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Welcome to The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!


Takeami / Tagamono at Les Ateliers Courbet

Shuji Nakagawa woodcraft. Photo © Mike Magers | Kioke Stools by Shuji Nakagawa. Phot © Jindai Sugi

Now showing at Les Ateliers Courbet in New York: Takeami / Tagamono, an exhibition celebrating the meticulous, centuries-old Japanese craft techniques of bamboo basket weaving and woodworking. In the spotlight is artisan-artist Shuji Nakagawa Mokkougei, who is the 7th generation in his family to practice the wood-crafting traditions of the Kyoto region, fastening wooden slats in a circle and then shaving the slats with a block plane until they become a single, unified object. Filled with beautifully, exquisitely simple objects, the show is on view until March 11th.


The Universe Within at Mindy Solomon Gallery

Lydia C Thompson's Hostile Passing and Passing Over SB, #2, 2021. Photo courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery

At Miami’s Mindy Solomon Gallery, you’ll find The Universe Within, an exhibition of works from 11 contemporary artists who use clay as their primary vehicle for storytelling, in which they highlight identities of both women and non-binary people of the Black diaspora. Artists include the influential and visionary makers Anina Major, Lola Ayisha Ogbara, Lydia C Thompson, Malene Barnett, Maya Beverly, Maya Vivas, Patrice Renee Washington, Sana Musasama, Sharon Norwood, Shea Burke, and Sydnie Jimenez. “This exhibition is a privileged glimpse into the wondrous multiformity within the spectrum of Black femininity and queerness,” according to Solomon. Curated By Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, The Universe Within is open through March 19th.


Oro by John Eric Byers at Twentieth Gallery

OT2 Coffee Table by John Eric Byers, 2021. Photo © Twentieth Gallery

For Frieze Week LA, Twentieth Gallery opened Oro, a solo show of new work by American woodworking artist John Eric Byers. Trained under Wendell Castle in Rochester, Byers has over his 30-year-long career developed a reputation for minimalist yet richly detailed furniture and objects made by hand. The Oro collection is a continuation of Byers’ signature approach, but with the addition of gold lacquer surfaces. The resulting forms have an almost religious aura.


The Endless Summer presented by Thorsten Benda and Friedman Benda

Installation view of The Endless Summer. Photo © Ed Mumford; courtesy of Friedman Benda

Also during Frieze LA, Friedman Benda and Albertz Benda joined forces on The Endless Summer, a group exhibition of collectible design and art inspired by the 1966 surf documentary of the same name. Exploring themes of storytelling and commitment to one’s craft, the show includes works from hot talents like Daniel Arsham, Ini Archibong, Sharif Bey, gt2P, Misha Kahn, Samuel Ross, Chris Schanck, Faye Toogood, and more. Open through March 26th, The Endless Summer is the debut exhibition of the galleries’ shared Los Angeles space.


OrtaMiklos: Relations at Friedman Benda

Winter Walk by OrtaMiklos, 2021. Photo Bertrand Huet; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Leo Orta

Launching this week in Friedman Benda’s New York gallery is OrtaMiklos: Relations, a retrospective of the rising-star design duo’s work, created both as a collaborative studio and as individuals. This past year, Leo Orta and Victor Miklos Anderson decided to separate and concentrate on their own studio practices. Open through March 19th, Relations, in the gallery’s words, “captures this rare moment in the careers of these emerging designers by looking at how their approach to design has evolved while working as part of a collective—and how that experience continues to shape their approach since leaving the partnership.”


Françoise Grossen at Volume Gallery

Françoise Grossen in her studio on Greene Street in Manhattan, c. 1970s. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

On March 5th, Chicago’s Volume Gallery will open a solo show dedicated to pioneering Swiss-American textile artist Françoise Grossen. Since the 1960s, Grossen has been experimenting with textile techniques and industrial materials to create large-scale installations. Her work can be found in international collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum Bellerive, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian Institution, and the State Hermitage Museum, among many others. This don’t-miss show runs through April 23rd.