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Preview: Design Miami 2012 and top 10 picks to look out for

This week, one of the world’s biggest contemporary art’s fair will fling open its doors to collectors, curators and the otherwise curious in their thousands in Miami Beach, US.

Design Miami the eight-year-old global design forum will see an impressive roster of 29 international participants in the gallery programme and seven emerging galleries as part of the Design On/Site schedule. This year organisers have significantly increased exhibiting galleries specialising in 20th and 21st -century collectible design.

The fair’s rigorous selection process ensures the organisers ability to track and showcase the world’s most significant and groundbreaking furniture, lighting and objets d’art year after year.

If you’re attending this year, you will be welcomed by a colossal inflatable piece of art hovering above you, titled Drift, it’s a pavilion created by New York-based collaborative studio Snarkitecture.

Design Miami describe the piece as inflatable tubes that resemble a “topographical landscape in suspension: an ascending mountain above and an excavated cavern below.”

Design Miami, Miami Beach, USA, 5–9 December 2012, or


Here are our “Top 10 Picks” to look out for:

Swan Chair, Satyendra Pakhalé, 2012 Gabrielle Ammann/Gallery

Beautiful, sublime and contemporary, the seat flows and curves organically, it appears soft but is actually made of marble.


Mutation Lounge, Maarten de Ceulaer, 2012 Industry Gallery

We love this design and functionality, especially as it’s made from rubber, a definite winner with children.


LineLight, Johanna Grawunder, 2012 Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Great paneling effect used by Johanna and the way they create atmosphere by concealing the lights source.


Kangourou Lounge Chair,cPierre Jeanneret, ca. 1960 Galerie Patrick Seguin

A classical piece of furniture that is atemporal. This would look divine in our office.


Bookshelves, Charlotte Perriand, 1963 Galerie Downtown – François Laffanour

The bookshelf is another design classic. Simple, elegant and contemporary.


Red and Blue Chair Reproduction of G.T. Rietvelds Red and Blue Chair from 1918 produced by Gerard A.van de Groenkan between. 1965-2000, Galerie Vivid

This chair with crate turns into an art object of its own. The design is current despite its inception nearly a century ago.


Rough Sea, Taher Chemirik, 2012 Galerie BSL

The 3m brass screen looks great, and shows excellent precession by the luxury jeweller.


Desk, Giò Ponti, 1955 Galleria Rossella Colombari

Another functional and beautiful piece. The use of red plastic laminate and brushed brass work well with steel frame.


Unique Sculptural Coffee Table, Wendell Castle, 1966 R 20th Century

Blurred boundaries between art and furniture, we love the biomorphic lines.


Float, Snarkitecture, 2012 Volume Gallery

Just brilliant ‘float’ is a bench-like construction made using cast marble dust.

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December 2, 2012 | Design Fairs | View comments

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