Once a trade show limited to the Javits Center, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York in May has become a week-long extravaganza of competing shows, parties, receptions, store openings, conferences, panels and media coverage. ICFF turned out to be more interesting this year outside the convention center than in, and Julie Lasky, in a panel discussion at Wanted Design, in Terminal Stores, a new show, dared to propose that a yearly design fair inspired repetition and lazy work. Less frequent shows, she said, and more interesting projects might be the answer. Still, some works stood out, even if they had been seen earlier in Milan and had already been blogged about.
Ingo Maurer's Flying "Candles" Dazzle
If only to see what Ingo Maurer comes up with each year, the design week in New York would be worth it. These "candles" are a re-iteration of the candlesticks he showed last year. The trick is a high-definition film of a candle flame, which is then reproduced with LED lights. The circuitry is in the long slender "candle stick." The candles can be hung individually, or grouped as a chandelier with a down light. Unlike the candlesticks, which run on batteries, the flying candles can burn as long as the LED lights last, which is a long time. They were seen earlier in Milan, but introduced to the US in May during the furniture fair.
Ingo Maurer Flying Candlesticks
Always Interesting, Murray Moss
There is probably no more beloved design figure in New York than Murray Moss and his partner, Franklin Getchell. Their design store in SoHo, Moss, shuttered in February 2012, was a mecca for decades. But their pioneering spirit lasts in Moss Bureau, their design lab at 256 West 36th Street. A reception there during ICFF drew old friends and new disciples to share a glass of wine. They showed wonderfully balletic human-size creations by Marc Fornes and Theverymany made of riveted pieces of aluminum. The works echoed Matisse in their graceful gestures. Moss Bureau.
Lecture at the Tunnel May 18
Part of the 2013 International Contemporary Furiture Fair, a lecture on Saturday May 17 at 3 pm at Wanted Design, the Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, the Ligne Roset conversation lounge: the Case for Authentic Design, with Julie Lasky, Giulio Cappellini, Emmanuel Plat, Todd Bracher, Allan Chochinov and Sam Grawe. You remember the Tunnel? Well, considering what went on there when it was a disco, if you remember it, you probably weren't there. This time around it has a display of work by 29 New York designers. Information, Wanted Design.
Studio Dror and WeWork
Studio Dror designed a workspace opening in September for cross fertilization between professions -- graphic artists, engineers, architects, industrial designers, writers and more. The building, at 175 Varick Street (at Charlton), was open for a tour on May 17, at 6 pm.
WeCross Workspace by Studio Dror
Studio Dror and the Dawntown Miami Competition
Winning Entry for the Dawntown Miami landmark competition, May 2013
Inside the Convention Center
The work of Seattle architect Tom Kundig is at booth 1779, with 12th Avenue Iron. In addition to hinges and pulls, Kundig has designed this funerary urn in a limited edition, $3,500. Ask about it.
Tom Kundig Funerary Urn
The Art Weekend, New York, May 10, 11, 12
A Flash Mob at Pool Art Fair
Flash Mob at the Pool Art Fair
Inside the Pulse New York Art Fair May 10 - 12
The Tempest by Aleah Chapin, Flowers Gallery, Pulse New York
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH Dec 2012
The Lineup Thursday Night Dec 6
THE ACTION SWITCHES TO MIAMI
The public began trolling the aisles of the Convention Center, and collectors who did not lock up a piece of art the night before returned to complete negotiations. Meanwhile a gaggle of satellite fairs opened their tents to the public. Parties? This is the last big night (except for Visionaire, which waits until Friday) for the Big Spenders. The Design District was already humming at 6 PM. White carpet was put down around Dacra. Stores had all their lights on. Private dinners are happening all over the DD. Yet there are still a few more events to note: The opening of the Pool Art Fair in the impossible to find Marquis Hotel. (It's the top of a condo building at 1100 Biscayne. You know those boxes you see from the Beach? That's the Marguis. Storefront in the Buena Vista Building (a happening spot tonight, 180 NE 39th Street, Suite 120) is a showcase for the De La Cruz Collection. Niba Home, that great local home goods store, invites everyone to see its photo collection and (PRIVATE PARTY) Alex Gorlin again opens his door at Aqua for design and interior mavens.
