As the first cold days settled on New York, thousands flocked to warmer climes over the weekend, heading south for Art Basel/ Design Miami 2016. The annual extravaganza of art, fashion, design, and star-studded pool parties brings together the cream of the international art crop for what is essentially a high-end exposition-cum-bazaar for all things creative. It’s also a fantastic place to get a peek at the future of art and design, and what trends to watch for in the upcoming year. Here are some highlights.
Major themes this year were the crossover between art and design, exploring the relationship between the functional and the aesthetic in re-conceptualizing domestic spaces.
Emerging Mexico City design studio Pedro&Juana presented Sobremesa, an exploration of shared domestic spaces and homage to Mexican life, culture, and architecture. The designers, in collaboration with Airbnb, recreated the experience of an indoor-outdoor living space, a nod to the courtyards so unique to Mexican architecture. The idea was to encourage, via physical space, the cultural tradition of gathering family and friends around the table to slow down and luxuriate in good food, company, and conversation.
The world of interior design was buzzing as Louis Vuitton unveiled two new pieces from Objets Nomades, their collection of travel-inspired furniture. The Blossom Stool is an elegant collaboration with Japanese Designer Tokujin Yoshioka. Made of leather and wood, the stool is a creative reimagining of the label’s signature four-petaled monogram. For the snazzier set, it also comes in a gilded brass finish.
The Fur Cocoon, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana is an update of Louis Vuitton’s already iconic Cocoon Chair, which debuted last year at the Milano Furniture Fair. The legless, egg-shaped chair was updated this year with a black lambskin lining. The pieces will be available at the LV concept boutique in Miami’s Design District through January.
These are just a few of the many impressive, innovative designs on display this weekend. Designers hailing from London to Brazil to Brooklyn showcased their concepts reenvisioning the boundaries between form and function. If we look to this weekend as an indication of what’s to come in 2017, it seems that moving forward the creative lines between art and design will continue to merge and interact and in intriguing and elegant ways.
We’re looking forward to a new year of great design and innovation.