Design Miami 2009

All Eyes on Miami

by Gareth Harris for the Financial Times

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.

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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.

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Design Real at the Serpentine

26th November '09 - 7th February '10

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.

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Rare suspension light by Alberto Giacometti, ca. 1930

THE RESULTS ARE IN: Sotheby’s 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Sale

25th November ’09, 2:30 pm

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.

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songe by sonia


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.

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'Spectacle' (detail) by Stuart Haygarth, 2009

'Found' Works

by Stuart Haygarth

Opening next week, on December 1st at Haunch of Venison London, is a show of new works by British artist and designer Stuart Haygarth. The pieces on display examine the artist’s ongoing relationship with abandoned objects and his fascination with taxonomy.

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Poko - Stride vehicle

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

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Phillips de Pury MUSIC Auction, 2009

THE RESULTS ARE IN: Phillips de Pury’s MUSIC Auction

21st November ’09, 5pm

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.

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To become one, table and seats

To become one, table and seats

The inspiration for the “Leave your shape behind collection” comes from the beach. The sand stimulates young and old people. Aware or unaware the sand has an attraction to touch, form and play with it.

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Maxxi exterior designed by Zaha Hadid, 2009, Image from the International Herald Tribune

Inside Maxxi: A Look at Zaha Hadid’s Latest Architectural Success

Slideshow and Article by Nicolai Ouroussoff for the International Herald Tribune

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.

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Unique edition of the ‘Table Extensible Modèle de Luxe’ by Charlotte Perriand, 1930

Sotheby’s 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Sale

25th November ’09, 2:30 pm

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.

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Unique edition of the ‘Table Extensible Modèle de Luxe’ by Charlotte Perriand, 1930

Unique edition of the ‘Table Extensible Modèle de Luxe’

Charlotte Perriand

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.

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Kranen/Gille 2009

Kranen/Gille at Gallery FUMI

20th November - 23 December '09

Gallery FUMI
Tabernacle Street, London

Opening at Gallery FUMI this Friday is the first UK show of Dutch-based design team Kranen/Gille.

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Abu Dhabi Art 2009

Abu Dhabi Art 2009

19th-22nd November '09

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.   

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‘Rare and important pair of “Boule”  armchairs' by Jean Royère, ca. 1942

THE RESULTS ARE IN: Phillips de Pury Design Auction

14th November '09, 4:00pm

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. 

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