5 Items We’re Loving From Design Miami’s New Online Shop

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Ever since Design Miami debuted DM/BX—its design e-commerce platform—in September, budding collectors have been drawn to the range of limited-edition and one-of-a-kind goods on offer. With works from renowned and emerging designers alike—David Hicks, Faye Toogood, and Alexander Girard among them—every object for sale in this digital showcase of furniture, lighting, and home decor is priced between $50 and $3,000.

Count New York interior designer Kristen McGinnis among those smitten. When Design Miami CEO Jennifer Roberts’s name appeared on her caller ID, followed by a pitch to curate a tabletop series for the platform, the admiration turned into a collaboration. Today, the new tableware collection McGinnis hatched with five artistic partners is available on the site.

Kristen McGinnis worked with five independent design studios to craft the collection.

Photo: Alice Gao

The category launch felt like a natural fit for the designer, who has long considered her tableware. (“I was buying Fire King and Fiestaware for my college dorm from flea markets,” McGinnis says.) As of late, she’d grown frustrated with the challenges of sourcing beautiful dinnerware for her clients. So, still buoyed by the ritual of pandemic era home cooking, “and the alchemy of how everything came together,” the timing for revamping traditional tableware felt especially spot-on.

For this summer-long project, McGinnis sought out artists who she had previously worked with—plus a few she was eager to meet. She didn’t issue a design directive to them, and there weren’t any Zoom progress calls. Yet the resulting 11-piece collection, brought to life in various studios, feels organically whole.

The Kristen McGinnis Collection is now available on DMBX.

Photo: Alice Gao

“I knew I wanted a painterly quality, so why not do a tablecloth inspired by a canvas as a background for the entire table,” she says. This led to a hand-painted landscape by Yolande Milan Batteau and handwoven, metallic-brushed linen napkins by Hiroko Takeda that are gathered in Batteau’s moon gold-gilded bracelets. She tapped Farrell Hundley (her relationship with the brand goes back even further than the Fiestaware, as McGinnis has been friends with cofounder Elliott Hundley since sixth grade) to create cast bronze flatware, as well as a set of candlesticks, which resembles relics that embrace the lost wax technique.

As McGinnis puts it, it is as if “every little puzzle piece came together.” Along with a few more selections from McGinnis’s range, here are some of the other pieces we are currently loving on the newly unveiled design e-shop DM/BX.

Dinner plate by Jeremy Anderson

Ceramic artist Jeremy Anderson’s sculptural Piccolo bowl plays a starring role in this line, but the artist’s glazed stoneware dinner and salad plates are just as impressive. Each one is hand-thrown at the potter’s wheel, fired in the kiln three times, and accentuated with 22-karat gold luster that brings a welcome touch of luxury to everyday meals.

Vinum tumbler by Michiko Sakano Studio

Japanese glass artist Michiko Sakano’s subtly striking Fluo carafe and Aqua glasses, part of McGinnis’s collaboration, are crafted from hand-blown glass. The wide-lipped Vinum tumblers, ideal for generous wine pours, have an especially alluring patinated look thanks to Sakano’s deft knack for trapping air bubbles in between the layers of glass.

A Signurina by Antonio Aricò

Italian artist and designer Antonio Aricò’s A Signurina chair, originally for Myop, is fashioned out of ash wood and paper cord and features delightfully restrained ripples.

Pikul Table Lamp by Álvaro Catalán de Ócon

Part of the upcycled plastic PET Lamp Pikul collection, this soothing table lamp, designed by Madrid-based Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and assembled by a trio of craftsmen, melds traditional weaving techniques with eco-conscious modernity, marrying bamboo and natural fiber with a PET bottle.

La Jacana a Cuadro by Maria Beckmann

Presented by New York gallery Tuleste Factory, this square table crafted from solid Tzalam wood is fabricated by Mexico City designer Maria Beckmann. The table stands out for its cluster of four tapered legs.



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