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Fourteen design installations and events to visit during Design Miami 2022

Fourteen design installations and events to visit during Design Miami 2022

With Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach set to begin next week, we’ve rounded up a series of must-see installations and events, from a tequila tasting room designed by Tatiana Bilbao to a Virgil Abloh exhibition put on by Nike.

Running during Miami Art Week, Design Miami is a yearly festival that attracts designers and enthusiasts worldwide.

The event coincides with its sister festival Art Basel Miami Beach. Both of the primary showrooms for the events will be sited on the Miami Beach Convention Center grounds, with a variety of satellite events, performances and galleries showcasing work in the area.

“I think it really is part of this overall equation of establishing Miami as an important contributor to go global cultural dialogue,” said Craig Robins, the real estate developer and art collector who co-founded Design Miami in 2005.

He has since gone on to help develop Miami’s Design District. “There’s always been so much connectivity between Design Miami and the design district,” Robins told Dezeen.

“Germane Barnes has done this amazing installation that you can see throughout the [design district], so there’s going to be a lot of energy around art and design this week, and of course, it will continue through the year.”

This year’s theme – set by Design Miami’s curatiorial director Maria Cristina Didero – is The Golden Age: Looking to the Future.

At the dedicated Design Miami pavilion, a variety of talks and exhibitors will take place from 30 November to 4 December including a panel discussion with Didero, American musicians A$AP Rocky and Erykah Badu, architect Gaetano Pesce, artist Daniel Arsham and others.

Designers, galleries and schools such as Superhouse, the Future Perfect, Savannah College of Art and Design and Ippodo Gallery will also exhibit at Design Miami.

Read on for 14 design events and installations to see during Miami Art Week:

Tatiana Bilbao Collage for Casa Dragones
The image is courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Tequila Tasting Room by Tatiana Bilbao for Casa Dragones

Tequila company Casa Dragones has outfitted a tasting room in the Collectors Lounge of Art Basel. Mexican City-based architecture studio Tatiana Bilbao Estudio lead the design of the space, where visitors can sample the tequila.

According to the company, the design will feature a rounded pink terrazzo bar studded with marble and glass, a chandelier made of Casa Dragones bottles and an art-deco-inspired mirror to evoke “the feeling of being in a ‘cantina,’ a traditional Mexican bar”.

1 to 3 December, Art Basel Collectors Lounge, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Suchi Reddy with sculpture
The photo is by Steve Benisty

Shaped by Air by Suchi Reddy for Lexus

Japanese car manufacturer Lexus has partnered with the Insititute of Contemporary Art in Miami to present an installation by architect Suchi Reddy in the museum’s sculpture garden.

The installation “will envision the vehicle as shaped by mist and light while illustrating its harmony with its environment”, Lexus said. It is the architect’s first public installation for Miami Art Week.

30 November to 11 December,  ICA 61 NE 41st Street, Miami

The Codes c/o Architecture by Virgil Abloh for Nike

In collaboration with VA Securities, American apparel brand Nike will launch an exhibition celebrating the work of designer Virgil Abloh at the Rubell Museum.

Focusing on the long-standing collaboration between Abloh and Nike and the resulting Nike division, Architecture, the exhibition will also introduce a sneaker made in collaboration between Abloh and Nike called The Terra Forma.

1 December to 4 December, the Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami

Alicja Kwade image for Arca
Photo courtesy of Arca

Works by Alicja Kwade and Kelly Wearstler for Arca

Miami-based materials company Grupo Arca will showcase works by Polish artist Alicja Kwade and American designer Kelly Wearstler at its showroom in Miami.

Kwade will show an installation made from colourful marble spheres outside, while Wearstler will showcase her Nudo collection, featuring 16 pieces of furniture.

“Our presentation with ARCA is an expression of what binds us together as the world converges in Miami to celebrate art and design,” said Wearstler.

From 30 November 2022, 260 NW 27th Street, Miami

Close up Kohler Wastelab tile
Photo courtesy of Kohler

Transcendence by Nada Debs for Kohler

Appliance company Kohler’s WasteLAB division has teamed up with artist Nada Debs to create a custom hammam spa at Design Miami. The three-room structure was constructed using hand-made tiles designed by Debs and WasteLAB.

“Having the opportunity to design a modern hammam at Design Miami truly embodies the sentiment that well-being transcends all culture,” said Debs, who will also participate in a panel discussion during the festival.

