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At the core of the Design Miami/ forum is a marketplace for collectible design, amid which the most reputable international design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objets d’art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The galleries invited to exhibit in Design Miami/ deal mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with select galleries specializing in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.

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Friedman Benda

New YorkSelected works by:

  • Fernando & Humberto Campana
  • Wendell Castle
  • Byung Hoon Choi
  • Joris Laarman
  • Marcel Wanders

Friedman Benda is dedicated to presenting established and emerging designers who create historically significant work at the forefront of their practice. Founded in 2007 by Marc Benda and Barry Friedman, the gallery’s exhibitions and publications have played a vital role in the rise of the design market and education, and take a comprehensive approach to work that intersects the fields of design, craft, art and architecture. Friedman Benda represents an international roster of designers spanning four continents and multiple generations.

2015 marks a year of major events for design icon Wendell Castle: the publication of his highly anticipated catalogue raisonné, a comprehensive documentation of an epic career covering 1958-2012; a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York that opened in October; and his second solo exhibition of new work at Friedman Benda in Chelsea. Happiness (2015), with its chip-carved, double-cantilevered seat arising from a cluster of volumetric forms illustrates a complex and surprising new chapter for Castle. Wendell Castle’s groundbreaking unification of sculpture and furniture has inspired and influenced generations of artists and designers and significantly contributed to the acceptance of design as a significant art form. Now in his sixth decade of working, Castle explores and innovates with materials and form at every turn, and has had a long record of acclaim. Steady acquisition by over 50 public institutions over the past decades gives Wendell Castle’s work indelible historic importance.

Address/ 515 W. 26th Street, New York NY 10001, USA
Call/ +12122398700

R & Company

New YorkSelected works by:

  • Wendell Castle
  • Rogan Gregory
  • Greta Magnusson Grossman
  • Gufram
  • The Haas Brothers
  • Studio A.R.D.I.T.I.
  • Joaquim Tenreiro
  • David Wiseman
  • Thaddeus Wolfe
  • Jeff Zimmerman

R & Company is a New York-based gallery representing historical and contemporary design from the United States, South America and Europe. Founded in 1997 by Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman, the gallery runs an exhibition program with the goal of promoting a closer study, appreciation and preservation of design.

R & Company specializes in unique and rare historical works by designers including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Poul Kjærholm, Verner Panton, Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro, to name a few. The gallery also represents contemporary designers including Renate Müller, Thaddeus Wolfe, The Haas Brothers, David Wiseman and Jeff Zimmerman.

The Afreaks series is comprised of fantastical beaded objects co-created by The Haas Brothers with The Haas Sisters, a group of women from South African townships. Each design begins as a sketch by Niki and Simon Haas and then, through the beading process, is imbued with the beader’s personal sense of color and pattern. To create the threedimensional detailing on the works, Simon Haas also developed beading algorithms that comprise a proprietary operating system based on the recreation and manipulation of patterns and rhythms found in nature. The resulting design works are extraordinarily expressive forms that embody the history of indigenous beading cultures as well as the Haas’ unique design aesthetic.

Contact/ Zesty Meyers
Address/ 82 Franklin Street, New York NY 10013, USA
Call/ +12123437979


1950 Gallery/ Alberto Aquilino

New YorkSelected works by:

  • Clement Borderie
  • Pierre Jeanneret
  • Cat Loray
  • Serge Mouille
  • George Nakashima
  • Marianne Vissiere

1950 Gallery specializes in furniture, lighting, and design from French and American Masters from the mid twentieth century.

In 1985, Anthony DeLorenzo of 1950 Gallery presented the very first Jean Prouvé & Serge Mouille exhibition in America at its Soho location in New York.

Since then, Alberto Aquilino has continued the gallery’s commitment to the collector, the architect and designer by offering authentic works by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, Serge Mouille, Isamu Noguchi, and George Nakashima. Recently 1950 Gallery has expanded its traditional scope with a recent exhibition of works by contemporary French ceramist Marianne Vissiere together with artists Cat Loray and Clement Borderie

Before being a creator Serge Mouille was preoccupied with the beauty of nature’s forms, their utility, their aesthetic interest and especially the movement which informs the order of their life, every shape has it function.

This is where the mobiles and the stabiles of Mouille were born, gratuitous objects destined to ornament, with no other reason but that of the artistic interpretation of the physical phenomenon of space.

