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The Buzz! —8-3-2021
Design Miami’s biweekly, can't-miss roundup of design world news and inspiration
Welcome to The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!
Spread the word! BADG Announces Creative Futures Grants
Founded in 2018 in New York, the Black Artists and Designers Guild (BADG) was created to combat the lack of representation of Black talent and culture in the global design industry. This summer, BADG launches its first annual Creative Futures Grant program, which will provide four Black undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a US-based institution studying architecture, design, or fine art a $5000 award, along with mentorship from BADG members and help to make their creative dreams a reality. The deadline is August 16th; please spread the word to the young creative talents in your world! To learn more and apply, visit badguild.info/creative-futures-grant.
"In keeping with BADG's commitment to representing Black talent and culture in visual arts, architecture, and interior design, this grant provides the space and support to create projects that Black students in the arts may want to do but are not necessarily supported to create at their educational institutions. Our Creative Futures Grant provides funding for thoughtful, unconventional, and creative projects." —Malene Barnett, BADG Founder
Farmer Designers: An Art of Living at Madd Bordeaux
Now showing: Farmer Designers: An Art of Living at The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux. This layered exhibition, curated by museum director Constance Rubini, explores the future of farming by presenting a new generation of farmers who aim both to feed us and regenerate the Earth by confronting some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Designed by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez and François Bauchet, the exhibition features a series of interactive spaces within Madd’s rooms and courtyards—including an installation by ECAL students, under the direction of Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero. The show is complemented by a major offsite component, too, offering a dozen themed gardens throughout various neighborhoods in Bordeaux as well as presentations at the farms and vineyards associated with the exhibition. Collectively, Farmer Designers encourages us to rethink how we farm—and consume—our food. On view through January 2022.
“A farm is not an architectural fantasy. It is something akin to a natural event, something that is like a humanised face of the earth, a form of geometric planting that is as much a part of the landscape as a tree or a hill, and as expressive of human presence as a piece of furniture or a machine. The farm is so deeply rooted that it single-handedly expresses and qualifies the landscape.” —Le Corbusier
Ten Below at Mindy Solomon Gallery
Opening this week: Miami’s Mindy Solomon Gallery presents Ten Below, an exhibition guest-curated by ceramicists, colleagues, and friends Brian Rochefort and Kiyoshi Kaneshiro. The group show features works by innovative, masterful makers who push past traditional notions of functionality towards the realm of expressive abstraction. Featured artists include Adam Knoche, Adam Shiverdecker, Alex Zablocki, Ashwini Bhat, Jenny Blumenfield, LiuXi, Stephen Creech, and YehRim Lee, as well as works by Rochefort and Kaneshiro.
As Rochefort and Kaneshiro note: “Every artist working in ceramics for this show maintains reverence for the craft, while also understanding the need to diverge from a movement that has been created and upheld by archaic institutions, and one which no longer serves our medium. This separation is critical and necessary to move forward and develop a higher standard for the future of ceramics.”
Jutta Klingebiel's Flutter at Ornamentum
Now showing at Ornamentum Gallery: German jewelry designer Jutta Klingebiel's first solo exhibition, Flutter, reminds us that sometimes, the very best things come in small packages. Inspired by her Rosenheim studio’s natural surroundings, Klingebeil’s romantic enamels of moths and butterflies on stainless steel demonstrate a technical mastery at the same time they call to mind fleeting memories. Flutter is on view in the Hudson Valley gallery now through the end of August.
“The fragility, the delicacy and strangeness of these creatures never ceases to enchant me. The unbelievably sad fact that these insects are becoming rarer and rarer reinforces my fascination and the feeling that I want to occupy myself with them.”—Jutta Klingebiel, designer
Material Space Opens in Aspen
Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Lehmann Maupin are partnering on a co-curated, pop-up exhibition space in Aspen this summer, showcasing works from the design and art galleries’ respective world class rosters. The pair’s second exhibition, Material Space, opens this week with a focus on “minimalism through master of material, matter, and form.” Lehmann Maupin will present works by pioneering artist McArthur Binion and others who aim to expand the minimalist tradition, in conversation with exceptional design works from Carpenters—including pieces by Rick Owens, Nacho Carbonell, Drift, and Vincenzo de Cotiis.