2013 WAS "A YEAR OF SEMINAL WOMEN
DESIGNERS" SAYS DESIGN MIAMI DIRECTOR

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Dezeen and MINI World Tour: in our next movie from Miami, show director Marianne Goebl discusses the trends that emerged from Design Miami 2013, including a renewed focus on female designers such as Charlotte Perriand and Maria Pergay. 

Mairanne Goebl, Design Miami director
Marianne Goebl, Design Miami director

Design Miami 2013, which took place in Miami from 4 to 8 December alongside the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, featured a large number of vintage furniture pieces by iconic 20th-century designers.

"Design Miami's intention is to offer a journey through design history," Goebl explains in the movie. "At the same time we present a strong pillar of contemporary experimental work."

8x8 Demountable House by Jean Prouve, presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin at Design Miami 2013
8x8 Démountable House by Jean Prouvé, presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin

One of the standout pieces on show this year was a one-room prefabricated house designed by French modernist architect Jean Prouvé, which was on sale for $2.5 million.

"For the first time we have a full-scale architectural structure [at the show], which Jean Prouvé designed in 1945," Goebl explains.

Charlotte Perriand interior presented by Galerie Downtown at Design Miami 2013
Charlotte Perriand interior presented by Galerie Downtown

Prouvé was well-represented throughout the show, but so was the late architect's frequent collaborator Charlotte Perriand.

"It's also a year of seminal women designers," says Goebl. "We have a solo show on Charlotte Perriand, where you can discover an interior that she designed in Paris for the Borot family."

She continues: "We also have an interior dedicated to Maria Pergay's furniture made from stainless steel from the 1970s."

Maria Pergay interior, presented by Demisch Danant at Design Miami 2013
Maria Pergay interior, presented by Demisch Danant

Other pieces of vintage furniture included Soviet art deco furniture presented by Moscow's Heritage International Art Gallery.

"For the first time an exhibitor from Russia is showing some kind of propaganda furniture that was designed in the 1930s to 1950s," Goebl explains.

Soviet art deco furniture, presented by Heritage International Art Gallery at Design Miami 2013
Soviet art deco furniture, presented by Heritage International Art Gallery

Goebl then goes on to discuss the work of contemporary designers on show, claiming that there is a growing trend towards merging digital and analogue experiences.

Grandfather and Grandmother Clocks by Maarten Baas, presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami 2013
Grandfather and Grandmother Clocks by Maarten Baas, presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery

"There's a field that is not categorised yet," she says. "For example, Maarten Baas' Grandfather and Grandmother clocks, or the Clock Clocks by Human Since 1982."

Clock Clock by Human Since 1982 at Design Miami 2013
Clock Clock by Human Since 1982

Goebl claims that the collectible design market has now fully recovered after a few rocky years during the recent financial crash.

"The market had been affected by the crisis in 2008 and 2009," she says. "But since 2010 we've really registered a continued, healthy growth."

Design Miami 2013 pavilion by Formlessfinder
Design Miami 2013 pavilion by Formlessfinder

We drove around Miami in our MINI Cooper S Paceman. The music in the movie is a track called Jewels by Zequals. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.

Our MINI Paceman in Miami
Our MINI Paceman in Miami

 

  • Romain_M

    “propaganda furniture” is an interesting thought. Please Dezeen, could you write an article on the “the politics of domestic interiors”? That would be so cool!

  • Romain_M

    Which of Baudrillard’s essay’s are you referring to? The system of objects? While I agree with you entirely, I’d still enjoy a web article on the matter. Wouldn’t it be nice to see all the cross-referencing that might be possible with Dezeen’s large database?

    PS : I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know who ” Benjamin” might be and which of his works might be relevant to the subject :(

    • brononamous

      Walter Benjamin.