Adapting these theoretical ideas to the practical order this excellent artist who was also a professor of the art of silver work at Ecole des Arts Appliques where he studied the problem of the diffusion of light in home interiors.

New forms were made clear under the firm hand of this accomplished artist, beginning with simple elements, Mouille created a whole world of variations.  After the rational apparatus here is the aesthetic mobile wall lamp with pure function.

Contact/ Alberto Aquilino
Address/ 631 W. 27th Street, New York NY 10003, USA
Call/ +1 212 995 1950

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Antonella Villanova

FlorenceSelected works by:

  • Ralph Bakker
  • Rike Bartels
  • Peter Bauhuis
  • Jamie Bennett
  • Manfred Bischoff
  • Daniela Boieri
  • Helen Britton
  • Patrick Davison
  • Georg Dobler
  • Ferran Iglesias
  • Lucia Massei
  • Marzia Rossi
  • Jacqueline Ryan
  • Deganit Stern Schocken

Antonella Villanova is a gallery specializing in contemporary jewelry and was founded in 2008 in Florence, Italy. The gallery represents the most important artists in the field.

This year the gallery presents two solo shows of work by Peter Bauhuis and Ralph Bakker alongside a collective of the gallery’s artists.

Ralph Bakker is a contemporary jewelry artist from Rotterdam. His pieces are based on very geometrically-constructed structures that are then covered in colorful enamels. Each piece has the quality of a perfect pattern which can be found in nature’s details.

The German artist Peter Bauhuis has mastered the technique of casting. By oxidizing different metals he achieves unexpected colors from deep black to shiny white.

Contact/ Antonella Villanova
Address/ Via del Parione 47/R, Florence 50123, Italy
Call/ +39552608559

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Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Paris & LondonSelected works by:

  • Wendell Castle
  • Vincenzo De Cotiis
  • Mathieu Lehanneur
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE

Carpenters Workshop Gallery, with spaces in London, Paris and now New York, transcends classical borders in terms of art and design. Its proposal stands just at the intersection of these two universes, reaching precisely a symbiosis of art and design.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already-established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression. The gallery is actively involved in the research and production of the limited-edition works exhibited. The choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance.

Windy Chair I (Orange and Blue) took inspiration from the sails of the artist’s workNelson’s Ship in a Bottle, which was created for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London in 2010. The incorporation of batik fabric used in Windy Chair I (Orange and Blue) is one of Yinka Shonibare MBE’s trademarks as an artist. It reflects his interest in the complicated relationships between European and African cultures, after he himself grew up in both Great Britain and Nigeria. Yinka Shonibare MBE buys his fabrics in Petticoat Lane Market in East London. Once a number of changes are made to the pattern digitally, it is applied by paintbrush to the work.

Contact/ Julien Lombrail & Loic LeGaillard
Paris Address/ 54, rue de la Verrerie, Paris 75004, France
New York Address/ 693 Fifth Avenue, PH, New York, 10022, USA
London Address/ 3 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HE, United Kingdom
Call/ +33142788092
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Casati Gallery

ChicagoSelected works by:

  • Attilio Colonello
  • Luigi Caccai Dominioni
  • Pietro Chiesa
  • Mauro Fabbro
  • Ignazio Gardella
  • Lazzarini & Pickering
  • Fausto Melotti
  • Philippe Nigro
  • Jonathan Nesci
  • Ico Parisi
  • Gio Ponti
  • David Salkin
  • Nanni Valentini

Casati Gallery is a Chicago based gallery exhibiting a collection of furniture, lighting, objects and art ranging from post-war Italian to global contemporary.

The gallery was founded in 2003 by Ugo Alfano Casati in Chicago’s West Loop and continues to present important and rare works by both internationally recognized and emerging designers including Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, Fausto Melotti, Jonathan Nesci, Mauro Fabbro, Philippe Nigro and many others.

In addition to the gallery program, Casati participates in international art and design fairs around the world.

For Design Miami/ 2015, Casati Gallery features the third installment of its ongoing exhibition series REFLECTIONS, recreating the interior of a 1955 Milanese residence decorated by Attilio Colonello – protégé to Giò Ponti, Giulio Minoletti and BBPR Architects. Interpreted from historic drawings and photographs, this installation incorporates some of the pieces included in the original design. Of particular note are a prototype daybed as well as lamps from Villa Arreaza, all by Gio Ponti.

