Miami Design District

6 / 9 December 2007


Luminaire and Yves Behar present
Artists for One Laptop Per Child

Initiated and driven by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the MIT Media Lab, One Laptop Per Child is a non-profit organization that harnesses cutting-edge personal computer technologies and distributes them worldwide to children in developing countries.
Designing and manufacturing low-cost, child-sized laptops, OLPC's goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves. Believing strongly in the aims of this project, Design Miami/ and Luminaire will host an art exhibition, a reception, and an auction to benefit the OLPC initiative.
Yves Behar's fuseproject is the design team in charge of creating the friendly, 3.2-pound, green and white laptop for OLPC. It is called the XO and features remarkable new technologies that can give children in even the most remote regions of the globe the opportunity to tap into their own potential, to be exposed to a whole new world of ideas and to contribute to a more productive world community.
At Design Miami/ this December, internationally known artists, including Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari, Olafur Eliasson, Ugo Rondinone, Catherine Opie, Richard Tuttle, David Altmedj, and Jorge Pardo will use one of these computers as a starting point to create a unique work of art - painting, drawing, collaging, photographing, or using the material of the laptop in a sculptural installation.
The art pieces will be available for auction online and one hundred percent of the proceeds will support the One Laptop Per Child initiative. The funds generated by the auction will help ensure that children who are currently wait-listed to receive computers can have more immediate access to this important learning tool


Artek Pavilion, "Space of Silence," is designed by internationally renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, a remarkable trailblazer in applying ecological thinking to architectural design. The Artek Pavilion is an unconventional combination of elegance and ecological innovation, built out of UPM-developed wood-plastic composite, made from surplus self-adhesive label material.

The Pavilion contains an installation of one hundred chairs from Artek's 2nd Cycle initiative, which reclaims and reissues iconic Aalto pieces from shipyards, schools, asylums and beyond.


Droog with special Chest of drawers by Tejo Remy,
4141 Design Miami

On this occasion Droog presents the iconic Chest of drawers number 100 by Tejo Remy which is part of the permanent design display at the MoMa, New York. Droog invited Dutch jewellery designer Ted Noten to create a unique drawer for this piece. Ted Noten is known for creating suspense in jewellery and chic lady bags. For this special number 100 edition he took items that people tend to hide, like a revolver and a pearl necklace, and fixed them in the drawer forever: the objects are visible but it is impossible to take them out. Just as exceptional is the introduction of the Chest of drawers XS by Tejo Remy, the first in an edition of 13.

Dornbracht Edges/ the Farm Project by Mike Meire

"The Farm Project" was created in conjunction with the Dornbracht Edges series to present the kitchen as a stage for life and not as a showroom of design. At Design Miami D 07 Mike Meire wants to bring life back into the kitchen, thereby creating an alternate pole to the minimalist design that has taken over this space in recent years.
The kitchen is a highly complex location, a permanent creation and preparation area. It is the stage on which life is enacted and a workshop for the senses that thrives on improvisation. Accordingly, "The Farm Project" is an improvised living space, filled with materials, animals, plants, and objects.
It is also an attempt to encounter the complexity and the insecurity of our new millennium in a more relaxed manner. "The Farm Project" becomes the focus of longing, a place to be at home, a place where life has regained its original character.


Fragiles / Die Gestalten Verlag

Fragiles is an eclectic collection of contemporary porcelain, ceramic and glass objects by a new wave of designers who are manifesting their creative visions out of fragile materials.
Fragiles presents over fifty objects, from experimental and avant-garde to evocative retro-inspired reinterpretations, all of which are innovative examples that challenge centuries of tradition by simultaneously exploring a new aesthetic approach and technological boundaries.

Arne Quinze
Jaime Hayon
Marcel Wanders
Jerszy Seymour
Hella Jongerius
Jurgen Bey
Hans Van Bentem
Stephen Burks
Nik Schweiger | 3deluxe
Stephanie DeArmond
Charles Krafft
Emma Woffenden & Tord Boontje
Alessandro Mendini
Commonwealth & Joshua Davis
Malin Lundmark
Maxim Velcovsky
George J. Sowden
Wendy Walgate
Christie Wright | Elastichome
Lola Goldstein
Cynthia Hathaway
David Amar
Emily Forgot
Frida Andersson & James Steiner
Giordano Redaelli
Miwa Koizumi
Guillaume Delvigne
Hana Vitkova
Ineke Hans
Jakub Berdych
Scott Rench
Kate Hume
Laura Mckibbon | Cul De Sac
Sebastian Menschhorn
Lisa Goldberg
Megan Bogonovich
Katie Parker
Mimi Joung
Nathalie Schaap
Nicolas Bovesse
Robert Dawson
Sarah Cihat
Milan Pekar
Guillaume Delvigne & Ionna Vautrin
Thomas Paul
Jason Miller
Tamsin van Essen
Louise Hindsgavl
Dan Yeffet
Dror Benshetrit
Bathsheba Grossman
Assa Ashuach
Finding Cheska

Studio Libertiny and Stuart Haygarth  

Tanya Aguiniga and Jason Miller  

Luminaire Lab, Miami