Since 2008, Design Miami has played with the idea of what makes a tent. Tapping inventive designers to create the entrance to its yearly Art Basel showings, recent entrances include 2012's giant canopy made of inflatable white columns titled Drift, and 2013's TENT PILE by formlessfinder, an enormous, pyramid-shaped sand structure sitting beneath an aluminum roof.
For 2014, Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke has been commissioned to create the Pavilion for the tenth anniversary of Design Miami. Muecke's pavillion is centered around a double-layered circular structure with apertures at both poles. Light will be filtered through a translucent canopy that shelters the entire space, which is painted red and green inside, blue and yellow outside -- basically, a colored circular room with a clear ceiling.
Containing "seamlessly shaped seating units," the structure is meant to provide a place of "quiet reflection" in contrast to the flurry of visuals and activity throughout Basel, according to a Design Miami statement.
"Quiet reflection" is not a term we'd associate with Art Basel, and certainly not Design Miami entrances of the past, which often wow visitors with their scale, buoyancy, and mission to make us look up instead of around another set of display walls.
"For our tenth anniversary, we wanted to pay homage to the type of young designer that Design Miami wishes to champion -- one who experiments with materials, form and scale; who is as much a theorist as a maker; and who challenges us to consider how we relate to the world built around us," said Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Creative Director at Design Miami, in a statement.
Perhaps this colorful circle will do exactly as intended and force our overactive, overstimulated minds to settle and prepare for the incredible art we're about to witness. But is this the platform to make that statement? As Curbed Miami points out, this is Design Miami's biggest public moment, and we can't help feeling a little deflated.