Design Miami/ 2012: Lost Time by Glithero for Perrier-Jouët

Now in its seventh year, Design Miami/ (the sister event to Art Basel) is proving to be one of the most important fixtures on the global design calendar. 

Our editors have just returned from another inspiring trip in which they saw a focus on happy and playful design, such as the Architecture for Dogs installation (reported on in early November), as well as site-specific installations that have become a popular addition to the weekend, providing weary visitors with moments of respite from the fair.

One particular highlight this year was Dutch design studio Glithero’s commission for Perrier-Jouët, which taps into the champagne brand’s Art Nouveau history.

Taking inspiration from the calming atmosphere and unique forms found within the company’s Maison Belle Epoque cellars in Epernay, France, the installation comprises a series of suspended, silver beaded strings that hang over a pool of clear, reflective water. The perfect, curved forms are reminiscent of those found in the outstanding Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, which was designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi and continues to be built more than 40 years after its construction started.

“We wanted to almost capture the timelessness that we had the impression there was in these vaults, or in these caves, and the reflections – because there were puddles on the floor and they reflected the ceiling, and spiderwebs with little dew drops. And it was almost like we wanted to take a little bottle and bring it here in Miami,” explained Sarah van Gameren, one half of Glithero, in an interview with Dezeen.

Keep watching Stylesight for our comprehensive review of this year’s Design Miami/. – Samantha Fox


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