6 Emerging Design Trends AD Editors Spotted at Design Miami 2023

December 19th, 2023
Photo courtesy Nina Johnson. New works by Katie Stout at Nina Johnson.

These are the standout debuts and installations we can’t stop talking about

Earlier this month, the art and design world descended on Miami for a whirlwind six days of design reveals and pop-up installations at Art Basel and Design Miami 2023—and beyond. Scanning the city-wide festival is like taking a pulse of the creative industry, uncovering the forms, concepts, and materials inspiring artists and makers right now. AD editors’ report is in: Here are the six emerging design trends they spotted (and can’t stop thinking about) at Miami Art and Design Week.

Neo Art Nouveau

At the turn of the century, Art Nouveau style embraced the great outdoors for inspiration, twisting natural motifs like flora and foliage by using new technologies in the realms of metalwork, glass, and more. Now, over a century later, as we find ourselves at another moment of near-constant technological innovation, this style holds new resonance—and the pieces on display last week in Miami were proof. At Nina Johnson’s Miami gallery, the works in Katie Stout’sstunning solo show channeled the eerie, otherworldliness of early-20th-century decorative arts. In the exhibition, supersized vessels shimmer with bronze, glass, and colorfully glazed ceramic flora; a branch-like bronze chandelier sprouts glass blooms and frilly, tulip-shaped shades.

At Design Miami 2023, the Future Perfect showed Autumn-Casey’s technicolor riffs on Tiffany lamps, in which swatches of epoxy-coated fabric are hot-glued together, giving the effect of stained glass. Even Wendy Maruyama’s hand-painted quilt chest, on display in the Superhouse booth, feels like a contemporary take (and a reclaiming of the narrative) on the Japanese motifs that laid the groundwork for Art Nouveau. Meanwhile, over at Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, the stellar originals still shine—like a bespoke glass mosaic fireplace by Tiffany Studios. —Hannah Martin

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  • Photo courtesy Nina Johnson. New works by Katie Stout at Nina Johnson.