The Pool Art Fair Opens at the Marquis
Niba Home in the Design District
Storefront Pop Up
The Vernissage, Art Basel Miami Beach, Wednesday Night
Monday, Dec 3
Earlier and Earlier Every Year
Some veterans will claim that this year's fair began last Friday, at the Ironbound party for Piero Lissoni, or on Saturday, in the mob scene at the Dutch, in the W Hotel on Miami Beach. But let's say the fair started Monday night, with the vernissage for a new fair, Untitled, in a tent designed by K/R, Keenen/Riley. John Keenen says "You could make a logical connection with Turrell’s Wolfsburg Project and the UNTITLED tent, in that both are related to light and color and space." He means that glowing purple entrance way, which looks like a lady lifting her skirt to show off her ankle. But he says that the Untitled tent, erected on the beach at 12th Street, following strict Miami hurricane regulations, was actually inspired by a nautilus shell, with display spaces winding inward. "The simple turn of the tent and cantilevered entry relate back to Ocean Drive and the city beyond," he said. After the First Look opening party, guests headed to the new James Royal Palm Hotel, bound to be a hotspot, for the afterparty.
Meanwhile, in the Design District
Craig Robins in red,steps on desk to welcome guests to the DACRA art collection
A NEW ART COLLECTION And an Old Art Installation
Monday night, Craig Robins welcomed visitors to the DACRA art collection in the Design District. Meanwhile, the local Inventory Show launched Deflated Villa, or perhaps re-launched. The Villa, by Luis Pons, floated in the bay in 2005, when the real estate market was bouyant. It has been in storage for seven years, but it returns, to a site at the corner of 41st Street and First Avenue NE, in the Design District, just as real estate in Miami is making a comeback.
Tuesday, Dec 4
The 2012 Design Miami tent by Snarkitecture
Press Registration and Vernissage Design Miami
All day long writers, photographers and editors have been lining up to get their press badges and to go to the preview from 3 to 6. Even before that, selected collectors arrived to start putting in their bids. The Design Miami Vernissage, invitation only, is from 6 pm to 9 pm at the new tent, at 19th and Meridian Avenue, in the parking lot opposite the Convention Center. Regular admission begins on Wednesday, at 11 am. General admission $25.
Miami Basel 2012 News, Views and Reviews
Tom Wolfr's novel about Miami
While You Were Away
Another year, and you don't think Miami stood still, do you? There are new restaurants, and some old favorites have closed. (Some -- Joe Allen -- have closed twice.) New hotels have opened -- hello, James Royal Palm, the SLS (the former Ritz Plaza) and for those who stay in Bal Harbour, the fabulous new St. Regis. And while you were away the New York writer Tom Wolfe laid into Miami with his new novel "Back to Blood." If you already know Miami, there won't be much news there. He makes a big deal of the Columbus Day Regatta, above,which is held in October in Biscayne Bay, as a scene of rank drunkeness, toplessness and bad behavior. Nothing new there. You might be amused by his description of the scene at noon on the preview day for Art Basel Miami Beach, but mainly because he is so tin-earred:
"Two hundred or so restless souls, most of them middle-aged men, 11 of whom had been pointed out ... as billionaires. Just take a look at them! … the billionaires! They look like shoppers mobbed outside Macy’s at midnight for the 40-percent-off After Christmas Sale. No, they don’t look that good. They look older and grubbier and more washed out … They’re wearing baggy-in-the-seat Relaxed Fit jeans, too-big T-shirts, too-big polo shirts hanging out at the bottom to make room for their paunches, dirty khakis, ug-lee rumpled woolen ankle-high socks of rubber-mat black, paint-job green, and slop-mop maroon … and sneakers."
James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Avenue
Wolfe's description of the world's most exclusive art collectors, museum directors and art advisors looks like no one, except perhaps Johnny Pigozzi, a serious and vastly knowledgeable collector. There's not a well-dressed, tasteful, sophisticated art lover in the group, in fact in all of the Miami that Wolfe describes. He depicts a Miami as a hick town after Basel closes up shop for the year.
Well, I guess I can't deny that things do heat up during Basel. There are seven new fairs this year. One of them has a Spanish food mart. There is no Basel Loves Music on the beach. But there are performances in Bayfront Park by Kanye West – a frequent visitor to Miami Basel – Lou Reed (ditto), and Animal Collective, Terry Riley has designed a tent that goes up on on Miami beach. And the Design District has new stores and installations to show off. Expect lots of Brazilians and Russians this year. And when you see him say hello to Jeffrey Deitch of MoCA, who's had a tough year. A reminder: reserve space in the Convention Center for free activities for children 4 and up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Shows New This Year
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