5 items we love from Design Miami’s new online store
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Ever since Design Miami launched DM / BX, its design e-commerce platform, in September, aspiring collectors have been drawn to the range of limited edition and unique products on offer. With works from renowned and emerging designers – David Hicks, Faye Toogood and Alexander Girard among them – each item for sale in this digital storefront of furniture, lighting and home decor costs between $ 50 and $ 3,000.
Count the New York interior designer Kristen McGinnis among the lovers. When Design Miami CEO Jennifer Roberts’ name appeared on her caller ID, followed by a pitch to set up a series of tables for the platform, the admiration turned into a collaboration. . Today, the new McGinnis tableware collection hatched with five artistic partners is available on the site.
The launch of the category seemed natural for the designer, who has long thought about her dishes. (“I was buying Fire King and Fiestaware for my college dorm at flea markets,” McGinnis says.) Lately, she had become frustrated with the challenges of finding beautiful dishes for her customers. So, still underpinned by the ritual of home cooking in the pandemic era, “and the chemistry of how it all came together,” the time for the traditional dishwashing overhaul was particularly opportune.
For this summer project, McGinnis searched for artists she had worked with before, as well as a few she was eager to meet. She did not issue them a design directive and there were no Zoom progress calls. Still, the resulting 11-piece collection, brought to life in various studios, feels organically whole.
“I knew I wanted a painterly quality, so why not create a canvas-inspired tablecloth as a background for the whole table,” she says. This led to a hand-painted landscape by Yolande Milan Batteau and hand-woven metallic brushed linen napkins by Hiroko Takeda which are gathered in Batteau’s golden moon bracelets. She enlisted Farrell Hundley (her relationship with the brand goes back even further than Fiestaware, as McGinnis has been friends with co-founder Elliott Hundley since sixth year) to create cast bronze cutlery, as well as a set of candlesticks. , which look like relics that embrace the lost wax technique.
As McGinnis says, it’s like “every little piece of the puzzle comes together”. Along with a few other selections from the McGinnis range, here are some of the other pieces we are currently loving on the new DM / BX design online store.