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, …

Interview: Ambra Medda of L’ArcoBaleno

The industrious young entrepreneur on branching out into the online world and seeking new design talent in unlikely places

The name Ambra Medda is synonymous with success in the design world. After co-founding and directing the acclaimed fair Design Miami—which led to its sister show Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland—Medda has made her mark globally. Medda is now stepping out of the physical curating space and entering the online sphere with the recently launched L’ArcoBaleno. An online design marketplace as well as a rich source …

Design Miami/Basel 2013: Casting Light

From artificial storms to electronic innovations, five works that cleverly play with light

It could be argued that it doesn’t matter what, or who, is in any room if the lighting isn’t right. The following pieces—seen among the other wares at Design Miami/Basel—emit, warp or interact with light in exotic ways. Each piece embeds functionality within artistic achievement and the future of lighting design manifests as far more than just bulb, fixture and shade. The “Fragile Future 3 …