In his latest article for the Financial Times, Gareth Harris discusses the anxious environment surrounding this year’s Miami fairs. While Harris is primarily concerned with the Art Basel Miami Beach fair (ABMB, 3rd - 6th December) instead of Design Miami, he does offer an informative discussion on the status of the market going into this pivotal week.
Dutch typo/photographic cookbook and dinnerplate
We are what we eat. But do we really know what we eat? And therefore do we know who we are? The makers of Carnivoria pose questions, on factory farming, on environmental pollution, on food miles and on overfishing. Questions, however, with no ready made answers. One who eats food in the 21st century is guilty by definition.
The Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London
Now open at the Serpentine Gallery is ‘Design Real’, the gallery’s first major exhibition devoted entirely to contemporary design. This ground-breaking exhibition showcases REAL industrial design products in a way that proves design does not have to mimic art to be appreciated.
Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris
Sotheby’s attempt to take advantage of the current trend for mid-century masterpieces finished with strong, but less than thrilling results on Wednesday afternoon in Paris. Their sale of significant Art Deco works brought it a total of €3,038,750 selling 55 of the available 79 lots.
They say that one ceases to be ideal when it succeeds. But the new line of Songe by Sonia is a dream that you can enjoy the view. Because you define your aspirations and ambitions, Songe is that part of you that seeks the highest distinction in all aspects of your life, in every corner of your home. Your dreams make you different, dare to make them reality.
Royal College Of Art graduate Maciek Wojcicki designed an interesting, cutting edge stride toy.
Designed as a children vehicle which moves forward driven by the child's hips and body movements
the toy has been shortlisted for President of the Republic of Poland Design Award and also for
Selected Works programme finals of INNOVATION RCA in London this year. It can be also used as
Phillips de Pury & Company
Phillips de Pury & Company’s innovative MUSIC themed sale brought in a total of £1,216,438 last Saturday in London. The results are far from thrilling with only 142 of the available 231 lots selling, but the design items faired well; each sold for well within or above its pre-sale estimate.
Take a look inside the recently unveiled Maxxi museum of contemporary art designed by Zaha Hadid. Located on the outskirts of Rome, the new museum gives a modern jolt to the eternal city.
Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris
Taking advantage of the current trend for mid-century masterpieces, Sotheby’s is hosting a sale of significant Art Deco works at their offices in Paris on the 25th of November.
Lot 40 in Sotheby's Sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design, 25 November 2009, Paris
Designed by Charlotte Perriand and displayed the first exhibition of the Union des Artistes Modernes in Paris in 1930. It has remained in the family of celebrated French composer Jean Rivier ever since.
Opening on the 19th is the inaugural Abu Dhabi Art fair. As part of the festival, up-and-coming Middle Eastern designers will showcase their work, while established European designers showcase their techiniques in the two main events dedicated to contemporary design.
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York
This past Saturday, on the 14th of November, Phillips de Pury & Company’s Auction of 20th century and contemporary design brought in a total of $3,589,750 selling 117 out of the available 155 lots.