for Paul Thek, a solo exhibition of works in glass by visionary stage director and visual artist Robert Wilson. Wilson’s collection is inspired by the American artist Paul Thek (1933–1988) and produced in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass (New York). R&Company will also partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a solo show of objects by master glass artist Jeff Zimmerman, whose advanced glassmaking techniques result in organic shapes that are at once evocative of the natural world and futuristic.
Friedman Benda has collaborated with acclaimed artist Daniel Arsham on an immersive installation that breaks away from the traditional art or design fair constraints to transform the space into an imagined domestic setting. Wexler Gallery will create an immersive installation by artist and activist Roberto Lugo, that seamlessly fuses high design, graffiti, hip hop, craft history, pop culture, and porcelain.
Lebreton will present a rare exhibition of original works by Suzanne Ramié and the Madoura Studio. Ramié was one of the most influential ceramic artists of the twentieth century, known for experimenting with firing techniques, colorful enameled glazes, and references to ceramics of ancient civilizations. Moderne Gallery will be showing a selection of important, rare furniture, including Paul Frankl’s Speed Lounge Chairs and Coffee Table made for his own New York City apartment in 1933. Tracing further back, Erik Thomsen Gallery will bring large, medieval ceramic storage jars from Japan to the fair. Hand-built with uneven profiles and grainy surfaces, the anonymously-made objects came into favor over four hundred years ago by Japanese tea masters. Kerr Fine Art will present Africa: Traditions-Art-Design, a Curio that explores traditional sacred and ceremonial art and its continued impact on modern and contemporary aesthetics.
Maison Perrier-Jouët celebrates its eighth collaboration with the fair by inviting designer Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project to reinterpret the historic producer’s Art Nouveau heritage through a new, unexpected champagne experience. Drawing on Design Miami's 2019 theme of Elements: Water, Lexus is creating an immersive installation will evocative of sunshowers, bringing the natural, outdoor phenomenon inside. The installation will also create an environment based on the Japanese concept of Engawa - a similar concept to a sunroom - that serves as a communal gathering space.