Miami Art Week 2013: Glass

Clear, crystalline and dynamic uses of an every day component

Of all the materials put to use and on display during Miami’s art extravaganza, we saw several shimmering, shiny—but also innovative—works utilizing glass. Fragile, see-through and with the ability to morph light and color, it’s as multidimensional as it is straightforward. It completed collages, accented drawings and encased moments of time. And in one instance, an installation matched and enhanced a collaborative collection of haute …

Miami Art Week 2013: Beasts and Birds

Captivating works humanize as well as contextualize modern animal art

From the earliest noted iterations of art—paintings upon cave walls—to today’s cat-obsessed internet, animals have provided the inspiration behind culture of all kinds. We are awash in imagery of beasts and birds and domesticated pets. But during this most recent Art Week Miami—across all fairs and exhibitions—certain works presented shone an interesting light on why we continue to be mesmerized: We see something human within, …

Passavant and Lee No. 25 Briefcase

A luxurious, modern take on a traditional British accessory

Working with craftsmen across the US and the UK, friends Jon Passavant and Benj Lee have designed a stunning new men’s accessory that harkens back to British heritage pieces, while being forward—and a tad eccentric. The No. 25 briefcase features a lock from the oldest foundry in England, an aircraft-grade aluminum hardshell and Horween leather. The sum is greater than all the individual high-end components; …