Design Miami : Miami is being soaked in designs from various parts of the world. Design Miami Basel Edition has brought the artists and designers in the calmness of nature. Martina Mondadori Sartogo, founder and editor in chief of design magazine Cabana is the guest curator for the latest edition of Design Miami/ Basel’s Design at Large. Bringing a summer sensibility to the interior of the fair, the featured works play on design’s relationship with the natural world.
“I am very excited to have been invited to work with Design Miami/ Basel on this edition of Design at Large,” says Mondadori Sartogo. “The intention is to bring the vibrancy of nature into Herzog & de Meuron’s exhibition hall with its industrial aesthetic, merging natural and man-made environments, and creating an unexpected garden experience to welcome visitors to the fair. As curator, I bring the same editorial approach to Design at Large that I do Cabana magazine, generating a ‘red thread’ that connects the diverse projects and tells a story. We would like to see this become an ideal garden where high-tech is mixed with what I like to call ‘high touch’: the quintessence of artisanal craftsmanship.” Martina Mondadori Sartogo was born in Milan in 1981. The fourth generation of the Mondadori family she sits on the board of directors of the Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publishing group.
Kengo Kuma, Owan presented by Galerie Philippe Gravier
As part of Galerie Philippe Gravier’s Small Nomad House Project, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma presents the nomadic, removable and sustainable structure Owan: a screen-like zigzag shape that merges interior and exterior space.
Inspired by traditional Japanese tea bowls and fish scales, the metal shell of Owan has undefined edges that make it appear to merge with the natural environment.
The apparently insubstantial metal shell is lined with a waterproof membrane, and the whole structure can be manipulated into a new position when heated.
Alexandra Kehayoglou, No Longer Creek presented by Artsy
Buenos Aires-based carpet weaver Alexandra Kehayoglou evokes the natural, pre-human state of the Raggio Creek that runs to the north of her home city. The real Raggio has been denuded and altered to accommodate the altering urban landscape – Kehayoglou’s tufted version restores greenery and natural undulations. This is a vision of the creek that welcomes human interaction while limiting the damage that might be done to it.
Jean Prouvé, Temporary School of Villejuif presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin
In 1956 Jean Prouvé designed this lightweight nomadic structure based on prefabricated elements for a school complex in the suburbs of Paris. With glass façades on all four sides, the easily demountable building appears to float in the landscape.
In fulfilling this commission, Prouvé drew on the principles that he had applied as engineer of the Pump Rooms at Évian in the same period.
Kiki van Eijk, Civilised Primitives presented by Nilufar Gallery
Inspired by the improvised furniture created by societies living close to nature, Dutch designerKiki van Eijk presents a collection of objects inspired by human interactions with the materials from which their most basic tools were derived. These include furnishing elements using shapes taken from branches in van Eijk’s local forest, and a lighting collection based around our interaction with naked flames. The collections will be housed in a Bedouin-inspired tent dressed with textiles based on the designer’s watercolor paintings of branches crafted by Dutch master printers Exposize.
Ron Arad’s Armadillo Tea Pavilion presented by Revolution Precrafted Properties
Resembling the overlapping body armor of the well-protected mammal, the Armadillo Tea Pavilion is formed of five interlinking shell-like components. Lightweight and modular, Armadillo could be a serene tea pavilion, or site of contemplation set in the landscape, but it could also be a playroom or intimate bolthole within a larger indoor space. Joined with brass and bronze fixing, the shells can be made in a variety of timber materials suitable for use indoors or out.
Masatoshi Izumi and Koichi Hara, Stone Tea House Meditative Alcove presented by Gallery Japonesque
Like the carapace shed by a molting animal, the Stone Tea House is the outer ‘skin’ of stone left by the removal of a large block from its core: a six ton structure created by the removal of eighteen tons. Despite its weight, Stone Tea House is a calming shelter, inviting meditation through the contemplation of a second stone structure – a tsukubai (ceremonial stone washbasin) – through which water trickles and disappears.
Verande is an enveloping open pavilion full of wild vegetation evocative of the landscapes of Vittorio de Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970). Surrounded by a blue cotton canopy, the timber frame and columns of Verande are clad in beaded red-toned wood. The lightweight fabric flutters under the constant motion of ceiling fans and the same gentle breeze also rustles through the tall plants within the pavilion. The flooring and furnishings are dressed with a color palette of red, cream, milk and navy blue, alongside brass details in the fixtures, intended to evoke a romantic – and even decadent – bygone era.
Tom Price, PP Trees presented by Cultured Magazine, courtesy of Victor Hunt Designart Dealer
The PP Trees are both an expression of the capabilities of polypropylene pipe, and an examination of our perception of beauty and our attitudes towards plastics. Rather than attempting to represent natural forms, the PP Trees evoke an atmosphere similar to the aura generated by a cluster of cherry trees in full bloom.
Though made entirely from re-appropriated polypropylene pipes and cable ties, the delicate play of light and gracefulness of the formed tubes reveals something of the natural and otherwise hidden beauty of the materials.
Enea Landscape Architecture, In A Silent Space The Landscape Is The Sound
Extending Izumi & Hara’s meditative Stone Tea House space, landscape architect Enzo Enea allows visitors to experience the pavilion in something closer to the landscape environment the designers conceived it for. With a mature maple tree at its center, and sheltered by a high wall of bamboo, In A Silent Space The Landscape Is The Sound is conceived as a tranquil and protective environment free from distractions. Both the tea house as an object and the surrounding landscape communicate the importance of balanced proportions and focus.
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