The annual South Florida consortium — or bacchanal, depending on your point of view — known as Miami Art Week unofficially kicks off on Monday (officially, it gravitates around its headline event, Art Basel Miami Beach, which opens on Dec. 7).
Along with the art fairs (more than 20 are planned), including Design Miami, NADA and Untitled, related panels and innumerable soirees will bring hordes of Marni-clad gallery owners, Christian Louboutin-heeled collectors and Cartier-decked party people to the neon city.
But the fashion is not all on their backs. Indeed, the style set seems to have a bigger and bigger presence in the art world every year, and 2017 will see a host of different brands seeking new ways to access the ready-made audience and further the connection between the catwalk and the connoisseur. Following, a guide to what to see and where.
The London-based arty-minimalist label Cos has commissioned a British outfit called Studio Swine (a.k.a., “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers,” run by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves) for an updated version of a work called “New Spring,” to be shown as a satellite proxy of the furniture and design fair Design Miami. The original piece, which debuted at 2017’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, features a willow-tree-like structure that emits vapor-filled elasticized bubbles.
Miami’s iteration will be much larger than what was seen in Italy. “The starting point was to research Milan as a city, looking in particular at its chandeliers,” said Karin Gustafsson, Cos’s creative director. “That led to springtime, and thinking about Japanese flowers.” Cos will host a pop-up shop at the installation.
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Fendi has been collaborating with Design Miami for a decade. To celebrate the 10th year, the house selected Chiara Andreatti, a Venetian designer with bio-industrial aesthetics, to create an installation for the fair, called “Welcome!” It is, ostensibly, a living room, containing everything from an interwoven bamboo tabletop inspired by an Astuccio fur coat from 1971 to watercolor illustrations of previous Fendi editions at the event.
In a phone interview from Rome, Silvia Venturini Fendi, the label’s creative director of accessories, men’s wear and children’s wear, said: “I like how Chiara is able to mix primitive materials with…