Formlessfinder, the New York-based architects, designers and outside-the-box thinkers won this year’s commission to build the entrance to Design Miami/. Tent Pile is a balancing act of aluminium and sand, the latter is often seen as an obstacle to overcome in architecture rather than the solution. But that’s the way these guys roll.
Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year’s winning proposal, dubbed “Tent Pile,” was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami‘s public.
Nearly 50 years have passed since his death, but Le Corbusier can still make waves in the design world.
Corbu has become the talk of the Design Miami showrooms. Not only has a 1:1 model of Le Corbusier’s 1952 seaside villa, the Cabanon, been one of the most popular exhibits at the show (by Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau and the Le Corbusier Foundation), but another Corbu exhibit has also been one of the most hotly-contested.
Event-goers have cried foul at the Galerie Patrick Seguin, a gallery that sold chairs, tables, and sofas from Corbu’s government complex in Chandigarh (the Indian city Corbu helped design and plan) as part of its exhibition. While the gallery claims all the furniture (designed by Corbu and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret) had been neglected in India and now rescued, scholars are less than pleased that the furniture pieces have been removed from their intended buildings. As one scholar, Jean-Louis Cohen, an architectural historian and a curator for MOMA, told Architecture Record, “I’m revolted.”
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London-based architect David Adjaye was selected for the 2011 Designer of the Year Award by Design Miami – a global forum for design that highlights influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world, presenting annual fairs in Miami, USA and Basel, Switzerland. Design Miami praised Adjaye for his “ingenious use of materials and unique ability to showcase light coupled with his democratized approach to the architectural process.”
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