Also featured in the exhibition will be a selection of important historical furniture pieces by Ico Parisi and Attilio Colonello, with lighting by Ignazio Gardella, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, ceramics by Fausto Melotti and mirrors by Pietro Chiesa.

Interspersed amongst the mid-century offerings, the gallery also presents contemporary designs by Jonathan Nesci, David Salkin and Maura Fabbro as well as a selection of drawings by architects. For Design Miami/ 2015, Casati Gallery is pleased to announce the start of a collaboration with contemporary designers Philippe Nigro and Lazzarini & Pickering.

For this installation, exhibition designer Jonathan Nesci was inspired by the contemporary feel of the vintage documentation, noting that “mid-century Italian design seems as relevant and innovative today as it must have 60 years ago.”

Contact/ Ugo Alfano Casati
Address/ 949 W. Fulton Street, Chicago 60607, USA
Call/ +3125936006


Demisch Danant

New YorkSelected works by:

  • Michel Boyer
  • Jean Paul Barray & Kim Moltzer
  • Jean Garçon
  • Yonel Lebovici
  • Olivier Mourgue
  • Maria Pergay
  • Roger Tallon

Demisch Danant was founded in 2005 by Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant. The gallery specializes in twentieth century French design with an emphasis on the late 1950s through the 1970s and represents the work of Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, Joseph André Motte, Pierre Guariche, Michel Boyer, Philippon & Lecoq and René Jean Caillette. Curated exhibitions on historical work are presented within environments that reference architecture and interiors of the era. The gallery also features exhibitions concerning the intersection of architecture, design and art, including the work of Sheila
Hicks, Felice Varini and Krijn de Koning.

Demisch Danant presents Design Steel, an exhibition devoted to steel furniture created in France in the 1960s and 1970s. Works are presented in a décor inspired by the interior architecture of Michel Boyer, and includes a presentation of lamps produced by Verre Lumière, the most prestigious and creative French lighting design firm of the period. The exhibition highlights works by Maria Pergay, Jean Paul Barray & Kim Moltzer, Jean Garçon, Michel Boyer, and Olivier Mourgue, and lighting by Jean Pierre Vitrac, Sabine Charoy and Etienne Fermigier.

In 1968, Maria Pergay presented her first collection of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin under the direction of decorator Jean Dive. This seminal exhibition established Pergay as one of the most innovative French furniture designers of her time, a visionary who almost singlehandedly transformed stainless steel from a commercial industrial material into a principal component of Modern furniture. With such objects as Wave Bench (1968), she domesticated the cold, hard, geometric effects of steel, sometimes coupling metal with leather or fur and rendering something altogether new – designs with a distinctively elegant and sensual but daring air. The Wave Bench is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Contact/ Suzanne Demisch & Stephane Danant
Address/ 30 West 12th Street, New York NY, 1001 1, USA
Call/ +12129895750
Email/ info

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Firma Casa

São PauloSelected works by:

  • Fernando Campana
  • Humberto Campana

The history of Firma Casa is directly linked to the Campana Brothers. Sonia Diniz Bernardini has invested in the designers’ careers since 1994, the year the company opened. Located in São Paulo, its space is dedicated to high-end design, offering a multi-brand designer showroom with classic and contemporary pieces, always exclusive and created by the best design studios in the world. It moreover houses a gallery of design-art, with unique or limited-edition pieces. Its hallmarks include creativity, innovation and boldness, traits that reflect the personality of Sonia, the conceiver and owner of Firma Casa.

Cangaço is the title of the new collection by the Campana Brothers, who were inspired by the culture of Brazil’s Northeast to create pieces of furniture in leather and wicker – typical materials of that region. With exclusivity for Firma Casa, the designers Fernando (1961) and Humberto Campana (1953) entered into a partnership with master craftsman Espedito Seleiro to develop this collection of furniture.

Contact/ Sonia Diniz Bernardini
Address/ Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva 1487, São Paulo 01441001, Brazil
Call/ +551181510999

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Galerie kreo

Paris & LondonSelected works by:

  • François Bauchet
  • Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
  • Pierre Charpin
  • Bruno Gatta
  • Konstantin Grcic
  • Jaime Hayon
  • Angelo Lelli
  • Alessandro Mendini
  • Jasper Morrison
  • Giuseppe Ostuni
  • Gino Sarfatti
  • Studio Wieki Somers

At Galerie kreo, Clémence and Didier Krzentowski produce and present limited-edition pieces by the greatest contemporary designers, such as François Bauchet, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Pierre Charpin, Konstantin Grcic, Jaime Hayon, Hella Jongerius, Alessandro Mendini, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Martin Szekely and Studio Wieki Somers.

