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The Buzz! —20 April 2021

Design Miami

Introducing our biweekly, can't-miss roundup of design world news and inspiration

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


Bon Anniversaire Jacques Adnet

Unique and Monumental Desk by Jacques Adnet, c. 1930s. By far one of the highest performing Jacques Adnet lots in recent years, it sold at Sotheby's New York in 2011 for $80,500. Photo © Sotheby's

Today is the birthday of French designer Jacques Adnet. Born in 1901, he played a key role in the transition from Art Deco to Modernism in France, and along the way he collaborated with the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve, Alexandre Noll, and Serge Mouille. If you ask us, Adnet’s work remains way undervalued when you consider the market for his peers.


Cristina Grajales, Outstanding Dealer

Cristina Grajales presents work by Gloria Cortina and Hechizoo at Design Miami/ Basel 2017. Photo © James Harris

Next week, New York gallerist Cristina Grajales will be honored as “Outstanding Dealer” at Bard Graduate Center’s 24th Annual Iris Awards. Others receiving awards at this year’s online ceremony will be Dr. Stephen K. Scher, Outstanding Patron; David Revere McFadden, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement; and Sanchita Balachandran, Outstanding Mid-Career Scholar. We’re so proud of you, Cristina—much deserved!


Lilla Tabasso at Caterina Tognon

Glicine con Rosa Jaqueline du Pre by Lilla Tabasso, 2019-20. Photo © Caterina Tognon

Caterina Tognon’s Venice gallery has just opened ATARASSIA, the first solo exhibition dedicated to the astounding recent work of glass artist Lilla Tabasso. Drawing inspiration from De Rerum Natura, a 2,000-year-old poem by Titus Lucretius Carus, Tabasso crafts trompe l'oeil floral arrangements in glass. We can’t help but recall the famous Ware Collection at Harvard. Tabasso’s work, though, is much less a scientific study and much more an intimate expression of human pathos.


Thus naught of what so seems
Perishes utterly, since Nature ever
Upbuilds one thing from other, suffering naught
To come to birth but through some other's death.
—Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, Book I, vv. 262-264


Hélène Binet at ammann//gallery

Kolumba Triptychon by Hélène Binet. Photo ©  Hélène Binet; courtesy of ammann//gallery

Cologne’s ammann//gallery has just announced that ANGELI AND ARCHITECTURE—the solo exhibition of new work by Swiss-French architectural photographer Hélène Binet—is being extended until June 24th. Binet’s latest series includes photographs of the Ponte Sant'Angelo statues in Rome by Fian Lorenzo Bernini, 17th-century Baroque churches by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, and the Kolumba Museum by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, among others. Binet has an outstanding talent for capturing architecture at its most powerful and most vulnerable.


AGO Projects at Mexico Art Week | Zona Maco

Left: Totonaca 2021 Centerpiece by Paniagua + Moxham. Photo © MT Objects. Right: Cloud Tree in Lunar Tide by Chiaozza x Monstruosus. Photo © Sean Hazen

On April 27th, as part of the debut of Mexico Art Week, CDMX-based AGO Projects will open two shows—one presented in the gallery’s own space and the other at the CDMX location of Madrid-based art gallery Travesía Cuatro. Curated by Inés and Nuria Benítez, the two shows will include handcrafted, conceptually-driven objects by Chiaozza x Monstruosus, Ray Smith, Ray Smith Studio in collaboration with Rhys Gaetano, Lanza Atelier, Mono Rojo, and Mauricio Paniagua + Tony Moxham.


May is AAPI Month!

Keeping Love Close: What does love look like in a time of hate? in the New York Times, April 2021. Screenshot ©

In case you missed it, do yourself a favor and check out the recent New York Times piece, Keeping Love Close: What does love look like in a time of hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond. What an elegant and moving response to this year's rise in hate crimes. Special shoutout to our talented friend An Rong Xu, who contributed to the photo essay.


19 Chairs for Age UK & Resourcing Racial Justice

Chairs offered through the 19 Chairs charity auction. Photo © Will and Tom Butterfield

Organized by designer brothers Will and Tom Butterfield and launching May 1st, 19 Chairs is an online charity auction benefiting UK communities impacted by Covid-19—specifically Age UK, supporting the elderly, and Resourcing Racial Justice, supporting groups working towards racial justice. Contributing designers include Es Devlin, Tom Dixon, Sabine Marcelis, Nicole McLaughlin, and James Shaw, to name a few.


19 CHAIRS, built in 19 days, delivered to 19 locations, reworked by 19 creatives, in the COVID-19 lockdown. In aid of Age UK and Resourcing Racial Justice, our 19 handmade chairs have journeyed thousands of miles to be reworked by leading artists and designers. —Will and Tom Butterfield