April 21, 2017
By John Joseph Lin | February 15, 2011 | Lifestyle
Fontenelle's Inventory (Series 1) opening
A piece by Luis Pons
Seating from Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia
A KAWS/Standard light bulb by Brian Donnelly
Max Strang's Resysta Lake House
Resysta is the future—ecologically friendly, sustainable and with the look and feel of real wood, it’s the “greenest” new material you’ve never heard of. Thanks to Miami architect Max Strang, you’ll be able to see it in use at the Lake House—a sleek new home in Winter Haven, Florida—which, upon completion, will feature the largest residential application of the material in the US.
Artist Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS) has been compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring: All straddle the divide between street and institutional art. “I only like to work with operations that are part of my life already,” he reveals, and clearly The Standard Spa is one of them. His newest collaboration is the KAWS/Standard light bulbs, a limited-edition set of three bulbs with red, purple and green filaments in KAWS’ signature XX mark. The perfect addition to any art collection, they’ll be part of a major installation at The Standard New York in April. The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach;
Luis Pons’ collection for the Hotel Guanahani & Spa in St. Barth’s evokes classical French Colonial style, though it’s much lighter, resonating with modern design sensibilities. Rich mahogany wood features appliquéd panels of woven straw inspired by the distinctive Panama hat weave. Pons’ studio is the first Miami outpost to carry the collection. 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami
As part of furniture showroom Luminaire’s outstanding lecture series, acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola will present a lecture on February 3 to complement a new display of her work for B&B Italia. Expect a discussion of her varied influences and wide-ranging career. Lecture at 6 pm at Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon St.) and reception at Luminaire Showroom (2331 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables).
If you couldn’t make it to Design Miami, then don’t miss “Object of Desire,” the opening of Thais Fontenelle’s Inventory (Series 1) showcase. The presentation brings together Miami designers such as Mr. O, Daniele DiMonte and Victor Muniz in an environment where limited-edition pieces become accessible to the masses. Each designer has created pieces that he or she personally identifies with, and hopes you will, too. February 12 from 7 to 9 pm. Buena Vista Building, 180 NE 39th St., Miami; collectiveinventory.com
photographs by brad bridgers (kaws); max strang architecture inc. (strang); david fast (pons)