My Highlights from Design Miami/ 2013
From Marc Kushner, founder of Architizer:
Objects that reveal and conceal interstitial spaces tend to capture my interest. You see this in the curving void of Kim Sang Hoon’s Phenomena 2013-010 table, or in the dynamic prisms that protrude from Roderick Vos’s Montigny storage piece.
I’ve followed David Wiseman since he was selected for the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial in 2006. The leaning form of this vase is slightly precarious, like the flowers it’s intended to contain, but the polished faceted surface makes the piece incredibly elegant.
I’m drawn to interiors with black accent walls, so I can envision a pared-down piece like Ico and Luisa Parisi’s Chest of drawers matching that aesthetic, or the warm wooden frame of Pierluigi Giordani’s Lounge chair making a nice organic counterpoint.
Architects have been using the same utilitarian drafting table lamps for decades, which is why Gino Sarfatti’s Desk lamp model 606 caught my eye. More designers should experiment with gravity.
My number one tip for a new design collector:
Take risks, but do your research. So much information is available online now, so collecting design has never been this engaging.
Designers to watch in 2014:
Keep an eye out for the work of Chiaozza, a small Brooklyn collaborative that’s not afraid to have fun with color and geometric configurations. It’s a touch of Memphis for the 21st century.