Three Highlights from Design Miami 2008


Design Miami/ officially opened to the public yesterday in a new tented pavilion whose surface skin was designed by the New York-based Aranda\Lasch. While the hall was eerily quiet, the mood remained one of cautious optimism, as exhibitors tried to put their best foot forward in hopes of successfully pulling through the year's final fair.

Matthew Marks Gallery exhibited a broad collection of Domestic Furniture by Roy McMakin (top), which included both new and recently exhibited items. A simple plywood floor complemented McMakin's humble furniture, making it easily the best booth in the show.


Kenny Schachter Rove Gallery presented a stunning seating element by Zaha Hadid (above), made from lacquered fibreglass.


Early images of the Bavaria collection, designed by Studio Job, for Moss left something to be desired. The series seemed less an evolution and more a throwback to the duo's earlier series, Perished. Seeing the work in person was altogether a different story. The precision of the laser-cut, hand-inlaid work is simply phenomenal.