Architects at this year’s edition of Design Miami/, the fair that runs concurrently with the city’s installment of Art Basel, were all about getting up close and personal, creating spaces in which fairgoers can meet, pause, relax, and interact with—or react against—one another.
These exchanges began even outside of the main exhibition tent. A pair of 3D printed pavilions designed by SHoP Architects called Flotsom & Jetsam was surrounded by a sandy “beach” where visitors could laze on float toys. Inside, Tabanlioğlu Architects of Istanbul created the Flamingo Lounge—clad entirely in pink resin—where VIP collectors could gather around prefabricated seating and cocktail tables.
Two architecture offices explored the relationships between hosts and guests in their installations. Berlin-based architect Ole Scheeren unveiled Stage, a fast-food prototype for the gourmet grocer Dean & DeLuca. Meanwhile, Pedro&Juana, a Mexico City design studio, created Sobremesa (“above the table”) for Airbnb. The installation invited fairgoers to share free snacks, cocktails, and conversation at communal tables in a leafy courtyard.
One installation, however, pushed the boundary between desire and revulsion. New York gallerist Patricia Findlay commissioned Atelier Biagetti of Milan to create NO SEX in Miami—a surrealist sex therapist’s office that juxtaposes sumptuous materials with jarring details such as a rubber-wrapped massage table and phallic light bulbs.
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