Fendi Wows at Design Miami

January 30, 2013 | by photography by Daniele Venturelli | Pursuits

Fendi’s “Transformations” exhibition at Design Miami.

This year's Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami events were met with extraordinary support from some of fashion’s biggest power players. Chosen for his brilliance in synthesizing fashion and art, Belgian industrial designer Maarten de Ceulaer led Fendi’s annual Design Miami art series. A tribute to the label’s modern geometric prints, the remarkable exhibit reimagined the Italian fashion house’s striped “pequin” motif, converting the iconic pattern from archival textiles into three-dimensional objects. Lacquered wood boards and tree stumps resembled benches, tables, and chairs, and were decorated with handmade leather straps. “These are definitely more functional works than former collaborations,” Silvia Fendi says. The installation’s identification with Fendi was clear, yet its abstract interpretation of the pequin design blurred the boundaries between the luxurious and the functional. The result? A winning combination of fashion and art. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-861-7114

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