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.
Read on for 14 design events and installations to see during Miami Art Week:
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
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
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
Works by Alicja Kwade and Kelly Wearstler for Arca
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
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
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
Future Transmutation by Pilar Zeta for W South Beach
“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
Come Stai? by Gaetano Pesce for Bottega Veneta
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
Andrés Reisinger for Reefline
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
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 & Gabbana Casa
“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
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
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
Dreamcloud by Nina Magon for Cosentino
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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