In sunny, vibrant Miami, fortune favors the boldand that philosophy has well applied to the scene this year at Design Miami. A diverse set of international designers have convened in the southern city to display their most innovative, boundary-pushing creations, and amid them, there was a distinctive color trend: bright, punchy blues. After all, Pantone just announced its 2020 color of the year as Classic Bluea splashier-than-navy, calmer-than-Yves-Klein blueso the popularity of this hue is pretty much meant to be.
And though blue can sometimes be a safe color, Design Miami is not a place where designers play by the rules. Thats why, this year especially, we saw tons of dramatic moments, from Sasha Bikoffs trademark over-the-top take on Versaces iconic prints, to Atras sumptuous, minimal-yet-gilded booth that featured creamy, curved sofas. The 90s are also having a moment, as evidenced by Balenciagas cheeky inflatable couch and Barcelona-based Side Gallerys resin table by Sabine Marcelis.
Through it all, though, bold blues (especially when paired with quirky, geometric shapes) took centerstage. These are the pieces that caught our eye.
The Curved Credenza
A curved facade, a pop of turquoise inside, and shiny laminated coating all make this cabinet by Muller Van Severen a major accent piece.
The Chic Cabinet
Great minds think in duo-tone, as evidenced by this small cabinet by Luis Pons. The only thing better than one splashy shade of blue is two splashy shades of blueplus a playful puzzle-like trim.
The Stylish Seat
We loved these chairs by Raw Edges when we first saw them at Salone in March, and they proved the perfect complement to Andrew Kudlesss new cobalt blue-accented shelving unit, Swell Wave, in Louis Vuittons Objets Nomades collection.
The Theatrical Throne
Who needs an Iron Throne when you can have a peacock seat instead? The Il Pavone Collection by Marc Ange for Visionnaire might just be the most dramatic debut of the fair.
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