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Winter 2012

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NatureCullturedMiamiDec_Layout 1 11/21/12 1:24 PM Page 58 Human Nature From computer-generated to handmade, designers take their inspiration from the natural world. IMAGE COURTESY OF GALERIE BSL BY RACHEL WOLFF From traditional Chinese scroll painting to Hudson River School panoramas to Art Nouveau's stylized curves, artists and designers have long tackled nature's majesty and phenomena in their work. Yet there is something especially potent and evocative in the ways in which makers of all things artistic are tackling the subject today. Whatever their motives may be—a planet in peril or a new, technologically advanced means of fabrication—the results have been downright stunning. One standout at Design Miami/ is Rough Sea from the debut furniture collection of Israeli jewelry designer Taher Chemirik. The piece, which will be presented by Paris' Galerie BSL at Design Miami/, is a custom-made brass screen that unfolds as a crested wave would a body of water. Meanwhile, other designers are sussing out nature's innate elegance. Others get at nature's more ethereal qualities. British architectural designer Asif Khan seeks to mimic the effects of an ice halo—an Arctic phenomenon caused by the ways in which sunlight refracts as it collides with ice crystals—with his Swarovski commission, Parhelia, at Design Miami/. Elsewhere at the fair, London design duo Glithero (Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren) will unveil a Perrier-Jouët-commissioned immersive installation inspired by the Champagne company's Art Nouveau roots and the nature-sourced curvilinear lines that artists have, for centuries, tried to mimic. 58 CULTURED Rough Sea by Taher Chemirik

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