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Is there still a line that divides the world of design from the world of fine art?
From mid century masters to cutting edge innovations, the Miami Design Fair, located next to Miami’s Art Basel. presented leading furniture and design masters who have clearly crossed the line into art.
Decide for yourself with images from the Design Miami Vernissage!
Luckily, today at Design Miami, the prolific Michael Joo was able to stop by our booth for a visit. As a Glasstress 2011 artist, this was one of the first times he and Venice Projects director, Adriano Berengo got to exchange ideas for Michael’s Glasstress exhibition! MAGICAL! You’ve gotta love when Adriano gets excited and animated… it’s infectious. Plus Susan Scherman leaves with a signed final sketch!
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Another incredible day at Design Miami, book ended at the beginning being interviewed by Whitewall Magazine and Surface Magazine, and at the end visits from Betsey Ruprecht, wife of Sotheby’s William Ruprecht and owner of Decorative Antiques, Ltd, and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. Who knew that Pharrell – who didn’t want to be photographed – has long desired to work with glass? He also posted a picture of Joost van Bleiswijk’s work on his blog.
Still in the midst of the busy day, we all had a chance to make it over to the Art Basel show floor to see some incredible works and meet up with friends!
Day one at Design Miami was fantastic! With visits from the likes of Elle, Gestalten, Vogue China, Fabrik magazine and tons of social media buzz, Kiki and Joost were a huge hit! The day started out a bit rough, with Joost searching for tools to make adjustments to one of his pieces, dust had collected from the day before (no, dust and glass do not mix well 😉 ), plus we had no table or chairs! But alas, the day quickly turned around with visits from old friends, press outlets, bloggers, collectors, and fans. It was truly an awesome and humbling experience! See a few select pics below, and check out the slide show at the bottom!
Venice Projects’ directors Adriano Berengo and Susan Scherman have been diligently toiling away on a collaborative efforts with the prolific Kiki & Joost. The fruits of their labor will be making a big splash at this year’s Art Basel, Miami ! If you’re in Miami or planning on visiting, be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth n. O 04.
Great work, takes great planning. Venice Projects directors take time to visit Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk to discuss future plans and exhibits.
Doing what you love always makes you happy. Glasstress comes from a very happy place.
Photos by friend of Glasstress, Nadia Roukin-Taiga
Earlier this year, Glasstress producer, Venice Projects announced a collaboration with designers Kiki Van Eijk and Joost Van Bleiswijk, from the Design Academy of Eindhoven. In London from May 13-18, the creations of these two innovative and very talented Dutch designers were exhibited for the first time at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house.
The excitement continues during Dutch Design Week 2010. Kiki and Joost will show their latest products in separate spaces in their studio where a certain mood will be illustrated. These moods can reflect the designers own mood at the time of inspiration, but also the mood of their latest work in general, hence the choice for very outspoken materials and forms.
These moods will give an insight into the personal touch that both Kiki and Joost have given to their new projects. They will show products and collaborations which have never been shown in The Netherlands before, such as new Murano glass pieces for Venice Projects, new products exclusively designed for gallery Secondome in Rome and many more.
Both Kiki’s and Joost’s workshops will be open to the public, to show how they work and to give insight into the progress of new projects that will be launched later in 2010.
Date: 23-31 October 2010
Opening hours : 11:30 – 18:00 (Sat 23rd 13:00 – 18:00)
Location: Studio Kiki van Eijk & Studio Joost van Bleiswijk