New York Times
This year, Design Miami offers up its coziest iteration yet, not in terms of space and galleries, but in terms of objects and materials that veer toward the warm, natural and communal. Long wooden dining room tables by designers Pierre Chapo, Sergio Rodrigues and Gal Gaon anchored the booths of Magen H Gallery, R & Company and Hostler Burrows
Daily Telegraph UK
Sublime in its understated simplicity, the booth of gallerist Lawrence Converso is devoted to never-seen-before furniture by the great Swiss-born modernist Albert Frey. A vision of pared-back pieces in washed pine plywood, pale green and cream, they were created in 1949 for the Palm Springs home of his longtime companion Elise Wolfe.
The international design and architecture community will descend on Miami Beach next week to attend the 14th edition of Design Miami. The fair, which programs exhibitions, installations and talks, will mark the end of a busy calendar of global design gatherings around the world.
For Lawrence Converso’s Design Miami debut, the 20th-century dealer’s intent was clear: to bring a little piece of California to South Florida. His much-Instagrammed booth—awash in pale–yellow and desert–pink—showcased a cache of never-before-seen work by the Swiss-turned-Californian architect Albert Frey, whose modernist 1960s designs (many of them in whitewashed pine) came to epitomize Palm Springs style.
While decorating his famed Glass House in the 1950s, architect Philip Johnson removed a candelabra from the sitting area to make way for a less intrusive piece. Only, it didn’t yet exist. In collaboration with Richard Kelly, he designed a tripod floor lamp, one of the few pieces of furniture Johnson ever made and of which only a few exist today.
British paint company Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Palm Springs-based interior designer Christopher Kennedy to fill a mod space on Palm Springs’ bustling N Palm Canyon Drive with vibrant colors (a bold mural featuring classic Palm Springs cinderblock patterns) and 20th century modern furnishings—a sofa designed by Raymond Loewy; rare Empire chairs by Robert Venturi—from Converso gallery.
British paint brand Farrow & Ball is synonymous with a certain kind of muted, Regency-chic drawing-room aesthetic (and very refined it is too). But for Palm Springs’ Modernism Week, the company has teamed up with California-born designer Christopher Kennedy and modern furniture dealer Converso to create an interiors display channelling the vivid, nostalgic glamour of Palm Springs design.