Design Miami/ nominated Konstantin Grcic to be this year´s Desinger of the Year 2010. Konstantin Grcic will show an exhibition of selected works as well as a new work, specially designed for the occasion: NETSCAPE is an installation offering public seating for visitors just outside the Design Miami / exhibition tent.
Our world and our society are changing rapidly, which also means a changing role for design and the designer. Design has for a long time manifested and consolidated an outdated consumer culture, almost like a monoculture. With the undermining of the global and the rise of niche local subcultures, design has a possibility to adopt a more central role as the ‘creative nutrient’, thus performing a more vital role by promoting a new ethical, responsible and sustainable cultural position by restoring diversity, meaning and value.
So, how can we make this happen? I will give you some brief ideas, in six different bullet points:
Having graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2008, Pepe Heykoop jumped right into the global spotlight after being selected for Li Edelkoort's wishlist auction at Pierre Bergé & Associés September '09.
Heykoop has exhibited worldwide, catching my eye at various events. His designs offer a playful aesthetic that, at times, embraces the spontaneity of materials and process.
Trained as a theatre director and actor, Christophe Coppens' design practice ranges from outlandish fashion accessories to furniture and housewares. On December 5 '10 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Atelier Coppens, Pierre Berge is hosting an auction of various prototypes and collectables from Coppens' sweeping collection.
Published by Taschen Books, "Collecting Design" by Adam Lindemann is a great introduction to the design market. He focuses on what he calls the the five types of design market players: the designer, the collector, the dealer, the tastemaker, and the auction house expert.
Brazilian designer Brunno Jahara has just finished a collection of furniture made out of scrap wood in Brazil, called Neorustica. It pays homage to the country’s rural background and has the strong colors of the brazilian culture.
New York City
On Wednesday December 15 '10 Christies will be hosting an auction of "Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Including Property from The Collection of Max Palevsky."
A majority of the 126 lots are early 20th century works by iconic designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh. However, there are a few more recent pieces that have caught our attention.
Industry Gallery, in its inaugural exhibition in the Design On/Site section of Design Miami, December 1-5 '10, will present work by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen.