Soft Works at Art Basel Miami and Design Miami/
Art Basel Miami and Design Miami are in full swing, with some very exciting soft works on display.
At Art Basel Miami, SoHo Design House is showing its distinctive art rugs. The founder, Jacob Rahman, was thirteen when he took to the streets and started to do graffiti. ‘I lived in Southern California and it was either gangs, or this other kind of graffiti thing. I would cut class and go see what the big guys were doing – I was very inspired by their work.’ To this day, Rahman is a street art aficionado. Now, however, after a stint working for The Rug Company, he has turned curator, helping artists translate their work into rugs.
Over at Design Miami/, New York-based gallery Demisch Danant are presenting the exhibition ‘Public Commission’, featuring Sheila Hicks’ Prayer Rug (1969), an important early work commissioned by Elie de Rothschild. Another textile highlight is a flat-woven carpet by Vibeke Klint, Nilufar Gallery.
Art Basel Miami and Design Miami, 3-7 December 2014