22 January 2015
As per usual, the 2016 Design Miami (November 29 to December 4) proved to the year’s most important design event, with 37 international galleries participating in South Beach and various installations in the Design and Faena districts. Damian Hirst has placed a lifesize mammoth skeleton covered in gold leaf in a glass box on in the Faena Hotel gardens, overlooking the beachfront. The ever-present, noteworthy designers were present, including Ron Arad with his first seating collection for the Amman Gallery, along with Dale Chihuly’s astonishing glass collection and Turin’s Nucleo group’s mirror. Amman also hosted Maarten Baas, who created a copper leaf-covered sideboard, and France’s Mathieu Lehanneur, who created a lamp resembling cotton candy. France’s ever-famous M/M showed two multi-eyed robots in Design Curio, and Elisabetta Cipriani hosted the jeweled sculptures of Giorgia Vigna. Era Studio featured Italian design icons, including pieces by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Nando Vigo and Riccardo Dalisi. Andrea Branzi showed a Washi paper lamp at Friedman Benda and a multicoloured, geometric dressing screen made of interlocking pieces at Dimore Studio. The London-based gallery Fumi hosted Studio Glithero, and Friedman Benda also featured both iconic and recent works by Lapo Binazzi, a member of Ufo, a radical group hailing from Florence.