By Jean Nayar | December 1, 2016 | Home & Real Estate
The 12th annual Design Miami/Fair celebrates collective design—and honors New York City-based shop architects with a Panerai Visionary Award.
“There’s a connection to the sun and the beach and the city that’s interesting in Miami—there’s totally organic form and, at the same time, structural form. We were playing on that idea,” says SHoP Architects’ Gregg Pasquarelli of the inspiration behind the pavilion.
Along with the exceptional contemporary and modern art showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach, international collectors can get a taste of some of the world’s finest collectible design elements at Design Miami/. Three dozen or so of the globe’s top galleries will showcase wares ranging from furnishings, architectural drawings, and ephemera to ceramics, lighting, and objets d’art as they celebrate the best of collectible design with enthusiasts and the field’s leading experts from November 30 to December 4.
Aficionados can also tap into the progressive ideas of notable architects, designers, and thinkers, who will engage this year with speakers from the United Nations on a series of talks about sustainable design. Among the guests shedding light on current issues is Gregg Pasquarelli from New York City-based SHoP Architects, winners of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award and creators of Flotsam & Jetsam, an extraordinary sculptural pavilion standing just outside the fair. “We wanted to recognize the ways in which SHoP Architects’ practices are informing our cities,” says Rodman Primack, chief creative officer of Design Miami/, which commissioned SHoP to create the pavilion for this year’s fair. “They are very innovative in terms of materials resources, time resources, human resources—they’re really bringing a holistic view.”
Serving as a gateway to Design Miami/, as well as a seating area, bar, and lounge space for attendees as they pass through the fair, the playful, coppery 1,800-square-foot Flotsam & Jetsam structure was fabricated with a combination of 3-D printing techniques that reflect SHoP’s emphasis on craft and new materials and technologies. “We’re always looking to the future, and we often take traditional materials and rework them in a completely new way,” says Pasquarelli of the pavilion, which was inspired by the curvaceous, organic shapes of Miami’s coastline, crustaceans, and jellyfish.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SHOP ARCHITECTS