30 November to 4 December, Miami Beach Convention Center, South Beach, Miami

Germane Barnes installation Miami Design District
Image courtesy of Germane Barnes

Rock | Roll by Germane Barnes for Miami Design District

Architect Germane Barnes was commissioned to create an activation for the Miami Design District. Rock | Roll features a number of interactive chairs, displayed throughout the neighbourhood, which draw on the costumes of Miami Carnival.

The installation will include a giant dome and Barnes will hang wind chimes up throughout the neighbourhood.

“Rock | Roll is an ode to the joyful spirit that persists in Miami’s Black communities – a spirit of self-care that is so perfectly embodied in Miami Carnival culture,” said Barnes.

A few of the pieces will also be on view outside of the Design Miami tent.

November 2022 – Spring 2023, Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th Street, Miami

Purple sculptural pavilion
Image courtesy of Pilar Zeta

Future Transmutation by Pilar Zeta for W South Beach

Artist Pilar Zeta has created a sculpture in the garden of the hotel W South Beach featuring a portal and a series of steps that lead to a large sphere and pyramid.

“The aesthetic and spatial compositions weave together several temporalities – past, present and futures to come – and are rooted in ancient architecture,” said Zeta.

30 November to 4 December, W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Gaetano Pesce Chairs
The photo is by Matteo Canestraro

Come Stai? by Gaetano Pesce for Bottega Veneta

Fashion company Bottega Veneta will show a collection of chairs by Italian architect Gaetano Pesce at Design Miami and in its showroom in the Miami Design District.

The chairs were initially unveiled at a Bottega Veneta show at Milan Fashion Week 2022. The installation will coincide with a talk by Pesce at the festival on 30 November at 2 pm.

30 November to 4 December, 153 NE 40th Street, Miami

Pink buoys Miami Beach from the air
Image courtesy of Reefline

Andrés Reisinger for Reefline 

Digital artist Andrés Reisinger will showcase a collaboration with art foundation Reefline during Miami Art Week.

Called Pink Meditation Buoy, it will feature a series of pink forms planted in the ocean and visible from the shore of Faena Beach.

Reisinger will also present a digital work at automobile company Audi‘s Design Miami booth.

30 November to 4 December at Faena Beach, Miami 

A house inside a Greek statue by Daniel Arsham
Image courtesy of Daniel Arsham

Ares House by Daniel Arsham for the Row

Designer Daniel Arsham will be among the 30 exhibitors showing at the Row, a showcase of metaverse designs brought to “real life” via 3D projection mapping.

The exhibition will also feature works by Misha Kahn, Andrés Reisinger and Alexis Christodoulou.

 1 December to 3 December, 3925 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Dolce and Gabbana Casa
Image courtesy of Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Casa 

Fashion company Dolce & Gabbana is set to present a series of design objects at its Miami location in partnership with Luxury Living Group.

“The patterns of the Collection’s themes come to life on furniture, mise en place accessories, textiles and decorative objects that evoke a story of love and hospitality, passion and beauty, and the art of living one’s daily life,” said Dolce & Gabbana.

28 November to 4 December, 50 NE 39th Street, Miami

A series of Screens by Craig Barrow
Image courtesy of Craig Barrow

Craig Barrow for Refraction Festival

Designer Craig Barrow has transformed the interior of a warehouse in Miami for a music event put on by web3 company Refraction DAO.

The installation and music event will occupy a warehouse in Little Haiti in Miami where there will be panel discussions during the day and music at night, before moving over to the Frost Science Planetarium on 1 December.

29 December to 30 December,  220 Northeast 59th Street, Miami 

Miami Beach Clean Up

Wine company Château d’Esclans has teamed up with The Surfrider Foundation to lead a clean-up of Miami beach on Monday 28 November.

The first of what the company says will be a yearly event will “join together with the Art Basel team, the leadership team from Surfrider, gallerists, Miami locals, city officials and art enthusiasts from around the world for this inaugural local cleanup effort”.

10 am to 12 pm, 28 November 2022, 18th Street Beach, Miami

Marble pillars with smoke and light
Image courtesy of Cosentino

Dreamcloud by Nina Magon for Cosentino

Spanish materials company Cosentino will present a sculpture by interior designer Nina Magon during Miami Art Week.

The installation will use eight slabs of stone from Cosentino, as well as lighting elements by Studio M Lighting.

From 2 December at Cosentino Miami City Center, 3898 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Design Miami 2022 takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2022. See our Dezeen Events Guide for information about other architecture and design exhibitions, installations and talks.

The top photograph is by James Harris.

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