Four Do-Not-Miss Highlights at This Year’s Design Miami Fair
The name of Stockholm-based studio Humans Since 1982 is a nod to the birth year of its two founders, which might shed some light on their ongoing project “A Million Times,” a collection of kinetic sculptures with analog clock hands that have been programmed to rotate each minute to display the time in a digital format. The choreographed clocks remain their best-known work, and it’s the type of mash-up between retro and cutting-edge technology that a pair of elder millennials—old enough to cherish analog, young enough to be digital natives—would think to create. Seeing each of the synchronized hands turn and rearrange in harmonic unison to the next formation is visually arresting, like watching a finely tuned marching band or a Sol LeWitt composition in motion.
They’ll install their latest in the series at Gallery All’s booth next week at the annual Design Miami fair, on view Dec. 4-8. That’s not all we recommend to see there. Here, three other highlights to spot at this year’s edition:
1. The minimalist, Modernist furniture used in the films of French director Jacques Tati are among the most memorable details of his work, often avatars of a satire on consumerism. As it turns out, he also designed some of them. Head to Les Ateliers Courbet’s booth to take in a capsule collection of three Tati-designed chairs, as seen in his 1958 film Mon Oncle, from the only edition to ever be produced.
2. Korean designer Seungjin Yang made a splash at the New York and L.A. launches of his playful balloon-shaped armchairs at The Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect. Now, the gallery brings his wares to Miami for the first time.
3. Crosby Studios founder Harry Nuriev is no stranger to social media, and his latest design—a clear sofa sectional filled with disused Balenciaga clothing, catnip to hypebeasts and art lovers seeking commentary on waste—has already generated buzz.