Returning with high-concept presentations by an exciting crop of creative talents, the collectible design showcase readies a hopeful eye to the future with thought-provoking pieces united in their optimistic mood. Below, our editor rounds up ten of the fair’s unmissable moments.
After winning the second season of Ellen’s Next Great Designer and departing Vidivixi Studio, the closely watched talent returns with a cohesive collection of familiar pieces and new forms alike in chrome, speaking to his maturation as one of the industry’s most buzzed-about creative forces.
USM Modular Furniture and Pin-Up Home: USM NYC by Ben Ganz
The creative director of Pin-Up Magazine debuts the venerable publication’s inaugural home collection, a series of limited-edition USM Modular Furniture storage objects inspired by New York’s urban design typologies in joyous powder-coated steel colors such as Uptown Blue, Soho Yellow, and Downtown Pink.
Objective Gallery: Black Dawn Vanity by Nicholas Devlin
The up-and-coming New York furniture designer often experiments with bright colors, but his Black Dawn Vanity is simultaneously a departure and his most personal work yet: a “romantic surrealist dreamscape” intended as a love letter to his mother, capturing the memory of him sitting on the edge of her bed watching her get ready for work.
Long inspired by the organic architecture of Savin Couelle and Valentine Schlegel, the Brooklyn sculptor’s recent forays into furniture design continue with a giant eight-foot-tall mirror adorned with the signature graceful shapes that make her ceramic pieces so compelling.
Tuleste Factory: Through and Through
It’s difficult to select one standout piece from the New York collectible design gallery’s standout booth, a radiant study into the color blue’s infinite possibilities that received Design Miami’s coveted “Best Curio” award thanks to a medley of lustrous works by Quincy Ellis, Ian Alistair Cochran, Julia Tonconogy, and Yonathan Moore.
Crosby Studios: The Trash Bag Sofa by Harry Nuriev
Nuriev knows how to fashion a viral moment, with his previous Design Miami outings embraced by Balenciaga and Bella Hadid. This year, he elevates a mound of Hefty trash bags into a throne-like sofa formed of foam-stuffed fabric pouches, elucidating the beauty of the mundane.
The most memorable candle holder we’ve come across in recent memory, this seven-foot-tall tour de force sees the wryly funny New York sculptor stack her signature amphoras adorned with severed witch parts and a funfetti cake, all crowned with an iridescent cockatoo.
The multihyphenate rapper, entrepreneur, and actor’s design studio HOMMEMADE teams with the radical furniture mainstay to craft a utopian forest of fluffy clouds, rolling hills, and Guido Drocco and Franco Mello’s inimitable Cactus taken over by a patch of hand-painted mushrooms.
Matthieu Blazy tapped the Italian rule-breaking designer to create a spectrum of one-of-a-kind resin-coated chairs for Bottega Veneta’s spring 2023 runway show, which stole Milan Fashion Week. A selection is available for purchase at the fair, which also celebrates a newly published book featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Pesce’s creative process and an incisive interview between him and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Working at a larger scale than ever before, the Philadelphia sculptor continues his foray into fashioning whimsical furniture with a six-foot-tall freestanding armoire clad in ceramic tile blocks in jagged shapes.