Galerie kreo also offers exceptional vintage lights, from the 1950s to the present day, including masterpieces by Gino Sarfatti. Didier Krzentowski is a licensed expert in design and contemporary art and is a member of the Union Française des Experts et Assesseur de la Commission de Conciliation et d’Expertise Douanière.

Galerie kreo offers a brand new piece by world famous designer Alessandro Mendini titled Umbria. This extraordinary piece follows on from the great designer’s investigation into mosaic as a material for making furniture. The geometrical pattern and color are inspired by Umbria, the region in central Italy known for its rich history and diverse landscape.

Contact/ Clémence & Didier Krzentowski
Address/ 31 rue Dauphine, Paris 75006, France
Call/ +33153102300


Galerie Philippe Gravier

ParisSelected works by:

  • Kengo Kuma

Galerie Philippe Gravier has developed two concepts: “Maisons d’Edition” between art and architecture and “Elements of Architecture” between architecture and sculpture.

Maisons d’Edition is a small nomad house that must be demountable and sustainable. Whether ‘bijou’ or ‘folly’, each of these small houses correspond to the architect’s or artist’s personal signature, based on innovation. Designed as hotel suites, easily assembled, their surface is maximum 400 square feet, produced in limited edition; edited and numbered in 8 ex. + 4 artist’s proofs.

Elements of Architecture are produced more as sculptures than design; it is never about designing furniture, but more a question of architectural style and of each architect’s personal signature and excellence. They are produced in limited edition of five.

A temporary, mobile tea room using corrugated plastic boards 5mm thick are arrayed at 65mm intervals and fixed together using banding bands. Once the bands are unfastened, the tea room returns to an assembly of cheap elements, making it easy to move. The entire form resembles an irregularly-shaped cocoon, and is an homage to Furuta Oribe’s deformed tea ceremony bowl.

Contact/ Philippe Gravier
Address/ 91 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris 75008, France
Call/ +331428986 07


Galleria Rossella Colombari

MilanSelected works by:

  • Osvaldo Borsani
  • Andrea Branzi
  • Lorenzo Burchiellaro
  • Marcello Fantoni
  • Ignazio Gardella
  • Carlo Graffi
  • Angelo Mangiarotti
  • Carlo Mollino
  • Giò Ponti
  • Claudio Sormani

Rossella Colombari represents the fourth generation of a family of antique dealers from Turin. In the early 1980s, she founded her first gallery, pioneering the development of twentieth century design collecting.

In the early years, she dedicated herself to the research and promotion of the works of Carlo Mollino, greatly contributing to the appreciation of his production.

In 1991, Rossella Colombari founded her second gallery in Milan and widened her concentration to masterpieces of twentieth century design by architects such as Giò Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani, Ico Parisi, Franco Albini, Fontana Arte, Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass, and Alessandro Mendini.

Galleria Rossella Colombari presents a re-evocation of the style of Giò Ponti, inspired by the colors and materials so dear to the architect.

The presence of a substantial number of pieces, mostly from the 1950s, allows for the coexistence of opposing tendencies: from the classicism typical of the twentieth century, to the passion for unbridled decorativeness as well as modernism in its purest form. “Everything moves from cumbersome to lightweight, from thick to thin, from opaque to transparent, from dark to light, from colorless to colorful, from fragmentary to unitary, from complex to linear.Whoever moves in the opposite direction commits an error…

My constructions are a play on spaces, surfaces, and volumes which offer the viewer different perspectives: a “machine”, or a large-scale abstract sculpture, not meant to be viewed from the exterior but from the interior, to be penetrated and traversed… They are meant to be observed by allowing the eye to wander continuously.”

– Giò Ponti

In his interiors, Ponti often employed pieces designed by friends who he admired. In this occasion, Galleria Rossella Colombari reclaims this concept, contemporaneously presenting pieces by Giò Ponti, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Carlo Mollino and Osvaldo Borsani, as well as other designers from the period.

Contact/ Rossella Colombari
Address/ Via Maroncelli 10, Milan 20154, Italy
Call/ +39229001189

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