BSL’s Design Miami/ exhibition
imagines a nautical Miami Beach paradise, complete with white
sand, a cabana, and design objects resembling flora and fauna. Designed by
Emilie Bonaventure of Be-Attitude, the booth embraces the theme “Here Comes The
Sun!” and explores dichotomies of art and design, tradition and innovation,
sculpture and function. The objects come from a diverse group of artists and
designers, many of whom have created exclusive, unique designs for the gallery.
Jewelry artist Taher Chemirik
creates luxurious nature-inspired furnishings.
After 20 years of collaboration with major fashion houses—including Hermès,
Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others—Chemirik extends his
flamboyant-yet-refined aesthetic into his “Interior Treasures.” Each piece,
handmade in Paris in fine brass, copper, wood, and rare hard stones, has the
delicacy of a small piece of jewelry, transformed to a grand scale. Pushing the
boundary between sculpture and furniture, Chemirik’s Carnivore Floor Lamp
is a tangle of brass vines and tendrils with three agate light fixtures, and
his equally animated, undulating Mystic Garden Screen
opens to 180
degrees like a wall of gleaming petals.
A 2009 Nominee for Designer
of the Future at Design Miami/ Basel, Nacho Carbonell
is a widely collected Spanish designer showing
unique pieces for Galeries BSL from his “Time is a Treasure” collection. In his
many-legged clock creatures, Carbonell uses slices of blue agate with circles
cut out of them that were discarded by French jewelry houses, who used the
circles of agate to make clocks. Carbonell says of his own clocks: “In the end
the stones gave me the idea of what they wanted to be. Their frustration
fuelled their desire. By imagining my own clocks, I wanted to reinstate them
with what had been taken from them.” Carbonell also shows his Giant
Luciferase Floor Lamp
resembling a large glowing sea anemone.
also presents a unique
selection for the gallery, from her collection of Chakra sculptures, small
ceramic and glass sculptures and single-stem vases that resemble natural
crystals. The spiritual works each refer to a specific crystal and chakra; for
example, the yellow-green piece is the sulfur and Anahata chakra for the heart.
Tel Aviv-based artist Ayala Serfaty
creates exquisite, ethereal light sculptures
that also resemble nature. To create these “Soma” works, Serfaty imports
hand-blown Italian glass and works the forms with a flame and polymers in her
studio, making each piece entirely unique and original. Intriguingly ambiguous
and amorphous, the sculptural lights resemble luminous ocean creatures or
British designer Faye Toogood
, known for her set productions for Comme des
Garçons, Tom Dixon, and Alexander McQueen, presents her exclusive collection
“Caged Elements,” a line of modern, elegant furniture using gilt cages as their
basis. Her constructivist designs employ English walnut, brass-plated steel
mesh and precious stones in simple, geometric forms. Her strikingly minimal
vocabulary and fine materials make for bold, stylish, and functional furniture.
Ceramist Djim Berger
is dedicated to porcelain; he explains, “the
goal of my work is to open the spectrum of porcelain. I experience it, make it
take risks, I combine it to find new forms, colours or techniques. I want to
help it reveal its true potential; bring porcelain where it has never been
before.” Through his alchemistic investigations, Berger has developed a
technique of mixing polystyrene with the traditionally delicate ceramic medium
to create functional and lightweight stools and benches. His pastel-colored
cylindrical furniture is at once playful and austere, with intricate surface
designs resembling porous stones or sponges.
On view at Galerie
BSL, Design Miami/ 2013, Booth
G04, Dec. 4th-8th.